Menno P.

Menno P.

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No motivation

This is the blog that I have been postponing but finally needs to be written.
After the difficulties of the first 2 weeks and the move back to Brazil in the 3rd week I have to admit that I have not done any exercise or run in this 4th week. I could come up with all kind of excuses but the reality is that my mindset and motivation to do this program are not there.

So I decided not to fool myself and you as a team any longer and stop participating.
I will take some time to sort out a few things in work and personal life, enjoy 4 days of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro where I booked an apartment 1 block away from the Copacabana beach and have tickets for the famous Samba Parade.
After that I will focus on starting another Kenzai program in early March.

Wishing you all success to complete the program and be a better runner!
It was nice having started with you and reading your blogs.
Keep on running!
Menno


Back in Brazil
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It has been a bit off a tough week with recovering from the flu, traveling to Brazil and trying to catch up with colleagues, work and Kenzai.
The diet and exercises suffered due to welcome and farewell parties but since the weekend I am on my own in a Aparthotel so will be strong. Changed the run to Saturday and had a 43km bicycle ride today on the side of the Pinheiros river in Sao Paulo!


After the emotions effected me during the first week of this program I was in bed with flu and fever the past 3 days of this second week. All my muscles did hurt but not from exercise!
It makes me think of a free translation of Murphy's law: what can go wrong will go wrong (in my attempt to run).
But I feel more like what we call in Dutch 'Shipping Law': Succeed on the 3rd attempt!
So I am looking forward to complete all workouts of the 3rd week!


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All my life I have been a morning person, waking up around 6 without any alarm.
So today I started my favourite routine of putting on my running clothes and shoes and go out before breakfast.
Selected a good day: gale force Bft 9-10 and rain! Happy that for most of the time I could run in the shelter of the city forest close to my apartment.

Thanks to all for the warm and supportive words in my previous blogs.
It did help me to get out today and run 5-8-5 minutes of the 25.


Kenzai Lunch
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For a person who used to lunch with 2 slices of full grain bread and cheese, Diet Coke and coffee the Kenzai Lunch is a huge meal and a big difference!
But when at home I am happy practice my 'Asian Cooking Skills' and enjoy a tasty lunch with stir fried vegetables, chilli chicken and plain rice. The Diet Coke is replaced by water and the espresso as 'desert' remained.
Bon appetite!


Will do it!

My first week was not what I expected as I explained in my team introduction email.
When I don't do what I am supposed to do I always remember a Texan OilRig manager that used to say (shout): Excuses are like ..., everyone got one!

So from now on I will be back on track! A promise to myself and my team!
Let's run!


Ready to run

His everyone, after finishing Kenzai Body 1 over a month ago it has been too long without structured workouts and lessons! I have to admit that with all my years I need the structure of a program to stay on track.
Most of the diet from Kenzai Body is still in place so I expect to be OK with that and I am really looking forward to improve my running skills and get back into the fun of running.


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Back home in the Netherlands I learned through the large community of Indonesians about their spicy kitchen. As a young sailor I travelled around Asia and was in immediately in love with the variety of Chinese, Malay and Thai food. My first Vietnamese cooking was done from 'The Red Lantern' cookbook written by Vietnamese boat refugees that found a new home in Australia and I hope one day to visit their restaurant in Sidney.

In 2013 I had a one day cooking class in Hoi An, Vietnam.
A wonderful experience that increased my love for their food even more.
Having just completed the Kenzai Body 1 I experienced some difficulties adapting my favourite Vietnamese dishes to the diet. Therefore it was easy to sign up for this skill course and learn how to include more Vietnamese balance in my diet!


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The start of a life change! 
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When my friend Joy introduced me to Kenzai it just took me 1 day to think about it before I signed up for Kenzai Body. Thanks Joy!
Keeping my weight is what I already call my struggle of life for many years. I have had good results in the past but after 1 or 2 years the drive had gone down and the weight up again.

From day 1 in the Kenzai Body program I was happy with the diet: it makes me choose what to eat and guides me in the healthy quantities I should have. When family, friends and colleagues ask me what I am not allowed to eat I tell them about all the good stuff I do eat. I simply forgot about the alcohol, chocolate and cheese I am not supposed to eat.

But in the next Kenzai (Body?) program I will take I will have to prove that I can do the program of exercises as well. The fracture in the vertebrae that stopped me from doing them in Kenzai Body 1 should have healed and with the last session of physical therapy today I already started doing more bicycle riding and hiking. Will need to find out what the trainers suggest but I feel I should just redo Kenzai Body again.

The last few weeks the daily lessons were tough for me as they were so much about how to exercise and what it would do to your body. I hope to experience that change in my muscles soon.
Honestly: I was jealous when I looked at the weekly pictures of my teammates! What an amazing results I have seen and read about.
Congrats team! I have enjoyed this journey together with you.
Scott and Lindsay, thanks for your support!

