This was Igor's very polite response (via email)
"I hate to tell you this, but reading the ingredients, I don't think it's the best thing for you right now."
It turns out there was an ingredient in there that I did not see when I checked the ingredients: Can you guess what it is?
(Left) Cocoa Quinoa Cereal ingredient list.
I saw the "Organic" part and honestly did not see the RICE. OOPS!
Note to self:
DO NOT eat half the box before asking your trainer if it is an approved nutritional choice.
Let me also clarify that this cereal is very low in sugar, only 1g per serving. So, I thought it would be ok...I did not see the "rice" part.
At least it was ORGANIC!
Although Igor has been training me really hard in the gym, the biggest challenge I face is staying positive and motivated when I am not in the gym. When I am at the gym I know that if a thought like "I can't lift this weight," or "I can't do another repetition," comes into my mind then I have to immediately laugh it off and ignore it. It is not the truth, I usually prove myself wrong, time and time again. I ignore that voice and go ahead and do that one more rep or lift that inconceivable weight. I know that if I entertain that negative thought for even a moment it drains my strength. I am not talking about the body's natural signals which prevent injury, I am talking about motivation and trust in what your body can do.