Against the Grain Hardcover and eBook Versions Are Available!

Against the GrainOver 8 months ago, I began working on a product that is very exciting for me. Creating it was a wonderful experience, and I’m so happy the time has come for me to share it with you. I’m delighted to present to you Against the Grain Featuring Christina Chitwood, Brian Tracy & Leading Experts from Around The World Who Reveal: How To Achieve Positive Results in a Down Economy! Both the hardcover and eBook versions of Against the Grain are now available!

Here’s a blurb about the book:

Against the Grain: Featuring Christina Chitwood, Brian Tracy & Leading Experts from Around The World Who Reveal: How To Achieve Positive Results in a Down Economy!

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Fuel Your Body through Healthy Eating

Christina Modeling Ellie's Double Threat Tank and Little Black CapriI have a post at Ice-Dance.com on the “Top 10 Ways to Fuel Your Body through Healthy Eating.” Here’s the beginning of the post:

Ice dance and dance in general often require the ideal “dancer’s body”. The measures that skaters and dancers take to get this “dancer’s body” can be extreme and dangerous at times. Since ice dancing is a sport, it’s more important than ever to protect your body to help ensure its longevity.

Ice dancing is becoming more technically difficult all the time. This really takes a toll on the body, increasing the risk for injuries. Therefore, fueling your body through healthy nutrition is one of the best things you can do to lengthen your career.

Here are my top 10 ways for you as a dancer to both fuel your body and maintain a “dancer’s body”:

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Fitness Fun with Ellie Activewear Plus a Giveaway!

Fitness Fun with Ellie Activewear Plus a Giveaway!It’s fun to not just think about what you’re going to wear for the day but what you’re going to wear for your workout. It also makes your workout exciting when you look good and feel good.

This post is special because it shows women at different stages of life. I’m representing a woman in her 20s, my sister-in-law Chea is a woman in her 30s (and mother-to-be!), and my mom is a woman in her 50s and a grandmother-to-be! It’s fabulous that Ellie clothes suit all stages of life and various body types!

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Clothes That Are Great for Dance, Sports, and Workouts

As a dancer, athlete, and fitness specialist, finding great clothes that fit these areas has been a priority. Until I found Ellie activewear, most of the good brands I found were very expensive. Also, I love to feel stylish in what I’m wearing. With every piece of Ellie clothing, I feel stylish.

As a dancer, I look for sleek, form-fitting, supportive clothes with interesting straps and back designs. As an athlete, I like fun, sporty-but-stylish designs that I can wear to or from the rink or whatever activity I’m doing. As a fitness specialist, I like unique, stylish tops and bottoms that are perfect for working out in and fun to wear. I found that Ellie’s versatile activewear line has tops and bottoms that are perfect for all of these areas, whether it’s just for dance or whether it’s for your sport and working out.

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How to Train for Competition

Will (13) and Christina (8) Chitwood at 1998 Broadmoor Open Practice Session

Will (13) and Christina (8) Chitwood at 1998 Broadmoor Open Practice Session

Once you become a competitive skater, it can help you grow in many areas of life if you train for a competition properly and use the competition as a learning experience.

After you and your coach have decided on a specific competition, set some goals for that competition. Then, each week, set weekly goals that will help you achieve your competition goals. (See New Year, New Goals.)

Leading up to any competition, you should utilize your practice time well. If you are in a lesson, focus as much as possible, and make notes after your lesson that you can use before your training sessions on your own.

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Happy Holidays on Ice Gangnam Style

For our annual Kroc Christmas show, I decided to have a little fun and use “Gangnam Syle” for one of my numbers. I got the idea when one of my students joked that we should skate to it.

The number starts in a serious mood with “Silver Bells” and then goes into “Gangnam Style” for the last part of the number. I make a surprise appearance at the end! It was a fun number, and the crowd really enjoyed it.

Happy Holidays Gangnam Style! :)

“2012 GANGNAM STYLE ON ICE (San Diego, CA)”

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