Myles G.

Myles G.

Kenzai Body 2 | Day 11 (Member)
Kenzai Body 2
Day 11
 
Program progress:
Passed first test

24 hour work travel. Starting my day at 7 am and got my workout in before sunrise. Hotel has no good indoor space so I jumped rope outside on a street corner in a small town north of Dallas. I’m sure it was a strange sight to those opening their shops I stuck with diet yesterday including thru air travel. All in the prep. Hope I can do the same today.

Cheers!


Greetings...

Hello all. I completed KB1 last fall, and had a great experience. Learned a ton about the right way to go about diet and exercise, learned that there are no short cuts for sustained success, and achieved my goals. I tried to maintain that momentum by signing up for Chisel and Beach earlier this year, but stayed on track for those at about 50-60 percent level. Still, better than nothing. But then the last 2-3 months came, and things went south. Combination of eating recklessly and exercising sporadically had me not fitting into the new clothes I had bought just 5 months earlier! I knew I had to get back on track, and not on a quick routine. My wife Leah is doing KB1 this fall, so no better time to start KB2.

Not surpringly, week 1 on the diet, without any concrete rules (at least not concrete enough for me to overcome my love of processed junk!) did not go so well, though I did get 6 of the 7 workouts done.

Responding to the questions in the opening email...

1) I live and "train" in Bethesda, MD -- most of my workouts will be in my office gym in downtown DC. Otherwise, in my basement at home, or a hotel when I am traveling.

2) Obstacles include my desire and ability to eat and drink whatever is in sight, and increasing aches and pains that give me an excuse to take a break from working out. I will try to stay disciplined by preparing food in advance so that I have my program diet w/in easy reach all the time. I also know that I almost always feel better after exercising, regardless of the aches going into a workout -- so just need to remind myself of that.

3) Every dawn and dusk at the beach, which was a frequent sight in the summer. We also had a great family trip to Spain recently.

Good luck to everyone, and look forward to sharing the KB2 experience with you.

Cheers!


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Decent finish... 

My last week in Beach Blast was the best week I had for the workouts -- 6 out of the 7 workouts. And not too shabby on the diet. Felt pretty good at the end, lost a few pounds overall. I can't expect too much more from the four weeks, given that I only did about 70 percent of the workouts, and a 60% effort on the diet.

On diet, I have stopped weighing most items. I know I am compliant on breakfast. For lunch I am pretty good, basically salad or lean sandwich with vegetables. Dinner/post-dinner, I know I am eating too much, but trying to stay pretty lean and light on the carbs. In short, I have approached Beach Blast (and Chisel before it) more in the way that I would/should eat everyday rather than a rigorous training diet. I know that when I am motivated to get to "ideal" or "maximum" weight loss/toning, I need to do what the diet (and exercise) says, but truthfully, since KB1, I am trying to find a comfort zone that is healthy and maintains, rather than having peaks and valleys. Thus, using the programs as guardrails/inspiration may be what I do for most of the year, and then key in for a few months every year on a harder core regimen. We'll see.

Hope everyone got what they wanted out of BB. Til next time ...


Been so long

Sorry for being silent for so long. Just finished Day 26 workout. Only the 17th workout so far. Looking to finish out with the 2 this weekend. Been feast or famine - almost literally on the diet. Sadly when I have been off diet I have mostly feasted. When on - about 60 percent of the time, I’ve at least followed the spirit, of not to the gram. At least at this point I will be satisfied that I’ve made some progress given that I had no intention of any program this past month until my friend roped me in to Beach Blast. Still figuring out how to approach the summer months. I will first get through next couple days.


Roped in...

That's why I'm doing Beach. My dear friend Mike K insisted that I join him in doing Beach, and here I am. This follows 2 Chisels since January, neither of which were great -- but better than nothing.

I knew I would not be able to start Beach in earnest until Day 3, so here I am having used my two tickets I guess! Hopefully won't need more.

