Christine Lusita, CPT, CHC, Behavior Change Specialist, Nutritionist, Mindfulness Educator, PMA Pilates instructor.
All my life I’d been hearing about workouts and diets that were “supposed” to be good for me.
For years, I treated my body like an experiment I failed at daily. I hit the cardio equipment like a maniac, obsessed over Jane Fonda tapes, weighed food, drank shakes, ate pre-packaged meals, fasted, you name it. And then when I still didn’t look like Christy Turlington, I’d park my butt on the couch, get out the ham and cheese sandwiches and quit. Until I’d hear about the next get-thin-quick fad (and we all know there’s no shortage of those) and then start up again on “Monday.”
Each time I “failed,” I felt as if I was the problem. I knew something had to change, and it wasn’t about finding the next gimmick. It was about finding what worked for me.
So I decided to get real about my body. I took a hard look at how I was treating it and decided to be brutally honest about what I would or wouldn’t do. I learned to set reasonable goals that inspired me without comparing myself to others. I learned to tackle that tough inner critic that derails all of us on our journey to live healthier and happier, I learned to carve out time for myself without guilt and celebrate my accomplishments. I learned to prioritize and above all, to value who I am as I am.
Which is how I came to my simple philosophy for success:
The truth is this: If something doesn’t feel good--whether it’s a food plan, workout or new habit--you’ll never stick with it. But if it makes sense to your mind and feels good to your body, you’re golden. Success is a given, and then—what a feeling.
Today as a diet and fitness coach, I’ve spent the past 15 years teaching what took me so long to learn: To manage food and fitness, you first have to manage yourself. My goal is not to introduce yet another magic formula. My goal is to help you become your best self—your fittest, most balanced and happiest self. And my goal is to make it easy, to make your success a sprint instead of the marathon I’ve gone through, along with millions of other long-term dieters.
So join me in what I call my What a Feeling community. This is a group of inspired people who reach their goals and live their best lives by doing what works and feels good for them. In this community, we create our own paths to success, honoring our own unique personalities, choices and lifestyles every step of the way.
So my journey began through self preservation. I stopped trying to perfect my body and my diet. I discovered that behavior was something that we learned but could also change and that all success begins in our minds. I set out to build a healthy relationship to food by not counting calories and stayed consistent in my workouts without judgment, even in the times I just couldn't give a 100%. I always make a personal commitment to have FUN and rate my success on how good I feel and how much I enjoy my physical activities. I celebrate my body for what it can do. I discovered my best self through my most fit self. After realizing the power that movement has to change lives, I knew I had to share all of my unique strategies, techniques and core principles with others-
I love what I do.
I live in each of you.
After years of pure exhaustion of having to tailor every single piece of athletic clothing to fit my 5'3 frame, modifying the waistband to come up higher to avoid the beloved muffin top, adjusting the length of every pair of pants so I don't trip on the hem and shortening the top so it doesn't hit me at the knees... I was exhausted emotionally and financially trying to find the right fit for me. I decided it was time that we had an all-inclusive athleisure wear that fit every woman. For every curve, for every height, for every size not just tall, fit physiques. So I did what I know best, sought out fabrics that are soft and feel good, combined my passion for the 80's, my love for bright colors, and my desire for classic simplicity and created a mix and match palette theme that you can use for years to come. So after many fittings, a whole lot of passion, several years and lots of dedication to the fit, I am so proud to present to you the What a Feeling athleisure brand made for the everyday woman. In the spirit of feeling good, I was inspired to make this company not only a look, feel good company but a do good brand with a portion of every sale going to one of your favorite charities!
Fave food: Ham and cheese anything.
Current obsessions: My adorable boxer Lily, Impractical Jokers and of course anything 80s!
Fave song: What a Feeling
Fave movies: GREASE and DIRTY DANCING
Fave way to sweat: Pilates, Dance fitness and running
Least fave workouts: Spin and Yoga
How I restore balance: Shopping at the farmers market, riding bikes on the beach with my hubby and practicing mindfulness.
You'll often hear me say there are no right or wrong workouts or diet plans it's just what works for you...