Celebration of Life

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of my journey with DDP Yoga.

Coming into this program I was a mess.  I suffered the loss of my baby in utero and allowed it to weigh me down so much that I became clinically depressed, developed an anxiety disorder, gained weight, and lost my self worth.  I was pretty much the poster child for “rock bottom” and it was not a pleasant sight.  When my little boy reached over and put his hand on my arm and told me to “Smile Mommy” - I knew I had to make a change.  My suffering wasn’t just hurting me - it was spilling over to my family and that was NOT something I was cool with.  So, April 1st, 2013 - I started DDP Yoga.  What came to follow was nothing short of AMAZING!

In 3 months - I lost 41 pounds and no longer needed anxiety medication or therapy.

In 5 months - I lost 60 pounds and dropped from a size 18 to a size 6!  I also went gluten and cow-dairy free (all before I found out I was intolerant to both)!

1 year later - I started my own business as a Certified Weight-Loss Nutritionist, I wrote a cookbook, and I became the co-first female DDP Yoga Instructor!

There are so many cool things I can do with my body now - like black crow, forearm stand, and 10 second slow-burn push-ups - but what’s even BETTER than all that is that I found myself again.  I regained my confidence, my self-worth, and my passion for living.  I practice positivity, charity, and letting go every single day and I live each moment to it’s fullest - stopping to smell the roses as often as possible.  My family is everything to me and to be able to enjoy and share this bright new world with them is incredible.  So today is not just my 1 year anniversary with DDP Yoga - It’s my Celebration of Life!  I owe so much to Dallas and the entire DDP Yoga team for not only creating a fitness program - but for creating a community of positive changes and healthy-living.  Please take a moment to watch my video below as I say a special thank you to all of you who have helped me grow into the person I am today.  Lots of love!



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Christina Russell

  • http://dschmel.blogspot.com/ Don Schmelhaus

    Keep doin what your doin sweetie! Much love back to you!

    • Christina Russell

      Thanks Don!! xo

  • Colleen Riddle

    Congratulations! What an inspiration! You rock, girl! Keep doing your amazing work. So happy for you!!

    • Christina Russell

      Thank you so much Colleen!

  • Diamond Dallas Page

    Awesome Blog buddy! Congrats! The journey continues :) DDP

    • Christina Russell

      Thank you Dallas!! Love you!

  • Michael Vondracek

    Awesome! Way to go!

    • Christina Russell

      Thanks for the support Michael!

  • Jerry Papandrea

    Congrats on the super successful year! Keep up the awesome work and keep inspiring the world :-)

    • Christina Russell

      Thanks Jerry!! xo

  • http://www.runtothefinish.com RunToTheFinish

    WOW that’s amazing. I’ve seen DDP but never actually tried the workout, fascinating!

    • Christina Russell

      Thanks @RunToTheFinish!