I exercise to keep my mental health aligned with the person I know that I am. And with the version of myself who I want to discover.
— Christine Coen

Then one day, nothing felt easy anymore.

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After studying to become a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer, I thought I knew everything about fitness and nutrition.

I knew all the BEST healthy foods that were 'good' and all the processed foods that were 'bad.'I defined my personal health (and self-worth) by my weight & how I looked in the mirror, which played a big part in my mood and choices.

It wasn't until I struggled with my own mental and physical health that I really learned the true meaning of healthy choices and how they impact the mind and body.

Depression and anxiety crept in while I was in my early 20’s.

What caused it? At the time it felt equally both everything and nothing.

In hindsight, adjusting to my first year post college, burning myself out at my first full time job, plus a family trauma at home involving a mental health crisis were probably the catalyst.  

I found myself craving any carb and in secret eating anything that started or ended in CAKE, spiking and dropping my blood sugar & cortisol (stress hormone) levels daily.  The most visual sign that something was off was the 30+ lbs I gained in less than 6 months. 

As I googled Overeaters Anonymous one day, I was hit with the realization I had an uncontrollable binge eating problem as well.

I smiled on the outside and pretended to be okay, but in my heart, I knew I was far from the happy and positive person I used to be.

I felt ashamed, embarrassed, hopeless, and exhausted all of the time. I just wanted to crawl back under the covers and go back to sleep.

Speaking of sleep, I would take 2 hour depression naps during the day AND sleep hard at night but wake up drained. 

Negative thoughts constantly cycled through my mind and I would restrict foods by day only to sabotage myself and become the cookie monster by night.  I’d cancel plans with family and friends at the last minute because I was too tired or anxious to go, continuing to isolate myself.

Exercise? That was the LAST thing I wanted to do.

I constantly set myself up to fail (unknowingly) with unrealistic goals, triggering the cycle of negativity, shame, guilt and binge eating all over again. Most days, I could not think or talk myself out of it. 

I realized the depression, anxiety and binge eating were symptoms of what was going on in my life, 

and some of these things were in my control to change.

I was using binge eating as a coping mechanism to numb out & escape from my feelings.


One day, I dragged myself to a hot yoga class.  

After the class, I noticed that I felt (dare I say it) POSITIVE for the first time in months. 

I felt maybe, just maybe, I could climb out of this dark hole! I thought, 'this is the answer!!'

I woke up the next day and realized, all those elated post-workout feels were gone.   
WHAT!?  I felt just as low as I usually did.   

But, I realized if I made movement a part of my daily routine, that would be a game changer.


I decided I was going to use exercise to overcome depression.

It became my #1 priority.  

Before this I only ever used exercise to make sure I "stayed in shape" and "didn't get fat." (thanks magazines and fitness marketing!)

Movement took on a bigger meaning; an internal transformation.  Even though my depression & anxiety were REAL and the impact they had on my mind and body were excruciating, there was still something I COULD do about it.  

So, instead of telling myself what I COULDN’T do, I started asking myself 'What CAN I do?'

The answers that initially came were simple but powerful. A walk outside and rolling out of bed to do 5 minutes of stretching. It eventually transformed into training in the gym.  As I challenged myself physically, I rediscovered my inner strength, my confidence and my self love. I would notice a difference in my mood after 1 workout and the effect would last hours!

The more consistent I was, the affect compounded and lasted longer and longer.

Based on my experience of using movement for mental health, I was inspired to start helping my clients differently than what the fitness industry was offering.

Movement is a powerful tool in our inner mental health battle. 

The more I shared my story, the more I heard from others that they experienced the same struggle with depression, anxiety, and food issues.

I realized I wasn't the only one. 

Movement is a powerful tool in our inner mental health battle. 

And as WARRIORS, we are willing to fight for ourselves through the darkness back to the light.

That's why I built this community....

This is about an inner transformation. The outside, the aesthetics, is just the cherry on top.
— Christine Coen
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This is not just about a physical transformation. This is about building strength from the inside out and evolving closer towards the best version of me.

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