Kim Benson

Kim Benson

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Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready
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Personal best

I've been adding in a little extra cardio the past 2 weeks or so. 2-3 times a week I've taken my dog for a 30 minute run. He tends to overheat chasing his tennis ball when it gets warm so we've found that a little jog does him well. Also, I figure I'm usually just standing in a field with him for 30 minutes so I might as well get some exercise too. I must have been having one of those days where all the factors aligned in my favor because I rocked a personal best of a 6:45 min km and averaged 6:58 min across 4km. It seems like I really hit my stride in the 3rd km. Yay!


Good one

Phew, today's workout was a good one. My legs are gummy. Gonna need a little extra stretching throughout the day I think. My body is feeling leaner this week. I think I'm over my plateau, which is exciting. Party on Willow. I'll catch up with you all again soon.


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I got the little reminder that I haven't blogged in a week. Sorry. Things are going well just super busy. I'll write more soon.


They are mine! Na -chos.
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Sure, it was Easter weekend and we had brunch plans but our group of friends is so amazingly accommodating due to a wide array of dietary needs among the lot of us. A turkey breast was roasted for Richard and me with no oil and "little salt." That was an interesting one. Perspective is key because I thought it was quite salty. We made baked asparagus and there was fresh fruit. Bam! Mostly K-ompliant meal. Only thing that was missing were carbs. Someone did make some GF Yorkshire pudding but I wasn't quite sure about that so I figured I'd have some rice when I got home. But I digress.... NACHOS

We followed the rules and had our indulgence for lunch on Saturday. Luckily Olivia took an extra long nap so we got our workouts in and got to relax on the sofa in a post nacho coma. I don't know why we hadn't thought of it before but in a stroke of genius, we heated up the chips (lightly salted corn chips) in the oven. AMAZE-BALLS. The meat was the normal chicken "taco" meat we make all the time. It's a no salt seasoning that we get from Costco, smoked paprika, ground garlic, onion and black pepper so that was totally compliant. We had fresh salsa, cilantro, chives, lettuce, and tomatoes. Where the bulk of the indulgence came in was with the cheese and some spicy olives. So satisfying.

It was a good thing that we worked our right before lunch because we had to have our post workout snack before making the nachos so I was already pretty full and wasn't as tempted to go overboard. Only negative side effect was the thirst. SO very thirsty. Indulgence 2 ticked off. Back into full program as the diet continues to lean out and the workouts ramp up. Woah boy, what does month 3 have in store? Kenzai on, Willow!


What a week.
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These are some photos taken from the same spot on the trail as the other one with the foreboding clouds. We got nearly 2 feet of snow. Olivia asked to listen to Christmas music during the snow storm. It was positively festive in my house. The snow was great and made for an interesting twist to Easter egg hunts. O was sick most of last week. I was still up at 5:30 to hit my workout in the quite morning time. I'm up before the dog will even get out of bed. It is peaceful, my zen time. I do fear that I'll have to get up more and more early as the sunrise continues to get earlier, it seems like the little one is up with the day light. Either that, or I'll have a little workout buddy. I'll pop up an indulgence blog next. For now, enjoy the winter wonderland.


Double down
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Doubled down on the cardio today and took the hound for a run before the snow comes back tomorrow.


Little Victories

Sometimes I get it in my head that I want a treat, I need a treat, I deserve a treat. My rational mind knows that it's just Grok playing tricks on me and that I need to ignore him but hot damn he shouts so loudly sometimes. The fast few times I've gone to the grocery store Grok has been shouting about Easter candy. Just one Cadburry's cream egg, just one Recess peanut butter egg. In the 5 minutes it takes me to get to the store I have this intense battle in my head and usually end up telling Grok that he wins. HA HA! Fooled you Grok! When I'm in the store I avoid all the "danger zones" and have made it out of the store each time WITHOUT any treats. Little victory for me and with each passing day Grok gets a little quieter. Just a little...


Not to pat my own back or toot my own horn but PAT PAT, TOOT TOOT! We had 2 social outings this weekend and rocked them both. Last night our neighbors had a little St. Patrick's Day gathering. There was corned beef and cabbage and loads of green goodies (and not the vegetable variety). Luckily the party started at 5:30 and Olivia goes to bed at 7 so we had an excuse to leave early. I made a plate of food for O and sat at the table with her. I'm pretty sure everyone thought I was eating off the same plates so no one made any comments. We made out exit having eaten a few cucumber slices and drinking water. Richard may have gotten a little nudge from the guys about not having beer but he's tough. Today I had a friend's baby shower. I packed my egg white in my purse and had a plan in my mind that I would only eat fruit and some veg. There were no veggies to be seen but luckily there was a big fruit salad. I snuck off to a corner and scarfed my egg white then filled a small plate with fruit. I did get one comment after everyone was done eating that I didn't try the apple cinnamon french toast with the homemade candied walnuts. "Aw shoot, I have to eat gluten free." Come to find out that everything was GF. Oops, everyone was done eating already, I lucked out. I did try 3 small pieces of the candied walnuts because they smelled amazing!

All in all I'd say Benson Family for the win!

Kenzai on Team Willow!


Phew! Glad that's over.

Rocked my workout today. Finally feeling almost back to normal. Still have a bit of a cough but at least I can do 15 minutes with the rope without having to stop. I still need a break before the last 3 minutes. I also eked out 180 jumps in the final minute. That felt good!

For some reason I've been super bloated and gassy for the past 2 days. TMI? Sorry. It's been a little painful actually. But my belly is HUGE! Richard said I looked pregnant last night. Not sure what's going on there.

