Sue Ballard

Sue Ballard

Kenzai Mind | Day 8 (Member)
Assistant Trainer
Kenzai Mind
Day 8
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Hi fellow Kenzai Mind people...

I'm Sue and have completed Kenzai programs off and on for the past couple of years. I was introduced by a good friend Sam and have since not only completed some programs but was an assistant trainer on one of them. I love the community and the discipline that it offers. Looking into our mind, researching, trying different 'mind' methods for focus, health and transformation has been a big part of my life in the last few years and so I thought that this program would compliment perfectly.

I am in Hong Kong, but heading to San Diego for the summer so this program will be done from there. I own a jewelry company, Zoko Jewelry, and am the head designer. As well, I partly homeschool my son. I love getting outside and exercising - trails, paddle boarding, surfing, anything water related really!

This time spent learning from Kenzai about the Mind is what I can't wait to dig into, but more importantly to have people to interact with who are interested in our beautiful mind and how it works. I often find it difficult to have a community of people who are interested in this and so I look forward to all of our interactions and learnings together.

Continued Learnings 

Sculpt did two things for me:

1. Gave more definition, muscle and strength to my booty, posterior chain and overall legs...and it feels great tapping into muscles that I haven't completely focused on. From now on I am incorporating more leg focused exercises into my routines. I especially liked the Barre exercises as the small focused movements made huge results. It is the adage a little adds up to a lot over time. The burn and after burn felt by those was a bit addictive. I realized how much they worked when my daughter did the routine with me and had sore legs for 4 days! Made this ol' lady feel pretty strong!

2. It made me realize that although we don't want life to get into the way of our routines that it can and not to be too hard on yourself mentally when it does. Travel, Bali Belly, and then mentally off game made the eating a bit slack. Not bad, but not as tight as I would have liked. Kenzai though over the last 1 1/2 years has created such an imbedded routine I now naturally follow that a bit off is made up over the long run of my normal everyday routine. As I continue with what I have built in the programs I see my body continue to change, even when not on a program. It is slow and steady change. The kind where all of a sudden you notice a muscle or a strength that you used to not have. As I have said many times it is this routine that spreads to all aspects of my life. Meditation, journaling, reading, a morning routine are all now the norm thanks to the fire sparked from Kenzai!

Thanks Jess for motivating us on and joining in at the same time! Thanks to all who commented and did the program. Look forward to seeing you in the Kenzai world soon!

Full disclosure...a bit too much not on diet. Travel to Bali threw me off and although I've been pretty good I can tell not good enough to get the results I wanted. I'm cleaning it all up this next week and will be super strict and on grams and meals, but I know that I will want to do another program on the sooner side to clean it up even more. i love the feeling when in the eating groove and the food feels so energizing and you can almost feel you metabolism humming.

Workouts on the other hand have been on target, and I'm feeling it. My legs are tired going into the next days workout, but in the best tired way. Can still complete fully but can feel all of these muscles that I haven't targeted in years or ever.

Hope everyone else is doing ok. Nearing the we go!

Lost in Bali

The best kind of lost! Work and play, play and work. But the eating this last week went a bit askew at dinners. Workouts on par plus some added surfing. Bali belly aka bug in the tummy didn't help keeping up with eating but was certainly a cleanse! Now I look forward to being back on track eating, working out and other routine things that keep me sane! Hope everyone has had a great 4th week. On to the last two. Hoping to finish strong!

The Barre and controlling the intake of foods/wine that added on a layer feels great! My metabolism again is running fast where I now get hungry more often but eat tons of veggies and fruit. This is the best way to feel and I need to remind myself how much more energized I am. Plus there's the added bonus of eating more - just no bad snacking in between.

Still really liking the barre workouts and just thinking today how I will incorporate them after this round of Kenzai is over. I find a meditative burn that is really working.

Hope everyone else is doing great!

Base Protein

The new addition to the Base protein has made being a vegetarian on Kenzai so much easier. I now know how much and it allows a great variety to my protein intake with knowing the correct amounts. Anyone else out there a veg and finding this a great addition??

Barre sneaking up

Hi all and sorry been off the blogs. I need to get back into the writing routine. All else is going well though - diet, workouts.

I am really liking the Barre workouts as they target such hidden muscles that I guess I knew I had but never felt before. I remember this feeling when I started whitewater kayaking. The obvious muscles were in sore - back, shoulders, bi-ceps, core - but there were these little sneaky muscle in the legs that hurt the most. I think I woke them up from a long hibernation and this feels the same.

Another bonus from the Barre workouts is that I find them meditative. Or maybe I need to meditate to get through when the burn starts. Either way loving them!

