Minami T.

Minami T.

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Day 12
 
Program progress:
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6 weeks DONE!! 
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I’ve been uploading my blogs via app so didn’t realize I had to post my final blog here..! Oops..
I have pasted the same post below ↓↓↓

Wow, 6 weeks went by so quickly!

As I mentioned in my first blog, I had a neck injury in January and felt very out of shape when I started. When I went bouldering in April after some time not not moving much due to the injury, I felt very weak.. it didn’t feel good to look at myself in the mirror..

Although I’m not too cut, I’m happy with how I look, and most importantly, I feel fit again!! I went bouldering last week for the first time in two months and I felt awesome!! I managed to complete a few courses that I couldn’t do in April!! It felt great!! My neck is still not 100% but it takes time and I’m ok to be patient with it. It’ll come.

I’ve made a time-lapse video of my final workout!! Here’s the link to my IG post if you want to check it out↓↓↓
https://instagram.com/p/BkKUo2-HIUd/

It’s quite funny to see the 1,000reps sped up! Hehe..

Thank you KENZAI for this awesome program as always and thank you fellow KENZAI Sculpt team mates for your positivity and hard work! It certainly helped me to work harder when I was feeling lazy.

YAY!! We did it!!


6 weeks done!!
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Wow, 6 weeks went by so quickly!

As I mentioned in my first blog, I had a neck injury in January and felt very out of shape when I started. When I went bouldering in April after some time not not moving much due to the injury, I felt very weak.. it didn’t feel good to look at myself in the mirror..

Although I’m not too cut, I’m happy with how I look, and most importantly, I feel fit again!! I went bouldering last week for the first time in two months and I felt awesome!! I managed to complete a few courses that I couldn’t do in April!! It felt great!! My neck is still not 100% but it takes time and I’m ok to be patient with it. It’ll come.

I’ve made a time-lapse video of my final workout!! Here’s the link to my IG post if you want to check it out↓↓↓
https://instagram.com/p/BkKUo2-HIUd/

It’s quite funny to see the 1,000reps sped up! Hehe..

Thank you KENZAI for this awesome program as always and thank you fellow KENZAI Sculpt team mates for your positivity and hard work! It certainly helped me to work harder when I was feeling lazy.

YAY!! We did it!!


Too much carbs..
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The last few weeks, carbs in my diet has been very little or non for dinners. At first I was quite sad as I do like my bowl of rice, but eventually I’ve gotten used to not having much carbs in my diet and was feeling nice and light.
But since this week my carbs gone up a bit and I’m struggling.. Yesterday and today at lunch I’ve had 120g of rice and being very full!! It’s been 2hours since I had my lunch and I’m still feeling stuffed.. No way I can have my fruits any time soon..
I guess it’s my bad as my diet has been off lately and wasn’t eating as much as I was supposed to and now my metabolism is not up to speed.. Is it ok to lessen my carbs or should I eat whatever it says on my list..?


Barre exercises
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I mentioned this in my first blog on KENZAI Sculpt that I’m a contemporary dancer.

As a kid, I used to take ballet lessons and I hated it so much... My mum was really good about it and didn’t force me to go to the lessons if I didn’t want to go, so I don’t lose the love for dancing all together. And eventually I saw a contemporary dance show and discovered a whole new world of dancing and fell in love, which led me to go study contemporary dance in London.
Even though it was a contemporary dance college, of course, classical ballet was mandatory... 8.45am every morning I was at the barre. Hated it.. All the movement didn’t make sense in my body, I couldn’t find freedom and joy in it at all like I can in other contemporary lessons..

Many years later, here I am, doing pliés in my living room.. and surprisingly I’m enjoying it!! Who would have thought?! And oh man, it burns..!! And it feels gooooood!! Lol

The pic is back when I was a dance student in London...


Indulgence!
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I’ve been waiting for this day!!!!!
Although I’ve been looking forward to it, I’m not a huge fan of sweet things like cake and I don’t usually eat deserts, I wasn’t sure what to eat..
I was given a pack of two pieces of small pancakes and there’s some honey and butter in between them. 180kcal x 2!! Perfect!!!! Although it wasn’t my personal choice, I’ve decided to indulge in those cute little pancakes last night. Mmm.. it was gooood.
I enjoyed it very much but, to be honest, I think I enjoyed eating something that I’m not supposed to more than the taste itself.. lol And the great thing was that it wasn’t really worth it! It was good to know I’m actually pretty satisfied with the diet I have right now and wasn’t craving those naughty things so much (YET...!).

