Positive experience GRADUATION POST
I thoroughly enjoyed the first 8 weeks of Kenzai, saw results and would have loved to have continued. Whilst I maintained most of the exercise for the last few weeks, the diet just became impossible whilst travelling non stop which ultimately meant I stopped seeing the continuous changes. I am definitely more aware of the exercise I need to be doing regularly and also how important diet is - not necessarily eating less, but eating properly.
Thanks for all the support team.
Having been travelling none stop for the last 2 weeks I had a complete blow out in Japan last weekend watching both semi finals of the World Cup. Feeling the work has been undone by the last couple of weeks. Back in the gym today and diet back on track. Not the finish I had wanted but wouldn’t change the results and the weekend in Japan, up there with the best
I have had an incredibly busy travel schedules where Kenzai has had to fall into the background of flights, work etc and whilst i tried to keep to the program it became impossible. I have done exercise where I can, eaten correctly very irregularly and been drinking. Bit disappointed in the last week or so. Back at home on Wednesday until Friday and hope to get back to it for the remainder....
Let’s start with the hardest....fitting in the daily exercise, meal prep and actually eating routinely whilst managing life with 3 young boys and a job including plenty of travel. In fact, the hardest has been the general fatigue and exhaustion I have felt.
Difficult to say what’s been easy....eating?!?
My lifestyle has definitely changed. Whilst I may not have had more energy, I have been more present with my children. However, less sociable with my own friends. The only opportunity I have to work out is at lunch time, so I don’t catch up with friends, which has its positives as is typically one of the times I would eat badly. I have noticed the positive effects of very little alcohol and seen the benefits of cutting down. I have also been significantly more tired in the evenings so going to bed early. Nothing that’s rocket science to predict but all been good lessons to remember after Kenzai.
Energy levels are pretty good. Skipping today managed to get through without any issue and hardly any trips. Been doing a little extra exercise here and there when I can. Feeling positive. Had a couple of beers over the weekend but not feeling disheartened, work hard tomorrow and get on with the next few weeks.
The weekends are the hardest for me to get diet and workout routines to be on point. Monday through Friday, I have a routine and whilst I might forget the odd mid-morning fruit snack, generally I have worked everything into my day. The weekends with kids activities starting early both days and then various engagements the routines fly out the window and i find myself having to try and grab the time to work out, prepare a snack etc. Not unusual to not get round to exercise until the kids are in bed.
Easy answer, I have seen the results and like the challenge. Are there things I am a bit bored of? Sure.....meal preparation, hitting the exercise daily, constantly thinking about food....the flip side is that when I get exercising I always feel better, I rarely feel hungry and actually enjoy eating more than I would usually and I generally feel better (if not constantly exhausted!). Quitting not an. Option
Not really feeling that fed up at all.....maybe with the food preparation and trying to find the time to exercise and manage daily life but seeing the changes in my body outweigh the negatives...long may this last!!!
Short answer - its become incredibly boring. I have shyed away from meeting up with friends, going for lunches during the week and found all this pretty depressing. I can see the positive physical gains already but neglecting friends is challenging. Also, with being shattered most of the time, have been going to bed as early as I can which certainly wouldn't make me a barrel of laughs even if I did go out.
The positive side (aside from looking better), w/o heavy meals and alcohol, i am definitely a little more on top of things on the weekends than I have been previously.
On a different note, for those of you with kids, how hard is it not to sample/snack on their meals if they eat at different times than you? I had never really considered that i did take a bite here and there.....also kids parties, how hard not to eat the food that is laid out....
Today's lesson on the side-effects was an interesting one and helped me answer the changes in body and mind.
Mentally, i have definitely had more of a temper, been more tired and generally more stressed. Mixed with work travel has been a bit of a roller coaster.
Physically, i have noticed I look a little more toned which has been a positive and looking forward to seeing more results. I had a couple of "off" days whilst travelling last week in terms of diet but managed the exercise and felt better about it.
Generally feeling good but with a temper at times and stiff muscles...and a requirement to sleep more.
Not going to lie, 600 skips in one go on the rest day day was a little tough. Definitely going to be a challenge as the skipping builds up!
Easiest - used to working out a few times a week so guess this has been the ‘easiest’ although definitely feeling a little sore.
Hardest - this list is a little longer. Food in general has been the biggest struggle. Starting with sheer quantity, to having to think about food and preparation, to remembering to eat snacks which I’m not hungry for.
Part of my job is taking clients out and entertaining. I can mostly stay off alcohol but eating is a real challenge. Last night for example, we were given a tasting menu. Next week I am on a trip for four nights, I will prioritize my exercise but I have breakfasts, lunches and dinners booked each day. Then I am away again the first week of September. Feeling a bit stressed by this. Anyone else have similar issues and any suggestions?
Just saw the email thing....I’m nick, live in Hong Kong and work in finance.
My best quality....a very difficult question and definitely not because I have so many good qualities ;)....Giving more time to others than I give myself.
Heard about kenzai from friends who have been here, done it, got the tshirt and look and feel better as a result!!