Booty re-boot

Hi everyone I'm a bit late to the blogs but was backpacking and limited internet, no jumprope, etc.. I am looking forward to Sculpt as I have always wanted to change the backside! Especially after seeing some pictures over Christmas in Australia! Back on track now and completed 2 workouts. Happy to say I have been doing maintenance and so jumprope is in my daily routine already. I look forward to some tired muscles and super clean eating as that has slipped over the holidays. Look forward to training with everyone!

Rolling with it 

I jumped into Chisel soon after KB3 and was happy to have the program as a daily go to for the food and exercise. Happy to have the community to converse with and support online. Following the food and exercise in the beginning was no problem at all...and then my stomach took a turn. For three weeks it had pain on and off, bloating, uncomfortableness, and just plain off. With this and Chisel it made it difficult. Although I pushed through almost all of the workouts, the food was an issue as I could not eat the amount that the program wanted me to. With this, motivation waxed and waned.

I did stay as true to it as possible, but definitely not the tight diet I was hoping to achieve. Again Kenzai never fails to teach many lessons.

1. Even with some uncomfortableness you can push through when working out. If you are injured that is one thing, but some stomach pain is doable and even improved at times with the workouts.

2. Do what you can do without beating yourself up. Did my health improve over the last 6 weeks...absolutely! Did I tighten up and find muscles that have been hidden, yup! Do my shorts feel really loose...hell ya! So even though I didn't follow what I thought I would and be as strict as I would have liked to be, I did the best that I could still with results.

3. The lessons and depth of knowledge about myself pushing through or altering as needed made up for my slight disappointment for not following it as tightly as I would have liked.

Life will always throw you things but through those curves, battles, unplanned diversions you can navigate and still stay on track.

Thanks Patrick and my team members and those in the Kenzai community for the support on the blogs during Chisel! I will be back for another round soon!

Body Off

You know when your body just feels off. It's not running properly even if what you are doing is healthy with great choices. This is what is happening during this Chisel program. It almost feels like a stomach bug that won't quite go away. It started out pretty painful where eating the full amount throughout the day was difficult and not it is in waves. Not painful anymore and eating correctly, but still something is not fully right. Workouts have been on and jumped through the stomach pain and bloating, but looking forward to my body kicking this fully. Sometimes it's just time, but while doing Chisel it is definitely not the best timing!

Archimedes Lever

This article came to my inbox last week and I liked how they related Archimedes principle to real life applications - finance, time used traveling to work, etc. This got me thinking about Kenzai and the daily readings about EPOC.

First of all Kenzai to me is those small (well not always) changes over the course of 30, 45, 90 days that make all the difference in your health. If you add up the incremental changes that you do over the program, huge results happen. As far as EPOC is concerned the extra % of calorie/fat burning because of the HIIT training is similar. Keep it up and the incremental changes will make a big difference over time.

Patrick, I wonder if you were thinking of Archimedes when you started Kenzai?!!

Hitting the Wall

Oh Kenzai perfectly timed as usual! While laying on the ground after sweating my a@@ off in the Hong Kong heat and humidity I read The Wall post. My thoughts and feelings exactly for the last few workouts. Just not as motivated, I want to only do 2 cycles and not 3, tantrum sort of feelings. Pushing on through it is as when you know the WHY behind your feelings, it's easier to ignore them when you really need to. A great workout today and hopefully into that next phase of fat burning!

Speed Rope

Since the start of Kenzai I have been a jumprope addict. Although it took some getting used to, once I did, I now look forward to it everyday, jumping in places all over the world because of its mobility and ease. I finally, not sure why it took me this long, bought a speed rope. If you don't have one and have been jumping for a bit, I would highly recommend it! It's a new level of workout adding on speed and doubles here and there.


Once people realize how rich the Kenzai community can be then they reach out more. It is such an integral part of Kenzai for support, ideas, ups and downs. And then sometimes it crosses from virtual to real life! Cora and I, both in Hong Kong, crossed paths because of my jewelry, but now have added yoga and occasional coffees into the mix. The connections virtual or real are priceless!

I never look at the entire workout before I begin as I 1. like the surprise 2. don't want to psyche myself out.

Today in the heat on my Hong Kong rooftop it felt like I had just completed 2! Like a glitch in the system? I kept clicking thinking this must be the last exercise. Another one? Seriously?

Afterwards I thought about how this compares to each day and depending on our mood, circumstances, hunger, sleep ,etc.. each day and part of the day are very different. Some days and workouts are a breeze while others are much harder with a few swears and a massive amount of sweat.

For me it's always helpful to notice these rhythms as they help me get through most things. All will pass if something or a time is difficult or on the other hand deeply enjoy the joy when something is going well.


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