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Kenzai Silver | Day 51 (Member)
Kenzai Silver
Day 51
Program progress:

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.

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


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.


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!


On Friday I drove to Rio for a weekend with 2 colleagues. Never really thought about going to the famous beach but with a hotel just 30 meters away from it you can’t and don’t want to avoid it.

This morning I did my ‘pre-breakfast’ walk barefooted on the Copacabana waterline. Dreaming about coming back one day with a ‘Kenzai Body’.

Thank you Kenzai for motivating me through the diet to stay away from chocolate and alcohol. Visiting places for lunch, dinner and drinks with colleagues that consume alcohol doesn’t bother me! Just drinking sparkling water with lemon and them saying I am still the same ‘sociable’ person.

It actually started with the indulgence last week. Great to cook and eat a meal like in my previous post but after that it was hard to get back to the Kenzai diet and finding the consistency of eating at the frequency required.
It was a weekend of meeting family and friends before returning to Brazil on Monday evening.

That weekend was also when I found out that if I clicked on the pictures of my Kenzai Body team members I could see your initial and last photo's. True, I was impressed with the changes I saw with some of you but at the same time it was depressing to compare my own progress doing Kenzai Body without exercises because of my vertebral fracture.
Bravo to all of you for the progress you are making! I am jaleous. :-(

Took a glass of Chivas whiskey after take off from London and a strong (back)painkiller which at least it made me sleep almost the whole flight to Sao Paulo. They had to wake me up to fasten seatbelt and put the chair in the upright position before landing. Have to admit that a flatbed business class seat helps on a 11 hour flight.

On Thursday I visited the orthopaedic specialist who concluded that the remaining pain I have most likely comes from a wrong back attitude as it disappears when I go for a walk. He made an appointment for me at a physiotherapist specialised in orthopaedic rehabilitation that I will see on Tuesday morning.
I hope that will be the start of the climb out of the valley!
With him I will/can discuss what parts of the Kenzai workouts I can start working on.

On Thursday evening I had what I hope was the last side step of my diet: a glass of champagne during a home cooked dinner by a colleague to celebrate my return to Sao Paulo and the departure of 2 others. The host was very nice by cooking chicken and vegetables only for me next to the Italian pasta she made for the others!


For many years I have been in favor of Vietnamese food and even more after eating it in the streets of Hanoi or Ho Chin Min City.

Actually I always consider it healthy but after cooking a Vietnamese dinner for my kids and their partners yesterday I got second thoughts. In Kenzai terms there is to much sugar and salt added.

So the timing of the indulgence was perfect for me to eat my favorite homemade dishes: fresh vegetable rolls, fish curry with rice noodles and veggies, green papaya salad and chicken curry.

Kenzai Lunch during hike

Do l need an endulgement when I can eat this on a Dutch countryside hike?

A 'real Dutchman' could answer this week's question by saying: I paid for it so I want to get all of it!
That is when I am happy not being 'real Dutch'.

The real motivation is the feeling that I am on the right path and don't want to loose what I have achieved so far.
Already I was in favour of veggies and good protein meats/fish. Kenzai added to that a renewed interest in so many fruits that are available these days. By being prepared and having fruits available all the time my longing for chocolate/chocolate bars has disappeared.

Furthermore I love to eat bread, most diets ban bread and that was always a struggle for me coming from a country where I grew up with bread for breakfast and lunch. Now I can still enjoy a piece of fresh full grain bread as the carbs in some of my meals.

Hope my teammates will have similar motivations to get us all through the 2nd half of Kenzai Body!

City - Beach - City

Although I am not doing Kenzai workouts I am back to the habit of walking a 4.3 km round in the city before breakfast every day. This afternoon I also did my favourite City - Beach - City hike from my downtown apartment to the local beach resort and back. I love the beach all year round like in this afternoon's autumn sun!

Was quite happy about the 13.3 kilometres in 2:25 hrs and no problems with my back!
Good way to digest the lunch and think about a healthy dinner. :-)

Who said I am on a diet?

Looking at the Shoarma-chicken, mixed salad sandwich not many people believe me when I say I am on a diet. But it is 170 grams of carbs (bread), 230 grams of mixed veggies and 150 grams of chicken protein.

Sure I am OK with the diet, don't really have any cravings but not doing exercises because of issues with my spine/back is not what I expected when starting with Kenzai Body.
True, I feel my clothes fit better or even too loose but don't feel the improved energy or see any changes that I was hoping for. Will do my best to go hiking as much as possible the coming 2 weeks and hope that will keep my motivation up.


As others already mentioned it was tough to maintain the diet during homecoming travels. It took me 24 hrs from the hotel to the front door of my apartment. Airport lounges and flight meals never provide the amount of veggies required in a Kenzai meal.

So happy to be in my own kitchen and prepare a Kenzai lunch just now!

Social Life Changes?

It was so recognizable what Erin wrote yesterday and answering that question stayed around in my mind.
Having breakfast, lunches and dinners in (hotel) restaurants since I arrived on the job in Sao Paulo on July 16th my social live used to be mainly food and alcohol. Usually with colleagues from several countries.

Since we started Kenzai Body it was one glass of Red wine and one Caiperinha, 2 lunches and 1 dinner outside my hotel room. Last week Thursday I joined 2 colleagues visiting an Irish Pub and had 2 sparkling waters while they were drinking beer.
Some colleagues feel they lost a 'drinking buddy'.

Now I have fun in shopping for fruits and veggies while being happy that the Marche around the corner has a good selection of those. Apples, banana's, nectarines, mango and strawberries are my favourite fruits.
And so much additional time not spending in restaurants.

About 12 years ago I was even heavier than I was at the start of this Kenzai Body. In a period of just over six month I managed to get in shape again by eating healthy and a lot of hiking (loved Hong Kong for all the trails). The 3rd key to that success was staying away from Alcohol for about 9 month.

Natalie already mentioned planning after this Kenzai Body. Same for me here. First I hope to start workouts soon again and already plan on doing Kenzai Body 2 after we complete this program as my goals are high.
Also I start to think about skipping alcohol for good.

Tomorrow I will travel back home.
Fly to Madrid (10.5 hrs) and the Amsterdam (2 hrs). It will be a challenge to keep my metabolism going!
Then comes the challenge of sticking to the diet when seeuing family and friend who expect me to stay for dinner and drink a glass with them.


Late Saturday morning breakfast with fresh baguette, avocado, tomatoes and eggs while reading my online newspaper.
Next week will be back home with the weekend paper edition of the newspaper!


Actually it is quite easy to do in Brazil with many restaurants having a buffet to choose your own ingredients of the meal and having a big assortment of veggies.
Getting to know the diet requirements I think I did quite well. The fish could have done with less salt though.

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