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#ThisIs30 – I’m so glad that I’m here

Reading Time: 4 minutes I am alive. That’s what I’ve been thinking about the past few weeks. I am alive. But more than that – I am living. There have been times in my life when I didn’t feel I was being my truest self. I think most of them were happening in high school and really, at that […]

We need more context: Diet Culture, BoPo and Health

Reading Time: 7 minutes I go back and forth on a lot of topics because each side of the fence has pros and cons. This one isn’t easy for me to talk about because I do find myself juggling ideas and sometimes volleying. Ripping off the band aid is the best way to start. Diet Culture and Body Positive […]

We rudely interrupt your programming…

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ignore the haters they say. They’ll go away eventually.  Then you have those who actively will email you while you’re pleasantly sleeping and dreaming about leg day  It’s not an exaggeration that I get some pretty mean and nasty messages. So here’s one I saw during my morning pre-leg walk.  Enjoy.  <3 Cristina  #hatergonnahatehatehate 

Coming Home Bikini Prep Series: Post 1 “Why I Compete in the NPC”

Reading Time: 4 minutes Next week starts prep and after watching a few prep series vlogs on YouTube, I thought creating a category for this season wouldn’t be a bad idea. I’ve been asked when my next show is and I actually have two in mind for the fall season. The first is the New England Championship in Boston […]

There are insecurities and shaming at every size

Reading Time: 2 minutes The other day I posted on my Facebook page a link to a story about girls who were trying to wrap their arms around their backsides and touch their bellybuttons, it’s called the Bellybutton Challenge. They were believing that this determined they were healthy because it meant they were thin. Well, girls- in reality you’re […]

We just started this week and it already feels so long

Reading Time: 2 minutes The beginning of the week started rough. I mean, I know it’s only Tuesday, but Sunday night was a disaster. I have a few things on plate that are stressing me out. There by the normal stressors so I’m having difficulty handling them. I’m also having a hard time letting things that I can’t control […]

Saturday adventures

Reading Time: 2 minutes  As week 10 of BBG comes to a close, I have a few things to celebrate!  1. The thinning of my mid section!  2. My journey’s progress is steady and I’m feeling really good about the recent changes.   3. These baby biceps are going to start growing in a few weeks.   4. I’m finding inspiration […]

3 weeks left 

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are so many parts to this journey. In the beginning you’re making the decision to change. You’re figuring out what foods work for you and what you should eliminate. You decide how you want to workout and how often. You’re constantly evaluating as you lose weight to prevent a plateau. Sometimes you do plateau […]

War on S’mores

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yesterday I saw an opinion piece about S’mores. Yep, that’s right – the beloved summertime cookie-like treat that makes you feel like a five-year-old again.     The author was clearly poking fun at the USDA’s suggestion to ditch the sweet treat for a fruit alternative. I kind of agree with him. Regardless of my daily […]