Reboot - Graduation Post GRADUATION POST
To start I'd like to thank the amazing Kenzai team for the wonderful holistic programs that they have made available to us all. I'd also like to thank my Reboot comrades for sharing this short July Reboot journey with me.
For the most part, this program seemed to go by pretty fast.
Here are some things I've learned this time:
Like anything worthwhile, solid training doesn't just happen. There is a significant planning portion of this that requires my attention. Attention while shopping for sure but also to food preparations so I have what I need on hand and EASILY accessible. I need to continue to allocate food planning/prep time.
Attention also needs to be placed on what my body can (and can't) actually do. Out of ignorance I'd hurt my wrist the week or so before this program - yoga via video is not necessarily a good plan. Checking around online I've learned what I did wrong in that pose (wish I'd known in advance) and Ward helped with some suggestions on how to strengthen the wrists so I could get back in the game.
Feeling better I thought I'd tackle some freshening up of my home. This involved, among other things, rearranging the furniture. You know where this story is going. Yes, I hurt myself in the process. Nothing quite like a strained lower back to let you know how out of shape you really are! (As if I needed any additional reminders!!)
Reality can be so viciously brutal. Yet simultaneously motivating in an epic way! I need to continue to strengthen my core as a priority before a serious injury occurs.
I've learned that I'm reasonably good at staying away from processed foods however, getting in all the servings of fruit and veggies is a MAJOR challenge. I think I will need a few more weeks of using an alarm to remind me for the 'snacks'. The alarm system has been working for me - nothing else I tried has been as successful in getting these portions down.
For me going forward is going to be a continuing journey. I'm staying "on diet" and intend to pursue a three-four time per week workout. I'm going to try skipping everyday though because I think the showing-up part of this process is super critical for me. I joined Reboot because I obviously didn't continue showing up after Kenzai Body in the way I needed to, so this time around I need to hold fast to the routine.
I wish all of you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Blessings to you!
So I pretty much see no difference between my Day 1 picture and today. At first I was really miffed... But then I realized two things: first, while its half way, its still JUST TWO WEEKS and, secondly, there are still two weeks to go.
Wow. My Crescent Kicks were astonishingly abysmal!! Even worse than my first attempts at skipping rope in KB. Uber uncoordinated. Good thing I'm not likely to be called upon to fight any ninja assassins any time soon!! Small favors...
I had planned to eat at a place that offers a nice salad bar - although I guess that would be cheating... Instead I accepted an invitation to have lunch at a neighbor's with a few other people who live nearby. I wasn't too sure what to expect, but it turned out fine. In fact, I discovered a new food item that I really enjoyed - an organic spinach artichoke pasta!!
Self-serve helped immensely as there were a number of things that would have been poor choices. I think I eyeballed the ratios reasonably well - maybe a bit light on the fish and perhaps a bit heavy on the veggies (which I note are actually grains and fruits mostly). The tomatoes had been marinating in something - I would have preferred that they weren't, but all in all, it was an interesting experience....
Really, really enjoying the post work out stretches. That Typist's Stretch does wonders!! I'd never done that one before...
Considering where to go out for lunch... will post later.
Well, I didn't take this today, but in the spirit of playing along, here is a scene often enjoyed at the change of seasons here (such as they are in Florida!).
In this image the sun rises over the Indian River Lagoon through a veil of heavy fog.
When I have the opportunity to paddle board, this is one of the places I like to go.
I've just spent the last couple of days feeling like crap. On Day 5 I woke up with a roaring migraine - one of the worst I've had in several years. I don't get them too often but they are always a force to be reckoned with...
On Day 6 my migraine symptoms morphed into something more like the flu.
During this episode, skipping wasn't a viable option. When I was able to keep some food down, I ate per the Kenzai Diet but many meals/snacks didn't get consumed...
I woke up this morning as if the entire incident had never happened. I actually feel fantastic. I have no idea what that was all about. I'm grateful it has passed and hopeful that it doesn't happen again.
Detox? Sugar withdrawl? IDK.
Anyone else feel like that extra minute on the skip sets was reeeeally long???
Not even going to thing about what next week brings - I think I'll play this thing one day at a time. Made those extra minutes - even if they did seem disproportionate...
Wow. I remember this achy feeling... and boiling up eggs... and cherries!
I just bought some Rainer Cherries the other day as they again in season. I really like those little guys.
