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Your Path Leads To A Better Path

6 Oct

Ever look at your day and say, “Well, that didn’t go as planned!” We have all been there, especially with the advent of social media, allowing instant comparisons of our lives and where we should be. It is easy to feel less-then like you drove into a ditch or, elitist and condescending if you dug your heels in early, riding smoothly on the “right path.”

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My life has been one of very exciting ups and terrible lows and it has truly made me who I am in all my glory (take that for what it is haha). But I am proud to say, my resilience is at its peak and it will not waver. However, I do sometimes compare my life at this point in my thirties and feel like I’m not alone in being affected by the “less than/more than” culture in which we live.

I grew up in a small, quiet town in Cleveland, Ohio with parents who are still married along with a younger brother and younger sister. We had good times and not so good times but overall, I know everyone does the best they can with what they have. I was inherently a perfectionist, wanting to have the best grades, appear the skinniest and be the best. Unfortunately, this came at a cost. I fell to the despair of eating disorders, anxiety and depression.

Pictured: A couple years before my issues arose.

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On the outside, I held it together, being “normal” with boyfriends, friends, getting straight A’s in middle school, high school and college, competing as a dancer and cheerleader, being involved in extracurricular sports, placing in writing competitions, and more. More so, I became a certified fitness instructor my freshman year of college. I wanted to be an entertainment reporter so I was accepted into a top two journalism school in the country. I also had fun. Lots of it. But I also would have horrible relapses with my eating disorders starting at 13 years old and with bouts of depression and anxiety. I just couldn’t have a seamless year without dealing with these problems. But my resolve to follow my dreams, pray for my health, and not let my much hidden, personal issues take hold became much stronger.

A few particular moments in my life solidified my ability to get back on track and it always came back to having a goal. I remember having “weigh-ins” at home and being faced with the constant threat of having to go to a psychologist. I prayed for my health every night and began to eat normally, albeit for a short time. I remember reading my mom’s Prevention and Shape magazines and was fascinated by all the exercises to build lean muscle and gain strength. I recall the day my mom said I could only join the basketball team if I was 100 lbs. I was 15 years old, fearing I could not gain that much weight. But I had a goal. It was all I needed. I started to eat and workout to build muscle and gain the weight I needed. I tried out and made the team.

Pictured: A beautiful sunrise driving in Southern California. A place I have wanted to live my whole life and a huge goal of mine.

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In college, I discovered yoga but it wasn’t until I few years out when I was living back in Cleveland, that the feeling clicked and the breath, movement and community of people around me helped me better accept what is but more importantly, envision what could be. Yoga became my go-to when I was in distress or felt weighed-down by the world.

Pictured: Photoshoot|Weston Carls.

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Another goal that helped shape my resolve to get healthier was deciding to move to California in 2012. That year, I faced “real-world” problems aside from my personal and family issues. I partially lived in my car at one point and also crashed on friend’s couches while I tried to secure extra work to afford the rent and my bills at the same time, I also had to learn how to date again after going through a painful break-up with a long-time ex who moved out to LA with me. On the flip-side, I achieved my goals: I secured commercials, infomercials, fitness videos, print work, and guest spots on tv shows while continuing to focus on my wellness and fitness ventures.

Pictured: An exciting booking – My casting for P90x videos with Tony Horton.

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A third goal I’ll share is competing in NPC Bikini. Ironically, the structure of eating a certain way and working out helped me feel more confident in myself and gain control over what I had in the past had no control over – my eating habits. I felt strong, powerful, beautiful and happy. I had a goal to compete on stage and look like fitness models that I had seen in magazines and although, the prep was very tough (especially for me with all my past insecurities), I had learned how to push them aside for this goal! I achieved 4th place.

 

Years later looking back, I feel like all my goals saved me along with my amazing friends, family and my faith. I still work hard everyday to keep balance in my life. What is second nature to some people is something I need to consciously acknowledge. I don’t always feel great as I haven’t used medication nor seen a counselor in years (but I highly recommend for anyone who is currently dealing with these or any similar issues!). I do feel great most of the time and I’m always grateful. ***I’ll share in a future post my tips to help achieve balance!***

I think if I were living the “normal” life, I would be married, with children, living in a home in the suburbs. And I do want to get married, possibly have children (dog mom for now haha) and have a nice home. But even though that path is not in the cards for me right now, I have faith, goals, incredible people in my life, freedom to date, explore, take adventures… And the freedom that we all have: to change or accept where we are at and where we are going.

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I believe the fanciest roads are the ones you unapologetically take on your own, whether or not, they have been easy, tough or somewhere in between. Your path will always lead you to a better path. So lets get moving and enjoy it along the way 🙂

Christy

 

ChristyFit Outdoor Interval Workout

8 Aug

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Lack time, motivation or structure in your workouts lately? Or perhaps you can’t get to the gym or a class, or you would like to know how to perform these moves correctly? Then, check out my video interval workout below that is low on time and high on calorie burn! Let me know after you try it.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE INTERVAL WORKOUT HERE

1. Alternating Jump lunges – 10 to 20 reps total

2. Jump squats – 10-20 reps

Rest 30 sec

3. Side lateral lunges – 10 reps

4. Squat to front kicks – 10 reps

Rest 30 sec

5. Burpees – 10 reps

6. Mountain climbers – 20 reps total

Rest 30 sec

7. Dynamic Planks – 10 reps total

Repeat for 2-3 sets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ChristyFit 6 Week Fit for the Holidays Plan: Week 1 -Get Started!

