LEARNING TO COPE WITH MY CONDITION

This week ADOFitness trainers will be addressing their biggest weaknesses both physically and mentally and how they overcame it. Coach TristaΒ shares her story.

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I have a GI disorder that has never been given a diagnosis. Basically what happens is I experience an inflammatory response to any food I put in my system. Anything. My abdomen will distend and I look pregnant most of the time. It is very uncomfortable and causes me to feel fatigued, and has a huge effect on my mood. The severity of the reaction fluctuates through the month as my hormones change.

I’ve had every test done in the book and still no answers. Obviously this is a physical ailment, however I am a firm believer in the mind-body connection and the two are very intertwined. So this issue is my biggest weakness in both areas.

When this first happened, I had a nervous breakdown and basically lost my shit, I had terrible panic attacks letting my mind take over with negative thoughts, “I’ll never be normal again” thinking…. “how did this happen to me? Why?” I definitely thought I’d never compete again, I felt robbed of not only my health but my passion for what I loved, but because we humans are so resilient, all that was needed was time and patience to learn how to cope with my condition.

I started from square one stripping my life of all the “clutter” and focused on myself and my thoughts. The mind is so powerful and I knew that’s where I would find my answers to be happy again. My attitude, and optimism were what changed everything. No, it wasn’t the end of the world just a bump in the road that made me view life differently.

When we search for meaning in an unfortunate situation we open ourselves for acceptance and we can begin to move forward in our lives just looking through a different lens, wiser, stronger, and more resilient. I have chosen to not let this condition control my life or my thoughts. Sure I have bad days when I’m at the gym and I give up on a workout due to my symptoms but it’s not my everyday. I just realize how things could always be worse and stay conscious of all the things I should be grateful for.

I competed again and will continue to compete. I am normal because everyone lives with some kind of hardship or “weakness” it builds character and compassion so I think weaknesses are disguised as opportunities for your heart and soul to mature and forces you to grow as a person.

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BASIC BITCH PROTEIN PANCAKES

Basic Bitch Pancakes πŸŽƒ

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What you’ll need:

-1 scoop Royal Sport Ltd. Ice Cream Sandwich (coupon code Amber)
-1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake mix
-1/3 cup water
-1 egg white

Toppings:
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-1 tbs Snickerdoodle BuffBake (coupon code Amber)
-Walden Farms Pancake Syrup

This recipe is super simple just mix together all ingredients for your batter into a bowl and pour into a hot skillet. Once your pancake is done top with Snickerdoodle BuffBake and syrup and enjoy your perfect basic bitch breakfast! πŸ˜‚

For a video demonstration click this link: Video

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BANANA PUMPKIN PROTEIN MUFFINS

Banana Pumpkin Protein Muffins

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What you’ll need:

-1 scoop of Royal Sport Ltd. Ice cream Sandwich (coupon code Amber)
-1/2 ripe banana
-2 egg whites
-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
-1 tbs coconut flour
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1 dropper of liquid stevia
-chopped walnuts
– pumpkin spice seasoning

First preheat your over to 350 degrees. Then in a bowl mash together with a fork your banana, egg whites, and vanilla.. Then you will add in your protein, coconut flour, stevia, and baking powder and mix till smooth. Once it’s all mixed together pour into a cupcake tin and top with chopped walnuts and pumpkin spice! You will then bake for approx 13-15 minutes but keep an eye on them. Finally remove from the oven to cool then enjoy!!! Should make two-three muffins!

For a video demonstration click this link: Video

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CARROT CAKE PROTEIN BALLS

Carrot Cake Protein Balls πŸ’›

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What you’ll need:

-1 scoop Royal Sport Ltd. Ice Cream Sandwich Protein (coupon code Amber)
– 3/4 cup blended oats
-1/2 cup oats (mix in at the end)
-3-4 oz of apple sauce
-1 cup cashews
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-1/3 cup coconut
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1 shredded carrot
-1/2 cup pitted dates blended

In a food processor blend together 3/4 of oats, cashews, and walnuts and put into a mixing bowl. Next in your bowl add 1 scoop of Protein, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coconut and mix together. Then you will mix in the shredded carrot. Now blend your dates and add them to your mixture along with 3-4 oz of Apple sauce depending on your protein. I used 4 oz and they were nice and gooey, but if you want them more dry you will add less. Finally mix in the final 1/2 cup of oats then roll into balls and pop in the fridge until firm! Enjoy πŸ˜‹

For a video demonstration click this link: Video

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PUMPKIN NO BAKE BROWNIE

Pumpkin PeanutButter No Bake Brownie – super easy, low cal, macro friendly πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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What you’ll need:
-1/4 cup and 2tbs of Buff Bake Chocolate Chip PeanutButter (coupon code Amber)
-1/2 cup of sifted coconut flour
-3/4 cup of apple sauce
-2 tbs of honey
-optional 1/8 cup walden farms pancake syrup if you want it sweeter
-Pumpkin spice seasoning
-cinnamon
-stevia

In a bowl sift or whisk 1/2 cup of coconut flour. Then add all other ingredients and mix together to form dough.. Press the dough into a parchment paper lined pan and top with pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and stevia. Finally place into the freezer until harden and enjoy πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

For a video demonstration click this link: Video

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YOU NEED A COACH IN YOUR CORNER

This week ADOFitness trainers will be addressing their biggest weaknesses both physically and mentally and how they overcame it. Coach Joey shares her story.

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I would be lying if I said I only had one weakness that affects me both physically and mentally. A few things that I seem to always have to overcome is not worrying about the scale, being happy and patient with the way my body is at the moment along with trusting the process and my coach Amber.

Now I am just like every other girl when it comes to being self conscious and thinking the scale is justifying my progress. Whether it be for competing or everyday normal life, I sometimes let it get to me. The way I overcome this is to look at my progress pictures and see it for myself. Pictures tell us so much and even though I see myself in front of a mirror, seeing a picture of myself puts it into perspective that the scale doesn’t justify anything sometimes. Having pictures to look at makes a big difference and you can see just how far that you have come. Another reason why I myself being a coach have a coach. Even if I didn’t compete I would have a coach for these reasons.

Along with the scale comes being happy and patient with my body at the moment. I will be reverse dieting soon and I know that this will be something that will be a hurdle for me to get over once I start to not see my “stage lean” look anymore. Being able to overcome this is by having a coach and support system in my corner. I am very grateful for a coach who 1. Will not let me get down on myself and make me realize I look FINE. 2. She will make sure that I reverse properly. This is one thing that needs to be done correctly to not gain unwanted weight. 3. She looks out for my health along with my mental well being. She will remind me that I do need to be “normal” and indulge in a food I want or have a glass of wine! She obviously means all within moderation. This is the key!

All of these things come with “trusting the process”. I always remind myself that I’m not always going to be in prep, competing or doing a photo shoot. This is when balance needs to set in and I need to practice what I preach to my clients. Regardless of competing or not you NEED balance AND sustainability. This is something I tell all of my clients as well. If you are consistent and trust it, it will work! I try to always give myself credit for all of the hard work I have accomplished and/or accomplishing. I realize that my health is the most important when it boils down to it and I want to make sure that I feel as good inside as I do outside πŸ™‚


Joey M. Guz
Adofitness Coach

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