Christina and I first met a few years ago working for the same company. Since then, she has gotten married, created her blog, Run Life Eat Repeat, and started down a path of finding her best health. I have followed her journey (and delicious recipes) for the past few months, and am always inspired by her determination to find sanity and sustainability in her health goals. As her story aligns so well with my own philosophies on fitness, and food, I asked her if she would be willing to share her experiences...
(Elizabeth) What inspired Run Life Eat Repeat?
(Christina) Initially I wanted to showcase my natural weight loss journey. I’ve had people tell me to use wraps, pills, teas, supplements... you name it. But I wanted to show that you can lose weight (and keep it off) with hard work and consistency. People from Orangetheory Fitness were constantly asking how I’ve been able to lose weight and a blog seemed like the best way to get it out there.
How would you describe your weight loss and/or health philosophy?
Do what you love. Realize that we’re all different. While you may not see a change on the outside, you're changing on the inside. Fuel your body with real food. And always appreciate where you are, even if you’re not where you want to be.
I have these in my notes on my phone for the times I get off track from my philosophy. It’s a good reminder.
You mention on your About page that at 27 you felt lost in your body. Can you explain what that felt like?
Numb. That’s the best way to describe it. I should have been extremely happy but I just wasn’t. I was marrying the man of my dreams who loved me for me in October of 2015 and I was just numb. I didn’t love my body. I felt like I never looked good. I was always tired (sleeping all the time). I was moody. I had no feeling of anything. I just got up everyday because I had to, not because I wanted to. It wasn’t fun.
I struggle to sometimes separate weight from health, is this also something you have struggled with or thought about on your journey?
Yes and no. For me, being overweight was tied to my health (for the most part). However, currently I’m still considered overweight (no longer obese!) but I no longer have slightly high blood pressure, triglycerides and visceral fat are normal. And while my cycles aren’t where they should be, that doesn’t mean that I’m not healthy.
What I tell people is to get your blood taken and a body comp (visceral fat, body fat % etc.) 2-3 times a year to see the change on the inside. Just because you may be overweight doesn’t mean that you’re unhealthy.
What has kept you motivated? Any tips you can share?
There’s a few things:
What is one positive and one negative situation you have experienced?
Positive: The amount of people that I impact on a daily basis. There are people that I don’t even know that come up to me and introduce themselves and mention how they’ve been following my journey and it keeps them going. Or I’ll go to workout at a different time and I get, “I get to workout with the famous CTATT (my nickname.)” I look up to people and to know that I’m one that others look up to is just so humbling.
Negative: You’re going to have those people who comment on your social media with hurtful comments. At first I took it personally, but now I laugh at them. I’m working to better myself.
What has it been like for you to openly share your experience?
To be honest, it’s been hard. Putting my weight out there is scary, you never know how people are going to react to it. But a few months after I started working out at Orangetheory Fitness, I realized other members were watching me and I was impacting their lives without even knowing it.
You have done such an amazing job on both your blog, and focusing on your health, what's next?
Good question. I’ve been doing a lot of healthier recipes (zero refined sugar, skillet dinners, etc.) but once I get into my new house, I’ll be starting some at-home workouts (starting in Nov sometime).
Read more about Christina over at Run Lift Eat Repeat - her recipes get an A+ from me!
Walking enthusiast, kitchen experimenter, sports lover (watching, not playing), and future world traveler.
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