Things were going pretty well till the indulgence hit! The indulgence always ends up being like someone tied my shoes together while I wasn't looking and I fall right on my face. Essentially the indulgence spiraled out into too many little cheats popping in on my Kenzai Nutrition plan, but overall still feeling really good and ready tighten the reins again.
It's not about weight, buuut I'm down 10 lbs and feeling pretty good about that. For those not seeing the scale move just remember I probably had more room for improvement than you!
We've got All Star Kenzai trainee Barb D. https://kenzai.me/barbarad/blog also known as Nana coming around to watch the kids this weekend while die hard Keznai trainee Steph D. https://kenzai.me/stephanied/blog and I head out of town to celebrate our anniversary. I did say I was ready to tighten the reins didn't I?! ...
In other news it's WADE'S ARMY time of year! In fact I'm way overdue with getting this announcement out there!
If you are interested in supporting a grass roots movement to fight Childhood Cancer this is the one you should get behind: https://www.classy.org/give/t247860/#!/donation/checkout
Info on Wade's Army below:
This year we are supporting Wade’s Army, a nonprofit 501(c)3 leading the charge against the pediatric cancer, neuroblastoma. Celebrating the courageous life of Wade DeBruin, ( Sept. 22, 2009-Nov. 12, 2011), we are rallying troops to continue his fight against this disease.
Wade’s Army was created to rally against neuroblastoma and give this pediatric cancer a name. Last year, we raised over a hundred fifty thousand dollars in Wade’s name for research and support for families battling the cancer. Wade's Army offers tax exemptions for individuals and companies that show support.
On November 12, 2019, Wade’s Army will be gathering across the world to bring awareness to Wade’s battle and put up a fight for him on Wade's Day. We want you to join us in supporting Wade’s Army! Each donation of $35 or more receives the 2019 Wade’s Army uniform we will be rocking on Wade’s Day, November 12th.
Donate now for your uniform or join our fundraising team to help our community reach the fundraising goal!
I tend to be a pretty active sleeper. For example last week when I got up in the morning Steph asked me how my drumming was coming along. I had no idea what she was talking about. But, she went on to explain that at about three in the morning I woke her up while I was banging the bed rhythmically (she didn't say rhythmically but I assume so) and energetically with both hands. After being woken up at 3am to my loud, vigorous, and musical ( again I'm sure it was a talented musical feat) she asked me what I was doing and I answered "practicing my drumming". I should probably mention that aside from a little air guitar I do not play any instruments...that I know of and I had no recollection of said drumming event. But, history does show that I'm an active sleeper and I've come to assume such stories are true when I hear them.
After last week's drum solo I followed up with another performance. But, this time I didn't have to take anyone's word for my sleep escapades. This time I woke mid action, as opposed to hearing about it in the morning.
This time, I dreamt about being stuck in a folding chair. Not a fancy one that can fold up like origami, one of the old beach style where the seat can fold up or down. I was stuck int he folding chair while it was being opened and closed repeatedly over and over again. And, whenI work up I found myself doing some sort of Crunch / V Sit at a frantically paced tempo. I have no idea how many reps I got in but, my abs were on fire!
Now if I could only figure out how to sleepwalk through the rest of the workout every night, then I'd be on to something!
We had a special guest in Portland this weekend! You might know him from the Kenzai blogs as Shaun S. https://kenzai.me/shauns/blog
We got in a couple good workouts, a couple good hang sessions and a lot of good conversations about everything from Kenzai to travel to life history. Meeting up with the Kenzai community has been rewarding every single time I've had a chance to do it. It just reaffirms how everyone is showing up authentic on their blogs and making real connections with one another.
Gym partners? Best ever!
Gym attire? I need to up my game!
Onto week 3!
Hit up the common ground fair this past weekend. Had a blast and it's the first time I've been to a fair that had plenty of cuisine that fit right in with a Kenzai diet. This is the no rides, but you get to see how sheep dogs work type of fair.
Occasionally I've been called by last name throughout my life. Generally, male friends either rooting on encouragement or calling me out on my BS! I'm channeling that persona now as my own inner voice. My nutrition and exercise is on point. But, I need to up my game on showing up on the blog, comments and weekly photos!
Up early for a 4:30 Kenzai call. And, once I'm up might as well kick off the workday. Few hours in early, then hustle the kids off to school. Mid morning workout, regroup on tasks with Brek and ready to tackle the rest of Wednesday!
And to Answer Elissa's questions
1. I'm in Portland Maine!
2. I used to say my hobby was surfing, but I've been pretty slack on that lately!
3. KB2 is a way to restoke the fitness fire, after slacking a bit lately!
I actually wrote my workout down on my to do list. I even scheduled it for 9am. And when it got to be 5pm and I knew I had still had an 8pm meeting to prep for and a 9:45 call ahead of me. I knew it was now or never.
