Nidhi S.

Nidhi S.

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Hi Everyone,

I loved working on this sculpt programme!

And even though I did not "Sculpt" myself perfectly, I am definitely ending this programme with a feeling that I have a stronger and sexier behind.

Yesterday, Kush and I, went for a date and instead of wearing a dress, I put on my black tight jeggings, a turtle neck sweater and tucked it in - something I have not done in years. I had always been conscious of the shape of my thighs and butts. But yesterday, I knew I have been working out my behind and it feels good. I did not care, how perfect it was or was not. All I cared for is that I knew it looked good, but I felt good.

And that is the biggest takeaway for me frome this programme.

I did miss a couple of workouts in the last week which I will get done in the next week.

And I will keep doing the maintenance workouts and keep sculpting my way to my best behind.

A huge thanks to Kim for always having the right words and inspiration for all of us.

And cheers to everyone on this team. You all are the best. So proud of us for taking this up. As Jane did, we did so much more than we would have done, if we were not sculpting together.

Always forward and onward from here.

Sharing a pic from last Friday from my daughter's sports day. I brought the little one with one and he is just rebelling as he did not want to be in the pic. :)

Love,
Ni


Last 5 Days

Hi Team,

I told myself this morning - last 5 days of Sculpt and I will DO MY BEST.

I have been almost regular at workouts and in line with diet. However, there have been many discrepancies over the last two weeks.

Feels like somehow with everything going on, I am not able to find the motivation to lock in the diet to the T.

Next 5 days, I will do better.

All the best to all of us.

Cheers,
Nidhi


Last 5 Days

Hi Team,

I told myself this morning - last 5 days of Sculpt and I will DO MY BEST.

I have been almost regular at workouts and in line with diet. However, there have been many discrepancies over the last two weeks.

Feels like somehow with everything going on, I am not able to find the motivation to lock in the diet to the T.

Next 5 days, I will do better.

All the best to all of us.

Cheers,
Nidhi


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Hi Team,

The last two weeks have not been best in terms of training. Both, workouts and diet, took a little bit of a hit.

Without going into too much contemplation of why and the reasons (I know some of them being work, kids health, work travels etc.), I am making a promise to myself that I am going to get the next two weeks damn right.

I don't want to give any excuses, because I feel like reasons will always be there. But some days are better and I am more determined and motivated. And some days are the opposite.

I was not totally off track. But also not fully on track.

So here I am. Determined. Motivated. Excited. To finish this programme with the best two weeks possible.

Cheers to all of us.

PS - sharing a pic of one of my recent speaking engagements where I did talk about work-life integration and making time for what's important in life. Here's to keeping my own promises.


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Hi everyone!

Sorry for the silence last week. I am still catching up on all of your blog's, but hope you have been well.

I had a bit of a dip in my training last week. Everything was too intense at work, home, events at work, kids school and Diwali and on and on. I had a few (a bit more than a few perhaps) slips on on food. And had to miss a couple of workouts due to everything going on.

I was a bit upset with myself last night as I was telling myself that these are all excuses and had I wished, I could have done everything 100% well. This morning, I am trying to remind myself that I still get back to track. So finished my workout well and determined to get the diet tight and straight for the remainder of the programme.

Wishing us all the best for nailing the rest of the programme!

Sharing a pic of my 2 year old who is determined to get his strength training done with the resistance band. One more advantage of me being on my fitness journey - kids are learning all about a healthy lifestyle. At least, I can count this one as last week's win and lift myself up. :)

Cheers and hugs,
Nidhi


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Hi my fellow Myrtlers,

Let me begin with some random trivia. According to Roman mythology, myrtle plant is a symbol of love. No wonder, this team has so much love and support for each other!

It is Day 10 already. Time is flying by. After 13 weeks of KB1, Sculpt feels like a very short programme. Sometimes, I wonder if it is enough time to bring some big changes. But I remind myself, every step counts.

1. Diet - Have been mostly on track. Though I was finding it difficult to get the same discipline with which I had started KB1. The lesson was right on time. :) So cleaning up the little details.

2. Diwali is round the corner for us. It is one of the biggest festivals for us and I have left space for a small piece of sweet to celebrate and honour the occasion. A series of Diwali parties are on the calendar now and kids are super excited too.

3. Dance - I have loved dancing right since I was a kid. Bollywood dancing was my Free cardio. How about everyone else? Also, loving the barre exercises; I feel like a ballerina.

That's all for today.

Sharing a pic from last weekend's Diwali party. Hope everyone is having a good second week.

