Hi! My name is Christina, although I do go by Tina as well. I am a woman of many passions. First and most important is my passion for my faith in God. I enjoy growing and learning in my beliefs. Even though I grew up in church, I have not always been a devoted Christian. I went through a rough period where I battled some depression, suicidal thoughts, negative self image, and living a rather indulgent lifestyle. Fortunately, I realized that such a life was not fulfilling and found myself turning to church for some relief. I will forever be thankful that God called me back into his arms, because I know without a doubt that my life would not be as fulfilled as it is now if it were not for Him. To help my faith to continue to grow and to learn new things and challenge myself, I currently lead an adult Sunday school class called The Goodlife and love it.
Then, of course, my wonderful family is a passion of mine. I am a mother of a beautiful baby girl, my little Makenzie. I gave birth to her on October 21, 2008 and my life has never been the same. She brightens up every one of my days with her smile and laugh. I am also married to the most wonderful and supportive man, Peter. He helps me to pursue any passion I may have and is always encouraging me. Through the thick and the thin, I know he will be by my side and I could not ask for more.
My other big interest is fitness. I plan to go into a personal training career once I return to work from being a stay at home mom. Fitness and healthy living has always been a big part of my life. My fitness “achievements” range fromcompeting in a figure competition to working out up until the day before my daughter was born. 🙂
I also love to read. I typically enjoy chick lit and suspense novels with some mystical stories thrown in the mix. I read for fun, so you won’t find me with my nose in a serious classic. Reading is my escape haven. I like to keep it that way. I will do many reviews on this blog.
Other interests of mine are hiking, playing games with a group of friends, and UGA football.
Hey Tina! I’m gonna call you Tina because it is one of my favorite names 🙂
You have such a cute daughter! She has the same birthday as my brother and my dad’s name is Peter. Okay woah weird!!
You look great in your figure competition photo! So cool!
Hey Tina! Love the new blog, its’ great! 🙂
Hi Tina! I just found your blog through a comment you left on Janetha’s. After reading a couple of your posts, I feel like we have so much in common! I loved reading your story of faith-so awesome. My hubby completely remodeled our home as well. :)You have a beautiful family and I look forward to reading more!
I just found your blog – I completely relate to a lot of your writing. Really interested to follow your story.
Hi Tina! Your baby is beautiful. What a lovely family. And your figure competition photo is awesome! That must have taken so much work!
Your daughter is adorable 🙂 And not to sound creepy- but you have a rockin’ bod! I love that you worked out while you were pregnant; that’s something I definitely plan on doing
Hey! i just discovered your blog. I’m so happy to see someone talk about their love of God in their blog. Not many people talk about God anymore I love him and when you love him you should praise him always!!!! 🙂 Really cute blog, love the name.
Amen to sharing your faith so openly! Like the girl said in the comment above me, not many people who call themselves Christians, openly want to talk about God. I love that you credit God so much in your life. I’m taking a chance on my blog as well by having it be about health and fitness, but completely God centered. Fit at heart is about becoming fit starting from the inside out. I will for sure be keeping up with you. You and your family are beautiful!
I too have a strong faith in God-looks like we have lots in common! Chick lit reading is my fave! 🙂
I’m so glad you came across my blog because it brought me to yours! It definitely sounds like we take the same approach to healthy living – one that balances a strong faith with fitness and good food! 🙂 I look forward to following you!
Wow! I just randomly came across your blog. Sounds like we share MUCH in common. My faith is the most important part of my life and I have competed in figure competitions. AND I too, battled many “negative thoughts”. Well, I’ll just be honest, I was moderately-severly mentally ill for many years. Prayer, meeting my husband, and five years in therapy changed that though. Yay!! Oh yeah and I like to read as well. I was an eng/lit major in college.
I love it when I “stumble” across a blogger who has walked a similar path. Look forward to reading more.
I just stumbled upon your blog through Katy’s (Balanced Foodie)!
I really love it so far! I look forward to reading more 🙂
WOW! That is quite a story, I love every bit of it! Your fitness competition photo is amazing, I can’t even fathom that – and I love fitness and all that comes with it! Can’t wait to read more 🙂
i just found your blog on balanced foodie, and I am SO excited to read more! i don’t know a lot of food bloggers that are extremely open about their faith, and i’m so glad to have found another one 🙂
I am so glad you commented on my blog so I could come find yours! Great reading!!! 🙂
Hey, nice to “meet” another Georgian!
I was super excited to stumble across your blog! It truly made my day, to see someone not afraid to tell of their love of God.
I have been a christian since I was eight, but it wasn’t until I got back from Iraq two years ago and hit the lowest point in my life, that I finally threw in the towel and asked God to direct my path. Since then, I daily see how blessed I am and see his love at work. Once again thank you for posting your true convictions. P.S. Your daughter is adorable!
Thank you so much for the kind words! Like you, seeing His blessings daily makes it hard to hold it in and keep it private. I’m glad you stumbled across the blog too. It is great meeting new people through it 🙂
I’m so glad I found your blog! Can’t wait to read more!
Ps. you look great in your figure competition pic!
Hi! I just found your blog and am so glad I did! I plan on doing some figure competitions in the future, but I’m trying to put on muscle mass first! Anyway, I can’t read to read more about you! 🙂
Hi Tina!! I love your blog! I’ve been reading for awhile but this is my first comment 🙂 You’re story is so inspiring and your family is adorable! Excited to read more from you!
Hey I just came across your blog, and am soo happy I did!! Its great. Thank you for sharing your story, its wonderful hearing your faith is such a huge part of your life, I relate so so much. I love that you read for fun, I do as well and review books on my blog!! =D Thats really impressive you worked out up until the day before you baby was born!!! Thanks again for sharing your story and for this blog!! ❤
I just found your blog through another foodie blog. I am so excited to read more! I love that you are so open about your passions – including faith. That’s a hard one to be open about – and I truly admire you for doing it.
I would love to train for a figure competition. It looks tough, but fun.
I just found your blog and I love it! I really like your whole fitness and lifestyle philosophy!
You are GORGEOUS and so is your daughter!!! I absolutely love the first picture of her in that little outfit. She’s adorable! You seriously inspire me – I hope I can work out up until the day I give birth! Or at least the day before. 🙂 You’re my hero!
Just found your site! You have an adorable family! I love that you have shared your faith with us! I think too many people shy away from sharing their beliefs but I find it refreshing when to find bloggers expressing their beliefs in God. Thanks!
just wanted to pop in to say a HUGE congrats on your second pregnancy. i hope (and know) that baby number 2 will be as delightful as baby number 1! 🙂
You have a beautiful family! Love the blog! You have a new reader 😀 Thanks for popping in on mine too.
Congrats on the new bundle on the way (I read it in the above comment).
I had to comment on your blog using WordPress, but just know that you can now find me at http://www.faithfitnessfun.com without the wordpress in there. Thanks for visiting!!!
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