Sarah N.

Sarah N.


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Happy to be at Day 90! 

What an incredibly deep journey it's been. I'm an "ecto" and I've never even considered a diet/exercise program and Kenzai was perfect for me. I switched out the soft fat for some muscle and it feels great! Never in my 42 years of life have I ever flexed in front of a mirror but Kenzai gave me a reason to show myself off and be proud. The daily lessons taught me so much; the diet never left me hungry or feeling like I was losing too much weight and the exercises ramped up nicely. I am truly grateful for all that I've learned over the past 3 months.

Future: As I say to my friends and family; Kenzai for life! That means, I can't go back to the way I was eating before Kenzai and I certainly hope I can continue maintaining the physique I've achieved through excercise. If I need a set program to keep up with the exercise, I'll be back for KB2!

Special thanks to my husband for motivating me when I felt down and supporting me with meal prep and childcare while I pushed through. Thanks to Talya and Ward for your support and guidance throughout the program. I wouldn't have made it to day 90 without the help.

My husband tagged along on the diet and exercises to keep me going. On day 90 we donated 7 GARBAGE BAGS of clothes that didn't fit to celebrate!

Aloha,

Sarah


If you are a vegetarian or vegan, could you snap a screenshot of your current diet (if you don’t mind) so I could share with my husband what that looks like? He prefers to be vegetarian but is afraid of not getting enough protein if he signs up for Kenzai.


I’m really enjoying mixing up the rotations (workouts 85-89). This seems like something I could continue post KB1 yahoooooo


Go KB1 team!

Excited to make it to the finish line with ya’ll! How will you all be celebrating this huge accomplishment this weekend? Best of luck!


losing steam

Hey KB team,

This past week has challenged me. I'd say I stuck to the diet 75% of the time and same with the workouts. I FEEL TIRED.

A few things happened. First, the jump rope snapped and it derailed me from jumping and the running replacement got to be inconsistent. Next, my 20lb band snapped. GUESS what? It turns out I was ready for the 30 pounder on a lot of the band work. Some good, some bad. Bottom line is I'm dragging.


This past week my beloved jumprope broke. I tried duct taping it and jumping in place until the new one arrived. The new one arrived and, well, it’s not the same one and I feel like I’m at square one with Jumpropes. :( Last night, I gave up and went for a run. I have always loved running but over the past 7(?) years, my ankle has hurt from doing it. On last nights run, I was anticipating the pain but thankfully made it through with none! I can see how a run can be a substitute as a cardio exercise but I don’t feel the burn in my quads like I do by jump roping. I might do an alternating schedule for cardio moving forward unless you think jumproping will be best.

Aside from that, I’ve had a daily “slide” on the diet. I’m ready to turn that off and start fresh with a clean eating week for a strong finish.

Best to all!


Calf cramp

Just noticed I have a calf cramp on the right side that hasn’t gone away in a day. This is the first cramp I’ve had that stays for longer than an hour. It’s very mild pain wise but when I walk down stairs, it feels tight. Anything I can do to help it? Roll it out? Get some balls to work it out? Stretch? Are cramps related to the physical piece or the nutrition piece? Curious.

Any advice helps!

Sarah


Anticipating the drop off

As I get closer to the 90th day, I get more and more anxious about maintaining these healthy habits outside of KB training. Will part of our departure include a mix of weekly workouts and meal plans to maintain all the mileage I’ve gained in this program? Im seeing great results. In fact, today for the first time, I flexed in the mirror and was pleased. I’ve NEVER done that before and it’s even embarrassing to admit it but, yes, I did that! Please don’t drop us off into the abyss with no plan to continue our healthy ways.


Check in

Hello team KB,

I'm noticing the aches of a worked out body daily. They are healthy, good aches (no injuries) but I am sore and tired. I'm getting 90% of the workouts in but am finding the length of time it takes to complete the workout, looooong. I feel like I no longer have time to play/read with my kids because of the timing of the workout but that's what I have so I'll keep it going. The kids aren't complaining. I'm just feeling like a lame parent.

Diet: Sometimes I miss the evening vegetable snack because I am too tired to fix it/eat. I'm also not hungry so that helps. Should I peel myself out of bed if I've missed an evening snack so I get all my grams in or just keep doing what I'm doing? I'd say I miss at least one part of my meal daily whether it's the fruit snack, breakfast carb, or veg evening snack.

I'm happy to have timed jump ropes!

Sarah


Hi KB friends,

We have been traveling with the kids for midwinter break and are staying with multiple families. It’s been really hard to bang out a complete exercise and stick to clean eating. There’s been a few days where I haven’t been able to complete the exercises so it hasn’t been too bad but still haven’t done a V-sit yet. All this travel will settle down after tomorrow. Looking forward to getting back on track!


Hi all,

The chest dips are killing my wrists. I really can’t get to the muscles I’m building because my wrists are sore by the second set. Is there an alternative to this exercise that would work on the same muscle group?

Thanks for the advice!

