There are many reasons behind committing to an ongoing exercise program?
For me, yes, I had become soft, losing strength over the years. I needed an exercise reset but the final push that got me off my butt and at the starting line was a decluttering project. I wanted to clear a bit more space in my house and in my life. Specifically, like many of my vintage, I had a whole rack of trousers from my younger, leaner days that no longer fit.
Most decluttering advice encourages embracing the shape you are, wobbles and all, and letting go of the past. But somehow that seemed a cop-out. So I decided to make a concerted effort to get in shape. I told myself that any trousers that I still couldn’t get into at the end of my first program would have to go.
Little did I know that my intentions lined up well with with Kenzai. Kenzai is many things, it is also a decluttering program. I cleaned up my diet and let processed foods go. A glass of wine with dinner and a few squares of chocolate each evening also went. I had no further need of my deep fryer and I gave away my cake tins. In their place were fresh fruit, vegetables, more vegetables, and egg whites. When I gave away an arm chair to clear floor space for my yoga mat the whole room seemed bigger.
After a few weeks of training I was able to say goodbye to the soft bits around my waist and say hello to the form taking shape where my muscles were supposed to be. I haven’t felt the need to revisit my former diet. Fresh, unprocessed food is now my norm, although I still enjoy a glass of wine with friends and indulge in the best dark chocolate on special occasions. Best of all, I have a rack of good quality, timeless trousers that fit me perfectly and which didn’t cost me an extra cent.
Helen McFadden // Kenzai Member