Strong Body Healthy Mind 1

I’ve decided to do it. Focus my blog on getting and being strong, keeping my mind healthy, and talking to other WOMEN who have similar goals – strength, health, overcoming the horrifying stereotypes women have to deal with in the fitness/health community.

So you know, every few weeks, I’m going to select 3 women from my incredibly small list of friends (who knew my list was small…reach out if you want to be added to the list) and ask 3 questions. I’m also asking for photos but that’s not required…and I can keep you anonymous if you want. Those are the only ground rules. You’re a woman, and you want your voice to be heard.

This past week, Chris answered my call. (Others may too, but Chris did for sure, so I’d like you all to meet Christine (or Chris), also known as @Healthy_Strongr_LX Here are Christine’s 3 questions/answers:

What is my Why?  I’ve been working out in some form for 40 years (running, aerobics, cycling) but never weightlifting.  When I started doing CrossFit 6 months ago at 59, I realized the years of not lifting heavy things has cost me a lot of muscle loss.  My Why is so I can increase muscle and bone density so I can feel good, stay mobile, balanced, and active.  Plus, the endorphins from a hard workout are so wonderful. I need that high!  

A lot of women (and men) go into their 60’s expecting that aches and pains are a part of aging.  I’ve never believed that and I don’t want any part of my body to hurt — ever.  

What workouts motivate me?  I’m motivated most by any lifting workout. Since I’m so new at it, I can see an improvement in technique and weight each week and that’s super motivating.  Even on the days I have to scale everything, I’m motivated by knowing I’m getting stronger every day. 

What workouts crush me?  I find that I really dread it when I see wall balls, box jumps, and bikes on the WOD so I guess those are the crushers.  The whole time I’m doing them I feel like I should be in so much better shape than I am – which is a crappy feeling.  I am still scaling a lot of the workout so there is probably more that would really crush me but since I scale them, that will come later. 

Here’s Christine after her Deadlift PR:

Christine smiling and barbell with bumper plates

I’m not sure how I’m going to go about this in the future, but I want to thank Christine for answering my questions and being an Instagram pal. If you’re on Instagram, you should follow her. And me (@1charlestonsc) ….

Most seriously, if you are a woman who wants to contribute to the “awakening” of the media/social media to those of us who are a. older women (older than 25), b. not stick figures (mature, curvy, muscular, healthy), and c. interested in health (fitness, clean eating, avoiding pill-popping to cure), please feel free to reach out to me at and I’ll include you in my 3 questions.

I hope to ask some “elite athletes” to contribute occasionally too but that’s not a thing yet. For now, let’s give Christine a round of applause and some LIKES and FOLLOWS!!


About Solid Body Strong Mind

Planning an update to this, and hopefully a way to encourage women to stay healthy as they approach middle age. Change happening April 1!!
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3 Responses to Strong Body Healthy Mind 1

  1. I begin a new journey today at 66. Sad part is I must eat close to 4000 cal. today and tomorrow and sadly I have no idea where to start 🙂 For exercise they said non stressful walks are fine but no stress which builds more cortisol, that works for me 🙂

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