Workout done. Looking to go 90 for 90 on the workouts.
Ward sent this article to me yesterday and when I saw Sue Bird as the author I thought it was Kenzai's multi talented Susan Bird using the term girlfriend in a friendly way: https://kenzai.me/susanb/blog . But, it turns out I'm just behind on the who's dating who. But, this is an article worth checking out:
@UK Trainers, I'm so glad I don't owe 100 burpees for that semi final loss! We're going to need some video evidence btw! Or is double or nothing on the table for the finals?!
Kenzai Live! GRADUATION POST
Had a couple chances recently to bring Kenzai from the blogosphere to in person interactions and loved both! Photo attached of meeting up with Kenzai trainee extraordinaire Scott H! https://kenzai.me/scotth/blog
And, a mix of Chiseler's and Beach Blasters got together for a workout show down on the Eastern Prom in Portland this past weekend. The in person meet up makes the workout go by so fast!
Iron update: Dropped 10 lbs got stronger and overall feeling good. Still a little chub I could shlub off but overall fitness feeling good. I dig hitting the gym and despite Iron wrapping up am still making time to push some metal around!
Just over two thirds in and feeling pretty good. It's not about the weight but being down 10lbs feels good, and I was little worried about my problem area, the haunches, but they are fitting into my jeans nicely. I'm looking to take these last few weeks of challenging workouts and to find out what I can do! Not lie going to lie though leg day today kicked my butt!
Every now and then it's just really nice to pop in on a well trusted source and have what you are encouraging other's to do for their wellness validated.
Although, they don't mention Kenzai by name it's nice to see the nutrition options we match up with exulted and some of the fad options brought to task on what the long term effects are.
Finally I know how to get a strong jaw! Can't believe some of the crap that's out there. It's got a count down time better hurry.
Spent last week on the southern Pacific side of Costa Rica, back in Uvita where my family and I lived last year. We had a blast catching up with old friends, got some surfing in, and really enjoyed feeling warmth from the sun! Couple of upset stomaches, couple of travel hitches but all in all a great trip! As for my commitment to Iron...well I ate lots of fresh foods, plenty of delicious fruit around, and I exercises in some way shape or form everyday (mostly surfing) but I also had a few indulgences here and there. It always feels better to come clean! With 40 days left I'm ready to lock right back in on Iron and finish this off strong. However, I did need to remind myself that the advice I give others applies to me too. I jumped back into leg day today. I was huffing and puffing remembering how hard the first intense workout back feels. And during the third set of lunge jumps felt my hamstring twang like a tightly wound guitar string being plucked. It was then I remembered how I tell people to ramp back up for the first week after not doing the training exercises. It's good advice and it applies to me too! So, I backed off a bit on the intensity, finished off the workout and am feeling better for having done so!
40 Days and 40 nights! Let's rock this!
Thursday: Got up at 3:30 am took a call (4-4:30) from Sabishi: https://kenzai.me/sabishi/blog Pop in and welcome her to the Kenzai family as she just wrapped up KB1 and wants to take things further with Membership! Jumped in a cab to the airport flew to Atlanta then San Jose then jumped in another car to trek us back out to Uvita. We spent 10 months here in 2017 and coming back feels like coming home in a lot of ways. I love a lifestyle where you can work and then just take a quick break at the ocean and double back to the office. I'll get some action shots soon!
Also, gym muscles aren't exactly the same as ocean strength, but I'm way better off than had I not been doing Iron! One thing I've been changing while doing Iron for the past few weeks. I'll warm up with 5-10 minutes of jumprope. Then do a set of the listed exercise followed by a quick 50-100 jumps, trying to use Kronos like a speed rope. It's kind of like taking Iron and making into an Iron Chisel hybrid. Muscle mass results might not come out as good, but I like it for the pace, cardio and intensity it brings. It helps me when I head out to surf as well. You've got some hold downs you want to be ready for, and you want to be able to sprint paddle once and awhile.
More from Lake Wobegone soon.
I did enjoy some birthday cake and ice cream on my son's 12th birthday this past weekend. And, I did feel like that one indulgence put 10 kilos on my body, but luckily that's not possible and overall I'm loving Iron. The workouts are getting intense. And, that intensity is multiplied as I go the gym with buddy and fellow Head Trainer Ward Willis. The camaraderie adds to trying to get as much out of each workout as possible, and I tend to leave the gym feeling like I could fly.
My family and I are off to Costa Rica tomorrow. Aside from a couple travel days I'll still be connected via the world wide internet. And, I've got an outdoor gym in mind for rocking some Iron workouts. So, nothing changes except the location. And, looking forward to getting in some ocean time the surf looks like it's thumping!
If you're looking at the surf forecast photo and wondering what the column to the right is measuring , it's chances of having a good time = 100%