If you've never tried them, I encourage you to give them a shot. Like a good wine, Rainer Cherries are smoother and more balanced than your typical cherry. I'm a fan anyway...
First off, for all of you in the US - or in US territories, HAPPY 4th of JULY!!
On a(nother) day when Americans traditionally overindulge, the start of a Reboot is both ironic and fitting at the same time. Recently I've been feeling pretty gross and in desperate need to get back on the exercise wagon. I had just decided to finally get off my butt and get myself in gear when I saw the email from Kenzai. Ah-ha! Undoubtedly the Kenzai exercise circuit will be far more rigorous than what I would partake in on my own - which I guess is what I need, given the state of my tired flabby old body these days. There has to be a better way.
A 28 day program seems perfect to get me back on my feet and into acceptable territory again. I'm not expecting miracles, but I do think dropping some of this sludge is a doable thing. For 28 days I can do just about anything...
This is my starting point - cobwebs dusted off the 'ole jump rope - ready to begin.
So here I am, exactly one year after starting what was PCP and became KenziBody.
It seems the workouts assume some degree of having kept up with things. I didn't really do too well on that score... so I'm taking this next month (July) to restart with my old workouts so that I can "get on the same page" so to speak with the pace set here.
This time around I know more what to expect - and I'm living with the consequences of not remaining vigilant to the routine. Sadly, I'm essentially starting over in the same place I was a year ago - another year older - hopefully another year wiser!!
My best wishes to fellow Kenzi enthusiasts!
To KENZAI and New Beginnings GRADUATION POST
Firstly, a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Kenzai Body team, to the Niccolo group, and to the Pavo crew. Our collective journey has been a very interesting and educational one for me. I've discovered new things about the change process, about how others handle their personal ups and downs, and about myself in ways that extend far beyond diet or exercise. I thank all of you for sharing in this adventure - for your openness and your encouragement - for offering both the light and the mirror. You have all contributed to making this a much richer experience and I am grateful that our paths have crossed.
Ward, I have appreciated your feedback and advice - especially as I blundered along feeling lost and disheartened in the valley. You're an adept and intuitive coach and you've helped me greatly in this process. Thank you!
Regarding food: I've discovered that the quick foods I used to eat are even worse than I already knew. I'm delighted to say that I have lost my taste for them in a very visceral way. For me, eating the junk really was all about the time element. Much of that craziness has dissipated in my life with a bit of planning and preparation - my kids have even started commenting that they prefer fresh foods... Tally a score in the healthy diet column!
Regarding exercise and activity: I've discovered that I feel much better for skipping and for the workouts too. I am able to do things now that I wasn't able to do just 90 days ago. Our Day 90 assignment was perfectly designed to hammer home this message. I got it! I'm anxious to take my gains to the next level (or two...). I started PCP/Kenzai Body because I want to be able to live my life. Getting stronger and being more fit is absolutely where it's at. I may have been reluctant many days, but the benefits far outweigh whatever hurdles to starting might exist. My jump rope has a new found place in my life. It is a fierce and mighty weapon and it has my full respect!
As I look back on the past three months, I know there are opportunities that were left on the table. I certainly didn't get it completely right everyday and I have a long way to go. That being said, I know that consistently making good choices over the long haul is the way to achieve and sustain the changes I'm looking for. I think I have the tools now to do that and I'm enthusiastic about the future. When my son took this picture (below) he said I looked like I was happy to have my final photo taken...
Actually, at that moment I was thinking that I'm looking forward to what lies ahead, confident that it will be awesome and feeling truly ready.
Bright blessings to each of you. May you find joy and love in every day.
Kenzai Body ROCKS and so do all of YOU!!!
Incredible to think that tomorrow is Day 90...
What will the future hold? Here are a few preliminary thoughts for post Day 90...
THINGS TO KEEP
* I've been pretty pleased with the great efficiency of skipping - a keeper!
* Vegetables. There. I said it! Keeping them.
Seriously, they have grown on me - maybe not in PCP portions, but substantially.
* Boiled eggs. Really. Quick, easy, efficient, and they come in their own to-go container!
* Some kind of regular workout - not sure exactly what - but it won't be nothing.
THINGS TO ADD
* Looking forward to adding back some other foods from time to time - nuts, seeds,
* A drink once in a while will be nice - not too many and not too often - but not never.
* And maybe some chocolate and cheese (not together) every now and again...
Those are the highlights of what immediately comes to mind.