“We all fail, but you need to fail quickly and move on."
My Personal Story...
Growing up, I had a normal childhood and was always happy and active. However, this all changed when my older sister and I were involved in a car accident. At the age of 13, I saw my sister fall into a coma due to the injuries from the accident.
I was left devastated and scared. I started smoking and drinking every day as a way to blunt out reality. By the time I turned 15, I had developed a habit for these unhealthy activities. This lifestyle lasted for almost 10 years, until my 22nd birthday.
Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes on a daily basis took its toll on my body, as well as my mental health. I was in terrible shape. I had almost a decade of really destroying my body. It was devastating to me. At 22 years old, I couldn’t run a mile and when I finished it, it took me a week to recover from the run.
After 22, I decided to take a radical step towards changing my life for the better. I joined my mom and traveled to the Green Zone of Iraq as a civilian contractor. This was my opportunity to get rid of alcohol and cigarettes once and for all.
My first month in Iraq was the worst. There was a conflict between the two opposing sides in Iraq near the camp where I was stationed. During this period, I learned a valuable lesson on the importance of health and life in general.
I started working out and running with other contractors, in pursuit of being healthy once again. Having adopted a new way of life, I worked hard to achieve my fitness goals. At the age of 26, I returned back to the USA.
After I returned back to the U.S, I took what I had learned overseas and started looking for other forms of physical exercise. It was at that point where I discovered CrossFit. Soon I “fell in love” with the challenges that CrossFit brought, and I became more involved with the sport each day. In 2007, I opened my own gym and started a personal training business. Over the years, I accomplished so many things from being the first woman on the NASCAR pit crew to my CrossFit strength records.
But my biggest accomplishment occurred in my personal life... becoming a mother has changed everything for me.
It was intensely amazing and incredibly HARD becoming a mother to my son, Loyal. I struggled for so long because to this day, it's still just Loyal and I.
I remember when I was sleeping on the couch because I couldn’t get in or out of my bed because of my c-section. I was breastfeeding and trying to record how long he was eating and sleeping. I had a night nurse twice a week but otherwise only friends that would stop by. My family came for the birth but had to return to their lives so after the second week Loyal and I were solo. I was still swollen and in chronic pain from the pregnancy making it even more difficult to get around.
I recall these perceived negative things because I was strong enough to handle it even though at the time, I didn’t see or know my own strength capacity. I’m so grateful for that struggle, it paved the way for me to truly enjoy life now and be in the present moment.
So many things have changed, not only externally, but especially internally and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Christmas Abbott is a professional CrossFit athlete, author of her own dieting and lifestyle books, Olympic weightlifter, and a fitness model from the United States. She’s also the first female to become a member of the NASCAR pit crew.
She has worked with celebrities, professional athletes, CEOs, and people from all types of backgrounds and fitness levels.
Her work has been featured in publications like Oxygen, Shape, Self, Women’s Health, and Strong Fitness Magazine, and so much more.
Christmas Abbott had many doubts and setbacks along her 10-year journey with CrossFit, days where she was overwhelmed and demotivated or simply found no energy to go to the gym and do her workouts.
These hard times were a great learning point for her: She understood the importance of positive mindset and goal setting in everything she does! That’s why, next to developing effective workout programs and helping people get healthy and fit through training and nutrition, she started to include mindset training as she worked with people all over the world.
Growing up, Christmas wasn’t always the best representation of a healthy lifestyle. When she was 13, Christmas and her sister were involved in a car accident, which saw her sister fall into a coma. The accident severely affected Christmas’ mental well-being. As a means to cope with reality, she resorted to alcohol and cigarettes. This unhealthy practice eventually turned into a habit, which lasted for almost a decade.
After turning 22, Christmas decided to take a radical step towards changing her life for the better. She joined her mom as a civilian contractor in Iraq, where she learned about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and physical exercise. This, in turn, led to her quit alcohol and cigarettes. After she returned back to the U.S, Christmas took what she learned overseas and started looking for other forms of physical exercise. It was at that point she discovered CrossFit.
She soon “fell in love” with the challenges that CrossFit brought, and became more involved with the sport each day. In 2007, she opened her own gym and started a personal training business. Over the years, Christmas became well-known for her strength records, and awesome personality.
Nowadays, she spends her time with her young son Loyal, and coaching clients all over the world through her online programs.