Menno P.

Menno P.

Kenzai Reach | Day 10 (Member)
Kenzai Reach
Day 10
 
Program progress:

Is it imagination or is my flexibility already improving?
Clearly the muscle pain in the shoulders is less and when I made the weekly picture that I forgot on Sunday the forward bend was lower.

But the biggest surprise of all was that I managed to do the Chaturanga!
I was able to keep my body off the floor for 3 breath's.


Definitely will need to practise here and buy a strap tomorrow for the first 2 stretches ...
When I sit on the mat I can barely keep my legs flat on the floor and the pelvis/back straight; let alone bend over.
Shocking how stiff and inflexible I am!


I have been brought up in a loving and social family and I am happy to recognise that as my beliefs to provide food, a basic house, medical care and education for everyone at acceptable cost. In many (western) countries it will be very difficult to provide jobs for everyone with the growing population so we need to search for a balance that every individual can have a job or other way to feel valuable.

We must take care of Mother Nature as our industrial revolution has already done so much damage to the planet that she can no longer take care of herself. The climate needs strong investments from all of us to stop global warning and save the planet for our children and grand children. All of us can contribute to that by the way we manage our (daily) travel or think about our high consumption of (durable) goods.

Finally my biggest believes are honesty, fairness and forgivingnes. That is how I live my life and do my work. It means I am entitled to make mistakes but I am not afraid to admit if I did and will do my best to be better next time.


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I used my 5km morning walk as the warming up for todays old fashioned strength-building workout. The crunches were difficult and tough for me.
Later in the day I went out for my favourite 13+ kilometer walk from my downtown apartment to the beach boulevard and back again. I did it in record time of 2 hours and 2 minutes.

We have great beaches on the North Sea coast in the Netherlands but we miss the real summer weather. As shown on the picture today was 18-19 C and strong winds. Great to walk but not for a day in the middle of summer where you want to get a tan!


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Today no morning walk as I planned a 17 km hike in the countryside, stage 7 of a long distance trail I am following.
I've uploaded a picture of a typical Dutch windmill that I passed by.

I'm really having problem with the Chaturanga.
If I start lowering myself from the 'push-up' position I just don't have the power in my arms to keep myself above the mat.


Reach D5

After a few days of morning stretches and skillful movements my shoulders indicate I have been doing exercises I am not used to. Also I have difficulties with the seated trunk exercises as I am not really able to fully stretch the legs and sit stable.
The downward dog is also difficult: first of all to come into the position and then I cannot find a position to have the feet flat on the ground and the knees not bent.
But as we are doing these exercise to improve our flexibility I hope doing as best as possible today is enough.


Hi All,
My name is Menno, I'm from the Netherlands and starting this Reach program from my home in The Hague.
That is the city where our government is but also the International Peace Court where you may have heard of.
I work as a functional consultant in software implementation projects and currently finishing a Brazilian project from home by preparing an online handover to a global support team. I have no new project yet but if one comes up it is very well possible that I need to travel for it.

Already for many years I know that my flexibility is limited. Now I am living a more healthy life again with proper food and lots of hiking and cycling I did choose Reach to improve my general flexibility.
I think success will be in many area's but I also hope that the expected improvement in the 'Standing forward bend' that I just uploaded as starting picture will show the results of doing Reach.

When asked for an indulge I will probably try to skip it as I don't think I need it with the motivation for the program. But if I take it I will definitely follow the rules.
Apart from my overweight that I am seriously working on and making good progress I have no limitations in following the program. I am very motivated to make this program success in the next phase of improving my health.

I hope we have a lot of interaction and exchange of experiences in doing the different stretches.
So far I have been doing good since day 1. My daily practice is to go for a 5km walk before breakfast and now I am doing the morning stretches before going out.


First evening stretches

Tonight I uploaded the end of week 1 picture and decided to change to the Wide Angle Legs after completing the evening stretches.

First I hope I can continue the timing of the exercises as I have in mind. The morning stretches before my daily 5km walk and breakfast. The skilful movements at lunch break and the evening stretches after I am prepared to relax for the evening, preferably after a shower or bath. Living alone and working from home comes in handy this time so I can really dedicate that time.

I will not complain too much about all those exercises I can barely do as that is the reason why I am doing Reach!
But will see what advise I can get by describing how I experience the tough ones, for example the Seiza. If I take that position my butt stays well free from my feet and it is very uncomfortable after barely 5 breaths with my feet hurting (as I can barely stretch them) against the floor (yoga mat of wood).

With both Seated One Leg bends I am unable to stretch the leg fully and reach with my hand just below the knee. Should I use a strap around the foot as explained in the details to get a better position/grip?


Reach and my beliefs

For once it looks like I am doing a Kenzai Program from home which means I am Reaching from The Hague in The Netherlands. Not counting a 3 day business trip to Poitiers, France on May 26-29.
I learned about Kenzai about 2 years ago from my good friend and colleague Joy who now lives with her husband and one year old boy in Santiago de Chile. I really hope to visit them later this year.
I rarely watch tv apart from an occasional sports event and no series at all. I prefer to read (books on my iPad) which usually means fiction to relax and make the (travel) time pass. I am currently reading book 3 of 4 from 'The Stormlight Archive' by Brandon Sanderson. When I was younger I loved the books about King Arthur and the Knights or books like The Hobbit. For me the Stormlight Archive is a masterpiece that fits into this category.

