Hi, I’m Crystal!
Thank you for being here, and allowing me to share my story with you. I’m passionate about helping women mid-life and beyond, and hope my story will help you in some way.
I’m a coach, fitness nut, wife and mother. I help women who are totally into living their best life, with nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, and mindset strategies that I have learned throughout my journey, and as I have aged. I want to empower women to love themselves from the inside as well as the outside, and know they are beautiful, just as they are.
I became interested in health and nutrition 23 years ago, when I hit a whooping 236 pounds and was miserable and embarrassed to go out in public.
I was about to turn 40, and started worrying about what was going to happen to me by the time I was 60, if I continued to gain weight, lead a sedentary lifestyle and eat bags of cookies, donuts, apple fritters, cakes and cookies.
After many years of yoyo dieting, and starting diet after diet, and always going back to old habits. I had really had enough. I thought there had to be a better way.
I started thinking of it as lifestyle, and not a diet. That was a huge mind shift for me.
I started on my journey of losing the weight, which took me over a year to lose the 100 pounds. It was very slow, but consistency and just doing one step, and one day at a time, the fat was finally off. I’m not saying it was easy, as I had many days that were dam hard. I remember when my husband brought home pizza for the kids, I had to leave the room. I could not even smell pizza in those days.
I truly believe I have learned so much from my struggles, they helped me to become the person I am today. You learn so much about yourself on the journey, you learn your strengths, and your weaknesses. I believe the journey is ongoing, and now think of it as an adventure.
I’m still not sure what exactly made me stick to losing weight that last time, as I had tried many diets before that time, but always went back to my old ways. I think I was really scared about what was going to happen to me if I continued on that road. At this time we got a dog, and that helped me to start a walking program, she helped me have the confidence to go out and walk, and not worry to much about people staring at me. Dogs are great, they love you no matter what your size is.
As time went on, I became more and more interested in nutrition as well as fitness. I started running long distance, lifting weights, and kept evolving over the years. I wanted to learn all I could about nutrition to help my family, then it became a passion to want to help other women, who struggle, with their diet and lifestyle choices, Like I did, and still do at times.
As I started getting older and going through menopause, I started reading every hormone book, I could get my hands on, to figure out what was going on with my body, as I was getting hot flashes, started not sleeping well, and then I developed Hashimoto’s disease, which is autoimmune thyroid disease. All of a sudden I had low bone density, I was like what the heck, I’m a long distance runner, I lift weights, I eat healthy, what is going on.
Then one day while at Barnes and Noble, I came across Jade and Keoni Teta’s first book, the Metabolic Effect Diet. I bought it, and read it cover to cover. It made so much sense to me, that hormones as well as calories mattered. I was like YES ! I had always believed deep down that both calories and hormones mattered.
After reading the book, I said to myself, I was stressing my body out to much with all the long runs, I mean hours in one day, and at 55 and 56 running marathons back to back, was just not working for my BODY.
I wanted my health back so I decided to drop long distance running, something that I had loved to do since losing the weight, in my mid forties.
After I dropped all that running, I started sleeping better, chronic aches and pains went away, and I dropped extra body fat without changing my diet and doing less exercise to boot. I have sense brought my bone density back up too.
Our bodies give us clear signals when something is wrong, mine did, but it took me awhile to catch on, or really listen, to the signals it was giving me.
I was scared to give up running, as I thought I would gain weight. I still believed like everyone else the more exercise the better.
Now I sprint 1-2 days a week, and do 20 min strength training circuit workouts 2-3 days a week, I walk everyday as part of my physical activity. That works well for me right now. I sleep good, and can chase my grandchildren around at 63 years old. I’m very happy to be healthy, and have the energy to do everything that I love
I decided to take my love of nutrition, and passion to help other women, to the next level, I wanted to learn everything I could about nutrition, so I signed up for Precision Nutrition’s course, on nutrition and became certified as a nutrition/fitness coach with them.
I also decided I needed the hormonal piece, and took Metabolic Effect’s course on the science of hormonal fat loss nutrition, and I’m proud to say I’m Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant Level 3 now.
I live in Woburn, Massachusetts with my husband Joe, We have three grown children, Joseph, Jeremy, and Jennifer. And we are blessed to have five beautiful grandchildren, Jacob, Thomas, Olivia, Sadie, and Caelyn. They keep you on your toes.
When I’m not coaching my clients, reading, or visiting family or friends, you will probably find me walking or running the pond, near where I live, or having a great cup of coffee or herb tea at Starbucks.
If you would like to know me better, here are a few fun things you may not know about me:
- I love dark chocolate
- Love, love, love, anything caramel, my favorite
- I used to read all Nancy Drew mysteries, haha, does that age me
- James Bond movies are the best
- Dancing is one of my favorite things to do, you might even catch me dancing alone, if a good beat comes on the radio
- My favorite place to go is Maine, my husband and both love it there, to sit and read, and walk the beach together
If you would like to hear more about my story you can listen HERE to a podcast I did with Dr Jade Teta , we talk more about my Journey, and menopause
You can also listen by clicking the button below or to download it, right click the button and choose to save the file.