I’m Krista and I have a relentless passion for both hockey and health and fitness. Both have been very important aspects of my life and are key to my happiness.
My Fitness Journey
I’d always been overweight as kid, and a number of factors contributed to this while I was growing up. First, my father is the picture of perfect health, and had always encouraged me to be active. But my father and I have a rocky relationship and I have always rebelled against him, so if he encouraged me to do something, I always did the opposite. My mother was overweight when I was really young, but in my early teen years, she lost about 50 or 60lbs.
Suddenly I was living with the food police. I was on Weight Watchers on and off throughout all my teen years and I know it is because my parents wanted the best for me, but I really think it contributed to a bad self-image. My parents wanted health for me, but at the time, it just wasn’t something I could focus on. I was just trying to survive my teen years!
I had never really been taught how to eat properly. I think this is so important to teach kids, and I think this set me up for failure.
So of course when I went to college, I gained weight. Most people gain the freshman 15….I gained the freshman 30. And it just kept piling on. Before I knew it, I was 232lbs.
When I looked at myself in pictures and hated the way I looked, it was time to make a change. Not because someone else wanted it for me, but because I wanted it. I became more active, started eating right, and learned how to eat for the first time. I lost about 75lbs.
That was about four years ago and every time I see pictures of me like the one above, I vow to never go back. But I’ve also learned how important it is to love your body for what it can do. Don’t get me wrong, my body image is still a struggle. I’m not perfect by any means. But I try to stay body-positive at all times. Fat shaming and negative self-talk have no place here!
Life has ebbs and flows. Everyone’s struggle, and journey, is different. Sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down, but I never regret making that decision to get my life back under own control. I’m happier than I have ever been and I hope to inspire others as well.
For the Love of the Game
I was introduced while I was in college at UMass Lowell and started watching my alma mater’s Division I college team. I was pursuing a degree in English at the time and if you had cut me open, I would have bled ink. I was convinced I was going to be a journalist for the rest of my life.
I was hired for my first full-time job as a newspaper reporter at the Milford Daily News in March of my senior year of college. I was in six classes, editor of my college newspaper and still working 40 hours a week. It was a lot, but I made it work because I loved the hustle and bustle of the newsroom. I went on to work for a company called Patch, which was revolutionizing local news by taking it online and driving profits through advertising. While I worked there for two years, I edited one of the most successful sites in the Merrimack Valley.
Over the years, my passion for hockey grew larger and larger. I started playing hockey soon after I graduated college and found an amazing community. I decided that I wanted to take my career to my true love: the game. I wanted to find a way to blend my talents in communications to work in the hockey world. I enrolled in graduate school at Southern New Hampshire University and earned my Master’s of Sports Management in October 2013.
I landed a job at The Hockey Academy in 2012. I wore a lot of different professional hats – which I’m learning is typical in this line of work. I oversaw the company’s 8-10 adult leagues, the youth tournaments, and handled all public relations. I created and managed all web content, including articles, video and social media, for the company’s two junior hockey teams, The New England Stars and the Maine Wild. It was my favorite aspect of the job.
In May 2015 I got an incredible opportunity to be General Manager of the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. With my passion for women’s hockey, it was pretty much a dream job. The work I was doing was incredibly meaningful and also very fun. I’ve learned more than I ever thought I would, and I’m incredibly grateful for it all.
In August 2017, I decided to move on from the CWHL and accepted a position as director of women’s hockey operations at Colgate University.