Kim Benson

Kim Benson

Kenzai Member
Trainer
in a daze

I realized that I totally zone out when I run. I actually wound up turing my music off half way through this run because I kept forgetting to pay attention to my body position. I think my typical posture is with my head and shoulders in front of my hips. It's a little hard to tell without someone running with me to look at my posture or running by a mirror. I would make an effort to bring my head and shoulders back and I did feel a difference in my body position. Definitely something to keep an eye on. Interestingly, my time back was faster than my time out. Maybe it's a false flat on my way out.


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The cows have been rotated back to the field by my house. They were still asleep when I ran out but had gotten up for this pick with the Rocky Mountains in the back ground. It was a good, brisk run today. My time out was a bit faster than last time. I didn't realize how much I missed running. It is a perfect 30 minutes of quiet me time. We'll see if my knees and hips agree. I'm going to need to do more stretching today. Good Kenzai everyone!


Away we go
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Had a great first run. Up before the sun and ran home to a beautiful sunrise and purple mountains. The hound dog enjoyed himself too. Lucky for him he gets to sleep the rest of the day. Off to work. A good Kenzai to you all!


pumped up

Super excited for Kenzai Run to start tomorrow. Russell dog is too, it's finally cooling off enough for him to run with me in the mornings!


Improvise
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I'm staying at my Dad's house and didn't pack a spare pair of workout shorts. Had to improvise with an old pair from high school. Nothing worse than your shorts falling off while skipping.


double unders

a whole new level of sweat, heart pounding fun and whip marks.


Today's happiness

This made me smile. I love the aerial shots of the drummers. http://www.vox.com/2015/8/1/9081519/foo-fighters-italy-video


Awesomeness for today
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Here are my happy things for today:
1) A nice chat with my mom
2) Morning run in the park with my dog
3) A squeaky clean kitchen
4) 14 minutes without a trip during my jumprope sesh
5) We keep getting mice that fall into our window well and can't get out. We've managed to catch a few but one died and that made me sad. So today I built a mouse ramp. Now, with any luck, they can climb out!
6) All of my session notes are done so I can play all weekend!


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Kicked boot camp in the booty. 

I was invited to a boot camp class with my neighbor this morning. Today was their final week in this set so everyone else had been working up to today and I was dropped right in. The trainer kindly told me not to feel pressure and to go at my own pace. He said not to worry if I couldn't complete any of the sets. I was a little nervous but felt pretty sure I'd do OK. I've seen them working out in the park before when I'm there with my dog so I knew a little what I was in for. Running some, whole body exercises, endurance and stuff with weights. Being the new kid I was careful at first to follow their speed. I stayed behind the leader during the jogs and followed the pace for some of the warm up exercises. When the rubber hit the road and we started the timed aerobic part, not gonna lie, I rocked it. There were "ladder exercises" counting up by 5's for the first exercise and down by 5's for the second e.g. 5 push ups, 25 squats with weights, 10 push ups 20 squats with weights and 15 and 15 and so on. I finished 2nd on the first set and 1st on the second set which was jumping lunges with weights and star jumps. The trainer asked if I was just taking a break and looked shocked when I said I'd completed it.

So, what I've learned from all this is that jumping rope keeps my cardio endurance up for a whole host of activities. And the Kenzai resistance training keeps me in great shape to tackle even the toughest week of boot camp.

This Reboot was super fun and a great way to get back in the groove if you've slipped. As always, Patrick's lessons are spot on, I swear sometimes it is like he's in my head. Thanks to my fellow KB staffers for keeping it lively.
A good Kenzai to you all.


sweaty duck
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I've gotten my workouts done both days and boy is it HOT! I've also done some little laps in the pool because ,why not? I can't imagine living in AZ year round but it is a really nice place to visit. We're heading up to Sedona today for a little shopping and maybe a hike. It's been exactly the relaxing weekend I've hoped for. I've been way off on the food and, gasp, had 2 drinks last night. Sadly, I'm feeling it today seems my tolerance for alcohol and rich foods is non-existent.

The photo is of the pool at the house. The girls let me have the master suite so I have a rather cush bed and bathroom too. There were so many nozzles in the shower I didn't know what to do :)


Lucky Duck

After the past few months I've had, my darling hubby and girl friends decided I needed a break. I'm off to Phoenix Arizona for a girl's weekend! It's going to be a balmy 106 degrees today, good thing I did my workout already. I'm looking forward to getting some lap time in at the pool and I packed my bands and rope too. I'm not worried about the exercises, they'll get done; but I can't promise I won't be sipping cocktails by the pool. I'm also going to catch up on your blogs. Sorry for being "that girl" and not commenting on blogs. Shame on me. BUT here's to some needed R and R!


Hand stand push ups

I'm really loving the challenge of the hand stand push ups. My elbows barely bend at all but it's so fun to try a new exercise. I'm wondering if I should still do the alternate shoulder exercise since I'm not able to do full range of motion with the push ups. Diet was good all week. This weekend we had daily obligations, luckily food options were quite compliant grilled chicken and veg, eggs and fruit. I was a little short on the carbs and yogurt and couldn't resist some ice cream. I only had one small scoop. Much to my surprise, it wasn't that delicious and I didn't want more. So it took me a solid year of clean eating to lose my taste for ice cream.


Hangry

Man I cannot seem to get enough food today. Thank goodness for AMAYW veg for lunch, but still so hungry :o/


Not so tiny dancer
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Love this challenge! It was so fun going through old photos. My face looks like a basketball!


I ate my homework
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So really, it isn't that hard to order a Kenzai compliant meal at most restaurants. You can get a salad and grilled chicken just about anywhere. The struggle comes when you have to deny yourself the other yummy looking food to keep your diet locked down. More and more I've tried to focus on the social aspect of eating out rather than the food itself. So far so good, I've been able to distract myself with great friends, laughter and stories.


Jun 7th, 2016

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