Sophie C.

Sophie C.

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graduation post
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I’m not sure if this will connect with my reboot grad post? Looks like the link to connect has closed.
Reboot done. Enjoyed the diet, enjoyed the exercise, enjoyed getting back into the skipping again. 8lb home which is great and feeling fitter and stronger.
What I think was a real shame, there was no group connection because
1. The app makes it basically impossible
2. We didn’t get the ‘tell us about yourself’ email from the lead trainer until 4 or 5 days in to the 28 day programme. By which time you’ve already found your groove.
Food for thought. As always, well worth it.


Temptation
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Still plugging away over here. Diet is pretty good. Have had a handful of crisps a few days ago and that’s been the only off diet things I’ve had so far. They are my downfall. It’s not chocolate or wine...
Exercise is good overall and doing everything except scoops which still elude me and chest dips are for surely only possible for Wonder Woman!?
Avoiding the biscuits that are at the law firm I’m working at today.
Sorry for not interacting more with the group. I can’t see you all on my phone(?) so will have a check in next time I’m on the laptop.


Temptation

Still plugging away over here. Diet is pretty good. Have had a handful of crisps a few days ago and that’s been the only off diet things I’ve had so far. They are my downfall. It’s not chocolate or wine...
Exercise is good overall and doing everything except scoops which still elude me and chest dips are for surely only possible for Wonder Woman!?
Avoiding the biscuits that are at the law firm I’m working at today.
Sorry for not interacting more with the group. I can’t see you all on my phone(?) so will have a check in next time I’m on the laptop.


Slight slips

I did extra cardio yesterday with 2 hours tennis on top of my gym session (unplanned... I wasn’t trying to get a space on the naughty step.)

Today I was A little stiff so did a vinyasa yoga class (it’s a sweaty one!) as my free cardio.
Back to the normal tomorrow.

Food wise, man, I’m hungry in the evenings.
Made my quinoa so now I need to hunt out some more stuff that I’ve never cooked before and really should have done by now.

Tomorrow night I have a dinner party at my place for 5. They will have no idea it’s Kenzai except that I won’t be drinking...

Half way..


Breakthrough
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I stopped skipping 2 years ago because of a calf strain. Overweight, out of practice, not warmed up properly - it took about a month to heal and really messed with the Kenzai programme I was on.
So when I read about free cardio I thought - come on, your fitter, weigh less, give it a try.
I just did 15 mins. Whoop!
Obviously not in 1 solid block though! I had to break it up quite a bit, stretch a bit and only tripped up twice. Result.
This means the mornings that I’m low on time I can get out into the park I live next to and get a workout in early.
Happy Sunday everyone.


update so far
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Sorry it’s been a while since I blogged as I’m doing this on my phone.
I’m enjoying the meditations. I find the time goes quickly although the mind is constantly chaining thoughts and so I try and get it back to the breath. 2 of the meditations I had a disrupter (Lola the sausage dog).

I’ve done yoga since 2006 so the posture doesn’t hurt and I’m belly/diaphragmatic breathing looking at my 3rd eye. No idea if this is right but figure the lessons will tell me.
Sometimes I find I naturally slump so have to sit back up again.

My heart is healing slowly. The diet is most certainly not on track. Wine and chocolate are my friends at the moment and I’m ok with that. Kenzai is a life choice for me so I’m going to be kind to myself that right now I have to heal and process and the 2nd half of May and June will be my fitness focus time. That said after next week it should be easier to eat/ drink clean.


sick!

The last couple of days have had no workouts due to working hours and getting sick :( Not the best way to finish the program!
That said, this diet is on point, clean eating, no cheating, no booze, weight is at the target goal and although it’s been a weird Kenzai ride this one but still oh so very worth it.


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My last workout is tomorrow. I have a wedding on Saturday in Oxford so sadly can't squeeze it in beforehand.

What a journey.

4 months = 16kg / 35lb / 2.5stone / a kettle bell lighter.

Now to keep it off with a 5 week trip round Asia simultaneous with buying a flat!

Pleased as punch.


Push ups and scoops

In the words of Europe - it's the final countdown. Feels weird that this time next week we're done.

Ok. Scoops of ice cream I like. Kenzai scoops I like less - but I did 4 in a row today without my belly touching the floor. I'm sure the rest of you are all nailing it but I've found these tough to do perfectly and by about number 8 have to switch in chattarangas. Really pleased with the progress on this.

Push up update.
Yesterday I did 1. A whole 1. A proper boy 1. Tried again today thinking this was the new me - and that was a no. Maybe it's a Saturday thing :) Either way mission accomplished. I'm going to aim for 2 whole ones before day 90.


Holiday happiness

Hello all and greetings from Greece.
Thoroughly enjoying my holiday and the strict 3.5 months has definitely been worth it.
I'm being food compliant during the day, doing all my exercises in the hotel gym (the equipment I swear is from the 1970s) but am letting go in the evenings with some wine and cheese. When in Rome.. (well, Corfu)

I'm feeling no guilt for this whatsoever. This programme for me had this as the end goal and it feels great. Back to the norm on Thursday for the final push and really keen to keep the Kenzai mantra going in my day to day existence post programme.

I'm going for the full push up today. Will keep you posted ;)


Croissantgate and Corfu

There was a big, massive door today. I didn't know that chocolate croissants could indeed wink at you, but they can.
I succumbed and it was nirvana.

Tried to make up for it in the gym afterwards by doing over an hour on the elliptical, finishing off a lovely film called The Hundred Foot Journey. (I've run out of documentaries so now get through a movie every 2 days)

Off to Corfu on Sunday and this is going to be a packing exercise and a half. All my gym kit, beach, evening - all in a British Airways 1 small compliant carry on.

Bring it on.


Slacking

For the whole summer I've had the joy of lots of free time. Scheduling gym sessions has been super easy as being self employed I've been able to schedule my clients to work around when I want to go to the gym.

But this week it's like Hurricane Irma has hit my diary. Now that kids are back at school the corporate world has upped its tempo meaning 5 solid client training days and am also at the beginning paperwork stage of buying a house - means I've missed 2 gym sessions. Back in there tomorrow, I promise. 7pm spin class is booked.


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Wore a blue dress today I haven't worn for 5 years. The same colour, but a very different look to day 1!
Indulgence will be in Corfu which is where I'm headed in 10 days. I appreciate that I'm supported to be doing it now, but I'm saving it for then! Final stretch!!


The Door Lesson

I've missed a couple of workouts since day 1 due to injury. I missed one last week because I'm not getting up at 5am to squeeze in a workout. I'm just not. I draw the line at 7am.

There was a guy in Kenzai 1 group called Paul who use to skip in the hotel lobby he was staying at at 4am. Nutter. (yet v impressive).

So my 'door' isn't about the diet or the exercise. I'm alright with those. Mine is not that I haven't been getting enough sleep for the last 3-4 weeks.

Is anyone else battling to sleep? I get to 10pm and have had a warm milk, I'm calm, I'm relaxed. Yet can't sleep till midnight or 1am. Brain is fully wired and although I should be knackered from my workouts I'm lucky if I get 6 or 7 hours.

I've never had a problem sleeping EVER. So it's weird. Kind of hoping it will pass!!


Indulgence
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First I craved crisps.
Then I craved something fried.
Then I craved chocolate cake.

Ahhh. A well time indulgence - to celebrate a good friend's birthday / being asked to be her daughter's Godmother, I had chocolate cake last night. With an Aperol Spritz.

Absolute heaven.

And. I definitely wasn't the crappest person in my HIIT class today (whoop whoop).

Next stop? A full press up. I have 6 weeks...


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