Silas L.

Silas L.

Kenzai Body | Day 81
Kenzai Body
Day 81
 
Program progress:

I think for me the diet has been the easiest. I've really enjoyed eating clean. Its self good too know I've been fueling my body a nutrient rich diet, and I've gotten used to the routine of eating well.

It would probably be a cop out to say posting to the blog has been the hardest part, so I'd probably say it's been the impact on my social life. It's definitely helped me become more aware of how much consumption is involved in most social interaction (it's almost like it's a capitalist conspiracy to keep us lethargic, bloated, and consuming 😉) and is something I plan to monitor more in the future when I am out with my friends.

Already getting anxious about how I am going to keep making gains after KB1 is done, so I guess the program is paying off for me and Kenzai!


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But had an awesome weekend with my ultimate team!


I think the biggest change I've made is that I now spend more time taking care of myself. Wether it's prepping food, exercising, stretching, or sleeping, I have made more time for my health. I also have gotten a lot better at getting up early to workout, which has been a life goal for a while!


My update is that I am feeling good! I am noticing positive changes, and feeling good on the ultimate field.

I have noticed some energy changes-- mainly in terms of feeling worn out, but they aren't negative changes. When I am tired, I know it's because I've been working hard. When I am sore I know it's because I am getting stronger. I've noticed that I am finding it easier to fall asleep before 11:00 which has been a goal of mine for a while.

I look forward to finishing up the program and getting stronger 💪


Fo me it is probably Saturday. I like to sleep in when I can, and sometimes get a little cramped for time betweenBreakfast and Lunch.

I've experimeted with having a brunch of both portions, but it's definitely too much (and ATM thinking) so I've just been eating the quota of protein/eggs/veggies and cutting some of the carbs.

I did engage in some indulging this Saturday! My friend was in town and we visited a couple breweries and went out to eat. Beer is definitely heavier than I remember it being, and I felt more full than buzzed. And while it was fun to see my buds, I realized that I only really like friend food because of all the salt and sauce you put on it!

I sort of regret not going for donuts as my indulgance but they'll still be there to give me a sugar buzz and a tummy ache later!!


Why am I not giving up?

1. No six pack yet😁
2. Solidarity with my fiancee
3. So I can be in better shape than my opponents in ultimate
4. I like the diet! (even though I still crave junk food)
5. I like the accomplishment of working out every day


Catching up

Two weeks with out a post, sorry!

I am really happy with what is going on with my body right now. The diet and exercise routine have made me push myself very hard. My life has gotten very busy in the past few weeks: working as a teacher, coaching HS Ultimate, playing/captaining club ultimate, and preparing for a wedding at the end of the summer! I am proud to have not missed a workout 💪 and even did one after hosting our club teams tryouts on Saturday.

It's been really nice to have my fiancee Emily for support! We've been doing a significant amount of meal prep on the weekends and it's made our weekdays a lot less stressful. We have also been crushing morning workouts together which has been a couple goal for a while!

I really enjoy the work I do, but it can definitely cause stress. The district recently gave employees access to a meditation app. I downloaded it and have been meditating as I fall asleep, and it's not only helped me relax mentally, but also helps me relax my sore muscles and joints!

questions of the week I missed:
What are you most fed up with?
umm, probably the blogging aspect tbh. I am going to start reading my lessons at night to remind myself.

How is your social life changing?
well it's shrinking. luckily I live with my fiancee who's my best friend, and my brother. ❤️❤️
I also have ultimate so that's nice too, but definitely seeing less of my friends so I can sleep 😴


End of week 3 update

Wow, can't believe that I am already 3 weeks in! I've definitely established some healthy routines, and it's exciting to know I have 9 more weeks to refine and reinforce them!

I work as a teacher and had the week off, visiting friends and family definitely provided some challenges, but I was able to stick to the diet throughout the whole week! It was also kind of fun to explain the diet to people, and use it as a way to encourage them to eat healthily.

I've been keeping up with the workouts and really enjoying the regiment. I've really been focusing on exhaling at the right time, and pushing myself until I feel the burn. My shoulders and arms are starting to feel stronger, which feels really good.

Other changes I've noticed include: pants being looser around the waist line, drinking less coffee, increased acceleration when running, and substantially better endurance.

PS I keep formating my posts into paragraphs, but the output is always one big blurb. I am using the mobile app on an Android phone.


Day 13 Update

Just finished my last workout of the week and I am feeling really good. The lessons about muscle growth, sleep, and stretching have really resonated with me and I am optimistic I will be able too keep up with the workouts and build some muscle!

I've really enjoyed the first week of the diet, especially the the increased vegetable intake. Using fruit to keep my energy up has been great, and I've found cooking clean meals to be much less complicated than what I typically cook.

Managed to get up early enough to do my workout before work every day this week and would 100% recommend it. The feeling of accomplishment it starts your day off with, coupled with being able to relax after work definitely reduced stress for me.

Looking forward to playing soccer tomorrow, and meal prepping for the week.

Keep up the hard work team!!


End of week 1

Finished the week by playing soccer for a couple hours then prepping some meals for the week. Excited about starting the diet and eating better. Still feeling sore, but in a good way. We cleaned up our home gym today and are going to shoot for morning workouts this week!

I realized I never responded to Patrick's questions so here they are.

1. What inspired you to sign up for Kenzai Body?
- A friend recommended it to me when I was telling them how I've been doing Intermetent Fasting. I am getting married in September and have been doing it with my fiancee to loose weight, we decided to try this to take it to the next level!!
2. In terms of the Kenzai Body challenge, what do you think is your greatest strength?
- I play Ultimate Frisbee and soccer and try to stay active by biking, skiing, and swimming, so I think that will help me with the cardio aspect of the workouts. It will also help me in terms of motivation becausethe workouts shluld boost my performance!
3. What do you think will be your greatest weakness?
- Keeping up with the blog! I do appreciate the community so I will do my best to be active 😊. I really appreciate the people on my team that have commented and encouraged me!!

Good luck this week everyone, you're going to crush it!


Day 3

After not working out consistently for 2 months it feels really good to be sore.

Workout was nice today plus I did it outside!

Appreciated the support from my team when I saw it this morning. I'll do my best to reciprocate. I stopped using social media a couple years ago, but this definitely feels different.

Anxiously awaiting the meal plan, and enjoying a post workout beer while I can.


Day 2

Workout felt good today. Tried a different jump rope and felt a better rhythm.
The otter kicks had my hip flexors popping a little bit, but I am sure that's because they are compensating for my weak lower abs.

Working on getting up early to do the workouts, failed today but I'll try again tomorrow!


Day 1

Just finished the day 1 work out.

Jumping rope was harder than anticipated, and I went 8/5/8 with push-ups- really hoping to improve on those.

Squats and crunches were more comfortable for me

Looking forward to getting stronger