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Hey there! I’m Cristina and #thisis30.

This blog was to help me document my journey through weight loss, but that journey ended and others began. Since I started blogging almost a decade ago and writing about my health a lot has changed. This site is now a place for it all – education, recipes, sharing my life with you.

I’d be lying if I said that numbers didn’t help guide me or that there aren’t some numbers I find important now. The numbers that carry weight for me have changed.

The scale used to be my tool of choice, but now it’s about how much weight I can get on the bar and lift. It’s also about my confidence in my choices, the boundaries I set and how I use my voice. I recognize that it took a lot for me to get to this place and that’s ok.

Photography by Christine Olivia Photography

I’ve had extreme weight gain, I’ve had extreme weight loss, I’ve competed as a bikini competitor and placed, I’ve cardio’d my heart out, I fell in love with lifting, I’ve experimented with different eating styles. I was diagnosed with binge eating disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in my early 20s related to childhood trauma.

My health story isn’t just physical and I know yours isn’t either.

My name here has become a metaphor – physically running and running to new places and having new experiences.

After leaving my career in higher education, I obtained my associate’s in public health because I wanted to have a foundation of health sciences that I knew I wouldn’t get through a certification. I also have a master’s in nonprofit management from Northeastern University, which helped enhance my program development and resource management skills I used in higher education.

I’m an ACE certified health coach and fitness nutrition specialist. I also have certifications from USA Powerlifting as a club level coach and the University of Indiana for trauma informed care. In my practice, I focus primarily on behavior change because I truly believe that underneath everything our mental health is our foundation for being capable of making and executing healthy choices.

I’m starting master’s in public health focusing in nutrition in May 2022 from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Health.

I’m a proponent for thorough and diverse health education that helps build connections for my clients so they can get involved and take ownership of their journeys with me as a partner.