Testimonial – Grant – entry No. 1

Hi there everybody! My name is Grant and I’be started taking steps to get back on the path to personal fitness. When I started talking to my friends at Results about my goals, they asked if I’d be interested in sharing my journey in blog form with them. I love writing so I thought that sounded like a great idea! Over the next several weeks, I’m going to be sharing a weekly update about my journey, my progress as well as some things that are helping me achieve my goals along the way.

Over the past several years, my fitness journey has been all over the map. As life seasons have changed and I’ve changed jobs and cities, I’ve been up, down and all over the middle in terms of personal fitness. I’ve had a variety of trainers, workout partners, gym memberships and plenty of good intentions. While I have experienced varying degrees of success, it was rarely sustained change, or at least for any extended period of time. I’m sure many of you reading this can relate to exactly what I’m talking about. As I am approaching my 40th birthday in about 3 months (I don’t want to talk about it…), I decided it was time to get serious (again). Or, as the kids say, “TURN UP!”

Leann paired me up to do personal training with Byron, Results’ intern. I’ll be training with Byron twice a week, with a personal goal to supplement those workouts with at least 2 cardio sessions a week on my own. After completing an initial fitness assessment with Byron, we kicked off our first week of workouts last week. Though I am no stranger to many of the exercises, it has been a long time since I’ve done any of them. Knowing this, Byron structured our first couple workouts around form, so we can start reintroducing more reps and resistance as I get reacclimated with the core exercises and movements we’ll be doing. I really appreciated that. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a start!

After the first week of sessions, I feel really good. I was just the right amount of sore the day following each of our workouts, so I could really tell the muscles and areas where we had focused on. I only managed to get in 1 additional cardio workout, giving me 3 for the week. Short of my goal, but that’s 3 more than I’ve had every week for the past year or so. So… winning!

I’m also an avid foodie and am always trying to come up fun and creative ways to keep my foodie tendencies healthy. So I‘ll also be sharing a healthy recipe I made that week. This week, I’m all about this new salad I’ve been making. It is raw shaved brussels sprouts tossed with sunflower seeds, fresh shaved parmesan, pomegranate seeds, EVOO, lemon juice, sea salt, cracked black pepper and basil. It is quick, simple, healthy and really delicious! I’ve made it as both a side and a main meal at lunch. Let me know if you try it!

Lastly, I’ll be sharing a song suggestion for you to add to your workout playlist. I know sifting through tons of music available to find good workout songs can be overwhelming. Hopefully I can help with that! This week’s playlist pick is Forbidden Voices by Dutch DJ/EDM producer Martin Garrix. It’s a great high-energy beat, fun melody, feels like Springtime and is great to keep a pace to. Check it out on iTunes or Spotify and throw it in your workout mix!

Now that I’ve played a foundation for what I’ll be sharing, my other updates going forward will be much shorter! Talk to you next week!

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