The pic is my progress pic. Day1 (left), end of wk2 (centre), and end of wk3 (right). You might not see the difference but when it’s your own body, I see a lot! I can see that I’ve slimmed down a little on my torso and my legs look slightly stronger on the pic in the middle. And I look softer overall in the pic on the right. Yes, I didn’t work out three days in a row in the wk3 and wow...I can really see it.. It’s not a good news but it was good to see the result of my laziness so clearly in the picture. This also means that if I keep up with my training and the diet, it will really show as well!

This disappointing progress pic gave me more motivation to move forwards and upwards!!


Bad week...

Week 3 was bad.. The big food prep on Monday was a great idea. I managed to eat clean all week but I skipped training for three days.. I really felt the blank in today’s training. uh oh.. It wasn’t like I didn’t have the time but I was just really tired and felt lazy.

Ok, time to get cooking for the week and start the week 4 right!!


Food prep done!
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First week, I had a hard time eating properly as I didn’t prep my food in advance.
I finished work early yesterday so decided to cook for the week! I loved it!! It’s nice to finally have the time to cook and be ready for the week. I hope my boyfriend, who is not doing KENZAI, doesn’t eat it all...


wk1..
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Had a hard time getting into the routine this week. The hardest part of KENZAI is to fit in the training, food prep, and planning good time to eat.. I really enjoy training and eating clean but being organized to plan my training and meals in advance is hard.. especially because my work schedule is different everyday. Sometimes I start early in the morning, sometimes I don’t start until the afternoon and won’t finish until late. It’s hard to fit in a routine in my non-routine life..!
Week 1 was a little wobbly. I need to figure out when to prep my food and when to fit in the training.

The photo is Day1 & Day90 from KB1 I did a year ago. This is my motivation. I want to look better than my Day90 (right) by the end of Sculpt!!


Hi everyone!

I guess I’ll introduce myself as I answer the questions.

1. Introduce yourself: Who are you? How do you spend your time? What makes you happy?

My name is Minami Tamagawa. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. To be honest, I spend most of my time working right now, but it’s not as bad as it sounds! I’m doing what I love for work and I make sure I play hard as well :)
I’m a contemporary dancer. I love being physical but also love to chill and be lazy.. lol
I also teach kids aged from 1.5-9, they make me laugh out loud everyday and give me joy!

2. Goals: What do you want to get out of this training? Why are you here?

I’ll talk about it more later but I injured my neck a couple of months ago and haven’t been able to move so much. Now it’s a lot better, I really need to do something about my wobbles.. Tired of looking at myself in photos from a couple of years ago and thinking “wow, I looked young and fit..” comparing to myself now. I want to look at myself in the mirror and think “wow, I look young and fit!!”.

3. Barriers: What obstacles do you anticipate? What injuries do you have? Work stuff coming up? Family issues? *If it is sensitive in nature, you don't need to put it on your blog. You can contact me 1 to 1.

Injury.... As I mentioned above, I had slipped disk in my neck (C6/7) at the end of January from dance rehearsals. I couldn’t move much for about two months and only recently I’ve slowly started getting back into moving again. I have no problem going through everyday life but upper body workouts cause too much strain in my neck still.. But that doesn’t stop me from working on my lower half of my body!

4. Weird stuff: If you were a color, what color would you be?

Hmmmmmm... I’m taking too long thinking about what color I would be.. I don’t know.. I like purple and green! (But I know that’s not the question..!)

It’s been a year since I did KB1 and haven’t done any of the Kenzai training since.. I’ve left it too long!! I’m excited for the next few weeks!!


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WE DID IT!!! 
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Wow, I thought the day 90 would never come..!!

Like I mentioned in my first blog post, this was my second time joining the KB. The first time was 8 years ago. I was in my mid 20's, young and fit to start with. Second time around, it meant a lot more to me. I feel that I learnt a lot more and gained my confidence back. Because I'm older (hopefully wiser..?!), I was generally more interested in proper diet, (different ways to cook the chicken), more organized with my packed meals, more dedicated and strict with my workouts, and enjoyed reading the lessons every morning and learn something new everyday! Of course there were times when I was so fed up with it all and I'm super relieved that I no longer have to feel the pressure to keep up the blog, I generally really enjoyed this past 90 days!