Cheers,
Nidhi xo


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Hi Everyone,

I have a confession to make. For years and years, one of my secret fitness desires has been to get a fit and toned booty. Especially after having two kids and having put on some weight around the rear, I have been somewhat conscious of that area. Even sharing the beginning of the progamme photo, I felt quite vulnerable because I thought everyone was going to know what my bum looks like. But then with a little encouragement from my amazing husband, I realized it was time to own it, work it and rock it! :)

So on that note, here I am. My name is Nidhi. I am an executive coach, keynote speaker, writer and blogger with an eternal zest for living life fully. I live in Hong Kong with my husband Kush (who is currently doing KB1 and rocking it) and my two little kids (5 and 2). I am from a city in India called Ahmedabad and that is where my heart belongs.

I have been fit and trim most of my life. I went through two cycles of gaining weight and losing it, during the birth of my two kids. These cycles have also taught me body acceptance and body confidence. And so, even though I was lighter and slimmer before kids, I feel more beautiful and confident now.

And I am committed to keep working on my fitness, keep gaining stregth and keep becoming the fittest, healthiest and sexiest version of myself!

On that note, adios for this week. Will be back with progress notes soon.

More power to us!
Nidhi


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Loved the Journey. Now - Onwards and Forward. 
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Wow! Wow! Wow! My Kenzai team, friends and trainers!

It feels a little surreal typing this Graduation Post.

All these days, I was waiting to reach Day 90 and now that we are here, I have loads to say and I don't know what to say.

My fitness journey started this year in January 2019 with the goal to become my fittest and healthiest self. And Kenzai played a huge role on this path. From understanding more about myself and my body, having days of full and zero motivation, learning to exercise both shoulder and willpower muscle and much more - it has been a road to remember! It was NOT perfect by any means. But like all of us, I feel like I have come a long way from where I started. And I feel aweeesommee!!!

I am choosing to focus on what has worked, lessons learnt and the small wins. Whatever I could not master this time (skipping, push ups, single leg squats etc.), will be a goal for another time.

For now, I am in celebration mode. I celebrated Day 90 with my husband and two kids at Disneyland Hong Kong and finishing off the day with chocolate icecream. :)

I am excited to continue this journey ahead.

So at the end of the year when I look back, I know that I have become the healthiest, happiest, fittest, most beautiful me. And for me, that is all that matters.

Onwards and Forward.

Love,
Nidhi xo


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Hey All!

Final stretch it is. Wow!

We have all come a long way. And while I am excited to finish this programme strong. I am also getting a bit tired.

So this week I promised myself - I will make myself interesting salads, stir fries and other meals to keep things interesting!

Thought I will share some ideas here, in case anyone else is tired too and wants to try something new.

1. Garlicky, Lemony Stir Fried Broccoli with Sweet Potatoes.

https://nidhikushshah.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/stir-fried-garlic-lemon-broccoli/ This is the recipe for lemony broccoli. This time I decided to mix some different sweet potatoes to add colour and flavour. Was quite pleased with the result. I added Balsamic Vinegar and Oregano.

2. Garlic, Broccoli, Red Bell Pepper and Paneer (or Tofu).
pretty much similar ingredients but different combination.

3. Mixed Vegetable Brown Rice with Hummus

Have just been trying new comibinations than my regular ones. And I noticed that changing things have helped me.

The AMAYW is also helping. :) I can use less or more depending on the recipe and mood.

What else? Anyone got any other ideas to share?

Cheers,
Nidhi xo


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Hey everyone,

I just realized that our first indulgence and everyone was talking about it. And waiting for it and all of that.

It is funny how this time round, it did not get the same limelight. The lesson around it was spot on.

I enjoyed my 3rd indulgence. Went out for a dinner date with my husband (which I had been missing for a while.)

Allowed myself to eat my favourites and yet somehow managed portion size and overall felt great.

The next day, I was not feeling guilty for eating a dessert. Just motivated to do my workout and get the diet right.
That was a relief!

If I ever start feeling for eating chocolate, I don't know what would I do?! :)

Sharing some happy memories from the last week.

Will be back with the Kenzai progress in the next post!

Hugs,
Nidhi


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Hey fellow Kenzaiers!

How is the week 11 coming along? And how was week 10?

It has not been all glorious and shiny for me. As we are coming towards the end, I am having some ups and downs.

In the last post I promised to share what's working and mental hacks. I was going to upload that last week, but did not feel motivated enough myself. And I don't like to talk if I can't do the walk! ;)

So here is a snapshot of WHAT IS WORKING in the final stage of our programme:

1. Reframing this as "Kenzai Part 2" - After a few weeks of not being perfect (as I was writing in my previous blog), I decided that I am going to reframe the last few weeks as a beginning of a new programme called KB-part 2. Rather than thinking that I am not doing well and now I need to drag through the end, I told myself - I had a break of following almost-Kenzai diet and exercise and now a new programme begins. We often find motivation when we begin something. So that is what I told myself.

