Matt Berlin

Matt Berlin

Kenzai Marathon | Day 32 (Member)
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Kenzai Marathon
Day 32
 
Program progress:
10 Days Left to Eat...
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…5 lbs of chicken, 3lbs of fish, 10 avocados, 15 tomatoes, several lbs. of various veggies, 3 bread loaves, 1-2 boxes of pasta, 10 bananas, 15 apples, 5 mangos, 1 bag of clementines, 10 quarts of yogurt…and what else…what am I missing…oh yeah, how can one forget the 80 eggs! Good luck stomach! Only 10 days to go!

So looking forward to day 91’s bowl of oatmeal breakfast.


Eight is Enough
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Ready to begin week 12 and finish these final 2 weeks strong. In looking thru this week's diet, I see that apparently 7 eggs a day isn't my max. After being used to having the lucky 7 as part of my daily eating for the last six weeks or so, I had assumed that was all I would have. Guess not. Here's to hoping that, like the name of 1970's tv sitcom, Eight is Enough!


Indulgence Part 2
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Dessert. Cupcake baked and decorated by our 9 year old daughter. Cookie baked and decorated by our 6 year old daughter. Both were delicious and then some!


Indulgence Part 1
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Thanksgiving dinner. Delicious!


Turkey Trotters
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I started Thanksgiving Day off with a fun family 5k run with two of our kids. This was Sophia's 2nd year running the local Turkey Trot and improved her time by about 4 minutes (pretty good for a 9 year old who hasn't run since last year's Trot). This was Doyle's first year running, and in fact his first run for more than a 100 yards probably. He ran the entire first 1 mile without stopping and did great, with minimal walking breaks the remaining 2 miles and finished in about 36 minutes. I was very impressed with that accomplishment for a 6 year old!

Guess the kids get a couple extra cookies at Thanksgiving today.


Day 68 (3/4 Point)

Now hitting the 3/4 mark in the 90 day program, I took my body measurements again. Still progressing well since the last measurements at day 45. The BF% calculations can vary a bit depending on how consistent my measurement techniques are each time, but looking at them more for a general progression than to be exact. Overall continue to be happy with the progress thus far and continue to focus on making the final 3 weeks count just as much as the first 3/4 of it all.
Good luck team and keep going!


Day 63 - Cardio Day

I was able to get out for a great 2 hour bike ride on Sunday since we've had unusually mild November weather around here. It was nice to get outside cardio in to add to the usual Kenzai workouts to break up the monotony, especially with winter on the horizon and thus fewer outside riding and running chances.

I see several teammates having a tough time as we begin this final month. Don't let this opportunity pass you. You have it in you to press on and achieve some goals. Don't give up on yourself and risk regretting it come day 91. Go strong!


8 Weeks Complete

Week 8 can be sumed up in one word...monotonous. Got all the workouts in (even with having to shift days abit for an impromptu golf trip with the guys). Diet has been fine. Find myself not craving any "bad" non-Kenzai food, but more pining for simple meals, like when I can have my yogurt, fruit and grape nuts again and call it done for breakfast.

Low energy as week 9 starts, but might have been fighting off a little something these last several days. Or just tired. Who knows some days.

Only 5 weeks left to hit some goals to make the most out of these 90 days of sacrifice. Good luck team with week 9!


Triceps Failure!

When doing the strength exercises, some days I reach muscle failure, while other days not so much (depending on the day's energy level and the specific body parts). Today, doing the triceps, I felt like I was approaching failure but when done, I thought I was probably alittle short of the failure finish line. Moved onto the Captains Chairs. Started off fine and then 3 or 4 reps in the first set, my arms nearly collapsed, barely able hold my body up. Got all the reps/sets in, but the arms didn't like it one bit. Guess the triceps sets worked. Should be interesting to see how they feel tonight.
Continue strong this week team!


Indulgence 2
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Went out to brunch with the wife to celebrate our anniversary, so the indulgence was good timing. Fully enjoyed the bacon burger and fries. The body was fine with it, but it probably helped that it wasn't a dinner portion, coupled with appetizer, dessert and drinks too. We went to see a movie afterwards but skipped the popcorn to make sure not to overload the system.

Good luck to all on the start of a good week!


Half-Way Status
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Day 45 of 90 complete! Have completed 43 of 45 workouts (day before, and day of marathon skipped). Would rate my overall diet compliance for these first 45 days at a 8.5 or 9 out of 10 (a few less than compliant days/meals, but most of them fairly strong).