Check out the progress pic!!!! Im so proud that I really want to show it to the whole world!!! (But I will not post a picture of the pic in my underwear on Facebook and Instagram. Only here). The left side is the Day1, I was the biggest I've ever been in my life. I don't know what happened but I guess I just let myself go. And the right side is yesterday right after my final workout. I look happier! :)

I've always been athletic and enjoyed being physical but I also really love to eat. I still do. But through KB, I've learnt I was eating waaaaaay too much. Now I've learnt to be satisfied with 70g of carbs for breakfast and lunch and no carbs for dinner with lots of vegetables! I'm going to keep this up as much as I can unless I'm eating out with my friends or other special occasions (oh btw, I had Sushi delivery last night to celebrate!). And eating lots of fruits for snacks is my new favorite thing!

Although 90 days are over, I feel like it helped me build new healthy habits rather than it was something temporary to get into shape and forget about it after.

I'd like to thank my family first of all. Mum, well done for completing the Kenzai Silver and still keeping up with your diet and the workout! Dad, so happy that you've been inspired by mum and start exerscising again!! And Saya, my sis, congrats to you too on comlepting the KB!! I couldn't have done it without you!!!!! So proud of you! You look smoking HOT!! Can't wait to hit the beach in our bikinis and show of those abs! Haha..

Thank you team Serpens!! I enjoyed reading your blogs. It was good to know that you guys are fighting the same battle as me on the other side of the world. And thanks so much for your encouraging words on the comments on my blog too!!

Finally, Matt, Sara, Patrick, and all other KB staff, thank you very much for all your support and providing me the opportunity to learn and change. I wouldn't have done this much work by myself and I'm very grateful for it!!!! Fantastic team!!!

WEEEEEEEE DID IT!!!!!!!!


Super set!
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I'm loving the super set!!
As the workout got more intense and there are more sets, I was getting bored with the workouts lately. I don't mind the 9min jump roping actually but 5sets of each exercise was just too long! I'm not very good with repeating the same thing over and over.. I need changes.
The super set is working really well with me! I much prefer this style!
As for the diet, I'm definitely looking forward to celebrate somehow this weekend, BUT this way of eating is finally settling in! I can pretty much tell how 70g of rice look like and I'm almost spot on each time! I love eating lots of vegetables and I'm enjoying my fruits! I no longer long for carbs for dinner! I think I crave though, is ICE CREAM!!!!


Almost there...!

I can't believe we're almost there..!

Today is my first day off in two weeks. I've been pretty busy and tired lately. I'm finding it difficult to find time or motivate myself to workout. Once I start I'm ok but just picking up the jump rope is getting tough these days.

Almost done. I'll push through.


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I've been waiting for my next indulgence meal since the last one and had a lot of different types of food in mind. But when it came to it, it wasn't as exciting as I thought to be honest. I went to Shabu Shabu & Sukiyaki all you can eat! Haha.. It was OK. What interesting was that I was more interested in eating more vegetables than the meat and couldn't even finish a bowl of rice! And didn't even think about having any alcoholic/sugary drinks. Where as before I would have focus on getting the meat and probably would have a second bowl of rice, and of course a glass of beer. I was surprised and happy with the choice I made even when I was allowed to go all out. I did enjoy some ice cream at the end though :)

Aaaaand check out the progress photo! The left is week1 and the right is week10! I look a lot more lean but more than that, my posture is way better! My neck and my arms look longer and my shoulders are more relaxed. And my weight is more to the center rather than forward. I've been seeing my chiropractor once a week for the past month and working on my posture. I've always had tense shoulder/chest area and that has been bothering me a lot. I've started the KB and thought I might as well I make it all better! My body has been changing dramatically in the past few weeks (my neck gave out at one point because of the sudden dramatic change...) and I'm slowly learning how to use my new body correctly.


Better but wonky
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I've had a whole week off of workout and getting kind of anxious as KB is coming to an end soon..! My neck is feeling much better and I m finally got enough to restart my workouts again. BUT did you see my week9 picture?!?! I'm wonky!!! I was obviously trying stand up straight. It's shocking how much this neck injury has affected my posture!!
I'm going to see my chiropractor this afternoon for the check up and I will be ready to workout from tomorrow!


Taking a little break

So my neck is a little better after seeing my doctor/chiropractitioner. It doesn't hurt to walk anymore. My twisted cervical vertebrae is back in line, now I just have a sore neck. I haven't been able to do any of the workouts since Tuesday and still don't feel fit enough to get back into it, unfortunately. Oh well, I just need to focus on taking good care of it so I don't miss out too much of the program.
On the bright side, I've got some positive comments recently like "Have you lost weight?!" "You look so fit!" from people who I haven't seen in a long time and have no idea that I'm on KB!! It's definitely a confidence boost! :)))


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