Matt Berlin

Matt Berlin

Kenzai Marathon | Day 63 (Member)
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Glad I Did It! 

  • Dec 15th, 2015 at 10:17AM

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The final few weeks leading up to the start of this program, I was going back and forth on whether I should do it or not. I knew I would get something out of it, but wasn't sure how much. I was already on a good fitness self-motivation path, at least cardio-wise, with my biking and running. I knew I had been slacking on getting myself back into the strength training again, which I had neglected for a few years waiting for my shoulder to "heal" (or so I told myself). I knew this program would help jumpstart me in that area, but I wasn't sure if the diet strictness that I knew the program would entail, was worth it (ok, I wasn't sure a football season without beer was worth it). But thankfully the decision to do the program in full along side my wife, to support her and share the tough parts with her, won out.

I remember reading the lessons and following the workouts the first time my wife did the program 2 summers back. I liked the wellness/fitness/nutrition knowledge that the program contained. And although I absorbed some of it back then, actually doing the program on a daily basis and experiencing the time-commitments (exercise and food prep) and diet sacrifices first hand made them more impactful and I feel I absorbed them more. Prior to the program, I would go in waves of sometimes easily following the "3/4 full" eating habit I had worked on, but also would easily stray into the, "hey, I biked today, why not have that 4th slice of pizza, and some dessert too" eating habit all too often. My overall diet didn't change significantly on Kenzai (aside from the volume of eggs), so the transition out of the program structure won't be too hard. I'm just hoping having the body experience 3 months of eating in better time patterns (meal size, snacks, etc.) will make the poor eating days/meals more of an every now and then thing, and not a 4 day a week thing.

I took my final measurements today so that I could compare them to my body measurements at day 0, day 45 and day 90. I didn't have any specific numeric goals for body fat % loss as I don't have any history of tracking mine to know what is realistic over a 90 day period. But I was very pleased to see a steady progression in both the waist measurements and the BF% from days 0-90. My final weight stayed the same, which is what I anticipated if I was able to put on the upper body and core muscle that I was looking for while dropping some BF. So, very pleased with the results. Now I just need my wife to buy me some new pants for Christmas (hint, hint).

Congrats to all of my teammates. I am not a social media creature by any stretch of the imagination, so that aspect of the program I was curious about. But I found the writing of blogs to be helpful, and probably even more, the reading of other people's posts, to get inspiration from their positive outlooks. I hope everyone takes what they've gained and learned from these 90 days and makes 2016 even stronger for them.

That's it for now. I'm off to read to our oldest child before bed, and then I get to watch some Monday Night Football with a few beers, instead of a few egg whites! The Giants could (probably) lose, but I'll still be smiling! Cheers!

 
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11 comments

Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Run | Day 14 (Member)
Traineralmost 4 years ago

Mr. Strong eat your heart out! Great shot Matt, and it totally encapsulates the family effort that was a big part of your 90 days. When your baseline was as good as it was, it can be difficult to see the benefit in embarking on a program like this. But as you say, like anything in life, until you've experienced something for yourself, you will never appreciate fully what it entails, and the benefits it can bring. It's been nice to see you supporting the other members of your extended family as well as being a guiding light in your own team.
Congrats on an awesome finale!


    Patrick ReynoldsPatrick ReynoldsKenzai Member
    Founderalmost 4 years ago

    Nice work Matt, when you're playing near the edge of peak condition like you are, you'll find that you have to put as much work in to knock off 1% body fat that a larger person does to lose 10%, and same for adding muscle. Hope we could fill in some gaps in your knowledge and give you some new tools in your arsenal, keep up the good fight and continue to reach for new heights. Epic photo as well, and meaningful too, being fit and strong truly does lift your entire family up! COMPLETE!


      Kim MurchKim MurchReboot | Day 14 (Member)
      Traineralmost 4 years ago

      Matt, what a fantastic final photo! Your family was such a big part of your training, it seems particularly fitting. You were such a wonderful, active presence on the blogs, I know your teammates got a lot of encouragement from your posts and comments. Enjoy MNF and the rest of the season, complete with beers -- go Giants and Congratulations, Matt!


        Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
        Head Traineralmost 4 years ago

        I am with Kim. Might be my favorite final pic ever. Matt, to think I am used to seeing you hoist a beverage, not your entire family. Great show, brother. After Kenzai Run, I'll look forward to hitting the pavement with you next time you are in town come '16.


          Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Body 2 | Day 42 (Member)
          Head Traineralmost 4 years ago

          A few beers and a win from the Giants makes MNF even better!

          I knew you'd bring steadfast determination if you did it, but your final photo outshines what I envisioned. A true testament to what can be done in 90 days when someone follows the plan to a T.
          Looking forward to seeing you and the crew over the holidays.
          So what's next?


            Stephanie D.Stephanie D.Kenzai Chisel | Day 35 (Member)
            almost 4 years ago

            Matt- you nailed it. Your looking super fit and I am so happy that you enjoyed the program. You were a huge support to your team and your family members. I also loved how you supported Barb through the process. See you soon for a beer and excellent final picture!


              Adam C.Adam C.Alumni
              almost 4 years ago

              Outstanding, man! Really inspiring how seriously you took the program while still having fun. You were great with the blogging, really putting yourself out there for the teammates. Much respect, see you and the clan soon! (You know you're gonna get requests to replicate this photo for like, ever, right??)


                Dianne C.Dianne C.Alumni
                almost 4 years ago

                Matt, it has been great to be part of your team. Loved reading your blogs and also really appreciated all the support you gave me during the program. Your results are amazing well done! See you on the blogs in 2016!


                  Barbara D.Barbara D.Kenzai Silver | Day 28 (Member)
                  almost 4 years ago

                  Mr. Kenzai, is how I think of you. Your blogs and support have been clear thinking and informative, yet clever and fun. AND you are the only one in my family who realized in print my appropriate title of "inspiring wise one" although "Nana Yoda" works well too. Kenzai really needs to recruit you as a trainer.
                  The picture is great...Just missing the last person in your family.


                    Anna D.Anna D.Kenzai Member
                    almost 4 years ago

                    Great work matt! Love the picture. I'm curious about what's next on your fitness path? Triathlon?! See you next week!


                      Beth B.Beth B.Kenzai Member
                      almost 4 years ago

                      Hello handsome! To say you smashed this is an understatement. Fantastic job and fantastic results.


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