Growing up, healthy choices and lifestyle were pretty easy for Christine. Coupled with a pretty straightforward and privileged path - good grades, good college, good job - it was simple enough to go through the motions and end up living what Christine calls a “mindless, by-the-numbers” life.
Then one day, nothing felt very easy anymore.
Christine’s lack of mindfulness about her own life started to catch up with her. In less than a year, she was burnt out and struggling at work. Meanwhile, at home, a close family member was struggling with a mental health crisis involving bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction. Her stress and cortisol were at an all time high. Throughout all this, Christine found herself becoming more and more apathetic towards her own life. She was exhausted all the time, binge eating throughout the day and night, isolated herself from friends and family, and ended up gaining over 30lbs, which caused her to feel more shameful and embarrassed by the day.
She knew she needed help, but she didn’t know how to start. Her days became a see-saw of attempts to snap out of it and actions that drove her deeper into depression. Christine researched depression and overeaters groups, but she also ate ice cream for breakfast, left work early to go to sleep, and cancelled plans because of her anxiety and fatigue. Her once mindless healthy lifestyle felt so hard and far away from her current daily life. She finally accepted that she was struggling with depression and anxiety.
And then she didn’t tell anyone.
She didn’t see a doctor.
Didn’t go on medication.
She let shame overtake her and bring her lower.
One night a friend dragged her to a hot yoga class which she left covered in sweat with heart rate racing, her breath both deep and strong. Christine realized that it was the first time she felt good in months. That one class made her feel connected to herself, there was a heaviness that was lifted. She felt lighter, calmer, more peaceful, and more hopeful than before she walked into that class. It was at that point that Christine had her a-ha moment and realized: movement made her better. Not to lose weight or burn calories or to punish herself for overeating, but because if she could feel this great and strong and calm from exercising, maybe she could use it to feel better a little bit every day.
Soon after, exercise went from being the way Christine felt a little better every day to the way to tap into her inner strength. This became her ‘why.’ Over the next few years, she worked through her depression using exercise and nutrition, which let her to start her own personal training and nutrition business CC Nutrition & Fitness INC.
Christine is committed to empowering others who are going through their own mental health struggles to use movement to transform themselves!