I took my body fat measurements at the beginning of the program, again at the 1/4 way point, and now again at the 1/2 way mark. Since I came into the program on a fairly good fitness regiment (cardio wise at least), I wanted to see what additional effect the diet and the strength training aspects would have on my body. My hip and two waist measurements have decreased approx. 0.5 inch to 1.25 inches. My body fat percent has dropped approx. 2.5%.

Overall, I’m pleased with my results to date. I took the first 4 weeks at a moderate pace so as not to negatively impact my marathon training, but since then, I’ve been trying to step up the intensity of the strength portions of the workouts as I’m interested in building more developed and stronger upper body muscles and core. Some days I’ve been more successful at that than others. But I figure if I’m going to get up at 5:30am to workout and subject myself to a football season without beer, I might as well focus on some definitive goals to keep the focus on.

Good job team in all the work that you’ve done this first half. Keep at it, especially anyone still feeling the affects of the Kenzai Valley. Set yourself some motivational second half goals and get at them!

Good luck everyone!


You've Been Boo'd!
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So the halloween tradition of the neighborhood kids "Boo-ing" each other is in full swing around us. Our house was Boo'd this past week, and our 3 kids had a blast sneaking to a pair of friends' houses down the street, and passing the Boo on. Now that the youngest ones are 6, they are better at going with their big sister and hiding behind some bushes while they run up to the front door, leave the bag of halloween treats and such, and then run and hide before their friends come to the front door. A lot of fun for them. Not so much for dad and mom though.

With both of us on Kenzai this halloween, I had intended to keep the halloween candy out of the house as close to halloween as possible to shorten the window of temptations. But with receiving a LARGE bag of Reese's PB Cups (my personal favorite) in our Boo package, that plan died early. Then I had to go buy bags of candy for the kids to bring to school for their halloween ball next week. So the "cost conscious" and "being prepared" side of me, which are usually strengths weren't this time around, since it made me buy all of the bags of candy we need for halloween night at the same time since the sale was too good to pass and I was already at the store.

So needless to say the temptations are in the house. They are stored downstairs in our basement pantry cabinets out of site, but that doesn't mean they are out of mind. It's not like listening to the "beating of the tell-tale heart" and we're not going mad, but the imagery is not too far off at times.

Figured a lot of us will be going thru this candy temptation in the coming week, plus. So remember you're not the only one. I keep reminding myself to not waste all the diet and exercise work to date for a moment or two of PB and chocolate delight (but, but, but...they're so GOOD!!!).

Good luck team with week 7. Stay strong!


No Cookie Cake...No Grazing
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This past week thankfully was successful on the workout and food fronts. And this weekend too, even with a busier than normal kids and family schedule.

Sunday afternoon was a little harder since I found myself with our son at his friends birthday party after being really off schedule on the timing of my snacks and meals. Although a little hungry, I was mindful not to do my normal routine of grazing off his leftover pizza, fries, etc., to "not waste the food" he didn't want. I even said no to a piece of the cookie cake they had. The apple I ate in the car ride home was a laughable substitute. But missing out on the post greasy food and sweets stomach feeling was well worth it.

Good luck team on the start of a new week!


Marathon Indulgence!
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No, it wasn't a complete bender of an indulgence. The title should have an "and" in between. This first indulgence was perfect timing for me and the wife. I completed my first full marathon today, which despite the significant pain of the final 40 minutes, was a truly satisfying accomplishment, especially since I consider myself much more of a cyclist than a runner. It was great to share the day with the kids and family. And then to celebrate, my wife and I got to go out to dinner (just the two of us!!) and use our indulgences together. A few pints of beer, some calamari and a house-made cookie ice cream sandwich was delicious. Great day indeed!
Legs will definitely not be up for jumping rope for Monday's "cardio" day, but looking towards starting week 5 strong come Tuesday.


Week 3 done: Changes in body or mind?

Body? - I'm noticing little changes, nothing big, but enough to be pleased with the first 3 weeks. But this morning I got a little energy boost from our 6 year old son. While he was taking my photo for the site he said, "wow daddy, you've got big muscles". Granted his perspective is in comparison to his 6-yr old frame, but you take what you can get. It added energy after the 5:30am workout for sure. Plus his obvervation was better than his twin sister's from last week. While I was doing step lunges, she asked, "daddy what is that noise?". "That's my knee making that noise". "Oh, that's not good daddy".

Mind? - still feeling motivated and currently viewing it as there are "only 9 weeks left" to accomplish some goals, versus "oh man, I've only done 3 weeks". Hoping this feeling will last as long as possible but realize it won't be there throughout.

Good luck team with week 4!


End of Week 3

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