Sarah


Update

Hello Kenzai friends,

Seattle has been hit with 3 major snow storms back to back which is unusual so life got busy caring for kids home from school and the daily grind. Sorry not to blog.

I cleared a patch in the snow for jumping rope outside. Last month, the moon. This month, the snow. Where is this going? Beautiful experience so far tying nature with Kenzai.

Now for the nitty gritty. Had a melt down last night during Jumpropes (had to move inside from sleet). I couldn’t seem to get my groove- snagging the rope every 15-30 jumps is FRUSTRATING!!!! I have endurance from being a distance runner so I’m wanting to get er done and not prolong. On top of that, I’ve been having a little lower back pain so it already isn’t super comfortable jumping. The worst yet.... urine leakage!!! I experience this every 6-7 days or so and can’t get what is up. So embarrassing and it disrupts the flow of the work out. I’m needing to catch up on reading the blogs but are any of you experiencing this?

Meals are going ok. It’s hard to stay on track in social gatherings. I’m not having a problem with the meal plan but rather indulging with a bite of apple crisp here and there or a sip of tequila. I try not to beat myself up but I notice that once you make an exception, your mind says it’s ok to do it again. Looking back after 3 days of this, it’s easy to see that a shift has occurred. Time to straighten up again.

I’m noticing the changes in my body and it’s great. I’m still looking to lose more around the waist area and get rid of a few rolls I have on the side of my back. Otherwise, all good. I haven’t tried the 8 minute core workout; it terrifies me. But maybe it’s what I need. Once all this snow melts, I’m going to switch to jumping rope in the mornings and doing the workouts in the evenings.

Hope you all are well!

Sarah


Update

Hello Kenzai friends,

Seattle has been hit with 3 major snow storms back to back which is unusual so life got busy caring for kids home from school and the daily grind. Sorry not to blog.

I cleared a patch in the snow for jumping rope outside. Last month, the moon. This month, the snow. Where is this going? Beautiful experience so far tying nature with Kenzai.

Now for the nitty gritty. Had a melt down last night during Jumpropes (had to move inside from sleet). I couldn’t seem to get my groove- snagging the rope every 15-30 jumps is FRUSTRATING!!!! I have endurance from being a distance runner so I’m wanting to get er done and not prolong. On top of that, I’ve been having a little lower back pain so it already isn’t super comfortable jumping. The worst yet.... urine leakage!!! I experience this every 6-7 days or so and can’t get what is up. So embarrassing and it disrupts the flow of the work out. I’m needing to catch up on reading the blogs but are any of you experiencing this?

Meals are going ok. It’s hard to stay on track in social gatherings. I’m not having a problem with the meal plan but rather indulging with a bite of apple crisp here and there or a sip of tequila. I try not to beat myself up but I notice that once you make an exception, your mind says it’s ok to do it again. Looking back after 3 days of this, it’s easy to see that a shift has occurred. Time to straighten up again.

I’m noticing the changes in my body and it’s great. I’m still looking to lose more around the waist area and get rid of a few rolls I have on the side of my back. Otherwise, all good. I haven’t tried the 8 minute core workout; it terrifies me. But maybe it’s what I need. Once all this snow melts, I’m going to switch to jumping rope in the mornings and doing the workouts in the evenings.

Hope you all are well!

Sarah


Not gonna lie, I’m scared to trim down on dinner. I’m trying to talk myself into it saying —you’re just replacing the meat with egg white and yogurt- but it’s not working. I’m feeling the mental downshift. This is going to be hard. Ward, please don’t let me lose too much weight. Yikes

I’m going to try it and see how things go. I’ll check back in a few days to report the pulse of the week and see how weveryone is doing.


Day 24

Had my first dinner out with the family. Did ok ordering a salad with ahi but found it very challenging not to eat the remaining fries on my kids plates. I realized through this process that I’ve been playing plate clean up for two kids who ALWAYS leave something on their plate. It also makes me wonder how much we’ve been serving them and how much they really need. Kenzai is revealing so many of my bad habits!

Getting the workouts done daily minus two (felt a virus coming on and decided to rest rather than be down). Trying to find a balance between knowing which resistance bands to do for certain exercises. My range is currently 10-30lbs. Trying to get a good work out without feeling the burn too early in the reps. Still challenged by this.

I love the pointers in the lesson about ways to count your jumps while jump rope. The directional switch every 100 works perfectly.

As far the the meal portions go, I’m still having trouble finishing all those carbs at lunch but know I need um since we’ve trimmed down in the other meals. Sometimes I skip the fruit and sometimes I combine the yogurt and frozen fruit to make frozen yogurt! Feels like a special treat. Used the vitamix to blend yogurt and blueberries and will try frozen mango tonight. In general, the meals are soooooo colorful and tasty. Arugula adds flavor to the greens. My husband made a purple cabbage kraut which has been tasty mixed with grilled sausages, greens and roasted potatoes.

I’ll check in more often, I promise!

Sarah


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