Two pictures of a some great people I met in InterNations Sao Paulo and with whom I had my last 'Kenzai Body Lunch' on a beautiful island in the south of Sao Paulo state, away from phone or internet network for 2 days!


The diet does not really bother me: it has become a lifestyle and I feel no desire for sweets or alcohol. But have to admit that for the first time I took the chocolate cookie at my after lunch coffee. But it was not even half an inch square.
Last Friday I met a group of new friends for Happy Hour in a Sao Paulo Bar. Left 3 hours later after only drinking sparkling water.

On Friday evening I leave for a 2 day hiking trip in a National Park on an island in the south of Sao Paulo state.
Not sure if I will have internet connection and be able to read about the finals of our Kenzai tour on Saturday!
With only doing the diet I am jealous about the results I see from all of you! 😒
Hope I will catch up when I do my next Kenzai program.


More Plans ...

Since the question on Sunday I also looked closer to a planning after day 90 of our Kenzai Body as Liz posted.
As I am recovering from my back injury I guess my best option is to stick to the diet and start the exercises from day one again with cycling or running instead of skipping rope (my physical therapist was not in favour of that). He now makes me do a lot of exercises that are very much like the workouts with the bands in Kenzai.

If I go to programs I only get the option to take a membership without seeing details of the other programs. So I logged out and explored Kenzai.com to find out that the earliest date new programs start is January 8th next year which means more that a month to find our own way.

Will I still be able to see all workout and lessons of our program and re-start on my own after our Kenzai Body finishes? Some of our team have done earlier programs so I am happy learn from you.
And Scott or Lindsay what is your advise?


One of the reasons I started Kenzai is that the belt in my jeans did not have any more holes to fit comfortable.

Just now I was dressing up for a culture afternoon/night out with new Brazilian friends and when I pulled the same belt comfortably tight wearing a new pair of jeans it appears I have 3 holes spare!

That means 3 inches gone from my waist in less than 90 days with basically just the diet!
Thank you Kenzai! What a motivator!


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If I remember well I already mentioned my low energy levels earlier. Guess it has all to do with my limited amount of exercises. But as I have been doing 5 to 10 kilometre walks I felt save to sign up for a 7 km hike in the countryside that I made yesterday with a group of Brazilians and Expatriates about 2.5 hours drive from Sao Paulo.

The hike was a steep climb following a mountain stream through the forest, passing by seven different waterfalls and continued after that to the top of the hill. I believe the total ascent was about 500 metres. On the last part I had to let the group go ahead off me as I felt the energy drain away from me despite the water and fruits I consumed. After a short rest at the top (laying down and not able to enjoy the views) we went down with more beautiful views of the valley but I was struggling and arrived at the restaurant 20 minutes behind the group completely exhausted for a late lunch. But so satisfied that I did make it on my own!

Don't believe I have ever been so tired in my life. Took me 20 minutes before I was able to get up and take some food from the buffet but could not eat. My stomach could not handle it. It appeared that the small (¼ cup) of home made banana ice cream with chocolate sauce started my recovery with lots of water and 2 banana's on the way back to Sao Paulo.

P.S.:
The biggest satisfaction came from the fact that I felt no back pains and only slight muscle aches this morning while I write this.


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When I read the question this morning it was easy for me to answer: the diet was the easiest. From day one I felt it would fit me well as I had so many choices and only the quantities to control. That brings me directly to the 3r and last indulgence.

Today I was at the Interlagos racecourse in Sao Paulo watching the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
As expected between mostly beer drinking spectators in the full sunshine (28C).
Sticking to water was no problem and I also brought my fruits and egg white. Lunch was an issue as they only sold packed sandwiches and burgers with lot's of cheese and/or bacon and to be honest: they looked horrible to me!
So was happy to take a wooden stick with grilled beef and ... a cone of French Fries.
The fries were good, crispy and dry but sooooo salty! Guess this time the salt was not to bad with al the sweating.
So for me this indulgence came at the right timing like the 2nd one when I was cooking a dinner with my kids.
Now I am ready for 3 more weeks of staying tight with the diet before going into a new Kenzai program that will fit my situation.

The second part of today's question I already answered in my previous post 2 days ago: not being able to exercise due to back injury. But that is fading away and I have increased my indoor cycling to 30 minute workouts.


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The last 2-3 weeks have not been easy for me. The diet was not a problem but the recovery of my back injury (since day 3 of the program) was slow and frustrating. Reading lessons about what the body is doing as a result of all the exercises I was not allowed to do was not particularly motivating.

Yesterday I had my first day without pain even after a 20 minutes indoor bike ride.
So when I was out for dinner and drinks last night with the same 2 colleagues that accompanied me on the Rio trip I celebrated my little victory in joining them with one shot off Jaegermeister!

When the physiotherapist told me this morning that I could slowly increase the indoor cycling intensity and increase my waking as longs I don't feel pain I knew for sure the climb out of the valley will be a steady one!
With renewed motivation I enjoyed tonight's home made veggie pasta with salmon even better!


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