Reading the lessons and meditating have been very rewarding. What is the best way to keep it up? I enjoy reading my blog comments, and I would love to know what Patrick and the other trainers think is the next progression?
One of my favorite aspects of Kenzai programs is to learn via reading the lessons. I'm finding these readings to be particularly interesting. I had already discovered that I meditate best first thing in the morning, but I still haven't tried meditating during the middle of the day. That will be next :)
After reading one of the lessons I realized that I had been 'meditating' many years ago when I used to pray every night. I'd start praying and then mentally go somewhere else for varied amounts of time before I'd come back to praying. It was an easy way to settle and get ready to sleep.
Now as I go through the different lessons, I also think of mental challenges and trying to work more with my mind. This Thanksgiving week...I was offered the opportunity to go physically challenge myself by joining in the yearly ice plunge. I passed (maybe next year), but my son did it. He said dealing with the cold was a huge challenge, but that it's a lot your mindset. If you tell yourself you can do it, you can.
What would I do without the lessons?? Until reading the lesson about what to do with your eyes, I had absolutely no idea that you weren't supposed to keep your eyes closed. Who knew???
I've been having a really hard time meditating which came as a surprise. I thought I'd have no problem keeping still for 5-10 minutes. The lesson about following my breath and following someone else were very helpful, but I also thought I'd try a different time of day and location (instead of my bedroom).
So this morning I stood on a hilltop in the sun; one of my favorite daily walk stops. I'd never tried meditating standing up, and I really enjoyed it. It was below freezing, but the sun felt great!
Kenzai Reboot was just what I needed to help me get back in shape after a low workout fall and a three day stay in the hospital in December. Thanks to everyone!!! I feel I can always count on trainers and teammates for support. Great program...good lessons and workouts!!!
Really enjoying this reboot and the pleasing sensation of feeling really good! Now to stick with it for all of 2018!
Delicious lunch! First time I think I've ever eaten Jimaca; it was very good. I know there are a few chopped pecans on top, but I'm still feeling virtuous :)
During Dry January you aren't supposed to drink any alcoholic beverages for the month. I'm not sure how long it's been around, but I just heard about it. I listened to a doctor explain some of the benefits, which include better skin quality, better quality sleeping, etc. As I drink infrequently, I've never really considered what the benefits of not drinking at all could be...but I decided to give it a try (especially as it fits in perfectly with Kenzai). So my Reboot January should be a healthy one :)
Our weather has been so miserably cold, I haven't been able to get my daughter out with me anywhere interesting to take my photo. It's been way to cold for my 2yr old granddaughter to go outside...let alone up to Olivia's Overlook, which is where I wanted my 'photo shoot'.
Instead, I'm offering this shot of 'The Mount' where I took the dogs for a good long hike on Saturday. Lots of good trails mixed with some rugged terrain. We got in a good workout, and the longest hike I've taken in months.
I'm glad we started slow. I needed to start slow. But after a week of slow, regular exercise...I was able to pick up my pace on Saturday and Sunday.
This past Saturday I was able to go on a two hour hike in Kennedy Park; something I haven't done for over a year. I did some huffing and puffing, but otherwise the hike was not a problem. In fact it was wonderful!
On Sunday with some trepidation I went to Spartan Fitness with a friend. I was wary about doing this, because it's mostly younger persons and/or the very fit. My goal was to be able to complete the class, and the class 'challenge'. Everyone had 35 minutes to complete the challenge, and I finished with 20 seconds to spare. I paced myself and got it done...not everyone was able to finish. And...I wasn't sore the next day.
Can't beat those daily Kenzai workouts!!!
Thanks to all of you!!! I really enjoyed this program :)
I have really enjoyed reading all the lessons with this program, especially 'above the cloud line.' Kenzai continues to be an important part of my day. Love the exercises!!!
Last week we worked on Cape Cod (12 crew, 1 supervisor, numerous machine operators and me) from 7am to 5:30-6:00pm every day. Although I didn't do any of the heavy lifting or digging, I did have to stand on my feet all day. I also moved lots of grasses and bushes around.
Thirty years ago, this wouldn't have been a big deal, but nowadays...all I can say is I wouldn't have been able to do it if I wasn't doing my Kenzai workouts :)
The weather here in our area has been absolutely spectacular this week...it's so nice to be outside all day!!! It's also really nice to have a great workout room available to me early every morning. I got my workout in, and I feel great!!! It also helps to keep me on track with the diet :)