Testimonial – Grant – entry No. 4

Here’s my week 4 Results Fitness update!

Week 4 of my training sessions arrived and so did the allergy fairy. The weather was beautiful, temps were rising, and I was miserable! My allergies were so bad that I was forced to reschedule one of my sessions. By the time I got to the middle of the week, I was better, but still not altogether well. Knowing this, Byron adjusted our workout to still push me, but understanding that my body was not at 100%.

We continued focusing on my core and stabilization this week, with a variety of balance-focused exercises that required me to use only one leg and find balance with the other. This included variations on steps ups, squats and cone hops. We also introduced  couple plank variations that really forced my core to work harder. The one I was most surprised that I was actually able to do was the medicine ball plank. Working out when you don’t feel great isn’t my favorite thing to do, but I’m glad I did. I continue to see increases in my strength as my workouts with Byron progress.

This week’s healthy meal has become one of my favorites to make. Wasabi Ginger Chicken & Quinoa, with asparagus and kale, topped with sesame seeds and sliced almonds. Makes your mouth water just reading it, right? Start by sautéing chopped chicken in coconut oil and basil, adding some ground ginger powder to taste (or fresh ginger if you prefer). When the chicken is close to done, add chopped asparagus and sauté until asparagus gets deeper green in color, but doesn’t over cook. Then add cooked quinoa and stir to mix well. To this, stir in some wasabi paste to your taste. I love wasabi, so I’ll use a little more, a couple more dashes of ginger power and some fresh squeeze lime. Just before you pull it off the heat, add in a handful of kale and stir well, but remove from heat quickly so the kale doesn’t wilt much. Serve with dash of sesame seeds and sliced almonds. So, so good!

This week’s workout playlist jam is “You Can’t Stop Me” by hip-hop artist Andy Mineo. This song explodes with crazy energy and passion, while the lyrics find Andy rapping about the internal struggle about being his own biggest opponent and worst enemy, and overcoming his excuses to persevere and succeed. Musically, lyrically and thematically, this is a great addition to your workout playlist!

That’s my week 4 update! See you next week!

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