I know that I am always looking for drier inspiration so I thought I would share one of my favorite Kenzai breakfasts. I add balsamic to the avocado and tomato. It’s yummy and so satisfying. Hope my teammates are off to a great start of the real week one!
Hello to all my teammates!
I'm so excited to be starting Kenzai Body with all of you. I'm a Kenzai alum having successfully completed the program about three years ago. It was awesome- I have never felt better. Alas, I seemingly let much of that progress go over the last three years so I'm back for round 2. I know the potential that this program has and I am determined to make the absolute most of it.
So a little about me....I live in rural NJ with my husband Bob (on Team Ursa with us!!), 4 children (boys ages 5 and 13; girls ages 10 and 11) and 2 dogs. Bob works a crazy schedule and I stay home managing the kids' crazy schedule. Days start by 6 and I'm usually not home until after practices end sometimes as late as 10pm. I spend A LOT of time in the car and I eat way too many meals there. But when I'm not an unpaid Uber driver to my children, I love all things active and competitive. I take a wide variety of classes and really enjoy playing tennis and paddle. I like to mix it up!
Apparently though all that mixing it up isn't combatting the effects of carefree eating- and drinking. And, as my mother so lovingly told me the other day, we all "thicken" around the waist as we age. So I'm working against the age factor too. (For what it's worth, I absolutely love and adore my mom and I know she was genuinely trying to comfort me-:) I just need the structure of the Kenzai program and the support of our team to get me back to a place where I feel good and healthy.
I'm not sure where exactly my obstacles will be this time. In some ways it's nice to know what to expect but I'm a little suspicious that may also be a challenge. Right now not drinking feels amazing after a summer of way too much fun. But I am certain that there will be nights when I will really really want that glass of wine. I'm also well aware that I need to plan my meals in advance because so many of them are on the go. I'm not a great food shopper, planner or cooker so I really need to figure out some tips and tricks for success. I think having Bob along for the journey is going to really help me navigate some of these obstacles because we will be in it together. No pressure Bob!
I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of our teammates and having an incredible 90 day journey together!
So excited to be back on Kenzai. Both my body and my mind are craving it after a summer of too much (of just about everything). I really appreciate the slow ramp up and I’m trying to enjoy one final week of non structured eating. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to meeting my fellow trainees!
Here I am again...not sure where I went or what happened. Life, I guess. It's just been BUSY. And FULL. But I continue to do my best although the longer this "busy stage" that I feel is somewhat out of my control lasts, the easier it is to make excuses and lose some resolve. That's definitely starting to happen so I recognize that I really need to reign it back in. That's the plan!
I'm back from my trip to the Dominican followed immediately by a hockey tournament in Rhode Island (The Dominican of the East Coast? I don't think so). I stayed fairly true to course while I was away but some nights were tougher than others. The great part is that I feel SOOOOO much better when I am Kenzai compliant. That's great motivation. All in all though I'm feeling good and excited to get the second half under my belt. Hope my teammates are hanging in there!
Hi! I'm back. I swore to myself that I wouldn't get one of those email reminders to blog. But alas, I got one. I'm not sure where the last week went. Lots going on. Some good, some not so good. Just a lot. The good news is that I only missed one workout. The bad news is that I haven't been 100% compliant on the diet. I haven't lost my resolve though and I'm not giving up.
My biggest challenge is not getting in my head about my inability to stay on diet. For example, we celebrated my son's 4th birthday on Monday (ate my yogurt and fruit for dinner instead of steak and ice cream cake) and then my daughter's 10th birthday yesterday (she wanted Hibachi so I ate some tuna and vegetables and a nibble...I swear just a nibble...of cake). Tomorrow I'm headed out of town for my grandmother's funeral and then next week I'm away on vacation. So is it better to just do the best that I can given the confines of my schedule? Or swap yogurt dinners for lunch?
That all said, I am still seeing results and feeling better and better. So I can only imagine what I would be feeling in an ideal scenario. Hope my teammates are all doing well and enjoying lots of success. I'm going to catch up on your blogs today!
Ended week 3 on a high with the free cardio day. I rode my Pelaton which I'm obviously not using much these days. It was such a welcome break from the jumprope that it felt more like an "exercise indulgence" than a cardio workout.
It's mild here in New Jersey so I took advantage and did the workout outside this morning. Holy Vitamin D it felt great! And as I just wrote in one of my comments, when I nail the workout early, I'm so determined and motivated to nail the diet for the day as well.
