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!
Last of the Blast GRADUATION POST
I may sound like an insufferable Kenzai groupie, but have to say I loved this program. It was tough but not ridiculously so. It was short; I found that made it easier to remain compliant with the food requirements because that little voice in my brain said: "Hey, it'll be over quickly." It didn't require bands; I've never been opposed to the bands, kinda like them in fact, but not having to stuff them into a suitcase while traveling was a plus. John C, my husband, did the Blast, too, so that made it more fun (yes, he was away for five days with food-happy relatives so wasn't able to stay food compliant but by then I was not deterred). The community among our group of Aricas was terrific: many in the group stayed with it until the end (maybe the others did, too, but didn't hear much from them) and there was lots of blogging, highly supportive, positive, fun. I always learn from others' posts. So I thank all fellow Aricas for that.
And here's the clincher: I got real results. Yes, my clothes fit more loosely. Yes, I actually lost a bit of weight, a goal I had written in my journal at the start. And I feel stronger at the end of the program. Not sure I actually gained muscle but it seems possible. Overall, an A+ for Beach Blast. Can't wait to have another program like this that is quick, tough, and shows results. But for now, am taking it easy for a while. Whew! Thank you, Kenzai!!!
That's how I feel today. Am in Cambridge Mass for work, staying with a friend who has a fab apartment on Beacon Hill, with a wonderful rooftop where she invited me to do my Beach Blast for the day. What a wonderful feeling, on a beautiful day. Dare I say I'm in some ways sorry to see BB come to a close?
We gotta finish this up right. Just saw that there are only 27 days of workouts registered. Does that mean there is something super special and wonderful planned for day 28? Or do the Kenzai gurus simply say "Congratulations!...we've given you Day 28 to rest!" Yeah, right.
Another day in the sunshine of Central Park. it's been pretty hot so there is an incentive to get out there early. I don't need that push, however. I prefer early morning workouts. Am amazed at people who can end their day with a trip to the gym. Not this girl.
Is it possible that the next and last work we move to 60 second reps? Say it isn't so! Well, I just went and looked ahead and, of course! one minute reps. Can't wait. Not.
OK, I realize that is a very American thing to say. And don't get me started about the embarrassment of President Trump's decision to have what is apparently going to look like a military event in Washington DC to celebrate our country's independence. Ah, me.
The workout today was wonderful. I was in Central Park with only a few others and the place just felt like it was a holiday and that people were looking forward to picnics and fireworks and respite from work. Just as the lesson explained, the workouts are tough but not as IMPOSSIBLE as they seemed earlier. The brilliance of Kenzai.
Hope you all feel like firecrackers wherever you are, giving off light and warmth and celebration...
Surprised to learn that it's been a week since I posted a note. I guess my efforts to respond to everyone else's notes made me feel I was somehow fulfilling my obligation to get some comments about my own Beach Blast experience out there. Here goes:
I like this program, tough as it is. The 55 second timed episodes (am sure it will be 60 seconds next week) are great. Yes, it's exhausting but knowing that there is just 55 seconds of effort required makes it doable without a lot of angst about it.
We spent the last four days in the Adirondack mountains, a favorite place of ours with 46 mountain peaks over 4000 feet, lots of gorgeous big sky, canoeing, hiking, golfing, fishing, nothing but natural beauty all around. John C and I did our workouts in the mornings before other things became a distraction and the temperature got higher. Yesterday, I overdid it a bit by doing the Beach Blast workout in the morning, followed by a jog/walk 3.5 miles up to the "Upper Lake" (much of it at a slight incline upwards) and then a round of golf. Even though we had a cart to get around the course, I was pretty weary at the end of it all before folding myself into the car for our 5 hour ride back to the Big Apple.
As for eating, I was close to target during our time there, although I didn't weigh things. And -- I confess -- the fact that the club where we stay has added an old fashioned popcorn machine was too strong a pull to enjoy a full bag of popcorn. It didn't have the satisfaction that I remember so well from years ago when I loved to eat buttered popcorn. This stuff was freshly made, but they used that orange colored oil that I'm convinced comes from a disgusting combination of stuff and used way more salt than I can stand, having been conditioned to no-salt Kenzai food.
Anyway, it was fun.
I am frequently struck by how fortunate we all are to have Kenzai -- and its enthusiastic practitioners -- in our lives. Feeling fit and knowing that for the most part, we are eating healthy food makes me feel lucky indeed.
