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!
Loved the Journey. Now - Onwards and Forward. GRADUATION POST
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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. :)
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!
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.
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!
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?
We are reaching the half way mark?! Wow.
Showing up today to say a quick hello as I have been away from our conversations for almost 10 days now!
The reason for being MIA has been that I left home for my annual family holiday in India. So, between travelling, social visits, resisting temptations galore and managing two little tots on the go, I am learning how to make my fitness , diet and exercise a priority.
I feel like I am doing well on the trip so far. Missed only a day of workout and have been sticking to the diet almost 90% of the time (while making space for a few childhood favourites).
Will be back soon with more updates, thoughts, struggles and wins soon. Hope everyone is having a good summer while getting a regular dose of otter kicks and Da vincis!
Sharing a pic from the holiday meet-ups.
Hey there friends.
How is the Week 5 coming along?
I read some posts about different ideas for how to get our vegetables in our diet.
Being a vegetarian all my life, an ardent foodie and someone who loves cooking, I have been experimenting with recipes and ingredients for a long time.
Though the no oil, no (or less salt) has been a bit tough - I find myself trying different things so that I don't get bored of eating chopped raw carrots or boiled veggies.
I have been thinking of sharing recipes here and get all your ideas too.
I have been loving soups for Kenzai diet. I weigh 200 gms (or whatever is required) of cooked veggies and blend them into different soups. If carbs are allowed, I enjoy them with a toast or just as it is.
Here are some different soups which have worked for me:
1. Sweet Potato Soup
2. Beetroot and Tomato
3. Carrot Gazpacho
4. Purple Sweet Potato
5. Carrot and Tomato
6. Green Pea
7. Spinach and almond
8. Broccoli and Corriander
I have some recipes for soups here on my blog: https://nidhikushshah.wordpress.com/category/food-village/soups/
Note the generous amount of oil / butter I used to use earlier. Haha! Nowadays, I simply omit that ingredient. :)
Would love to hear your ideas too!
Cheers and onwards!
Wow! We all have already completed 4 Weeks on the program! Feels great.
I have some questions regarding Diet.
Q1. What is the ideal time for Evening Snack? In the earlier weeks, there have been times when I had a late dinner due to work etc. and then did not feel hungry for an evening snack.
Q2. Is the evening snack supposed to be taken after dinner?
Q3. How do you space out the meals? Every 2-3 hours?
Q4. For my Week 4 - all veggies have been removed from the dinner and been added to evening snack.
Jess - could you explain the logic behind this? Why veggies post dinner? And why not during dinner?
Q5. Veggies - Most of the times, I am weighing cooked veggies. But sometimes, I have had raw carrots and cucumbers. Would it change how I should weigh?
Phew - seems like I had been wondering these questions since a long time. Thought let me clarify them now - better late than never! :)
Looking forward to hearing what everyone has been doing.
PS - Adding an end of week 4 image. Feels great that my back looks and feels stronger. :) Small wins!
Hi Jess and rest of our team,
I am finding it difficult to do some of the upper body exercises - like Shoulder ones and Triceps ones.
Yesterday - with double katana - I could not do a single one with the stretch band. So, I had to put that down and do the exercises without it. Followed the movement as shown in the tutorial and did reps until I felt the burn.
Any advice on how I can navigate these exercises?
Thanks so much!
Hey there team!
How's everyone doing.
Loads to share - as I have missed one full week of blogging.
Today I will share the changes I observed.
1. Mindset - a. My mind is getting in that mode where a daily workout has become almost ingrained like daily toothbrush and bath. Saturday we were out almost the entire day and I came home, put the kids to sleep and finished my workout at 11:00 pm before sleeping.
b. On the other hand - when it comes to food - it is being very clever and giving me all sorts of reasons and justifications as to why I should indulge myself to some sugar in my tea or eating a piece of choco. :)
Have not succumbed to major cravings yet. Except for a small teaspoonful of sugar in my tea.
2. Body - Have noticed my strength and cardio capacity go up.
3. Still not getting all the jumprope sets in one go. Only able to do sets of 50 counts in one go.
Also my ankles were hurting since two days so opted for 30 - 35 minutes elliptical.
4. Things have been super hectic with school year end and my own work. So I am trying my best to stick to diet and workout routines. Still not getting them done at same time of the day.
Felt like my thoughts were all over the place while writing this today. :)
Wishing us all very best for the week 4!
I am sure we all can have a little celebratory post at the end of this one. Looking forward to it!
My mind was trying all sorts of tricks to make me postpone writing this blog. But I knew I want to do this - sooner than later. Also because, writing things will down will bring me clarity.
Okay - so what does end of week 2 feel like. I feel like I was surprised at times, felt challenged on many days and yesterday - felt like I survived.
What surprised me / What felt tough - I started with jump rope like a pro in the first week. And the second week - I felt like I dreaded it. There you go - I said it aloud and I feel relieved. It is hard for me to say that I felt challenged. But that is the truth. The muscle group workouts I could still manage, but jump rope was the tough part. This surprised me as I expected to get better at it. And this internal pressure made me feel worse. So I decided that I will not compare myself with anyone, nor even with myself and just take each day separately, on its own and go with the flow. There are times when I did only 20 reps of rope in one go, but I continued until I got every single count. Writing that line makes me smile and a little bit proud that I persisted. :)
What felt easy - Managing the diet, finding ingredients to support my diet and sticking to portions. Overall it was easy - though two days I struggled with a sweet craving. Used the lesson reminders and worked around it.
1. Some recipes work out better than others. So I believe the first couple weeks will be all about trial and error.
2. Use other team members blogs as inspiration, but not for comparison
I realized that everyone in our group is having different responses to their exercises and diet. Some are finding diet difficult, some are finding exercises easy, some stay full, some stay hungry. When I compare I wonder - if I am on the right track. So, I have decided that I will take inspiration, but not compare or get worried. We are all together and yet have individual goals and journeys. So it is okay if our experiences are different than others.
Well that's it for now.
All the best to all of us for an exciting week 3!