Hi! I am The Balanced Barbelle (aka Christa Caccese). I am a 3x Nationally Qualified NPC Bikini Competitor, Blogger, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Online Healthy Lifestyles Coach, fur mom of two and ice cream lover! I graduated Magna Cum Laude in just 3.5 years with my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Nutrition Communication) and a Writing Certificate from Arizona State University.
There have been many ups and downs in my journey to discovering how to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and I’m still learning more each day. As a teenager, I struggled with distorted body image and disordered eating patterns, and it wasn’t easy to escape. After seeking help and getting back on my feet, I found the world of bodybuilding and began my journey as a bikini competitor. It wasn’t necessarily the best decision after months of mending a broken mind, but it all led to me where I am today!
These experiences are what sparked my interest in learning more about the body and the amazing things it is capable of when properly nourished. Earning my degree in nutrition simply sparked an even bigger flame in my heart for the health industry, not only for myself, but to share my knowledge and education with others.
I know how difficult it can be to live with a distorted view of oneself and to accept the fact that help may be needed, and I also I know how difficult it can be to look in the mirror and notice the extra weight gain that needs to go; I’ve been there before and I got myself out of it.
After experiencing both drastic ends of the spectrum, I learned how to find a healthy balance between the two. I now know that it is possible to enjoy a life that includes both apples AND donuts; a life where the gym is a place to de-stress and blow off steam, not a place to stress over having to go to; a life where eating an ice cream sandwich can be a weekly date night with my other half, without feeling guilty for eating the whole thing.
This self-discovery is what I want to share with others. I want everyone to realize that the life I described above—a life of balance—is a life that is possible for everyone, and I am living proof of it! There are ways to make this life a reality, and I would love to help guide you to a balanced life full of health and happiness!