12 Nov

The holidays are here! We all want to enjoy yummy stuffing and sweet potato casserole (Yes please!) and relax with family and friends. And we should guilt-free! We also know the new year is upon us and so are our most likely lagging goals. Let’s refresh and restart our goal-driven attitudes while also enjoying our holiday feasts. It IS possible to have the best of both worlds but we must earn it. I’m here with you for the next 6 weeks to help set us  up for success so we can have a happy and healthy holiday season and ring in the new year better than ever!

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PLEASE SHARE these posts with family and friends and and also FOLLOW me on Instagram and Twitter so we can transform over these next 6 weeks together! 

My personal holiday goals are to master a handstand and to build more muscle to compete in early 2017 in another NPC Bikini Competition. I’love share my journey and I hope you share yours!

This first week is all about defining our goals and setting our plan in action! Every week for the next 6 weeks, I will add more ways to achieve our goals we created in Week 1 and offer valuable nutrition and workouts specially planned for our holiday deadlines!

Week 1 – Get started!

1. WRITE out your goals for the rest of this year. And notice I didn’t mention thinking about them in your head. Put them in a favorite notebook, type them in your notes tablet, text yourself, stick post-it’s in your car, bedroom door or bathroom mirror. So many options to display your holiday goals!

2. GET SPECIFIC with your goals. A goal is only a distant dream until it’s specified and then actions are taken. Answer these questions to help solidify what you want:

* What health and fitness goals do you want to accomplish by the New Year (pick at least 1)? Ensure these goals can be accomplished in the next 6-8 weeks. Ex. I want to lose 10 lbs.

* When do you want to accomplish these goals? Make sure these timelines are realistic and can be accomplished by January 1. Ex. I want to lose 10 lbs in 5 weeks.

* What specific actions are you going to take to accomplish these goals? Ex. I will perform 30 min of cardio 3 x per week for the next 5 weeks.

* How will I overcome obstacles so I can obtain my goal? Ex. I will pack my lunches every day so I don’t need to eat in the workroom cafeteria where I usually choose unhealthy foods.

3. FOLLOW YOUR PLAN! You have written out your goals, specified them and set a deadline. You have also negated obstacles in your path. So what is stopping you? Stay the course these next 6-8 weeks and together, we will ring in the new year healthier and happier with our goals achieved.

For more customized online workouts and nutrition focus and plans anywhere, please email me at christysiebert@gmail.com. Also, please come take a class with me at Orange Theory Fitness in Austin, TX. 

 

 

 

ChristyFit How-To Series Part 5: How to Perform the Row

21 Sep

In order to gain the most benefit out of compound muscular movements, we must perform them correctly so we can engage the right muscle groups and not stress our joints and bones. I created this 5-Part weekly how-to video series to show you how to perform correctly 5 of the top exercises for full-body shape and strength.

This week is our final week in the series. I show you how to correctly perform the row. This exercise helps to gain strength in our back and biceps while also improving posture. Please perform 3 sets of 10-12 reps with medium to heavy dumbbells.
Note: For a more customized training and nutrition program, please email me at: christysiebert@gmail.com or if you are in the Austin area, please stop by and take one of my Orange Theory Fitness classes!

CLICK HERE for How to Perform a Row video

ChristyFit How-To Series: How to Perform a Pushup

14 Sep

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In order to get the most benefit out of compound muscular movements, we must perform them correctly so we can engage the right muscle groups and not stress our joints and bones. I created this 5-Part weekly how-to video series to show you how to perform correctly 5 of the top exercises for full-body shape and strength.

 This week, I show you how to correctly perform the pushup. This exercise helps to gain strength in our chest, triceps and shoulders while also engaging our core and glutes for stability.  Please perform 3 sets of 10-12 reps and you may modify with knees touching the ground as you work up to the full pushup.

Note: For a more customized training and nutrition program, please email me at: christysiebert@gmail.com or if you are in the Austin area, please stop by and take one of my Orange Theory Fitness classes!

 

 

 

ChristyFit 5-Part Exercise How-to Video Series: Part 1 – The Squat

16 Aug

In order to get the most benefit out of compound muscular movements, we must perform them correctly so we can engage the right muscle groups and not stress our joints and bones. I created this 5-Part weekly how-to video series to show you how to perform correctly 5 of the top exercises for full-body shape and strength.

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Part 1- The Squat. One of the best exercises for the entire lower body is the squat. In this video, I demo the exercise using a barbell and then break down the exercise and its components and also what not to do. Weight and rep ranges vary but start out with 3 sets of 10-12 reps and find a weight that is challenging by the last two reps of each set.

Note: For a more detailed and customized plan, please email me at christysiebert@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myofascial Release – When Stretching isn’t Enough

15 Aug

All that hard work in the gym and stretching is not enough? Then, myofascial release may be the answer your muscles have been waiting for.

Myofascial release techniques provide a sustained pressure along the connective tissue, which provides a gentle release of the muscle fibers and fascia.

How to do it: You may hold gentle pressure on a certain area for at least 10 seconds or roll along the area until you feel the pain or pressure lessen. Think of these techniques similar to self-massage.

Stretching and myofascial release are both important tools to lessen pain, increase joint mobility and improve the lengthening of connective tissue. An example is utilizing myofascial release for tight calves. Myofascial release using a tennis ball or foam roller along the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) will help to lessen the tightness you may feel, improve your stride on the treadmill and allow you to sit more into your heels during squats.

Below are some examples of exercises and the muscles most needing this type of work. Try these out 3-4 times per week post-exercise in addition to your usual stretching routine:

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