Female Transformation Of The Week - Christina Borges!

In 2008, Christina was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which kept her out of the gym. However, once she decided she wasn't going to let it stop her, she set her sights on competition. Read on to learn how she overcame her disease and shed 16 pounds!
Before Before:
146 lbs
After After:
130 lbs

Note: This is an update to Christina's previous transformation. Check it out here!

Vital Stats

Name: Christina Borges
Email: christamariefit@yahoo.com

Height: 5'6"
Weight: 146 lbs
Chest: 34 D
Waist: 27"
Hips: 38"
Thigh: 23"

Height: 5'6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Chest: 34 D
Waist: 24"
Hips: 34"
Thigh: 20"

Why I Got Started

Since the age of 17-years old I had an interest in fitness. The first place I drove the day I got my licence to was the gym! I've dreamed of owning a gym and becoming a personal trainer.

In 2005 I decided to take it to another level after seeing Monica Brant and Lena Johannesen in the fitness magazines in their 2-piece beautifully-stoned suits with their tight, yet womanly physiques. They just looked so strong and confident. I started training for a local figure competition.

I Started Training For A Local Figure Competition. I Started Training For A Local Figure Competition.
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I Started Training For A
Local Figure Competition.

I did the show, placed top 5 and decided to do it again because I was in love with the stage. Since then I have competed in four figure competitions, placed top five including one 1st place title and two 2nd place titles. After my fourth show I decided to take some time off.

I was having health issues in 2008 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. But I didn't let that stop me. In February 2009 I started hitting the gym hard again. I am currently in the process of prepping for a figure competition that will be held in Boston on May 3.

Celiac Disease:
Celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. Oats may contain gluten as well. When a person with celiac disease eats foods containing gluten, an immune reaction occurs in the small intestine, resulting in damage to the surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients from food.

Eventually, decreased absorption of nutrients (malabsorption) can cause vitamin deficiencies that deprive your brain, peripheral nervous system, bones, liver and other organs of vital nourishment, which can lead to other illnesses. The decreased nutrient absorption that occurs in celiac disease is especially serious in children, who need proper nutrition to develop and grow.

No treatment can cure celiac disease. However, you can effectively manage celiac disease through changing your diet.

This year I got my career going. I am a successful personal trainer. I have many clients from beginner to advanced looking to compete or just start adjusting their lifestyle. It was my dream and now I'm living it.

How I Did It

Like I stated earlier I was diagnosed with Celiac, but before I was diagnosed I knew something was not right. I would have never known I was sick. I didn't have most symptoms people with Celiac have. I was gaining weight instead of losing weight. I am in tune with my body and know how my body reacts to changes in my diet and my training and it just wasn't responding.


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Celiac Sprue: Who Knew?
After implementing a totally gluten free diet, my skin took on a smoother appearance, I was sleeping better, and my general attitude got better!

Before I knew it I was out of the gym for 3 months and 16 pounds heavier. Not only was I heavier, but I was tired all the time. After I finally got sick of being sick all the time I went to a specialist. As soon as the test came back, I was diagnosed. I started following a gluten-free diet immediately, and felt better in days.

It took some time to adjust too, but I could never go back to the way I was feeling. Eating off the diet is not worth it for me. As soon as my energy levels were up and I was no longer feeling sick all the time I went back to the gym and here I am training for my 5th figure competition, a personal trainer, launching a website, and working for some of the most recognized supplement companies in the fitness industry.

I Could Never Go Back To The Way I Was Feeling.
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I Could Never Go Back
To The Way I Was Feeling.

Since my diagnosis, my body has transformed tremendously and I feel great. On top of my busy schedule sometimes I get a little sidetracked, but learned that being in shape is a lifestyle and it should be part of my daily routine.

I workout first thing in the morning 6 days per week when not training for a show. When I'm training for a show it's 7 days a week. I get up at 5:30 a.m. and at the gym for 6:30 a.m. after my 30-minute drive. On my way to the gym I plan out my workout, have my black coffee, my whey shake, and just anticipate the routine ... sick huh?

My Body Has Transformed Tremendously And I Feel Great.
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My Body Has Transformed
Tremendously And I Feel Great.

If I'm training for a show I'm doing two-a-days at the gym at 6:30 a.m. for cardio and back at 3 p.m. for weight training and cardio. I never miss a session, I make sure my bag is always packed and I sketch-in my workout as a appointment. This way I have something to do everyday at that time.

Sometimes time isn't always on my side, but that's OK as long as I make sure I'm there everyday I'm good with that. Once it's all over I feel great! I also make sure to prepare my meals ahead of time; this way no matter where I am I have a healthy food option.



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Suggestions For Others

If you want to have a healthy fit body you have to work for it, it doesn't come easy and takes a lot of self motivation and discipline. You can get anything you want in life if you only work for it. If being healthy is important to you, you will make it one of your priorities.

If Being Healthy Is Important To You, You Will Make It One Of Your Priorities.
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If Being Healthy Is Important To You,
You Will Make It One Of Your Priorities.

No matter how busy your schedule is for the day you will find time to train. No matter how much you're craving something bad think about how many hours you put into the gym and think is it really worth it? In the end the reward is much more satisfying.