Usually, when I write a blog on here I write it with one of two goals in mind. Either to:

a)     Motivate, inspire and teach my readers, or,
b)     Update them on my fitness and training progress.

But in today’s blog, I’ve decided to take a bit of a different approach. I want everyone who’s reading to have a solid understanding of what a day is typically like for me. You see, although it may appear like I get up and train with ease each and every day, the truth is, I don’t.

Aside from sometimes feeling lazy or unmotivated to hit the gym – which by the way I’m not alone in – I also battle daily pain and discomfort as a result on my accident in 2007. Something with which I’ve avoided speaking about openly, online and with many of my closest friends. 

In the past, I’ve believed that speaking about my injuries would release a negative vibe to others, but now, since I’ve received so many emails referring to my emotional and physical battle, I realize that people want to read and discuss real life issues. We, as humans, need to hear about the challenges that others face – it helps us feel like we’re not alone in our own struggles.

So, let me shed some light on what I experience.

On a daily basis I find myself constantly uncomfortable. Since my accident a couple of years ago, my back, neck and knee have been a wreck – don’t get me started on my flashbacks and anxiety while crossing the street, driving around pedestrians or even watching a movie where a person is hit by a car. 

If I’m not waking up with pain or discomfort, then I know it’s coming at some point in the day. Whether that’s while I’m sitting at my desk at the office, driving my car, or just walking around for too long, my neck will always weaken, feel strained or get stiff and sore. This doesn’t even begin to discuss my back.

Truthfully, I could go on for a while about each of the permanent damages I’ve sustained. But I prefer not to dwell on the topic, as it usually upsets me or reminds me of what the doctors have warned me about my future.

But the point I’m trying to make here, is something I learned from a woman I loved dearly as a child, a woman who passed away from Cancer far too young, but has still managed to make a gigantic impact on my life to this day.

In her laptop – written as she was struggling with her diagnosis – she wrote, “By some absolute miracle, I learned early on that in spite of what was happening inside my body, I could control my mind.”

As obvious as this may seem to some, when you battle daily physical ailments or pain it’s often hard to feel like going on or moving forward.

Some days I dread the idea of getting out of bed, walking around the mall for too long or going for a lengthy car ride, because I am aware of how uncomfortable I will get.

But what I always try to remind myself – although it’s often very hard to do – is that I can’t let this pain take over my life. I have dreams and I have goals, and I’m not going to let anything get in the way of that.

I’m going to continue to see doctors on a weekly or bi-weekly basis – no matter how frustrating and inconvenient it is. And I’m going to continue to strengthen my body to help my joints feel better – no matter how temporary that fix may be. 

I’m not going to let this accident beat me; I’m going to control my thoughts just like she did, I’m going to control my mind.

In loving memory of Karen Sampson 

 
A fresh, fat burning beverage to satisfy your taste buds! 
  • 3/4 cup brewed tropical green tea (I used the 'Mighty Leaf' brand)
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2 tbsp bottled lemon juice 
  • 1/2 Perrier 
  • 1 package of sweetener 
  • 1/4 tsp Pure Orange Extract
Combine all ingredients in a glass and serve with a piece of frozen fruit inside or an orange wedge on the side. 

Nutrition
The drink is approximately less than 10 calories, 0g of fat, 1g of carbohydrates and 0g of protein.


Enjoy!
Picture
 
Lately, things have been kind of all over the place for me - mentally speaking. With my physical change and with all of the amazing opportunities that have been coming my way, I am more driven than ever. But with that intense focus and drive also comes a lot of self-reflection.

I find myself spending a lot of time thinking these days. Thinking about life – what I want from it, where I want to go and who I want to become. But sometimes, thinking so existentially can be exhausting.

Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s really important for people to have moments like this in their lives. These moments better us as individuals, causing us to step back and think about how we can improve ourselves, and the lives we’re living.

But often, it’s easy to get sucked into over-thinking, and what we need is something that can derail our train of thoughts; something that will temporarily reset our brain, preventing us from mentally drowning ourselves.

For me, my escape is training.

When I lace up and head to the gym I’m usually still thinking about whatever it is that’s preoccupying me that day. Once I arrive, I put my headphones in my ears and step onto the treadmill for my warm up – this is when I begin to let things go.

