Gwen D.

Gwen D.

Kenzai Reach | Day 39 (Member)
Kenzai Reach
Day 39
 
Program progress:
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Still not 100% flexible but making progress on certain poses in flexibility. Diet has been off in a sense that I am not as strict with myself as when I was in KB1. But not stuffing myself with unhealthy snacks so that's still good right? Anyway, hope everyone is doing well. Let's keeping reaching!


Morning stretches have becoming a daily routine for me without even thinking about it so I’m pretty happy! 😊

Twists sessions have been quite helpful with my neck and back since I usually get neck and back pains. So I am more aware of my tight section and focus on getting them better.

Let’s twist and shout!😆


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The stretches today actually felt good. No pain in holding the evening stretches longer. I can touch my elbow on the floor with wide angle forward bend... Yay! I can really feel that I'm improving and getting my flexibility back. Hope everyone is doing great as well.


Balance Poses!

Hi Everyone,
It’s been quite a week. Just when I thought I was getting the hang of this, a few balance poses were thrown in. If I was younger this wouldn’t be a problem 😂. Simple balance poses are fine but I cannot hold for long. I’m determined to practice this. On the bright side, I’m able to hold my stretches longer 😃.

Diet is slightly off but I am not worry since I know I am doing better this week. Let’s keep up the momentum!


Reach week 2
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Hello Team,
So it’s been quite a challenging week for me with new stretches were introduced to the program. I am normally flexible on lower body (specifically legs) but found out that my upper body (specifically arms) are not as much. The biceps stretch made me feel numbness in my left arm/hand...is this normal? My back was not happy with me after the wide angle forward bend. Or maybe sitting on the floor and helping the kids with their school project for 3 hours might have something to do with it!? Here is a project of recycling used water bottles. We made a shark shape pencil case and an airplane money bank. :)

While I enjoyed the sun salutation today, it was difficult to keep up with the breathing routine. I’m sure I wasn’t breathing correctly. But will try again tomorrow.

Diet has been off due to not being home all weekend. So I’m feeling sluggish and heavy. Will try to do better this week for sure.

Hope everyone is doing well. Keep up with your stretches. They do help me with winding down after a long day. It’s challenging but felt good afterwards.


First week of reach has been great! So I’m off to a good start. Below are my Q&A:

1) Where are you Reach-ing?
In Sunny Southern California (the beach cities).

2) How you found Kenzai
Was introduced by my siblings (Nick and Mai) and just finished KB with my husband (Jay).

3) TV show on Netflix/book/podcast you recommend. (This will come in handy starting Monday.)
To be honest, with my busy schedule, I don’t really do too much of these things. Only turn on the TV when my kids want “family movie night”. So only thing I can recommend are Netflix movies directed by women. In regards to books, not sure about you guys but I like reading the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Love reading about inspirational stories of ordinary people.

Can’t wait to read all of your stories here on Reach! :)


Day 1 of Stretch!

Hello Team,
I’m excited to start another Kenzai program. I love stretching so this will be a great one for me. Let’s do this!


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90 day of Life Changing Experience! 

I can’t believe the day is here to end my Kenzai Body program. I lost a total of 12 pounds of fat. Gain a few pounds of muscles. And down to 1 size in clothing. My energy level is higher and I feel stronger. It has been a life changing experience for me physically and mentally. I love reading the lessons on a daily basis and was excited to see what exercises are up next. Although there were some days I wanted to skip the work out, I stayed focused and followed through. During the 90 days, I only skipped 4-5 days due to fatigue and sickness. Which I myself think that isn’t too bad. I was also 95% committed to the diet without salt and sugar. Overall, the progress that I’ve made throughout this program was because of the amazing support system that I have from family, friends, my Kenzai trainers and my Corvus team. With that I want to say thank you to a few people.

To my sister Mai and my brother-in-law Nick for introducing me and my husband to Kenzai. You guys have been supportive from the start. It was fun discussing the ups and down of the program with you guys.

To my trainers (Kim and Ed) for all the advices and encouragement. Thank you for always bringing positive vibes to our group.

To my Corvus team for all the stories and comments. It was nice to hear your struggles as well as your achievements. You guys are a great group and I am honor to be a part of this community. Good luck with your next adventure.

To my husband Jay for signing me up and sharing this unforgettable journey with me. Your dedication, determination and motivation have inspired me beyond words. Thank you for encouraging me and believing in me when I don’t believe in myself. You are my strength and greatest supporter!

We did it! 🤗 What’s next? 🤔


Still going!

Hello,

How are you? Hope everyone is doing well. This week has been good so far even though I had stomach cramps for a couple of days. So diet was sorta off (didn’t feel like eating). Workouts are good. 9 more days to go so I’m excited to finish strong.


Mammoth weekend!
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Hi Everyone,

Sorry I’ve been MIA. Week 10 had been a rough week for me since I wasn’t feeling like my self. Had headaches and body aches on and off so couldn’t focus on keeping my workouts at 💯. The diet has been off when my body is not feeling good. But we were able to relax and enjoy some snow days and was happy that the indulgence came in just in time. My diet was so off although I didn’t go crazy but just munched on some non-Kenzai snack (cheese, peanuts, chips, and beef jerky). Although they tasted good and satisfied my cravings, my stomach was not feeling good afterwards. Will be better these last 3 weeks.

Overall, had a great time with the family since it’s our kids first time in the snow and Mammoth mountains were gorgeous!

Hope everyone is doing well and keeping the momentum going.


Nice day!
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Today I was able to enjoy the serenity of the Central Garden at The Getty’s Museum. Beautiful view on a beautiful day after all the rain. Felt relaxed and ready for week 10.


First Impressions!

After reading the lesson for today, it made me think a little.

Yes, first impressions are important and those are usually how people judge us in some sort of way but they don’t define us of who we really are. Although have to admit that by choosing to be on Kenzai program has helped me to have a different perspective on fitness and health. I see myself making more active choices over the past weeks like parking far and on higher level in the parking structure so that I can walk more. Or doing outdoor stuff with my kids and actively playing with them. And the best part is, it isn’t how people perceive me but it’s my choice to give people the impressions of myself. So thanks all for being on this journey with me. Let’s continue and don’t loose focus!


Slow week!

Hey guys,
Sorry for the late blog. It’s been a slow week for me. Body is not 💯 but I’m still moving and staying on track. Today although I didn’t do the jump rope but I went on the rowing machine for 15 minutes so, I feel pretty good. Diet is good. Happy to read everyone’s blog which keeps me motivated. Thanks all!


Indulgence 2!
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Great day for indulgence 2. Celebrated our mama’s birthday and had some great Vietnamese food. Noodles, pate chaud, cake, almond jello. So much food! Was excited to eat and they were good but was too full and uncomfortable afterwards. I guess my stomach is shrinking so cannot consume the same amount that I used to. That’s a good thing!

Workout is 💯 although my body is feeling the pain and soreness. Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!


On to week 7!

Week 6 was so so with diet. Let’s say I was 90% compliant (nothing drastic) since I went out with some friends for a couple of days. 💯 on workout so I am pretty happy with myself.

Today (day 43) was a hard work out especially with the jump rope and side sit-ups. I am trying really hard but was only able to do 3 sets of 2 minutes straight. The other 4 sets I had to rest in between so not so happy about that. And side sit-ups never get easy for me. Even so I finished my workout for the day. Still not used to my dinner meal but I’m trying my best. Great to hear that you all are still at it and going strong. Keep it up team!