Susan B.

Susan B.

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So...I am still in my second cast, this one the result of my visit to the "arm, hand, wrist" specialist here in Manhattan. Seems this is not as speedy a process as I had hoped. Next week I get an MRI and on the 14th of October they plan to remove the cast and decide next steps. AM SO EAGER to get back to real life Kenzai.

Right now, I do my faux skips every morning during the week, with a slow jog around the reservoir on Sunday mornings. For my workout after that, I toggle between the Kenzai maintenance program and the Sculpt program, avoiding those that involve my wrists (there are many, I find!).

Kenzai has become an important part of my recuperation routine, partly because it makes me feel I'm not just sitting on the sidelines. Shouldn't be too long now before I'm back in the game.


Fantasy Land

Today I went out to Central Park for my workout, such as it is without the use of my left forearm and wrist, stlll cast-bound. Can't hold a jump rope in my left hand so I decided to 'pretend' i was skipping rope by going through the arm motions while i jumped. It was a pathetic 5 minutes of faux skipping -- nothing to come anywhere near Janet L's feats at skipping--but I was out there giving it a go. Tomorrow the doctor will take another look at my wrist and let me know his thinking about possible surgery (please, no surgery!!!). I'm staying positive...


Back to Life!

Didn't hear back from Kenzai gurus re best options to follow during my "clipped wing" status. Gorgeous day in Manhattan so decided to jog slowly around Central Park reservoir (noting looks from passing runners who sighted my arm in cast and sling. Followed that with exercises i found in my Sculpt workout archives. Am sure there are other things i can do, so suggestions welcome. Don't want my hardwon Kenzai efforts to fade away!
So glad to see you Kenzai buddies all keeping up your routines. I'll be back!


Sculpt? or Other?

Hi Guys...am sorry to see my Alpine group fellows' names have disappeared from my Kensai site. I wanted to continue cheering on the group despite my forced sabbatical caused by fractured wrist (result of my failed effort to do crescent kick over the back of a chair waaaay too high for me). it's a great group!

Here's a question: now that I have doc's approval to keep up my Kenzai work despite my arm in a cast, is Sculpt the answer? I recall it is focused on lower body so may avoid lots of substitutions for wrist/arm related stuff. or is there another program you recommend? if Sculpt is the answer, is there one going on now that I could join? i've done it once before so not worried about the entry-level stuff...

meanwhile, thanks to all you guys who've sent me well wishes as I nurse my wrist. I'll be back!!!


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So, fellow Alpiners, here is the result of not doing the Crescent kick correctly! i chose a chair with a back too tall for me to handle and fell, fracturing my wrist...dang. They had to bliss me out with morphine last night but back in the real world today. Now...have to figure out how /if i can somehow complete this Blast. Maybe will need a Blast sabbatical!


We're staying in a cottage up in the Adirondacks, without a lot of proper workout space or equipment, but I've been managing. Until this morning. For the crescent kicks, I dragged a chair out in front of the cottage and was doing OK until Wham! I missed the top of the kick, caught my foot on the top edge of the chair and went crashing down, chair and all. Scraped my leg badly but worse, I landed on my left wrist and it is sore, sore, sore. Wondering whether I will e able to pick up the wights tomorrow. i don't want to miss a day of this 28-day plan so will baby it today, hoping for recovery by tomorrow.

Really liking this blast. I'm still learning the weights and am clearly a newbie, for whom a ten-pound weight seems like lifting a mountain. But am getting there, doing most of the exercises yesterday with eight pounders, and just one with a ten pound. It's a great challenge...and I'm loving it.

And our Alpine group is terrific on the blog posts. A great team!


Really liking TShirt Blast

Must admit I am not yet seriously taxed because my dumbbells have not yet arrived. Expected today so I can put them into use on Monday. Good thing Kenzai material said it's a good idea to go somewhere to test the weights and get a sense of what weight is appropriate. I initially thought I would just go by the 10%/20% rule of thumb. Whoa, Nellie1 When I tried weights that matched those numbers I was overwhelmed. So got on Amazon and ordered much lighter ones. Meanwhile, have been using teensy ones -- even lighter -- that are on hand here at the house of friends with whom we've been staying the past week. So the real work for me will begin on Monday, with weights that should be just about right for my (lack of) strength) level.

