Ren Kuroda

Ren Kuroda

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proving with a negative 

  • Jun 29th, 2016 at 2:54PM

Started this program with power and commitment...ended on a major life downer, jet-lag, and overall fuckit-ness but regardless :
I killed it
#nothumblebrag

I reaffirmed that I really do not enjoy skipping. Yeah, I know, Kenzai-boy bite your tongue. It is BORING to stand in one place and bounce up and down. Some (many) days I just completely passed on the cardio, usually followed by some serious running. I did a bunch of distance these 3 months. So overall I think I was on target.

Foodwise, I was a scheduling mess; when I prepped and had bentos and snacks, I nailed it. When I didn't, I often just didn't bother eating for a couple meals. I'm kind of used to not eating because I did Intermittent Fasting for almost two years, so it was no big deal, but not ideal for cleaning up the metabolism.
Still, I ate quite clean, and the results are solid. Waist way down, probably 5 cm (haven't measured) and weight down like 7 kilos or so (also haven't weighed-in for weeks). From looking at myself, my scientifically accurate to three decimal places estimate pegs my bodyfat percentage at like 15-ish right now...maybe less? Lower on my upper body (abs showing nicely) but probably thicker on my legs...though I did notice when I was doing the marathon 3-minute wall sit this morning that I got all kinds of quad definition on my thighs...so yeah bodyfat is way down.

Feel physically damn good (mentally fried, but that's not Kenzai.)

Ate my bento for lunch; giant pile of spinach and zuccini, etc. and after I ate I was all "WTF am I doing? Time to PARTY."
So I went to 7-11 and bought a medium-sized bag of some corn-chips snack thing and a small bag of some chocolate-covered puff things. Snacked them down whilst surfing the intertubes and sipping my tea. Tasted crazy salty OMG, but started firing off all kindsa brain-drugs. Mild euphoria...

Then about 3 minutes after I cleaned out the snacks, my stomach starts...gurgling. Like, really protesting: "Yo, brain? You there? What the ACTUAL FUCK are you sticking in me? I cannot digest this sludge, you moron. CLEAR A HOLE!"
And then I spent the next 20 minutes surfing the intertubes on my phone. Sitting on the toilet. In agony.
Think I lost another kilo of weight and I am probably now totally dehydrated, given how much fluid I lost...
And, as an added bonus! I now have a stunning headache; salt + sugar + dehydration.
So I have reaffirmed that yeah, eating clean is good.
Thought for dinner I would man up and go for a nice bowl of ramen...but now I am thinking I can't handle the salt and grease, so keep it simple and just go for a big cheap bowl of carbs; spaghetti with meat sauce, or many even a simple chicken rice...

Shout out my brothers and sisters who overcame way more crap than I; back surgery and illness and having to live in the tropics and being horribly, horribly less fundamentally charismatic than me...everyone overcame greater hardships than I and totally rocked it, so respect and love to you all: Well done.

 
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17 comments

Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Member
Trainerover 3 years ago

Hey Ren, congrats to you! Your photo shows how hard you worked. Even the last meh week didn't make a difference. Well done and thanks for all the entertaining photos and blogs. Be kind to your stomach and hit the ramen shop after a few days. See you on KLife!


    Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Member
    over 3 years ago

    Ren, you photo says it all. You look great! skipping or running, I don't think it matters, especially given the length of runs you do. Interesting reaction to the junk food.... Eating clean is indeed best. Congrats on nailing KB2.


      Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Member
      Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

      Looking good Ren!


        Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Member
        over 3 years ago

        Congrats dude, definitely below 15% body fat. Unchi stories are always funny, thanks for that, oh and you totally deserved it, and the headache, so suck it up. Speaking of which thanks for the shout out, to all of us who had to endure your whinging, couldn't have done it without you! After I'm done ReBooting this weekend lets go grab something indulgent but a little more reasonable than a bag of salty corny chocolaty thingies. Hato's? Strada? Taproom?


          Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Member
          over 3 years ago

          Way to go! the picture tells a positive story.

          The great question remains - "Why do we want to eat crap?" hmmm.


            Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Graduating (Member)
            Trainerover 3 years ago

            Congrats Ren! Your abs are proof itself in you killing it! I’m with you on the boringness of skipping. Efficient, but I’m one for the run (or bike) too to keep the mind fresh. Your honest and funny blogs are great to read. I’m sure your teammates enjoyed them. Best wishes with the ‘major-life downer’.


              Rory M.Rory M.Kenzai Mind | Day 34 (Member)
              over 3 years ago

              You did great fella. Fine set of abs. Enjoyed your blogs. Helped me stay the course. Thanks for that. See ya around.


                Kim BensonKim BensonKenzai Member
                Trainerover 3 years ago

                Oh Ren, your tact and delicacy never cease to entertain. You dominated KB2 despite travel, crazy work schedules and moving house. You are looking super fit and strong. Time to show those rings who's boss. Congratulations on running a solid program. Go get you some super dark chocolate man!


                  Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Marathon | Day 5 (Member)
                  Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                  Your voice cuts through the blogosphere like a knife, Ren. Big ups on both the visible and invisible gains!


                    Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Marathon | Graduating (Member)
                    Trainerover 3 years ago

                    Just stopped by to check out those abs! Looking good my friend and remember that you've always got running as your go to cardio.


                      Haj M.Haj M.Alumni
                      over 3 years ago

                      Your final photo looks amazing! This is what I inspire to be one day:) お疲れ様でした!!!


                        Martyn B.Martyn B.Alumni
                        over 3 years ago

                        Smashed it Ren, looking very solid, well done.


                          Yumi W.Yumi W.Kenzai Member
                          over 3 years ago

                          You look great! Really enjoyed your blogs throughout this program. Thank you! I was going to do the same thing on snack front but having read what happened to you ... I will settle with a glass of lava flow. So thanks again!


                            Rob S.Rob S.Alumni
                            over 3 years ago

                            Nice one Ren! Looking ripped I can count abs! Thanks for all your input and good humor through this KB2 journey! Ups and down are part of the ride but we got there. Good Kenzai to you!


                              Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Member
                              Trainerover 3 years ago

                              Looking cut Ren! Great job on the program. Even if one doesn't maintain full-blown monastic discipline and rigor, you still have to dedicated to get the results you did. Awesome work, keep at it man!


                                Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Mind | Day 34 (Member)
                                Trainerover 3 years ago

                                Congratulations Ren!!! Now how about some KB3 action in September??


                                  Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Mind | Day 34 (Member)
                                  Trainerover 3 years ago

                                  ps, looking good bro!!!! and I agree with you on the jump rope hate. :/


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