These workouts are killer -- they feel like I should see a difference in the mirror each time I finish (shocking, I don't). I've had some injury history in the prior programs, so I'm going to have to listen to my body and hopefully pull off the gas before anything serious keeps me from completing Beach.

Diet, like in Chisel, is not going to be perfect for me. But I'm at peace with that. Hoping to keep from processed foods and sweets (so far so good), and keep the portions in line without measuring every gram every meal.

Hoping to move into June healthy and in shape so I can make the most of time spent on vacation, at the beach, etc. over the summer. It is likely that this will be the last program for me until fall, so I better make the most of it!

Good luck everyone -Cheers!


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More like a 4 week program... 

But better than nothing.

I had a pretty strong first 4 weeks, especially with the workouts, missing only a few. But then I had a triple whammy of injury (calf), work travel, and strange schedule this past week that put me out of sorts. Anyway, these last two weeks were essentially non-weeks for me, so I look at it as having done a 4 week program. That said, having started to feel cruddy physically with the lapse in exercise and good nutrition, I did a 2 1/2 cycle workout on my first "post-Chisel" morning, and hoping to stay relatively consistent on the workouts now that my injury appears to have healed. I will look into another program over the next few weeks. Until then... all the best.


Alas... injury

I had been going strong on the workouts the last few weeks - other than a few missed workouts in Week 1, I've hit every one and feeling good about it. Then after Mile 3 in my planned 4 mile run yesterday, my recurring calf injury... recurred. Extremely sore lower calf, coupled with some knee tendenitis, caused me to shut down the run. I woke up feeling better than I expected, so I stupidly started Workout #29 by trying to jump rope ... gingerly. But after a minute or so, I had to shut it down fast. I laid off the rest of the impact exercises and completed the rest of the workout.

Diet has been about 75% on target. More like 90%-ish during week; 50-60%-ish during weekend. I know I need to do better if I want my desired results, though I look at the diet in those terms and think that would be a good way to go about post-Chisel/program diet (i.e., maintenance).

This week will be a struggle -- crazy work travel with 4 straight days in transit and all day off-site meetings. Will be a challenge for both workouts and diet, especially coupled with my injury. Will do best I can to maintain a little momentum heading into final week 6.


Week 3 complete...

3 weeks in, 3 weeks to go. I'm pleased that after a mixed first week on workouts where I was only 4 of 7, I have reeled off two straight weeks without a missed workout. Definitely winded after each one, though I know it's only going to get a lot tougher with a 3rd cycle thrown in there. I was able to run about 4.5 miles today on cardio day, and that felt great on a beautiful spring day.

If only it was 80/20 workouts/diet, not the other way around. This past week was better than spring break week. Generally good about the meals and fruit snacks. Not perfect on quantity and proportions for lunch, but on target for breakfast and dinner, including the egg whites. However, I still haven't been able to shake the late night snacks. By the time evening comes, I've tired of fruit and veggies, and I am craving some salt -- so a handful or two of tortilla chips or low fat popcorn has been tough to avoid. But at least I've been successful in reducing volume of that during the course of the week.

Really hoping to make the most of the next 3 weeks, though I know I'll have some work travel and other challenges. But overall, feeling pretty comfortable with where I'm at -- so long as I keep making forward progress.

Hope everyone has a great week. Cheers!


Week 3 complete...

3 weeks in, 3 weeks to go. I'm pleased that after a mixed first week on workouts where I was only 4 of 7, I have reeled off two straight weeks without a missed workout. Definitely winded after each one, though I know it's only going to get a lot tougher with a 3rd cycle thrown in there. I was able to run about 4.5 miles today on cardio day, and that felt great on a beautiful spring day.

If only it was 80/20 workouts/diet, not the other way around. This past week was better than spring break week. Generally good about the meals and fruit snacks. Not perfect on quantity and proportions for lunch, but on target for breakfast and dinner, including the egg whites. However, I still haven't been able to shake the late night snacks. By the time evening comes, I've tired of fruit and veggies, and I am craving some salt -- so a handful or two of tortilla chips or low fat popcorn has been tough to avoid. But at least I've been successful in reducing volume of that during the course of the week.

