Purnima P.

Purnima P.

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Hello Patrick and Team Sagitta...

It was wonderful to be on this program...and meeting all of you through this ...

The best thing I felt about the program was the understanding that being consistent and disciplined ...does produce results.

Except for one day ...where I could only do the cardio - I didn’t miss a single day of workout ...though there were plenty of reasons along the way ...which might have put me off track — but the accountability towards myself ...my husband , Team Sagitta and Patrick ..took me through :))

What I also liked was what I learnt about my own body and how good and clean food keeps me in a better form through the day.
Of course there were days when I would be tired after the exercise ...but that was different to the feeling of extreme lethargy I felt after eating food outside which was not Kenzai compliant !!

I also enjoyed the lessons ...though I need a little more time to read some of them again..
The one that struck home was the different personality types that would emerge as we go through the program —- from being a Perfectionist to someone looking for excuses ...
The awareness about the role our psychology plays made me handle the program better ..
Made me recall my favourite quote -
“In life ...prepare for all days alike - When you are the Anvil - Bear and when you are the Hammer - Strike !!

There were days when I was the Anvil and then there were days when I was the Hammer ...and I feel soo happy that I moved through the different states with discipline :)

Also what was interesting was that this program helped me create some healthy and appetising recipes ...:)

In terms of weight I have lost only about 6kg...but I definitely notice a difference in my clothes and energy levels ...which is a big plus !! I couldn’t have imagined that I would be strong enough to workout so consistently as well as attend to other aspects of my life !

Day 90 was Super easy compared to the previous intense workouts !
I remember my Day 8 soo well because that was the day I came down with a massive headache and felt that the jump from 250 skips to 400 was too intense 😀
I recall blogging about it too...:))

I really look forward to continuing this way of life ...

Thank you Patrick and Team Sagitta 😊


Day 85

Hi Team ....

Into the last week now...and I feel today has been my best workout thus far...

I did my best in each set ...didn’t feel so exhausted and enjoyed the cycle workout ....

Plus we had lesser sets this time so it felt easier:)

Maybe it was also contributed by the fact that the weekend was pretty clean in terms of diet ...


Day 78
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Posting after a Long time ...

Had a busy Easter weekend with family and friends visiting us..
We planned our indulgence session for the Easter weekend...
Just that it spread over two meals ...

I didn’t go all out in both the meals ...
The first indulgence included carbohydrates...and the second one I skipped carb but ended up eating dessert instead...

So really didn’t stick to one full out indulgence ...:(

For some reason last week...I felt sleepy during the daytime on a few days...
Not sure why ...but my body seems to crave a bit of shut eye...

On this week’s question :

I definitely want to keep the routine of being conscious of my eating and exercising even after I finish the program.
More than the weight loss...what I am happy about is that I have become more aware of what happens to my body when I give it good nutrition /exercise and sleep ..as opposed to late nights ...eating heavy and no exercise ..

I can see the difference very clearly in terms of energy levels ..and it took a lot of hard work to get there ...so definitely want to keep this in my top priority list :)


Day 71
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Can’t believe that we are nearing the end of the program !

I liked today’s lesson and kind of understood why I am becoming quite wary of eating out nowadays...

We lunched out yesterday ...and actually chose a healthy meal - a nice hot soup with plenty of veggies / noodles and tofu thrown in ...
Yet when we came back ...both my husband and I felt very lethargic with flu like symptoms and felt like just lying down and sleeping...

It’s the same feeling I experienced after eating at a wedding a couple of weeks back ...
At least that was understandable ...because the food wasn’t necessarily healthy in nature ...

But yesterday’s would have been checked off as Kenzai compliant ...and yet we didn’t feel good..
The only thing I can think of is perhaps MSG or soya sauce or both...which contributed to that feeling...

It’s a very unpleasant feeling ...hence I am not really looking forward to the final indulgence :))

Today the workout was tough - the legs and shoulder days are always the toughest for me ...

Have a lovely week ahead team!!


Day 64
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Guess I am just getting used to this way of living ..
Our exercise and diet becomes pretty much the main priority and everything else seems to revolve around that ...
Sometimes I struggle with how to make our food more interesting and come up with new ideas...given the choices we have...

Our social life has certainly got affected ...
I think twice before inviting people over for dinner ...as that would mean a late night and a tough morning !

We pretty much stick to 4pm invites for hi-tea..
This also means that entertaining drops as not everybody finds hi-tea convenient...


