Final Post - The summit of Mt. Kenzai GRADUATION POST
- Dec 15th, 2013 at 6:39PM
Well, here we are at the end of Kenzai (but the beginning of a new lifestyle) and what a 90 days it has been.
I had a look at my first blog and the "get to know you" team Hydra post and here are some of the things I had to say about what I hoped to achieve from doing Kenzai:
"I'm hoping to shed a fair bit of weight over the next 90 days. I've been overweight most of my adult life, usually clocking in at around 98kg. I'm now at 101kg, so its time to do something about it and I've heard some really good things about this programme. The next 90 days will be hard, but I'm doing it with one of my best mates and I know with his support and the support of everyone in this community, I'll get through it. Besides being thinner, I want to feel less lethargic and have more energy (hence my goal of "Energise"!)"
"I hope that by the end of the 90 days I look and feel better and have developed some good habits that will allow me to retain my Kenzai body!"
So, have I achieved the goals I set myself on Day 1? A definite yes, as well as a whole lot more. I know numbers don't mean much, but in terms of what I have to carry up those hills when cycling and hiking, I have gone from 101kg at Day 1 to 84kg on day 90. I can't remember the last time I weighed sub 90, so thats an achievement in itself. I've gone from a 36 inch waist to 32 (33 in some brands) and even my new 32 inch jeans bought a couple of weeks ago still feel a bit loose.
I can't remember the last time I felt lethargic and I have a lot lot more energy. Feeling crap in the mornings (when I either had no breakfast at all or a small breakfast) have gone. Now breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I've found an eating lifestyle which I enjoy and which I can maintain. The days of eating junk food 3-4 nights a week are gone and I look forward to a life of eating healthy and feeling good.
I honestly thought when beginning Kenzai that this was all about the weight loss, but now I realise it is so much more. I am feeling fitter than I have ever been and this is evidenced by hikes and bike rides in which I power up hills and enjoy immensely, as opposed to struggling with in the past. I now have goals of doing all sorts of events next year such as triathlons and hill races. I've tried this before, but being overweight I always injured myself and ultimately things went off the rails (the last triathlon I attempted ended in a slipped disc!)
I need to thank many many people. Patrick, what a program you have put together and you have inspired hundreds (more?) of people to lead better healthier lives. Sarah, thank you so much for your support and your encouragement, which has been priceless. You have been an awesome trainer and mentor. Thanks must go to all the trainers and the support they have given to all the groups. All of team Hydra, my new friends, have been amazing, what a great group we had (evidenced by the way we came together for lunch a couple of weeks back, which we all enjoyed). Having members on my backyard was also great - Jamie, El and Malique. Those outside of Hydra that took time to comment on my posts and offer support - Ethna, Michael M, Busola and others.
Jamie, thank you so much for encouraging me to do this and supporting me throughout the 90 days. I couldn't have done it without your, Sharon and the kids support. I know Jamie was encouraged to do this by Robin (whom I've never met - but thanks to Robin for inspiring Jamie and thus inspiring me). Having one of my best mates in the world do this with me has made it so much easier.
My helper Fe has been a god send, helping me with my food and putting up with my good days and bad days. I know her continued support will help me keep up this lifestyle. My little friend and Kenzai mascot Weston who would often come and comfort me when groaning through my exercise, and also take the egg yolks off my hands - he's such a sweet little dog! My friends in HK who have been following my progress and supporting me, often bringing humour to this journey.
Finally my family, especially my brother, mum and dad, who have simply provided me with so much inspiration. My brother and mum have particularly had to endure so much over the last 10 years - the strength and courage they have shown is amazing and I thought if they can do what they've done, then I can certainly also show a fraction of that same strength and courage by doing this program.
I could say so much more. But I want to finally say that this is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life and one of the most life changing journeys I have been on. I got to the point in my life where I had resigned myself to being overweight for the rest of my life. I can now look forward to being fit and healthy as long as I keep up with the lifestyle changes I have made through Kenzai (and I am certain I will - there is too much to lose in not doing so, and so much more to gain!) When I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro 8 years ago it was one of the most emotional moments of my life reaching the summit. I felt such similar emotion on Day 90 when I did my final workout, watched Sarah's final video and read the final training lesson. I have summited Mt. Kenzai with pride and a new found belief in myself. Now its time to use the lessons I have learned and take them with me into my future journeys of health and fitness.
Congratulations to all new Kenzai Pearl alumni, you are all an inspiration! Merry Christmas to all and here's to no longer having a New Years resolution of losing weight, but instead not putting it back on!