Linda Cusmano has been Personal Training since 1994 and has a strong knowledge base in areas of human kinetics, physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics. Linda has an extensive media list having written for several popular fitness and health magazines as well as appearing on various talk and news shows.
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Monday, January 4, 2016
Awaken The Athlete Intro
to my newest blog series, I'm inspired to write it and hoping it inspires you
in some way.
main reasons I wanted to share this. One
is that being a trainer I get to see first hand all the various fitness
blockages people go through with things in life or whatever it may be. I know that many of you can relate, even if
your story details differ. The overall
idea of finding strength is a common thread among us. The other reason is to show you that you may
be short changing yourself and capable of more than you give yourself credit
for. In pushing my clients and myself I
have seen many people think those who achieve certain goals have some special
magic or genetics when in fact most people who think those goals are
unreachable CAN also achieve these or similar goals . I love it when a client says, 'I did not
think I could do that, wow'. That is why
I do what I do!
history is one of a girl who always wanted to do active things but usually
could not or had to quit because of some health issues.
environment was not healthy, lots of extreme borderline behaviors around me
plus stresses that are damaging to all areas of health especially in a
child. That became a lifelong exposure
as it was family related.
Age 3 I
started with chronic pneumonias but since Chronic Bronchial Asthma and 'allergy
related asthmas' were still highly unknown, I went misdiagnosed until age
6. My teeth rotted from the
medications, and I spent months out of school either at home or in the hospital
for most of my childhood even after I was diagnosed.
6 to about 23 the drugs were all either band aids or experimental. The theophylline destroyed my stomach, and I
was regularly on prednisone. I used my
rescue inhaler Ventolin on avg 26 times per day. This drug makes your heart work twice as hard
as normal. The prednisone is a catabolic
steroid which destroys bone density and can be dangerous taken long term. Your immune system lets the drug do the job
and lowers itself until you get off it and immunity slowly restores.
to dance and join in on sports day and be able to race friends running down the
block, but I paid dearly if I tried, losing breath to dangerous levels.
In my mid
teens I had horrible weight gains from the prednisone and constant stomach
discomforts from the theophylline. This
lead me into the world of vegetarianism, eating disorders and dieting.
vegetarianism was an excellent area to learn and experience. I never stopped since.
dieting started with Dr. Scarsdale vegetarian diet or ideas from weight
watchers but I had no idea what I was doing.
Of course this trial and error is what taught me over my lifetime but as
a teen exposed to the trend of anorexia paired with my idea of feeling fat with
no success in my first few attempts dieting, it was easy to lean toward
starvation type dieting. I never got
into the purging trend. I had enough
trouble keeping food down with the stomach issues from the asthma drugs so
purging came on its own! It may have
helped if someone told me the drug caused weight gain, water retention and so
At 17 my
father died, anorexia, starvation took over.
I had no appetite, nausea at the thought of food, so I didn't eat. I think over the first few months after his
death, a friend was taking me for a small order of fries each day to get
something down. My dad was my only ally
in this lifetime and he was gone.
later I had gone from 140lbs to 97lbs and puking blood.
point my stomach would never be the same and years later I would finally be
diagnosed with IBS.
the weight alright but was not happy with the left over, my body looked no
better skinny! My recovery began and
over the next 2 years I not only learned the fit direction I learned what I was
going to do for the rest of my life!
Eating regularly was the only way.
That in itself saved my life.
back tomorrow and daily over the next few weeks as I post more about where I am
at with each days exercise and nutrition, sharing some great information, ideas
share with you how I was again triggered through loss and death, going from
fittest ever to maybe the worse shape ever, and now recovering, this time from
a longer run of starvation. Working my
way back and to a better version of my previous best!
transform over the next 3 months, transform along with me!