In any event, I'm enthusiastic about this. It reminds me of how much fun the Kettlebells 1 program was. I've never used dumbbells before...always looked at people in the gyms and felt they knew something I didn't. Now I feel I'm in the club and it's kinda fun.

Sounds like we have a terrific group for this intense program. Am so grateful for everyone's blog posts and intend to do my part as well. We leave tomorrow for the Adirondack mountains--one last week there before summer is officially over for us. We'll be joined by our son Willett B and his family. They have only recently moved back to the States from Hong Kong so we have lots to celebrate.

Hope everyone else is enthusiastic and ready to rock these next three weeks!


I think I'm ready for this blast but can see by the quick ramp=up that it is no easy-peasy routine. I've not worked with dumbbells before so am looking forward to learning a new skill. We are staying at a friend's house where they have really light dumbbells and it's already clear to me I have to buy heavier ones. Will try to do that this weekend.

Meanwhile, am excited to be taking on this short but strenuous Blast program. The first couple of days have been reasonable but I can see this will quickly get longer and more strenuous. Gulp. So far, so good.

When the diet starts tomorrow we'll know we are in this for real!


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John C and I were asked by friends if we would PLEASE occupy their country house in Connecticut while they spend August with a new grandson in Seattle. so we are here for two weeks before we drive to the Adirondacks and spend the last week of August there. This is not heavy lifting. It's a major gift to us. We pride ourselves in being city types, but my oh my...it is pretty wonderful to do my workout first thing in the morning here, then jump in the pool immediately afterward to cool off (yes, that's me in the photo). The only sounds we hear are the birds and crickets. Cars go by the front of the house but not often, and they don't seem to make noise. (How does that happen? In Manhattan, it seems many drivers feel if they don't have one hand on their car's horn, they're not really driving!

The added high note of our summer is that Willett B, the very guy who got us involved in Kenzai in the first place four years ago, has just moved back with his family to the States from Hong Kong where they lived for the past 20+ years. So we are thrilled, knowing we'll see much more of them. In fact, they plan to join us here in Connecticut for a few days before we all head up to the Adirondacks, where his kids can swim in the lake, take hikes, race around with other kids...all that good end-of-summer stuff.

So we are lucky duckies and I'm enjoying the Kenzai Life exercises as I await the startup of the TShirt Blast program. It sounds like fun (did I say fun?) to try. It lasts 28 days so how can that not be a great experiment?

Meanwhile, am waiting to hear that Janet L's son Anthony has made it safely back from the summit on his climb of Lenin Peak in Kyrgyzstan. I believe she said she should hear something on Friday so am sending prayers and good vibes his -- and her-- way. We're with you, Janet!


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I enjoyed this 28-day Reboot experience. I entered it after having completed both Chisel and Beach Blast in fairly quick succession. So I wasn't trying to get a fresh start after having a lax period of exercise and food monitoring. It was just the opposite. I hoped that after those tough regimens Reboot would give me the opportunity to continue working out and minding my food intake, but with an admittedly less rigorous exercise routine I hadn't tried before, and with the benefit of a supportive community.

Reboot delivered exactly that. I simply wasn't up for something more exhausting. It boosted my ego to know that I could get through each day's routine quickly, reminding me that Kenzai has designed its overall program to be a lifelong practice and that by faithfully following the program I will -- over time -- be able to accomplish more and more physically.

Our Jade group didn't do a whole lot of blog posting; I assume it was due to the distractions of summer, obligations of travel, and the fact that few of us knew each other. i'll bet that as we meet again on other programs there will be livelier exchange. All in all, a terrific program, over in a flash!


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OK, I have two to share. The first comes from realizing how much I value notes and calls of encouragement and support from friends. I've decided that every day I'll bring that same kind of message to someone I know, even if not a close friend.

The second is one I put into practice a year ago and find it valuable to avoid drinking lots of sugar in wine that isn't fabulous. So I only drink wine that I know is excellent. The bonus is that I really enjoy the wine I do drink, even though it is only occasional.


I had not seen the notice from the UK rail authorities that if one could skip train travel on July 25th, it would be a good idea because expected record heat could make the train tracks buckle, causing serious delays. Apparently many others had not seen it either because our train was packed leaving Edinburough on what was supposed to be a five hour trip, arriving in London with plenty of time for a great dinner with friends, and a good night's sleep before catching an early morning BA flight to New York.

