Nick G.

Nick G.

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Maybe having to do this twice to count!

So - final blog.

First, I really enjoyed chisel. As I mentioned in an early blog, I did one of the inaugural chisels that were discontinued for a while and while I enjoyed it, I cane away with injuries and wouldn’t have recommended it. This version was far more manageable. Differences were in intensity of exercises (push up hand stands, or the push ups where you have to get your entire body off the floor) and extent (6 cycles in the final week). This seemed more manageable.

I also kept the exercises going throughout, even in Zambia. That was great. I missed 3 - 2 for a medical procedure where I couldn’t eat and 1 during travel to Zambia. Not bad all in.

Diet was mixed - intense application during a week at a clinic in Austria, but pretty lax in later part, esp on holiday. I list 8 lbs, but not the 15 I was aiming for. Still good progress.

Finally the people - thank you to everyone on this journey, especially Stephanie D,, Amy L. And Sharmuli. The comments are always a huge motivator - makes it clear this isn’t just in the ether. Hope I get a chance to be in a program with you guys again!

Ok that’s it. A couple of days rest and then see what’s next?!

Nick


Finished

So - final blog.

First, I really enjoyed chisel. As I mentioned in an early blog, I did one of the inaugural chisels that were discontinued for a while and while I enjoyed it, I cane away with injuries and wouldn’t have recommended it. This version was far more manageable. Differences were in intensity of exercises (push up hand stands, or the push ups where you have to get your entire body off the floor) and extent (6 cycles in the final week). This seemed more manageable.

I also kept the exercises going throughout, even in Zambia. That was great. I missed 3 - 2 for a medical procedure where I couldn’t eat and 1 during travel to Zambia. Not bad all in.

Diet was mixed - intense application during a week at a clinic in Austria, but pretty lax in later part, esp on holiday. I list 8 lbs, but not the 15 I was aiming for. Still good progress.

Finally the people - thank you to everyone on this journey, especially Stephanie D,, Amy L. And Sharmuli. The comments are always a huge motivator - makes it clear this isn’t just in the ether. Hope I get a chance to be in a program with you guys again!

Ok that’s it. A couple of days rest and then see what’s next?!

Nick


Catch of the day
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12 lb Tiger fish


Today is my last day in Zambia, before my long (36 hour) journey back to Boston - including a boat ride down the Zambezi, jeep ride to an airstrip and 4 flights (Lower Zambezi to Lusaka to Johannesburg to London to Boston), before an uber home.

Amazing trip. For anyone thinking about Africa, I would highly recommend Zambia. Spent much fo the time on walking or canoeing safaris, much less time in jeeps. Was at 5 different camps, walking through the bush between four of them. Unique experience.

On Kenzai.
- the good - missed only one workout all week, had some amazing backdrops, I learned how to post multiple photos (thanks Stephanie - don't use the app!) and tried to eat generally ok on portion size
- the bad - given the malaria concerns I may have overdone it on the quinine! (for anyone who doesn't get that reference, tonic water - i.e. gin & tonic - contains quinine which protects from malaria...originally invented in India by the Brits...). I also ate cake the team had given me on my birthday before having to do a zambian dance!; my guess is I have gone backwards overall on weight, but forwards on fitness

On Zambia - no real bad. Saw leopards, wild dogs, lots of lions, an apocalyptic scene of vultures fighting over a dead hippo, lots of elephants, buffalo, warthog, giraffe, hyena - you name it. For Sharmali - that lion photo was taken on an iPhone - he was about 4 feet from me. That wasn't the worry - the worry was being charged by a female lion while walking on my first day - one to remember! (She backed down but was running at su before she did). Worse was nearly being charged by a hippo (he lost sight of us as he started to thankfully)! Still always felt very looked after by the rangers.

Don't have good enough reception to post photos right now, but will try again before wrapping up.


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Can someone explain how to do more than one photo on the app?! Stephanie D?!


A few more
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Having trouble posting, but hoping this works!


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Baboons, elephants and this guy!


My new workout buddies
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Baboons, elephants and this guy


So I’m in Zambia but have almost no reception. Have kept up the exercises - to the surprise of the impala and baboons but without reception I’m having to guess. Will post photos later!


So I am going to have some issues doing Kenzai in the coming two weeks as I am heading to Zambia for 12 days safari tomorrow. Between 20 hours of flying, lack of scales to weigh food and being out where there are no gyms, Kenzai may be challenges!

Still I am determined to try to keep up. Will see how it goes!


Crashing Kenzai app?

Anyone else having this issue?

The Kenzai app keeps crashing on me. It would do it periodically before but today was insane. In particular, it couldn’t go through anything timed without crashing about 3 seconds in - jump rope, crab walk, any prep period and the rest period. When it crashed on the rest period it either set to complete or to not started. In addition, it isn’t recording any of the workouts I have done during the program.

Apple (forcibly) updated me to the new iOS this week so that may be a factor.

I did the workouts with a stop watch, but definitely want the app back!


Diet works!
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Stepped on the scales after my 6 days away and long journey back.

172.5lbs.

I was 181 lbs 2.5 weeks ago. Yes there is water weight, but I have noticeably thinned down. Feel very good about it!


Overdoing it!

So I probably pushed myself a bit too hard.

I am 100% good on the exercises, while also maintaining the FX Mayr cleanse diet.

However through in kayaking on Saturday (in what turned out to be much heavier weather than expected) or a 3 hour hike up a nearby mountain to a viewing tower on Sunday (in addition to 20 mins jump rope first thing) and I have a slight headcold. The staff here kept saying - “everything in moderation” oops!

Still I am physically ok and wrapping up my “cure” as they call it here and heading back to Boston. One issue, they identified a mild intolerance to egg whites, likely from overconsumption...

Still an amazing week - beautiful location and amazing to see how diet can work like this. Plus I lost 5lbs...


FX Mayr
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So I am 3 days in at FX Mayr in Austria.

General theme is gut health and better digestion. I’ll spare everyone the details but part of this is the diet. I am on the “heaviest” diet they offer of 600 calories per day. That is an egg, yogurt and small buckwheat cracker for breakfast, small soup and (for example) stir fried vegetables with a bit of rice for lunch, and a bowl of soup for dinner... a bit harsher than Kenzai, but for a different purpose.

Balancing this with Chisel is likely to be a challenge, but so far it is fine and I am 100% on my exercises. I also managed some hiking, a couple of gentle bike rides and some kayaking, so not bad... I am quite tired (+ jetlagged) but that’s to be expected.


Good progress

Good progress this week. Workouts are fine - hard but fine - and getting through them easily. Really frustrating day at work on Monday and a long planned drinks that I couldn’t cancel meant that I gave in and had two negronis. Other than that diet has been spot on, so I’ll allow myself that break.

Just a quick blog to keep myself active!


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