I have been brought up in a loving and social family and I am happy to recognise that as my beliefs to provide food, a basic house, medical care and education for everyone at acceptable cost. In many (western) countries it will be very difficult to provide jobs for everyone with the growing population so we need to search for a balance that every individual can have a job or other way to feel valuable.

We must take care of Mother Nature as our industrial revolution has already done so much damage to the planet that she can no longer take care of herself. The climate needs strong investments from all of us to stop global warning and save the planet for our children and grand children. All of us can contribute to that by the way we manage our (daily) travel or think about our high consumption of (durable) goods.

Finally my biggest believes are honesty, fairness and forgivingnes. That is how I live my life and do my work. It means I am entitled to make mistakes but I am not afraid to admit if I did and will do my best to be better next time.


Finally Reach!

Happy to Reach out to my new team and wishing all of you a successful Reach!
Although I wanted this program since the beginning of the year I was not ready for it yesterday!
I was not prepared to have someone around to take the assessment pictures so that is postponed until tomorrow (Wednesday). For sure there will be no difference by having it done on Monday. :-)

A few years ago I did a few month of yoga lessons and then the teacher already said my tendons are short and not flexible at all. The standing forward bend that I selected as my weekly picture shows how in-flexible I am so I'm really happy to join this program now and make some changes. I am already doing 5k morning walks before breakfast and it will be easy to fit in the dynamic morning stretches before the walk.

On the diet I am doing fairly well having lost a fair bit of weight in the last couple of months but still a lot to go to get to my personal goal. I am very motivated and wil go for the leanest option I can get.
I'll be doing Reach from home in the Netherlands for most of the time without too much work travel or other indulgences!


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New start of exercise practise 

A healthy diet as proposed by Kenzai and cardio are a strong part in my daily routine now. What I already had was definitely anchored better in my life through this Reboot program. I am happy with the ongoing 5 kg weight loss during these 4 weeks. My pictures don't show it but that is because there is still so much more to loose.

Once again I have to admit I am not strong in doing exercises. Some of the Reboot exercises were too tough for me but I did as I could. I really think one day I should do Kenzai Body again as the one that I completed was without exercises due the a fracture in one of my vertebrae's. But before I discuss that with the Kenzai trainers I need to lees more weight.

I have not completed the last challenge but I make a promise here: I will continue to do at least 3 Kenzai workouts per week! My next Kenzai program will be Reach but that only starts May 13th. And I am aiming for another Kenzai Body after that.

Thanks Ward and Team!
Hope to meet you again one day on another Kenzai experience.


3 weeks down
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This past week the diet and cardio (hiking 5-7 km or cycling 19km) were ok but the exercises stayed behind. I'm just not a gym person, let me be outside.
Had a relaxing weekend with spicy beef, stir fried veggies and whole wheat pasta for lunch today.

Ready to fly at the correct cruising altitude for the last week!


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Menno the young apprentice navigator (19 years old) on a 200000 Tons Shell Tanker s.s. Marisa loaded with Forcados crude oil, somewhere on the Atlantic on our way from Nigeria to Curacao, the Dutch island in the Caribbean.
The first picture shows me measuring the sun's altitude and midday. The second using that information on the chart table to plot our position and the last one making a correction to the ships course.

After having been at sea-school for 3 years where long hair was not allowed I finally started to grow my hair and beard to be more in line with the fashion of the early seventies of last century. It grew to shoulder length!
Today I am so happy using my 3mm clipper for head and beard hair!

When I read about the challenge I immediately thought about this period as last week one of the Brazilians I work with now was asking if I had pictures of me in uniform.
As you can see in shorts and short-sleeved tropical dress.


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Honestly I love my job but could do without the weekend maintenance jobs. Like when your bank is telling you the system is not available on Sunday early morning when you are asleep anyway. So I worked the whole weekend to do some changes and corrections on the software for the project I am working on.

My home made grilled salmon lunch to show that I'm still strong on the diet and work or not: Out for fresh air and a brisk walk everyday followed by the rest of the workouts.
I'm behind in reading lessons (need to find about the new challenge) and blogs but will catch u during the week. Definitely will take some time off to compensate for the weekend work.


Relaxed workout
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Yesterday I had a doctor's exam under local anesthetic and was advised not to put too much strain on my muscles. So before sunset I decided to take the tram to the beach and go for a walk as a workout. I love to be on the beach in all seasons like with the Beaufort 6-7 wind blowing yesterday. I enjoyed the walk so much that I decided to walk home (8.4 km) and in line with Kate's post it appears there is nothing wrong with my energy levels!

Three pictures this post as after the beach I also wanted to show the houses of parliament complex that I walked through close to where I live.


End of Week 4

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