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Andrea Carlomusto
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Passionate, TOUGH, but full of heart Christian trainer that pushes people to their potential.
Passionate, TOUGH, but full of heart Christian trainer that pushes people to their potential.

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It's February! You know what that means?! It means that Eating Disorder Awareness Week is coming! Feb. 26th kick starts the week of education on eating disorders. I am happy to say, that through letters, e mails, and resolution requests...that Rep. Cox is taking the resolution to Lansing in hopes of formally recognizing the awareness week. With recognition, it gives validity to the millions of people who fight this illness in the U.S.
Some "quick facts" that you can get on any ED website are as follows:
- eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
- more than 30 million people have been reported to struggle with EDs
Now for some "Ande facts":
- eating disorders have greatly increased in the male population
- eating disorders have increased in minority, gay and fitness communities
- eating disorders are not strictly "mental" illnesses
- many deaths occur from suicide as well as while in recovery
- eating disorders are painful and has long term and non reversible physical effects
- eating disorders go unreported frequently due to the stigma attached, making the 30 million sufferers a very low-balled inaccurate number.
Obviously, this subject is very close to me, since anorexia/bulimia stole 20 yrs of my life and almost claimed it on multiple occasions. I feel it is my responsibility, especially as a trainer, to help inform, educate and help in any way I can. Let's put the "health" back into Health and Fitness!
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Counting Macros and Calories....is it even effective?
Diet programs are nothing new, heck, even diet pills and supplements have become the norm, but what really works? There is science available to back up pretty much anything you choose to believe. I have heard people speak of "cleansing" like it's an exorcism, and food intake that stems from "evolution" (if that is something you believe in). Counting protein calories, carb calories, fat calories is nice and all, but so many people stress so much about the count...that it actually effects their hormones! If you are stressing out, then how effective can counting be? Furthermore, when it comes to these "counting" programs, I find that yes, it IS fruitful, BUT how long can one do this without becoming obsessed? How healthy is it to be anal retentive about every single thing you consume? I find it somewhat comical when I talk to people in health and fitness professions. Everyone has a theory and seems like nobody sticks with the basics! I'm no genius, but I do just ask the simple questions. I believe in balance and sustainability when it comes to diets. Healthy living is most definitely a lifestyle and with yo- yo dieting...I see nothing healthy (mentally or physically) that is beneficial. In most cases I see, people go way over board on their chosen program. Are you Paleo? I ask.....when was the last time you had pizza? That is when I'm usually shot the "shut up" or shameful look. When debating the pros and cons of veganism or vegitarianism....I always ask if they are making sure to intake fresh plant based proteins instead of powders. Again...I get the "shut up" look. I do not challenge people on their decisions for certain diet methods....I just want to make sure that their choice does not negatively impact their health. Any diet that excludes and entire food group.....is most likely not the most maintainable avenue to go, or the healthiest option. Seems like everything these days is going to kill you. That's the message we see everywhere. The one thing we tend to forget is, just how magnificent our bodies are designed! The body is self healing if we allow it to work properly and give it the nourishment it needs. I would suggest well balanced diets that go easy on the meat, heavy on the veggies and berries, limited powders and supplements...and almost zero dairy and alcohol. A cheat meal per week won't kill you, but you will find; when you stop putting SO many restrictions on your food through the week, then you seem to have less of a gluttonous weekend splurge. Calorie counting in my opinion, leads to disordered eating...so I tend to concentrate on portion control. No, I do not encourage people to measure their food....I simply ask them to eat a little slower to let their brain catch up with their stomach...and I ask them to listen to their body. Do not feel pressured to finish everything on your plate...there is no harm in saving it for later. It's all about function and fuel. If any diet leaves you crabby, tired or unstable..then it's time to kiss that one goodbye and start from the simple beginning. You can always tweak you diet later, but you must have a solid base line before you start changes. Know what your body responds to and how. YOU are the best judge of your body....listen to it, it's smarter than you think! God bless!
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Well, I always said I wanted to make a difference in the world.....I don't know if that will actually happen, but never know unless you try, right?! Many of my clients and readers know a little about my eating disorder past...but very few ever knew the severity. Under 60 pounds, heart issues, kidney stones, intestinal/digestive issues, pelvic floor dysfunction, dental issues and rectocele....are just a few of the things i deal with on a daily basis because of my former illness. After 2 years of significant health challenges, and a full year of hell, I felt it very important to do what I could to push for research and awareness on Eating disorders. Obesity, in my opinion, is an ED..but it is socially acceptable to be overweight and to suffer health effects from it. It is dismissed on the opposite side of the spectrum. Obesity=190 BILLION dollars/year in research, treatment and medication relating to obesity....Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating, body dysmorphia all combined= less than 30 MILLION. I am proof positive that just because you learn how to eat and train...doesn't erase the years of abuse my body endured. My 2017 year of hell could have been completely avoided if my dental/medical providers would have simply listened to what I told them about the effects of my past eating disorders. I want to make sure that there is a push for more education in the dental and medical community to ensure that what I am going through now....doesn't happen to anyone else. The fitness community is great, but I do worry how disordered eating and drugs play a role. Dirty bulking, zero carb, over cardio based routines (even if only temporary) is just not healthy. Yes, it gets the job done for a short time, but I am living proof that there are repercussions to the methods we use and the behaviors we engage in. I preach natural lifting, balanced training splits, and clean eating with weekly cheats. Moderation and common sense are key to longstanding health. I don't pretend to know everything, all I have is my own story and the years of research I have done and continue to do. God gave me the gift of fitness, He gave me an understanding of the human condition and a thirst for knowledge....I use it everyday at work and plan on using it even further to help as many people as I can....from anorexics to obese; from those struggling with addiction to the perfectionists....true fitness can cure more than you think, we just have to be willing to address the issues. God bless!