Instead, our train limped into London's Kings Cross station at nearly 11 PM, with an announcement by the "train manager" that we should apply for a refund because the train was -- exactly -- 277 minutes late. But that was just a part of the problem. About 15 minutes out of Edinburgh, the air conditioning broke down on all the coaches, and since the windows were sealed the train quickly became a sweatbox. Someone on staff said the heat in some cars reached 128 Fahrenheit. People were fainting. As we stood on a trestle for an hour and a half, one man lost his calm and demanded that a door be opened so that he could jump out with his two grandchildren. The police were called to calm him down. Ambulances began arriving to cart off people who had fainted. There was plenty of water but no food for what turned out to be a 10 hour journey.

The behavior of my fellow passengers took on a classic hostage situation. Some remained calm, sweat dripping from their clothes, Others grumbled, threatening to do all sorts of dire things to "those in charge." Children were screaming with nothing to eat and no toys to distract them. I am certain that the Kenzai MIND exercises helped me as I tried to simply focus on breathing, attempting to tune out the chaos around me. It didn't work entirely but I know it helped.

When I arrived at my friend's flat, I took a shower, threw my drenched clothes over chairs and went to sleep. My friend said the evening news covered the train saga and made it sound horrific. Yes, it was no fun. Yes, people actually took ill. However, most of us arrived in London in one piece and with a story to tell over and over if we choose.

Upon returning home I was able to do my Reboot workout and be thankful for all the privileges I enjoy, including Kenzai! This last week of Reboot should be a piece of cake. At least it won't take place in a sweatbox. Bottom line, though: climate change and its dangers are real. Threateningly real. And something has to be done. Now. Perhaps the place to start is to ignore political leaders who still do not acknowledge the threat of climate change, and urge that we undertake a global response now to ensure we can leave a planet future generations can live in healthily, living the Kenzai way.


I'm returning on the train from TED Summit in Edinburgh and am told the weather in London is sweltering. SO hot, in fact, that an announcement was just made on the train that we'll arrive 35 minutes late because the extreme heat requires them to slow the train on the last leg of the trip! I'll spend the night in London, then jet back to New York and "no excuses" Kenzai activity.

The Kenzai Reboot program was perfect for the crammed TED activity schedule. The workouts were brief enough to get them done in the morning with plenty of time for breakfast. My Kenzai diet, however, took a beating since all the meals and snacks were pre-programmed by TED. Not awful processed stuff, but lots of nuts and cheeses and the like. I pretty much just gave in to it and did my best to maintain a semblance of Kenzai eating. I was able to snag a hard-boiled egg and banana from each afternoon snack spread, both of which I saved and used for breakfast the following day. So not a total disaster. Nonetheless, my great results of Chisel and Beach Blast have been compromised. At least I was able to keep up my string of 100% workouts!

Looks like our Jade group is doing well. Let's keep it up!


The Kenzai blog police have found me! Sorry for my silence. I'm in Scotland at TED Summit, one of those gatherings that creates a kind of bubble around participants, leaving little time for life in the "real world." Turns out that Reboot is a perfect program for this situation. I've managed to get each of the workouts in early in the mornings, despite the TED activities. It is difficult, though, to be compliant on the food front, since the meals are all programmed by TED; they are generally "good" food, not much processed food, but lots of nuts, cheeses, that kind of thing, generally frowned upon by Kenzai while one is "on program." And I've eaten desserts that I would otherwise avoid while on a Kenzai program. I realize I see them as a "reward" for sitting all day.

Thank you, Kenzai, for giving me some doable exercise each morning. The rest of the day has an awful lot of sitting so I welcome the chance to get moving! Hope everyone else is keeping the faith and enjoying this Reboot.


Reboot Newbie
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Hi, Guys! Have not done Reboot before and am already appreciating it. I am squeaking under the wire to get in my Challenge photo for the first week. This is the spot in New York's Central Park where I do my skipping and workouts (when the weather obliges) for Kenzai. It's actually a cul de sac, close to the Park entrance. The area is used mostly by people walking dogs in the morning (I try to get out there early) and occasionally by other people working out (one of them is a young woman who comes periodically with her trainer; I am always amused that he is coaching her on the same kind of stuff we Kenzai-ites do by ourselves on a daily basis).

I have just completed Kenzai's Beach Blast program, an intensive 28 day program. Decided that rather than retreat to the KLife workouts, I would try Reboot where I'd have the support and camaraderie of teammates working on the same diet and regimen as I. Looking forward to getting to know you all. Let's do this!


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