We got nearly a foot of snow over night, shoveling gave me a bit of extra cardio and resistance training. It is heavy spring snow and my back is a little tight. Time to stretch while O is still napping. Hope you all have a great weekend.


blerg

I've been sick for the past 4 days or so. I've still pushed through the workouts but boy oh boy were they tough. Normally, I don't have any trouble whipping through the 18 minutes with the rope but these past 4 days had me winded and taking breaks every 5 minutes or so. I was feeling better with this morning's rope but the workout was still tough. Hoping to shake this thing soon. Kenzai on Willow Warriors!


Frozen fruit = sugar fix

My mom used to make us chocolate covered frozen bananas as a treat if we had overly ripe bananas. Don't worry, I didn't drizzle chocolate over the bananas but I did freeze a bunch of fruit to keep it from spoiling. I was planning on saving it for a smoothie but I was having serious sugar cravings tonight so grabbed the frozen fruit and munched away. Frozen grapes and bananas are SOOOO sweet. I was skeptical about the grapes but they were really yummy and totally took care of that sugar craving.

Peel and slice the bananas put on a baking tray and put in the freezer. Once they're frozen put them in a freezer safe container and you can snack on them as you'd like.

Wash the grapes, spread them on a baking tray and put in the freezer. Once they're frozen put them in a freezer safe container.

Yummy and easy!


MIA

Sorry I've been MIA lately. I have been bad at taking my own advice. I've not been feeling great these past few days and didn't want to bring everyone down. We lost my mom to cancer 6 months ago and this weird anniversary hit me harder than I thought it would. It's crazy how 6 months can seem like an eternity and the blink of an eye all at the same time. As I navigated (navigate) grief I'm amazed at how differently I've reacted to each stage. Initially, I took several weeks off to be home with my family. I spent all day in the hospital with my mom. She was so out of it from pain killers she slept most of the the time. I brought my bands and worked out in her room. I found an old kitchen scale and brought my lunches to the hospital every day. My diet and exercise were on point. It was the only part of my life that I had any control over and gosh darn it, I was going to control it.

Then I was flying back and forth from Colorado to New Jersey about once a month. My life was in this crazy state of flux, nothing was comfortable, stable or predictable and so I went back to a lot of bad eating habits that I'd kicked about 5 years ago. All my old means of stress relief and comfort came flooding back and I was too tired to swim upstream. I have a gluten intolerance and I was even eating wheat. What the heck?!? Stomach be damned, I wanted NJ pizza and bagels. Bad call!

My mom passed in September. We were fortunate (that's a weird word to use) that her battle was short. She didn't have to undergo years of treatment and pain. One of the tumors had paralyzed her from the waist down so even if the radiation treatments on her brain had worked she would have been incontinent and using a wheel chair for the rest of her life. She would have hated that. It was a slippery slope following her death into the holiday season. I knowingly made terrible choices. Sometimes it was like I was outside myself watching with disgust. I had it in my head that I just had to get to 2016 and then things would change.

Well things have certainly turned around. I think I needed a marker to say my hellish year was over. I'm so thankful to be back on program and to be getting control back. Overall, I'm feeling better and better everyday and it feels good to flex my will power again. I'm more determined than ever to see what these 90 days will bring. Sorry for the long, crazy post. I will try to be a better teammate moving forward.
A good Kenzai to you all!


check in

I rode the stationary bike for my alternative cardio on Sunday. Dang! That was hard!! It wasn't made easier by the fact that I didn't know how to change the gears on Richard's bike and I didn't lower the seat enough. I'll try it again this week with the seat in the proper position and now that I know how to change the gears I can make it easier as need be. I couldn't figure out why it was so difficult (gears aside). I've totally ridden a bike for way longer before; what was up with this time? Then I realized that when you ride outside you go up and down hills and can coast for a while. This was 30 minutes of non stop pedaling. Phew! My legs are not used to that. Normally, I'd scrap it and say that I'll run or swim for my alternate cardio because it's easier. But that's the exact reason I'm NOT going to scrap it. I want the challenge. Going to find my outfit for the #zipitup challenge. Shouldn't be too hard.
Kenzai on team!


squishy brain

I went far too long without eating today. I diligently packed my fruit snack and egg white but our meeting went about an hour longer than I had anticipated. I also had to finish the food shopping before heading home. I ran through Costco so as not to be tempted by the samples. There was a woman who had grapes and yogurt so I did give in to those. I get this really weird feeling in my body when I've not eaten enough. My brain seems to turn to mush leaving me cloudy and easily confused and I move really slowly. I also get quite cold. The grapes and yogurt held me over until I got home. Luckily, Richard was already making lunch so I didn't have to wait much longer to refuel.

Have we told you guys about the chicken curry? It's SO easy. Ground chicken, curry powder and cayenne. That's it! Paired with spinach and okra and it's like a saag. Mmmm.

Workouts are going well. I was a little overzealous with my band choice for the standing rows this morning and had to swap out mid set. Other than that, status quo in CO.
A good Kenzai everyone.


final minute challenge

To piggy back off of David and then Nate. I've started tracking my jumps in the final minute. I can maintain about 144/minute and got 175 in the final minute today but I tripped so it could have been a little higher. I want to try to break 180 by the end of the week. I've also thrown in some double unders for minutes 5, 7 and 9. I do double unders for 30 seconds then as fast as I can for 30. I need to have 3 hops between each double under so I'm trying to cut that down too.

Happy Kenzai everyone!


Jun 7th, 2016

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