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HAES. What is it? Do you believe it to be true? For those of you not aware, HAES means "health at ever size". I have a very strong opinion when it comes down to this hypothesis. Being a former anorexic/bulimic/alcoholic.....I am strongly against the fat acceptance movement which embraces HAES. Before you all get your knickers in a twist, and say "of course she is against fat...she is a personal trainer", let me take you through a little story. I started anorexic behaviors at the age of 8. I was muscular and short...over all compact. I was not fat so to speak, but a little thick compared to the rest of my family. I started with counting calories, and quickly moved on to restricting calories. Looking back, I can see that this had little to do with actual weight, but more to do with my OCD tendencies and control issues. My eating disorders got WAY out of hand and lasted over 20 years with no remission. That means there was NEVER a break from obsessing about food and calories. This is mental and emotional torture and would not wish this type of life on anyone. I see the same thinking with people who are obese. Their life revolves around food. You will plan your day, activities and company depending on your addiction. If you ask any ol' person off the street if they would support and encourage people to be anorexic or throw up their food an upwards of 20xs a day....they would think you were crazy to even ask such a disturbing question; however, if you ask people if they support a person who is fat and living a sedentary lifestyle....they most likely would say, "sure, as long as they're happy". I won't get detailed in how much money is spent on obese related health issues in this country, and it would take me hours to site and explain all of the diseases and illnesses that are caused by or aggravated by obesity...but I will say this..... I believe that anorexia is not so different from obesity. Sure, they are at the opposite sides of the spectrum based on caloric intake and body fat, but if you want to get down to it, they are both mental illnesses that manifest themselves physically. You may say that obese people are just lazy, and to some extent that may very well be true, but you have to dig a little deeper. WHY do they not want to spend their time figuring out how to better themselves? To get healthier? I don't believe that obesity will ever equal healthy, just as I will never concede that anorexia is healthy. It's quite easy to point fingers and call names, or make assumptions...but the truth of the matter is, there is ALWAYS something more that meets the eye. You have to peel the onion to get down to WHY people choose to starve themselves, over eat, drink themselves into a stuper, shoot up until they're numb. It's not always about wanting to be skinny or accepted. It's not always about being lazy, or unintelligent. I don't believe God made losers, but many people suffer with a loser's mentality. I find it sad. I find it increasingly upsetting that obese people want to be viewed as healthy. It simply is not. Just as me, in my less than 60lb anorexic state was not healthy. I never would have asked anyone to look at me and say, "I am so proud of that girl! She accepts herself for what she is". And that is the exact reason I will not support HAES. We live in a world where people are afraid to call truth...truth. We are so afraid of hurting peoples' feelings or of being labeled as discriminatory, that we are willing to just watch others eat or starve themselves to death. Does anyone else see a problem with this? And for the record, I (according to the medical graph of height vs. weight) am clinically "obese". Doctors do not take into consideration, muscle mass. Please feel free to comment, but I ask that you keep it respectful no matter what your view is. Have a wonderful rest of the day, and as always....God bless.
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Well...time to put my actions where my mouth is! I already put my money where my mouth is...so...ya know! I'm looking pretty raggedy and not sleeping much and I know EXACTLY why! God always has a way of making me feel calmly unsettled when I need to change my life up a bit. While I continue to train, study and run my business....I have known for a while now, that the time is coming where I have to pull the trigger on a few projects. I am currently booked to capacity and will not be starting any new clients in the near future. I tell clients all of the time to make sure they carve out time to work towards goals....so it's time I take my own advice! If I am not as quick in my responses to e mails, texts, etc....please do not take offense. It is very hard to take 20-30 texts/calls per day between appointments and then catch up on e mails daily after work...AND try to focus a couple hours on my own goals. I'm sure I will keep everyone posted if you are interested at all! Lol! Seems like life is just in fast forward! I'm sure it's no different for anyone else out there reading! Have a great start to the Spring season and God bless!