Day 61
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Hi Team..

Haven’t posted for a few days ..
Life just got busy...

Workouts happening as usual...except I find that I tire out much faster during the exercise....
Maybe because the intensity and the number of reps has increased ....

I made a mistake by not noticing that I don’t have any carbs in my morning diet..
Just started that off today ...
It was tough ..as that’s the only meal in the day that I look forward to :))

Anyways ...accepting it for the greater good :)


Day 57
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The weekend was not perfect ...
I wish we didn’t have to take photographs on Monday’s!

Went out for an early morning wedding and even though I tried to stick to the carb/ veggie/protein ratio....I was eating food which was fried and had a lot of fat in it

Also I ate one small cup of dessert
This was brunch...

I had a protein shake before I left...(after the morning cardio)

Anyways..felt pretty much miserable and low energy for most parts of the day ...

So how the food is prepared also makes a big difference..

The difference in energy levels is so stark that I am hoping that the feeling would remind me of making better choices in the future ...


Day 55
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So I am hearing a lot about intermittent fasting from people ...now that “health and nutrition” becomes a topic of discussion when meeting friends ...

Not sure about the science behind this though...

Today was a good day...( no legs and no planks :))

The weather was cool and it certainly helps to keep me going...

I was wondering whether there is an alternative to elevated triceps dip? I am not able to support myself well as the chair under my feet keeps moving ...


Day 54
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I thought I was pretty ok with my arms and chest exercises ....but today - even Standing ovation was a struggle ....!!

Focusing on one muscle group certainly means a lot more burn than usual...

On the abs — I completely dislike planks...
Metronome is my favourite:)


Day 53
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Today was tough ...as so much of leg exercises ..takes a lot of energy...

The past couple of days I have been feeling a craving for sugar around 4pm in the afternoon ...

On Monday I felt like having coke 😬(and I don’t even like coke that much!!)

It must be a sign from my body craving some instant energy !!


Day 52
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All good today ...except feeling a little sleepy because I didn’t sleep well last night ..

I realised that the day we have the intense leg workouts — I feel more tired ...
So Monday was more tiring...
The other days are better!!

Trying out some of my old clothes ...and feel very good that I am able to fit into some of them...
Feels like I am slowly getting a new wardrobe :)

Have to attend a wedding this Sunday ...and I feel a lot more confident ...:)

I haven’t really lost that much weight...but perhaps the inches are coming down ...

Our dog is on the road to recovery and back home now ...so feel a whole lot better:)


Day 50
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Yesterday was a busy day ...with visits to our dog at the hospital ...a social get together at home ...and a very late night ...

Got to bed at 2am...

While I did the morning exercise and ate pretty much ok yesterday ..I am feeling bloated and not in form today ...

I think the biggest factor is lack of sleep which has tipped the balance for me today ...

I think at this stage it’s very clear as to how the body responds when it’s off the circadian rhythm. That awareness is good for making conscious choices !

You are what you eat ...and how you sleep I guess:)


Day 47
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For the first time ...opted for an emergency workout yesterday ...and got the jumpropes in...

Our dog had to be hospitalised for an emergency surgery ...
The suddenness of the whole episode really didn’t allow us to prepare ourselves mentally or emotionally...

The diet we managed to be ok with ...except I think we ate lesser than what was in the chart ...

This week promises to be tough as our dog went through two major surgeries ...
The feeling of uncertainty is not a good feeling ...

Fingers crossed !

Patrick ...thanks a lot for all your timely lessons...I very much appreciate that ...
They are lessons which I can apply to life as a whole...


Day 45

Yesterday was a little tough emotionally — things not going smoothly ...plus our dog is under the weather as well ...

Life comes with its share of ups and downs ...

Continued with the exercises and diet though :)


Day 43
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Hi Team!!

Nearing the halfway mark :)) Yayy!!!

So this morning ..for some reason I thought that we had to do 1400 skips in 7 sets...( Am so used to things becoming harder each week:))

So I exceeded the 15min time limit but completed 1400.
It’s only later I realised that we had to do 7 sets within 15mins...and there was no particular number target !!

Answer to why I wouldn’t quit is simply that I don’t like quitting :)
As cliché as it may sound —- once I put my heart to something — I don’t quit no matter how hard it gets.

Emotion is my most powerful driving force :)

It’s just that there are some mundane stuff (in my life beyond Kenzai) that needs my attention ...but I don’t feel like doing that right now 😬


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