Here's to a successful Week 3 for everyone!
This is a terrific program, though like everyone else I'm dreading a bit what's coming down the pike. Meanwhile, it is going well. I have gotten all the workouts in and thanks to my trusty scale, have been measuring the grams faithfully. Must admit I miss the multiple egg whites and yogurt of earlier programs. ANd the fruit seems like a TON of fruit, but I eat it anyway. I have sometimes been short on protein grams because it just feels like too much.
John C and I are out of the basement laundry room these days (YAY!). The weather n Manhattan has been heavenly and it's a delight to do our workout in Central Park. I drag my yoga mat and jump rope and pushup bars...the whole shebang, one block to the park and set up shop, so to speak. Not the most hygienic place to set down my yoga mat but I'll survive.
In fact, yesterday was so beautiful that after our morning workout, we got on bikes and rode around Central Park for a while. Haven't done that in a long time (as evidenced by the fact that both tires on my bike were flat when I went to pull it out of the basement storage room...so a little delay in getting the tires replaced). That \gives me the incentive to get it out more often. Our ride was not vigorous, just languorous on the kind of day that makes it thrilling to be in this amazing city.
Wow! This is some test of the wills. But I'm motivated by the number 28, knowing that we are nearly a quarter of the way through this and surviving. Food is pretty much on track, and I'm trying to get creative to avoid getting bored with the options and thus tempted by substitutes which will not be Kenzai compliant. It helps to keep the diet numbers on the kitchen counter, next to the scale.
Gosh, I read my diet today and figured the nutrition gurus had forgotten a few things. WHere are the egg whites? Nothing to eat after finishing the workout...before breakfast? No yogurt during the day? This is hardcore stuff!!!
Wow! That was a stunner today. First of all, it was raining in New York, so down to the laundry room I had to go, rather than outside to Central Park. The laundry room workouts are one step above a circle of Hell in terms of ambiance. Anyhow, got through the skips and then started on the rest of the workout. Those knee cappers! Have to admit I've never been able to do them. I jump up in the air and try to hit my knees, but I'm hitting them about 12 inches above the ground. Anyhow, I come back upstairs, finish the stretches and only then realize I somehow skipped the half burpees. So back down on the carpet in our apartment I go, just to do those darn burpees during which 45 seconds felt like a long work day.
So Beach BLast has started off with a blast. It's what we signed up for, so let's keep going.
After finishing the Chisel program two weeks ago, I was initially reluctant to jump n the fray again and take on another tough program like this one. But I was seduced by Kathleen's challenge to those of us in the Chisel program and decided, yes, let's do this. Especially with this group of supportive, energized folks, it should be a, well, blast!
After Chisel, I jumped right back into Kenzai Life and did the routine each day, feeling that it just might make the challenge of Beach Blast slightly less tough to handle. Not sure if that's true, but it felt good to keep up the routine and not get tempted to slow down.
So glad John C is part of our gang this time. It's fun to be grousing about the tough workouts with someone who is right in there with me. That's why this Kenzai blogging works so well. With a group like this Arica gang, how can we fail?
I Chiseled on Chisel GRADUATION POST
Merriam Webster dictionary provides a second definition of chiseler (the first being -- duh--one who carves stone). The second defines chiseler as "a cheat; a swindler; a con artist."
Busted! This was my second Chisel program and unlike the first during which I toed the line religiously on all fronts, I cheated on the diet and fell down miserably in the blogging department. I did manage 42 for 42 in the workouts, not missing a day. But for the other two parts of the Kenzai triangle of exercise, diet and community blogging, I did not measure up.
John C and I spent the month of May -- virtually the entire Chisel program time--in London, having switched flats with a friend there. (she came and lived in our New York CIty apartment). I failed to anticipate that friends in London would go to great effort to prepare special food for us. And they did. Lots of it. I didn't eat a lot, but I did eat foods that on other Kenzai programs I would have turned down. And I didn't get the usual snacks. Thankfully, I managed to have almost no alcohol, so that helped. In sum, I didn't really gain weight, but I didn't lose any. And I know I didn't get the full value of the program because I was doing all the workouts but messing up on the diet. I can live with that.