2. Listening to my body and mind - I had some days when I felt off, sick, shoulder pain - instead of not doing at all - I did a little and listened to my body.

3. Not sticking to any rigid goals - I am not where I thought I might be in terms of weight loss (when I started the programme.) But I readjusted my goals last week based on the actual progress I was making.

4. Not being hard on myself for missing half a workout or eating half a chocolate.

5. Trying new places for workout and new recipes to keep things interesting

NOW - what is not working

1. Feeling tired and somewhat overwhelmed with the programme.

2. I do not know why somehow I am not at the same motivation levels as I was at the beginning. (On low motivation days - I am not thinking. I just go and do the exercise with less motivation. Lol. But I still do them. )

3. No Carbs for dinner (My insides are crying. Will I ever stop missing carbs. I am not able to apply any positive thinking here.... Help! :))

4. Getting complacent with measurements and sets. Jess - your shoutout was right on time. I WAS getting complacent. Thanks much for the reminder.

Well, that's all for now.

Sharing some pics: 1. Sweet Potato and Zucchini Patties. You can mix any veggies together like - Broccoli and Potato Patties, SweetPotato and Carrot etc. Pinch of salt, lemon, black pepper and garlic powder and you are good to go! 2. Scenes from the weekend.

Cheers and hugs to all for this week.

Nidhi xo


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Hey my Kenzai Team,

Wow! End of week 10.

Wish I could write more regularly as I always feel like I have so many things to say! :)

Today, I want to share just one message which summarizes my feeling of the last couple weeks.

Progress over perfection.

The last couple weeks have been far from perfect. But I can accept that. Because I have made a little progress every day.

And even on some days, when I skipped a few sets because of my neck pain or feeling sick or indulged in a small piece of mum-made sweet or small portion of extra carbs - I know that I have come a long way in terms of eating healthy and exercising daily. And that is what matters for me.

I can see some changes in my photos - albeit very small. But I feel amazing because I know I am on a lifetime track of taking care of my body, my mind and my fitness.

So, even after all the slip ups, I am here. Determined to finish this programme strong - as much as I can.

That's all for today.

In the part 2 of this blog, I will be back with the small wins, the mental hacks I am using to keep going and the little falls and slip ups I have overcome.

Stay tuned. :)

Wishing everyone on this awesome team - all the best.

Keep going. Keep taking small steps on less motivated days.

My mantra - One step, one pushup, one squat, one jumprope is still better than none at all.

Love,
Nidhi xo

PS - I went to Disneyland last weekend to celebrate my 2-year old's birthday. So I am channeling my inner Moana in the pic below. :)


Hey Jess,

I have had left shoulder and neck sprain for last two days.

Yesterday the pain was manageable so I did the workout (perhaps a mistake) and then this morning it was unbearable - so I was not able to do anything today.

It is much better now.

A few questions:

1. How do I manage neck and shoulder pain?

2. I have noticed that I store tension in my neck and shoulders usually. So when an exercise gets tough - especially the upper body ones, my neck muscles tense up. How can I work around this?

3. Any other advice to manage this better?

Thank you so much!

Nidhi xo


Hey everyone!

I started my Kenzai time by reading your blogs and felt super inspired to finish the programme strong. Yay to us for going through ups and downs.

My updates:

1. Last two weeks I was in India for family holiday. I stuck to my exercises on most days - perhaps missed one or two at most. Diet - I had a few small indulgences and allowed a little flexibility based on what was routine for the day. I still managed to stick to the diet like 75 - 80% of the time.

2. Took a day off from diet and exercises yesterday as I was down with a stomach flu and felt like I had zero energy in my body. Still got in 30 minutes brisk walking and had fairly simple light diet.

3. Today - getting back to program with a determination to stick to diet and exercises for the remainder of the weeks.

4. Changes - I received a lot of compliments on my holiday as how much weight I had lost since they saw me last year and that I looked younger - vanity is a huge motivator! :D I have also noted changes in my strength and am able to do some exercises better. Mindset changes - I have observed that my mind is getting more attuned to exercises and healthier diet in general. Getting in a workout no matter what and picking carrots to eat at airport - my younger self would not have imagined this. :)

5. Ups and Downs - Like many of us - I am getting ups and downs in motivation. Week 7 workouts were pretty intense and am glad I pushed through them. But I have to admit, my motivation took a dip around day 45 - thinking that I still had 45 more days to go and was missing carbs for dinner. The following day was a bit better.

Am learning to navigate these weeks and focusing on making this a life time philosophy rather than a 3 month programme.

Was a long post. I felt like I had not updated you all and myself in a while about my fitness journey.

Onwards and upwards!

Ni xo


Just not able to get this one right. Especially while travelling.

Have been substituting it with another ab exercise for the last couple times.

How is everyone doing that one?

Thank you!
Nidhi


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