Really hoping to make the most of the next 3 weeks, though I know I'll have some work travel and other challenges. But overall, feeling pretty comfortable with where I'm at -- so long as I keep making forward progress.

Hope everyone has a great week. Cheers!


Hello all -

Apologies for my 11 day delayed intro. I've been thinking Chisel all of that time, though not completely living it. I joined this Chisel group following a February Chisel that didn't go so well for me and ended in a fizzle.

I am an attorney in Washington DC and live in the Maryland suburbs. But currently I'm with the family in Florida on the kids' (2 boys) spring break.

I really enjoy the Chisel workouts -- when I get the time to do them. After getting tired of the very long workouts towards the end of KB1, I found the HIIT workouts to be great -- not only more efficient but gave me a feeling of being more athletic, which has been one of my main goals.

While there may be days here and there, even a week every so often, that I am unable to get workouts in, my biggest challenge is diet. I love to eat, I enjoy most everything, and I can eat a lot. Dangerous combination! I was extremely disciplined (for me) on KB1, but have found it difficult to stay disciplined in the kitchen.

So far, through 11 days on this program, I'm doing pretty well on the workouts, hitting 7 of the first 10 days, and should be able to get on a pretty good streak now. On diet, I've been good on breakfast and lunch and not snacking during day, but dinners have been tough, and I've even had a couple desserts (vacation, vacation). Oh, and the booze. That too is not going so well the last couple days. But I expect I will get better on that front after vacation -- which is definitely needed after a stressful 7 months.

I hope everyone finds their own success in this program and look forward to communicating more often on the blog. All the best!

Myles


Cleansing

I have a sore knee and a stiff back, but I am pushing through the workouts this week. After a disastrous week 3 on the diet front, I feel like I need to kill the workouts and stick to the diet best I can to cleanse the system! That and sticking to the diet. At mid-week, I can say that I am on track. I'm traveling over the next 24 hours, which will be hectic -- will try my best to stick to the program. I am not going to purposely "indulge" this week -- I've had plenty of that in the past week. I'm just hoping that 2.5 more weeks of pedal to the metal will yield some incremental improvement in my fitness/physique from Day 1. Hope everyone is well...


Re-emerging

Apologies for disappearing for so long. Combination of procrastination and ski get away. For these first three weeks, I’ve sort of been a half-timer.

Week 1 - diet bad, workouts pretty solid
Week 2 - diet and workouts on point
Week 3 - 2 days good, 5 days BAD. Ski get away with friends. So 5 days of complete indulgences, though with 3 solid days of skiing - decent workout in elevation.

I’m looking forward to making the most of the next/final 3 weeks.


The last time I tried to run outside, it was late September and it was the first Sunday cardio workout in KB1. I completed the 5x80 jump ropes and thought that I could and should do more. I mean, what the heck did these Kenzai trainers know?? So I put down the jump rope and off I went to go on a short run. One small hill and about 1/2 of a mile later, I was winded, said Ff&**^ This, and proceeded to stick with the KB1 program.

I got about as much out of those 3 months as I could, esp given that I had a significant quad injury in November and some family medical issues that easily could have taken me off track. I lost about 23 pounds, and got a lot stronger. While I'm certainly not as clean and in shape as I was on Dec. 21st at the end of KB1, I'm certainly in better shape today than I was in late September.

I was excited to see that Chisel gives us options for Sunday cardio workouts. So I decided to go for a run this morning and take this newly formed body for a spin. After a couple minutes on the jump rope to warm up , I ran 3.5 miles outside w/rolling terrain, including a significant hill, without much effort. Sure I felt certain muscles twinge, etc. -- but nothing where I was close to shutting it down or even slowing to a walk. Felt great!