As for blogging, I am indebted to those who stuck by me and supported my lack of discipline through the program. They continued to write notes to me even though I was not reciprocating as I intended to. So to Janet L, Cora Lee, Kathleen C, Sum D, Cecilia L, Watson J, Scott Burns, John M, Yvonne T, James D, and Kathy K (am sure there are others as well), thank you. I owe you one. So I pledge that the next time we are in a program together, I will get my blogging hat back on and do for you what you so generously did for me.
As for the workouts themselves, they were brilliantly organized. It was always fascinating to see how the exercises built on one another. They were loooonng, that is true, and I was privileged to have the time away from my usual work routine, to finish them without time pressure. I loved the cycles. And the breaks from the cycles came at just the right time. Have to admit I never got the Hang Ten right. And as for the one foot burpee, that was also not remotely pretty the way I did it.
Anyway, I'll be back and do Chisel again. But not just now. Maybe I need to do a Reboot -- have never done that -- just to get my food discipline back. We'll see.
The one leg burpee pushup is--without a doubt--the essence of a humility lesson for me. Just when I think I'm not so bad at Kenzai exercises, a beauty like this tortuous little teaser comes along and sets me back on my heels. Wow! I get through maybe 3 of them before my "free" foot decides that it simply has to touch the floor. Just a touch. Just a tiny bit. And then it's more than a touch.
Kenzai is like golf, in a way. Just when I think I have things under control, I'm handed clear evidence that I'm really a beginner after all. Perhaps that's why I keep coming back. Hard to believe that we are almost at the 42 day mark. We. can. do. this!
Actually, the only reason I'm getting through it is the supportive blog messages of you Kenzai pals. I've made very few blog investments in this program...it's been mostly withdrawals and yet you guys keep on being generous. I promise to clean up my blogging act next time around and repay your generosity!
Hi, Guys! Yes, they did let me in to Germany! John and I spent three days in Berlin and it was fascinating. I'd been there a few times, but the last had been about 8 years ago. And it was ages since John was there. We had a terrific Air B 'n B experience...a penthouse flat with a balcony that looked out at the Brandenburg Gate. And it was fairly easy to stick to the Kenzai diet . The exception was a dinner at a one Michelin star vegetarian restaurant that was truly exceptional. Called Cookies Cream , run by a young restauranteur who calls himself Cookies (even the staff told us they don't know his last name). The place was nearly impossible to find...it is entered through a door in a garage that services an industrial/office building. Well worth the trip. The food followed the Kenzai principles, but I simply could not stop sampling things that took it over the top, out of the Kenzai-permission zone. Anyway, do try it if/when you are next in Berlin and have an interest in an indulgent vegetarian meal.
We had a great place for the workouts every morning, much like here in London, where we are able to jump rope on the deck outside the top floor of the flat we're staying in. I'm still finding the workouts great, albeit tough, tough, tough. I've convinced myself that I may have to do Chisel a third time, this time sticking to the diet as religiously as I've done in other programs. Chisel is too good a program not to do it right so I feel compelled to come back again. But first, let me get through this one. We're back in London and I feel confident I can stay much closer to the diet rules through the end. Let's see!
Oh! I forgot the reason for my subject line...the craziness of it all. It's a reference to the political scene both here in the UK where the Prime Minister just resigned, and the US where many wish the President WOULD resign. The loss of civility in both places is disheartening. The kind of camaraderie, mutual support, and appreciation for others that are core to the Kenzai community are not in evidence in the general populations of both England and America. What has happened? I think I'll go do my skips and leave politics aside.
Gosh, I am grateful for the amazing support from my Kenzai buddies for my sub-par Kenzai Chisel performance, not only in the food category but perhaps more importantly in the blogging category. I've been impressed since the beginning of my Kenzai "career" by the blogging, which is the secret sauce keeping the community bonded and mutually supportive. In the past I've been pleased to do my bit to support others in the programs I've taken on and know that much of my ability to keep on through tough days has been reading -- and writing--the supportive blogs from others. It's amazing how notes to and from people I've never met (at least not yet!) are so powerful. So I know I am not doing my share in this Chisel program and am sorry about that. Will try to get back in the groove here, even at this late date.
As for my stolen passport, quite a saga. We're going to show up at the airport Monday for our brief trip to Berlin and see what happens. Spent too many hours on the phone trying to get a definitive answer on whether Germany will allow me to enter the country with my "emergency" passport, so gave up and decided to simply get to the airport and test fate. Another adventure!
Thanks again, y'all, for keeping me going.