Kim Benson

Kim Benson

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Why weight? 

  • May 8th, 2016 at 6:20AM

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I know we always tell trainees not to bother with the scale. It doesn't show you the real picture with what's happening in your body. I know that, but somewhere in the back of my mind, I wanted more. I question why the doctor weighs us at every visit, and why people are so obsessed with this number. I decided to use this KB2 journey as a little experiment and I weighed myself twice a day nearly every day (I missed a few days because I was out of town and didn't have a scale) Still, it's pretty telling.

I realized that what I ate and drank in the evening had a direct correlation on what my weight was. It seemed that the evenings presented the most variability for me. I was pretty consistent during the day. At night, depending on my hunger, I might have had more fruit or tea so it really was those evening intakes that made a big difference. Sometimes as much as a 5lb swing from morning to night. On nights that I went out dancing and didn't have tea or as much fruit, my weight was lower. Once only increasing by .5lbs from morning to night.

You can look at the chart to see the day to day but here are the big numbers as I see it.
Starting: AM: 147.6 PM:152.1
Half way: AM: 144 PM:147
Final: AM: 142.5 PM:144.2

Total lbs lost: AM: 5.1 PM:7.9

I fluctuated a lot throughout the program most consistently staying around 145 lbs. It wasn't until day 58, that I dropped below 145 at night and that was only for a few days. Then it happened again on day 85 and remained for the final week. That's a long time with little to show on the scales.

BUT my clothes were consistently getting more loose, I was seeing more and more muscle tone and my face was getting thinner. I was finding improvement with my cardio and needing to increase the level of resistance on my bands. Clearly, I was making progress and shifting mass but the scales were singing a different tune.

So my take aways are that weight is a number that can be used for baseline data and periodic maintenance. It is not a measure of health or fitness. It does not define me or my worth. I am powerful and I crushed 90 days of workouts. I have re-solidified healthy eating habits and feel good about the way I look. Oh and only one person commented on my changes. Just. 1.

But I wasn't doing it for them. I did it for me, because I wanted to feel good. Mission Accomplished.

Thanks to Malia for being our awesome trainer. To Richard for being my in-house support and partner in crime. Special shout out to our killer Willow team. You guys rocked it! I am so impressed with the community this KB2 group developed. Congratulations everyone, we did it!!!

 
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22 comments

Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Sculpt | Day 15 (Member)
Trainerover 3 years ago

Hey Kim, well done for absolutely smashing the program! Fantastic final photo, you guys look smokin' hot!!! Working, caring for your family and being on program is not easy--thanks for showing us how to get it done. And what an interesting experiment! I ended up 500 grams in weight but two jeans sizes down after KB2. You are so right, it is not a measure of your worth or health. Enjoy treating yourself tonight and tomorrow for Mother's Day. Happy, happy!!!


    Ren KurodaRen KurodaKenzai Member
    Business Developmentover 3 years ago

    Y'all need to cosplay some superheroes! Looking great!


      Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Marathon | Day 1 (Member)
      Trainerover 3 years ago

      Great to see you walking the walk and talking the talk out there as a fearless Kenzai Trainer, Kim. You just absolutely nailed this program in every aspect and the results are clear: your abs are popping, your arms and legs are super toned, and you've leaned up all over. I was looking forward to this side experiment of yours and there's lots of data there. Perhaps the most important point remains that weight never tells the whole story and should never define you! Congratulations on being COMPLETE!


        Leah G.Leah G.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 15 (Member)
        over 3 years ago

        Great experiment and amazing results Kim. What a perfect post to show trainee's who are worried they aren't dropping enough weight. Your day 90 strong and fit body is something to envy and you have obviously worked your butt off during the program. Congrats on your graduation!


          Gary R.Gary R.Alumni
          over 3 years ago

          Hi Kim - well done and fantastic experiment that really shows the true worth of going on the basis of how you feel rather than looking for numbers. You are looking so fit and strong and thanks for all the support. See you in Life


            Brian S.Brian S.Kenzai Member
            over 3 years ago

            I enjoyed training w you. I had similar results and outcomes. I look forward to seeing you on the blogs.