So that is probably as good an intro to Chisel as any. I'm looking to sustain if not improve my fitness/health.
As the post-KB1 /pre-Chisel month proved, I am not a different person from pre-Kenzai. I still love food and booze, and I am still fully capable of consuming both in large quantities. But KB1 proved that I can stay on the healthy track most of the time. So I look at Kenzai, including Chisel now, as keeping me on the right track, giving me structure where I need it. I would love to be a few pounds lighter than where I ended KB1 just 5 weeks ago, and in even better shape.

With that said, Week 1 was piss poor on the diet front. Probably majority of meals were fine, but there were desserts and booze, chips and dip, etc. throughout the week, and only got 5 of 7 workouts in. I'm ready to buckle down for Week 2. I now know what it feels like when I'm completely on track with diet and exercise, and I want to feel that way again in short order.

Look forward to getting there with all of you.... Cheers!


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Wow! 

For whatever reason, I was not sleeping well last night. At about 2:30 am, bleary eyed, I looked at my phone and clicked to see what the Day 90 workout would be. I didn't see the graphic, and I saw some comments re: 3 days off, and I concluded that we didn't have a workout today. Wow -- I suddenly got stressed and disappointed. On the one hand, what an anti-climactic finish, and on the other, surprised by how just weeks ago I would have welcomed a day off and now I was jonesing for a workout!

In any event, after getting a few hours of sleep, I realized I was mistaken and pleased to find the Day 90 workout. Then the second "wow" happened. In the middle of the workout, I became somewhat emotional. Sparing all of you the details, this program has meant a lot to me -- more than I realized perhaps -- during a challenging time. Kenzai's been good to me and for me. Recognizing this was the end, at least of this phase, had an impact on me.

The third "wow" came with the workout itself. Of course I noticed the huge progress. Barely breaking a sweat on the rope -- and barely tripping -- even with adding a few reps and perhaps a set (I think I lost count). I even went back to "satan" (my pull up bar) for the last time on this program and did 5 pull ups -- couldn't lift myself to the bar the first time I used it. And then I added color bands to the sets to make them more challenging. I have to say I really like the full circuit at 3 sets. Efficient!

I am so gratified to have reached the end of the year in great shape. Most years I would set New Years goals yet usually knowing that it was just a matter of time before I fall of the wagon. To begin a year in a great place will be so satisfying. I always understood that eating healthy, balanced, and in moderation and exercising every day would put me in a great place -- but living it is worlds apart. Now that I know that I can get where I want without a fad diet, without going hungry, without doing triathlons or even being a member of a gym, I have no excuses to go back to the sloth-like existence that I lived most months of every year.

Thank you to my teammates and of course the whole Kenzai team. Your comments and unwavering positivity and support were critical to success. Special shout out to my bud Michael Klein who introduced me to Kenzai and was always there with an "atta boy" at the right time! And the biggest thanks to my wife, who as always was my greatest champion even during the most difficult of times.

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, full of love, peace, and happiness.


I am looking forward to Day 90, but I am concerned about Day 91 and beyond.

I've had a pretty good last week plus, but I was really getting tired of the 5-6 set workouts across 5 separate exercises, plus abs workout, plus cardio. I was not ready for taking over an hour for my daily workout, and I became frustrated. I also still hate the ab workouts because I feel inept at all but a few of the exercises. Plus, since I do them at the end of the workout, I know I am lagging some and not consistently working it as I should (and my pictures are proof!). While I believe (hope) I will still exercise consistently after Day 90, it will likely not be at the same level/duration/frequency as these past couple weeks.

In terms of diet, I am more confident that I know what I need to do starting next week, but I fear my large appetite and being constantly surrounded by good food (even freshly prepared) will mean I will too easily revert to over-sized portions. I hope not, but that will be a challenge. Hopefully I will continue to avoid the processed foods as I have done that completely since we started.

In any event, I will try my best to make these last 5 days count. And then I will be more reflective on the program and what I achieved and what lies ahead. Until then...