My goal for the week is to jazz up my meals. I'm eating the same damn stuff over and over and over. I need to get a little creative in the kitchen. Not my strong suit, as you may have guessed. I'll keep you posted.
Hope all my teammates are doing well and feeling good as we go into week 4!
Let myself go a little bit last night. Knew exactly what I was doing and silenced the inner voice telling me not to immediately and effectively. It was a long week and I needed a Friday night out - or at least I thought I did.
It was a great night, but it would have been just as great had I abstained from a glass of wine and stayed on diet. I don’t know why I didn’t realize that last night. I just didn’t want to think about it.
Anyway, I am starting the day strong. I woke up at 430am (thank you wine) and got right out of bed and did my workout. It’s going to be a busy weekend and I’m not home at all so really need to stay vigilant. Wish me luck!!
I was really happy for the lesson this morning because my training enthusiasm is starting to wane a little bit. I know it's still early in the program- maybe too early to complain- so I'm trying to focus on all the positives.
I had a great weekend. It was busy and I wasn't well prepared but I managed to make choices that I'm proud of , even if I wasn't 100% compliant. I feel good about that. My body/mind isn't craving sweets at all but I did crave some wine this Saturday. I held off. Tea is doing the trick for the time being. We will see how long it takes my inner caveman to notice the difference.
My mom is doing Kenzai Silver at the same time as I am doing KB2 and it's fun to share tips and tricks. I also feel like I need to be a good role model for her since I convinced her to take on this endeavor in the first place!
I truly feel better. I am sleeping well and my tummy is feeling flatter. That, in and of itself, is enough to keep me going!
1. Today is Day 10 and we are over 10% of the way there. That feels like progress! And I can feel a bit of progress- just from the regular exercise and clean eating (not to mention the no drinking-:). I've been lucky in that I haven't had many cravings. I think my body was craving this change so all good there for right now.
2. Jumping rope is getting easier but I am still whipping myself at least 5 times. I need to work on my technique. It hurts! I also find that the jumping is a lot more enjoyable while watching trashy TV-- think Real Housewives.
3. I have mastered the avocado smash with eggs for breakfast. It's easy, compliant and super satisfying. I need some inspiration for lunch and dinner. Any suggestions out there?
So my observation of the moment is that all jump ropes are NOT created equal- even all "good" jump ropes. Before I started KB2 this week, I ordered all new equipment. It's all great and I have everything I need and no excuses! But I noticed that I was feeling a lot of aches and pains, especially in my feet and arches, when I jumped rope. It was concerning because the jumping is such an integral part of the program. I wasn't sure if it was my sneakers or the flooring that I was jumping on or just me being two years older and more out of shape than the last time I jumped rope on KB1. I changed things around- shoes and flooring and even tried to tweak my jumping style (glad nobody was watching)- but it wasn't until I changed my jump rope that I noticed a difference. No idea why. I'm now using the mack daddy of jump ropes, the RX, and not a single ache or pain. It helps that mine is hot pink and neon blue and makes me smile every time I take it out-:) Happy jumping!
And also a little bit sore, especially in my back. Love that even in these intro workouts, I'm feeling some progress. I know 90 days is a long time but I hope that I can maintain even a fraction of my current enthusiasm. I am so dedicated to giving my body the TLC that it deserves (because I really haven't been this last year or so-:).
Wow! After an over two year hiatus, it's so great to be back! My body is craving the routine and the regularity as well as the clean eating and dedication to myself and my health and wellness. I'm looking forward to getting to know my teammates and progressing together through the next 90 days.
PS: I sort of forgot how hard jumping rope was-:)
Graduation Post GRADUATION POST
A day late and a dollar short.....suffice it to say that I miss the program already. I had a tough time finishing. If the program had been 45 days, I would have nailed it. 90 days was long for me- both in terms of the diet and the exercise. But....I have never felt better. I've been thinking about the best parts of the program- the parts that I will do my best not to forget and keep practicing. First and foremost, I think the exercise program is phenomenal. The routines are efficient and so effective. I personally really enjoyed the flexibility they offered too. I could do them in the basement while my two year old played next to me (except for that vicious jumprope). The diet was great for me because of all the whole, non processed foods and because of all the vegetables. And last but not least, I drank so much less alcohol and so much more water than I do on a normal basis.
I'm excited to continue with Kenzai life. Hopefully I can make it through the holidays without going to far in reverse first!