How I Started
Christine Lanois is both a Bodybuilding Champion competitor and also a Figure Champion Competitor........ :)
Well ..........growing up with my siblings in Quebec was the beginning of my life long quest for success and health. While I was brought up in a nuclear family, I often found myself yearning for the love and guidance of my parents. We had a house, we were fed and clothed but there were no rooms for extracurricular activities or positive re-inforcement! Growing up with an environment of abuse and alcoholism I can remember wanting to join the gymnastic club in high school and was quickly turned down by my mother. My parents were dealing with their own issues therefore there was no time or willingness to discuss my true passion and interest. I never received encouragement for any of my passions and therefore this was left on the backburner. I had no choice but to forego my wish to convince them that my dream in being fit and agile in physical fitness. I did win athletic awards as a young child in public school which did build great confidence and determination to be different then my parents........ but I did not have the means or resources to continue my pursue with my initial goal of becoming a gymnist at a young age!!!!
Highschool years were a struggle â not able to pursue my dream and therefore fell into some rebellious times - partying; skipping classes; attending summer school to catch up on credits etcâ¦Parents not around emotionally for usâ¦â¦..NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD!!! But I really believe if I was able to pursue my dream as a gymnast my highschool experience would have been totally different â¦â¦.
Well reaching the age of 25 I realized it was time to grow up and make my own path in life â¦I have a wise friend who once said "they must of done something right - look at u today". She is right - I've learned to take the best from the past..........including finding the best in my parents. Forgiveness is a great way to move on with life........into the right path........... My past has made me who I am today........strong; determined to make a differrence. We must find courage to fight the fear and move on to a better PATHâ¦
I really believe as adults we make choices in life......as children we cannot choose our parents; environment; poor or rich. We can DREAM to lead a different life but until we are old enough to be on our own it can at times only be in our DREAMS .......but as adults we have choices..... The past will make or break you based on the decisions and paths you choose....my childhood experience was not the best but I decided I will be better than my parents; be a better parent to my children and follow my dreams........it has made me strong and determine to be the best I can be;.made me who I am today...I am positive; optimistic and ....I chose not to use the past as an exuse to move forward into a positive direction. I can still recall as a child saying to myself "I will be different; I will be a good mother; I will be stronger and be the best I can be". We must find courage to fight the fear and move on to a better path..............if we can't find the courage to move on then we must seek help to make a change.............we all have choices.
Over the years, I grew into a svelte young lady and took pride in leading a healthy lifestyle. After high school I needed an outlet for all my energy. I continued in joining as many activities that involved some type of physical training and did my ultimate best at every sport I played. I joined a gym with my best girlfriend and started aroebic classes and a weight training program. One day we both decided to compete in our 1st bodybuilding competition and I was amazed with placing 1st in my class. Wow it was the greatest feeling â something I lost as a child growing up â yearning to be a gymnist!!!
I never turned back. Iâve been training with weights for approximately 28 yrs. In the 1980âs I began competing as a bodybuilder in the light weight class, and did very well; earning first and second placings up to 1990 National Level. The challenge as a bodybuilder was incredible but there are disadvantages to this type of sport. As a competitive bodybuilder I was muscular but very feminine. I found competing at the national level tough and as a bodybuilder muscularity and size was a great factor in winning. Some of the components of the bodybuilding culture did not seem like good choices for me. I had no interest in becoming extremely muscular and losing my femininity. Leaving the competitive bodybulding scene in 1990 was one of the best decisions Iâve ever made. As a FIGURE competitor today I am muscular but still feel very pretty and feminine as a women should feel. Donât get me wrong I have a lot of respect for all those great bodybuilding athletes. They have taught me great knowledge and discipline which has made me who I am today â a confident and highly motivated individual!!!!
Then I took a long hiatus from the competitive sport: attending school, becoming a registered nurse, working as a personal trainer, getting married, and having a child. Now I am single mom. I think turning back to weights and competition was a search for strength during the challenging times in my personal life. I quickly regained the fit form I once had and again began winning, only now in Figure competitions. Today I am muscular but still feel very pretty and feminine ... as a woman should feel. When I train, it's a passion, not work. I enjoy training because it makes me feel young -- especially over 45 yrs of age......
With great determination I want to make a difference in todays society with all demographics. I am here to tell my story; inspire and motivate especially those over 40 (change the trend) beyond 40 is just the beginning - we must not put ourselves on the back burner - we must pay ourselves 1st - with a healthy lifestyle. I believe competing is not everyone's passion, however the process of competing has taught me to follow my dreams with passion; self discipline; focus; determination and consistency. I've learn not to give up on myself; and truly prioritize what is important to my well-being. I am a single MOM; Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant with determination to make a difference and I promise you I will.......
So that is my little story...........Live a balance healthy lifestyle and be passionate with your life - follow your goals and it will open new paths to all your DREAMS...............
Canadian National Figure Athlete
Figure Athlete Over 45. " I am an artist and my physique is my creation. I'm a sculpture that needs to be defined down to perfection. My work of ART created from the HEART!"
"Just like fine wine...........we get better with AGE" :)<
Why I Love it
I love fitness because I am an athlete and nothing less.
At one time a friend sent me a message and compared me to fine wineâ¦.."You are like fine wineâ¦â¦..you get better with age". This should be true for all of usâ¦â¦â¦we choose our path in lifeâ¦â¦..good health will open doors to all your dreamsâ¦â¦..train with passion and from your heart.
This is my passion. I consider my training a form of art â¦â¦Remember we are artistâ¦It's my creation.... â¦.Iâm a sculpture that needs to be defined down to perfection â¦..the final results is a brilliant masterpiece!! â¦â¦.My photos are a work of artâ¦created from the heartâ¦â¦
National figure Athlete