My First Blog Post!
I’m Christine, a passionate triathlete, dedicated therapist, and enthusiastic owner of OC Athletic Massage. I’m currently working towards my certification as a Soma trainer and leading myofascial stretching classes. I love motivating others to improve themselves to be physically fit and mentally positive.
I decided to start this new blog as a place to share my passion for fitness, health, and wellness by sharing my knowledge, personal experiences, and professional expertise. For the first time in my life I have decided to let my dreams steer me toward my goals and have gained the confidence to take the necessary risks to allow me to begin to build something that I am proud of. This blog is just a small part of this new direction!
My affinity for an active and fitness oriented lifestyle began at a young age. I started playing softball at 8 years old, and thus began my journey towards where I am today.
While I thoroughly enjoyed softball, my height (I’m 6’2”!) eventually drew me to volleyball in high school. As I transitioned to college my love for volleyball only grew. I played for three years during my college career, and always strove for improvement whenever I played. This determination showed, as I ended up earning me the most improved award every year I played. I felt like I was at the top of my game.
My sports career ended after those three years, and afterwards I took some unplanned time off from physical activity. A few unfortunate situations and an unhealthy environment drew me away from the life of fitness I once enjoyed so much. I soon found that the absence of a fit and active lifestyle took a heavy toll on me both physically and mentally. I felt lost. I had no sense of direction, no plan or accountability, and most importantly I wasn’t happy. I felt like a stranger in my own skin; I wasn’t truly me. I sunk into this deluge of inactivity which continued for almost 10 years. I felt disappointed in myself; I couldn’t be the mother I wanted to be for my kids, for them to look up to, or a decent friend for someone to lean on, or a caring partner. I didn’t love myself, and unfortunately that meant I couldn’t adequately love others—as I now know, love and caring starts with yourself. I knew something had to change.
Three years ago, I took the risk and gathered the courage to make that change. It was tough, but it was much needed and I haven’t looked back! I changed my environment, left the negativity I once had in my life behind and started focusing back on myself—and this of course included regaining my active lifestyle! It took too long for me to realize the importance of living a fit life, something I took for granted when I was younger. But after a long journey which gave me some much needed perspective, I’m more dedicated than ever to being the best me I could be! Exercise and fitness has played an incredibly important role for getting life back on track accomplishing the goals I set for myself. I am always trying to grow and expand my fitness as well. I’ve even recently started lifting and strength training with my loving and supportive boyfriend and have been training to compete in triathlons!
With my strong foundation in fitness rebuilt, I feel like the sky is the limit. Not only do I look and feel better (both mentally and physically!), an active lifestyle really gives me a sense of drive and meaning that has spread into other aspects of my life to help me be successful, on point, and most importantly, to be happy! This drive includes setting new goals for myself and developing a solid plan towards accomplishing them (very important for a healthy life!).
My top fitness goal for 2019 is to complete an Olympic distance triathlon by the end of this summer. As I progress and get closer to reaching that goal (and others!) I’ll be sharing my journey as well as my training and recovery tips so you can follow along or even just use them as inspiration to create your own healthy lifestyle and reach your own goals!
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