To first meet Christina Sherman is to see an entire fitness package in one person. She teaches fitness classes, she is a healthy lifestyle coach, she watches what she eats, and she runs marathons. She also challenges her mind with graduate school and an internship.
But Sherman will be the first to tell anyone that the person she is now is not who she has always been.
“I never was involved in sports or anything athletic besides P.E.,” she said. “In college, I gained around 55 pounds my first year and a half. I didn't exercise and wasn't cautious about what I ate.”
Sherman said she wanted to change but she was battling bulimia in addition to not exercising and not eating healthy food. She had to make a conscious decision about what direction her life would take.
“It was after I admitted to myself I needed help and sought counseling that I really began to discover the passion that health and fitness is in my life, became a Beachbody coach, and started running.”
Sherman began with small steps, and what seemed like taking on a new hobby became her entire life.
“I didn't know what to do and I started out with small changes, like getting fruit instead of fries, walking the track, etc.,” she said.
Sherman said the key for her to be successful was to set small goals that were achievable. She started planning ahead for meals and workouts and she began to look at food in a new light.
“Planning workouts and meals in advance for the week is my saving grace,” she said. “I am much less likely to cheat with my eating when I know what my workout and meals for the day are in advance. My view of food also changed. I began to view food as fuel. Yes, I still enjoy my food and I do eat ‘cheat’ meals, but food is a fuel for my day, for my workouts, running, and teaching my classes.
I also added a daily shake, Shakeology, into my diet that is stocked full of protein and other all-natural ingredients that helps get me through the day and ups my nutritional content.”
Sherman said she benefits from her new life and she tries to help others every day.
“My whole life has changed because of my decision to become healthy. I started running a year and a half ago and have since completed numerous races including five half marathons and two marathons. I feel better physically and mentally.
Part of the commitment is accountability, which I found through Beachbody and is why I decided to become a Beachbody coach. I am not only responsible for myself but also to my team. In addition, it allows me to do what I love more than anything, which is to help other people.”
Sherman created a Facebook page to encourage others to try a healthy lifestyle.