              Jane N.Jane N.Reboot | Day 15 (Member)
              over 3 years ago

              Wow what an interesting journey and experiment. Thank you for doing this and for sharing it with the community. I love that you did this for yourself. Your results and empowerment shine through Kim! Job really, really well done!


                Nikhil K.Nikhil K.Alumni
                over 3 years ago

                Great lesson in your graduation post Kim! Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on a fantastic KB2 completion and showing us all how it's done! Loved the picture of the power couple... 😄


                  Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Member
                  Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                  Absolutely smashing!


                    Jess SwarbreckJess SwarbreckKenzai Member
                    Trainerover 3 years ago

                    Way to go Kim! So
                    Interesting what you lay out clearly here about weight. Thanks for this! Huge congratulations on completing, you both look awesome. What a power couple!


                      Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
                      Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                      Boooom. You and the fella are ripped up. Which way to muscle beach?


                        Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
                        Trainerover 3 years ago

                        Great closing thoughts Kimmers! Congratulations on shredding KB2!! You absolutely hit it out of the park. This will be on my list of blogs to direct folks to when they start questioning their weight.


                          Stew F.Stew F.Kenzai Member
                          over 3 years ago

                          Kim , its prob bec your a trainer that everyone expects you to be almost super human all the time the well done notices dont flow as often as trainees recieve,theres a stigma thats always attached to a leader that they dont need support like underlings do.
                          So I just checked ur progress pics over the course and u absolutely decimated this ,simply awsome results!
                          Yourdata makes for some really interesting reading, ive had a huge suspicion that evenings and morns do not add up equally, i think you justQED my thoughts .
                          Top skills , and from trainee to a leader...
                          I say, very well done.!


                            Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 2 (Member)
                            Trainerover 3 years ago

                            Congrats on a great program and what an awesome idea of tracking for the 90 days. Perfect way to show it in empirical form. And Cecilia is right, this is to be tagged for everyone to share with trainees that struggle to get off the scale habit. Well done!!!


                              Richard B.Richard B.Alumni
                              over 3 years ago

                              I can definitely tell the difference! Especially in your legs as well as over all tone... deeeeee-stroyed it!


                                Kelly H.Kelly H.Kenzai Member
                                over 3 years ago

                                Great blog post - it's so true, which makes it scary how much importance we give that number! Congratulations on finishing! I'm so glad we were on the same team.


                                  Jenn R.Jenn R.Kenzai Member
                                  over 3 years ago

                                  Great work, Kim. This was a tough 90 days for you and I'm glad you held on. Thanks for all the support.


                                    Tahera Z.Tahera Z.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 15 (Member)
                                    over 3 years ago

                                    Congratulations Kim, you look ammmmazing! Loved your graduation lesson post 😊


                                      Fiona C.Fiona C.Alumni
                                      over 3 years ago

                                      Totally pleasure to have done this with you Kim! Thanks for your support along the way.


                                        George B.George B.Kenzai Member
                                        over 3 years ago

                                        Congratulations! KB2 is really different from KB1. In KB1 the changes can be very visible and outsiders will notice and comment. In KB2 the changes are primarily in energy levels, toning, engraining healthy habits for good - more things we can see in scantily clad pics or feel, but equally important. I agree you two look smoking hot and should cosplay something or be in the lineup of the next Avengers movie. Thanks for your positive contributions, blogging and recipies, and see you on the blogs and future programs.


                                          Rory M.Rory M.Kenzai Member
                                          over 3 years ago

                                          Wow - great results ; a real 'power' couple. Looking forward to your further patient guidance on my journey to KB2 graduation. Cheers and big Congratulations.


                                            Nikki L.Nikki L.Alumni
                                            over 3 years ago

                                            You look FABU (before and after!) You guys crushed it :) Thanks for all the great ideas, support and encouragement!


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