I try to zone out.  I focus on the music and usually picture myself somewhere else. I’m ether on the beach, in a 2-piece suit and enjoying the sun, or I’m accepting my trophy on stage from my first figure competition. Whatever it is, it’s a great feeling – a happy feeling.

Usually, by the time I’m done my warm up, my earlier thoughts have left me. I’m now in the moment, focusing on lifting, breathing and improving my form.

It’s funny because I never used to be aware of how therapeutic a good workout could be. In the beginning it was all about the physical results. But today, it’s all about self-improvement – physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

Imagine if there was something that you could dump all of your thoughts, stress and worries into. – even if it were just for little while. You’d come home from a long day at work or school, and just peel off your mental layers – instantly feeling lighter and free. 

Now, of coarse, at some point you’d have to take back your deposit and deal with the thoughts face on. But think about how healing it would be to have a chance to step back, a chance to just let go and breathe – that’s my gym time.

I strongly believe that whether it’s in, or out of the gym, everyone needs his or her “me time”. It’s during that time that we can clear our heads and begin thinking more objectively, without spiraling into the land of over-thinking.

Without taking time to shed, the sometimes overbearing, weight of life, you could find that you have sentenced yourself to burden.  Like the Greek god Atlas, you too could find yourself standing in one spot for eternity, bearing the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Luckily for us, unlike dear Atlas, we have a choice. Drop the mental baggage and free yourself every once and awhile. You may find your thoughts become a whole lot clearer.

Picture
 
Looking to try something new with your protein shake? I've got a delicious recipe for you!

In a magic bullet or similar blender, mix together:

- 1 cup of water
- 1 scoop of vanilla Myofusion protein powder (Gaspari Nutrition)
- 2.5 tablespoons of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, just pumpkin)
- A dash of clove spice
- A dash of allspice 
- 1 package of Stevia sweetener
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract 

Enjoy! So delicious! 
Picture
 
I've got a couple of great things to share with everyone. Since the posting of my transformation of the week on bodybuilding.com some pretty great things have happened. 
  • My transformation and story had been featured on about-muscle.com
  • I completed an interview for muscledog.com, which will be featured in the near future.
  • I will also be featured on Muscle & Strength, I'm in the process of completing the interview now. 
  • Come this April/May I will officially be a contributing writer for bodybuilding.com - I am hoping to submit articles monthly. 
  • I have another photo shoot booked for this Saturday! Stay tuned for some awesome photos. 
  • I purchased a web domain - www.kristenadamson.com - for my professional website and have been working hard at building it. 

I'm feeling really good about where I am at right now. I feel like I am taking the right steps towards achieving my dreams and I am very excited to share all of this with you guys. 

Thank you to all of you for your continued support! Keep in touch!

Picture
 
Waking up in the morning can be tough - especially when you're training hard and eating in a deficit. So what's my trick to getting myself out of bed in the early morning? Having an amazing breakfast to look forward to! And that breakfast is my Protein Pancakes. 

There are a lot of different types of protein pancake recipes out there - and trust me, I've experimented - but this recipe that I threw together is by far the best tasting and easiest to do. So here is it folks, Kristen's Infamous Protein Pancakes recipe!

The Pancakes...

In a blender (magic bullet works best), mix together:
- 150g egg whites
- 15g oatmeal 
- 1 package of stevia sweetener
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract 

Blend for approximately 1 min. 

Once blended, heat a small omelette pan on the stove top (medium heat) with 1/2 tsp of olive oil in it. Then pour half the batter in. When you are able to lift the sides of the pancake, allow any of the liquidy batter to fall under the edges to ensure it is all cooked. When it's nice and brown underneath, flip it to cook the other side. 

Do the same with the rest of the batter and another 1/2 tsp of olive oil. 

Once complete, top with Molly McButter butter flavoring and Walden Farms Pancake Syrup and enjoy!!
Picture
 
WOO HOO!!! I just wanted to let you all know that my transformation was posted on bodybuilding.com!! Visit the website here to check it out:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/kristen-shed-49-lbs-and-got-her-life-back.html