Welcome to the Next Level

Hi I'm Christie!

Welcome to those of you who are just visiting Beauty and the Bod for the very first time today! And high fives and huge hugs to those of you who have followed this blog's progress from the very beginning! 

I am SO excited to finally show you what I have been working on for the past two months! I built this website entirely on my own. All images unless specified were taken by me, my husband Matt or my extremely talented friend Sam

Rebuilding the website has been a true labour of love. I'm NOT a natural techie by any stretch so this was a real and welcome challenge.

Here's the story of how this all started:

This summer I broke my foot and spent just over six weeks on crutches in an air cast. As much as I absolutely hated every single second of being immobile one great thing came to be: the injury did allow me the chance to step back from running my business and really decide what my next steps would be. 

I've spent the past four years building Preston Fitness, a company that I am extremely proud of. I've run over 1,152 Bod Squad classes, been a personal trainer to many wonderful people and have had this blog as a platform to communicate and share the journey of a young entrepreneur. Starting this business wasn't easy but it has easily been the best thing I've ever done. This is absolutely without a doubt my passion and my purpose.

I grew up in an amazing family and with that came a lot of amazing expectations. When I initially announced that I'd be pursuing a career in fitness (and not finance...) it was met with some reservation from my business-minded mentors and parents. And I totally don't blame them! Fitness is NOT an easy place to make big $, it's certainly not the career for you if you're looking to get rich quick with minimal effort! I know that part of what drives me so much to be successful doing what I love is to prove that I'm actually good enough to make it in this industry.

For years I dreamed of building my own space. I went SO far down many roads looking at potential gyms, creating mock class schedules, running by financial models and refining my business plan without ever really pausing to ask myself what I really wanted out of all that. What am I really good at? Fitness. What do I love to do with my day? Inspire people to lead healthy + happy lives. So why do I need 4 walls around me to do that when my potential reach could be SO much bigger than that. Think Big. Think World Wide.

It took me one broken cuboid bone to realize that I was really looking for inside those spaces was the validation that I am good enough. That I had made it work. Standing in one of five potential spaces a few weeks ago that finally hit me like a ton of bricks. I'd been completely ignoring and taking my blog for granted. I loved writing the daily blog and got sidetracked on what I thought I'd wanted because it just seemed like it should be the natural progression. What if it could be so much bigger than what I had thought? What would happen if I really went for it?

I am SO excited to relaunch this blog with an entire new energy, direction and appreciation. It's GO time and this is just the beginning. 

This new website will feature new weekly workouts, recipes, fashion and generally keep track of fitness inspiration everywhere. My goal is to create a one-stop source for healthy living motivation; essentially a modern, healthy Martha Stewart meets Jane Fonda. 

I'm excited that this launch date has finally arrived and I can't wait to hear what you guys think! Any feedback (good and bad) is absolutely welcome.

Thank you