Athlete Profile: Amanda PaytonInstagram: @paytes22 Category: OPA Athlete Do you use a trainer? Yes Trainer: APE Coach Tyler Johnston Trainer Website: www.apecoach.com
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
I have always been athletic and challenging myself.Running and duathlons became not as exciting, and seeing the success and growth of female competitive body building sparked my interest.Its a great new challenge, constantly changing my perspective and growing my mind and body everyday.
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
Your body and mind have to work together to achieve the goal. If you are positive and have your mindset on a goal, your body will follow. It takes perseverance and drive,but anything in life and fitness can be accomplished. Your body is also an amazing machine, so I love to see myself push past a new goal everyday, every week, every month and see what new person I can become.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
Food is what fuels your body. To keep a healthy mind and body you need to keep it fueled with the right amount of protein,carbs, and fats (which are just as important). When you restrict yourself, your body only craves more. IIFYM is a great balance of healthy and keeping yourself centered and not starving or hurting your system by shocking and losing all of your carbs.
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
My short term goal is to compete in my first competition this year and place as well as possible for a first show. My long term goal is to keep myself competitive and strong and see where the first show takes me.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
My occupation is restricting with shift work. Constantly changing my daily schedule for eating, working out, and getting my full calorie requirements and water intake can be challenging with night shifts and trying to fit in lunch and snack breaks through the day.
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