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I don't get on these media sites as often as I should I suppose. Sure, I'm on a few, but honestly...I'm just really busy! I was going to get on here and post a few thoughts for the day when I looked at the comments left from my post on the bodybuilding site. Hahaha! I'm so glad I don't spend my life on the computer! Some people are simply ridiculous! Any one who knows me even a smidge, surely knows that I take fitness very seriously. It truly is my passion, God given talent and pleasure to be able to train others as well as pummel myself. So, to be critiqued for my attire is seriously laughable! What? Am I supposed to pretend I'm competing with 20 yr olds as I push 40?! Because I love lifting I'm supposed to wear designer and expensive gear? When did the gym become a fashion show? I thought it was for sweating, bettering yourself, getting out frustrations and pushing your limits!  And if you want to impress people...why with clothes and not for your training routine? Or your new PR? I'm sorry...I just find this all so funny! I do not take offense to what is said because everyone is entitled to have an opinion and one must have to actually care in order to get offended, but what I can't figure out is.......what poor soul is so bored, so unhappy in their own skin, and why so obviously TRYING (and I highlight "trying") to make someone feel bad about themselves? Yeah....people who do that to me certainly don't know who they are dealing with! Lol! I find no reason to fight back, because my feelings don't get hurt about nonsense! If I cared about my clothes, I wouldn't put so much money into my business and I would buy what is "in style"! But then again, since when did I ever go with the flow on that? I have no issue with girls who wear tights, or guys in stringers....it's what they are comfortable in.....OR what they get attention in...either way, it's their prerogative. I choose to be, wear, and train the way it fits me :) When I am in the gym, my only priority is killing my workout, monitoring my progress and creating new splits, moves and routines for my clients. If what I wear defines me as a trainer...then I say GOOD!!!! The way I look and present myself shows exactly where my head is.....ON FITNESS and CLIENTS. I get down and dirty when I train....and I am not just a glorified counter for my trainees...I actually move and sweat and stretch them....it ain't always pretty. Know what? Fitness doesn't have to be! Save the fashion show for the photo shoots...or if you are hankerin' for a date! As for me....I'm going to wear my baggy, mismatched, comfortable, non binding gym clothes and be happy in life! I really find it sad that this world holds so much to appearance, status and social groups. Want to be privy to a little something something? Many of my peers and some former clients held those things in such high esteem...that they lived on credit.....just to "look" like they were "successful". What a shame, to get into debt to impress people who aren't anything and don't care about you..or heck, even know you! Another secret? Some of the people who you would never think have wealth.....are the ones with the most money. They just choose to live below their means. Drive an old car...that's paid off, wear no label clothes.......from Target, but ask about their weekend and you would never fathom who their friends are! Lol! The REAL successful people! And I'm not just talking about people who came from money or had their paths cleared for them! I love sitting back and observing people. I learn a lot. Sometimes I wish I fit in better in this crazy world, but after reading what people say about me and other people just going about their daily lives.....I'm glad I do NOT fit in. Why would I want to be a part of that?! I go by what I was taught as a kid from an Italian immigrant father, "if nobody asks you...then shut up!" or as the more common saying goes, "if you have nothing nice to say...then don't say it at all"! I can honestly say....I do chuckle when I get trashed talked or put down. Why you ask? Two reasons. #1- Who cares if people say nice things or not...they find you worth talking about! Ha! #2- It goes to show that I'm different. I like that. If everyone likes you...then you stand for nothing and you are just people pleasing. I shoot for a 50/50. If half hate me and half love me...then I'm doing just great! People hate for all kinds of reasons, what I found the top ones to be----Jealousy, Opposite thinking, but mostly because you hit a nerve on some level. I'm sure I will follow up with another post more fitness related, but as for tonight I just want to tell y'all out there to be confident in who you are! Do not take people (who mean you any kind of harm) seriously. Embrace who you are and what you have to give. Remember that of course we all like to be attractive on some level....but the most attractive thing about you goes far deeper than your clothes, hair color, skin, waistline or muscles....it's heart, passion, love, faith, all the things that really make you...YOU! Please try to remember that when the worldly people start throwing darts at you. Have a great weekend, and as always, God bless you!
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Behind the scenes with Ande! Lol! You are probably thinking I'm just full of myself with all the pictures, but I have learned that people respond to photos! Since I don't believe in taking advantage of my clients and using their successes to promote myself, you are just stuck with me! Plus, I think it's good to show ALL sides of a person...not just all the pretty or doctored up ones! We all need to get real! Especially when it comes to fitness. If I see one more pic of a girl with fake boobs and her squat booty hanging out I'm gonna lose it! Or what about those dudes that are ALWAYS 3% bodyfat? Yeah.....if that was your JOB and your whole life was centered around being a fitness model, then more power to ya! But for us "normal" folk....we need to accept who we are, how we are made and make the absolute best out of what God gave us! We are all created differently and it makes zero sense for us all to chase the same life! Be cool and God bless!
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