Posted on May 10 2018
(SISS) Hi Christen, where are you from and where are you currently spending your time? (Christen) I am from Boston, MA and currently still reside in the area. However, I’m moving to California next month. (SISS) What are you most grateful for? (Christen) I’m most grateful for my relationships with those I love. (SISS) At Smart is so Sexy we love to see women who are thriving in their career or business. What are you most passionate about? (Christen) I’m passionate about cutting edge technology, mathematics and engineering in relation to space travel, defense of our country (I work as an Aerospace Engineer for the DoD), and in other facets of tech. I’m passionate in setting the stage and inspiring the next generation of young women who will work along side me. I run a STEM outreach program and the most fulfillment I will ever feel is when I’m presenting to a room of inspired, passionate young girls who walk away thinking “I can do that too”. (SISS) Two times WNBF Bikini Champion, is that correct? Can you tell us the amount of physical and mental work that it took you to accomplish those tremendous feats? (Christen) It can be grueling but it’s a lifestyle for me so prep wasn’t too far off my normal routine. I had to get more strict with my food intake (95-100% clean foods), dial in on biofeedback and tracking my body to be able to make adjustments, and stay the course. I’ve always been an athlete so the gym is my outlet of competition, setting PR’s, discipline and routine. When you’re in prep you add a facet of mental toughness that few can withstand. You must not only push your body to physical failure to preserve muscle mass, you have to fight fatigue, cravings, and mental “fog” while dieting down in a caloric deficit. Like anything you have to make a lot of sacrifices – food, social, life, etc. However, there are ways to make prepping for a show a lot more tolerable. Entering a prep in good mental state and physical state (mobility/stability and body fat %) will make a world of difference. (SISS) Who was the most influential person in your life? (Christen) My Dad. He grew up on a farm and he became an Electrical Engineer who built everything he has by his own will and work ethic. He’s never had a handout. He’s extremely successful because he worked hard, set big goals, and he valued discipline. I grew up witnessing his work ethic and his career growth. It has definitely influenced perception of hard work, goal setting and being able to provide for yourself or your family. (SISS) Where were you five years ago? What advice would you tell your five years younger self? (Christen) Five years ago I was fairly early career and working hard to develop my skillset of finite element analysis. I think 5 years ago I was nowhere near as self-assured as I am now. (SISS) Can you take us through a typical day? From Waking up to going to bed, Can you give us a play by play of a typical day for you? (Christen) Sure, it’s not that glamorous. I wake up at 6:30am (starving.. always) and eat breakfast and get ready for work. I get to work around 830-9am and usually check emails in my office for a bit and plan out the day. Depending on the project or day, I will do some hand calculations to calculate thermal stresses or modal frequencies that might be experienced by one of my designs. I’ll often be in the lab a few hours a day running a thermal or vibration test to validate. I spend most of my day doing thermodynamics and vibration analysis work. Ultimately, I predict reactions to real-world forces by simulating things like vibration, fluid flow, mass transport or heat transfer. I math hard. I’ll have a conference call and prepare reports and presentations. I leave around 5pm and go home, eat, and head to the gym. I workout 5 times a week, so if it’s not a rest day I’ll hit a hard workout, come home, eat again, and then usually relax with my cat and a book or someone I love. I love to read. I don’t have a TV in house at all, and I truly value intimate relationships and activities that fill you up. A heart to heart talk is what I live for. Sometimes I’ll go out to dinner or make a special dinner at home 😊 if it’s a rest day. I usually always go to bed around 11pm. I have a pretty strict schedule but that’s conducive to results for me. (SISS) How do you feel about “Perception is Reality”? Especially when people see a photo and assume what they want. Does that bother you that people may think less of someone because of the clothes they have on? Do you think women should be mindful of the image that they are portraying? (Christen) We can’t control how others may perceive us, but we can control how we perceive ourselves. I think you should always be mindful of how you present yourself and if it aligns with who and what you are, and make sure to not harm other people or feed negativity into the world. However, I truly believe confidence, self-assurance and self-love are the most important facets to that statement. If you want to wear a turtleneck, parka and baggy jeans and you feel sexy – DO it. If you want to wear underwear and pose in a mirror and you get a sense of self love and appreciate the body staring back at you in that picture. DO it. You’re beautiful. I think the female body is a beautiful and artful thing, and seeing women smiling in their (often little) outfits with self-confidence is also a beautiful thing to me. I’m not that active on social media, so perhaps I would be more influenced by the little nuances if it was my sole career. It’s just a fun outlet for me. I think I carry myself with poise, love, intelligence, confidence and grace in my daily life – despite the perception people may or may not have of me. (SISS) What is your favorite Food? What is your favorite book? When do you feel the sexiest? (Christen) My favorite food is grilled salmon, and donuts. Not together; although, I wouldn’t be opposed. My favorite book is Destiny Republic. It’s an incredible historical story of medicine and budding technology, and I am just obsessed with the 1800s. I love the boom of inventions and inventors like Bell and Edison. I feel sexiest in the morning when I first wake up, wearing a little nighty or underwear and go make a pot of strong coffee and breakfast. Or, when I'm lifting an obscene amount of weight in the gym. (SISS) A social media question, Facebook, twitter, instagram or snapchat? Which one do you use the most to best market yourself or brand? (Christen) I actually don’t have twitter or snapchat. I’m not that active on any platform, but I think I’ll chose Instagram. (SISS) Is there someone on social media that inspires you and is a great follow? (Christen) It’s not a creative response but Kai Greene and Paige Hathaway inspire me. There are many more I’m sure. (SISS) You are also a Published Author and an Aerospace Engineer? Can you tell us more about this book and the work you do? Also tell our readers how they can take advantage of the services (personal training) you provide. (Christen) I haven’t written a book yet! I’ve been published in the engineering field, and in the newspaper on fitness/nutrition. If you’re interested in a training approach that combines traditional bodybuilding to sculpt the body, correctives and attention to mobility/stability for health, and a science ridden approach to optimizing hypertrophy/weight-loss I’m your woman. I get results because I dive deep in the programming. You can DM or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org (SISS) What does Smart is so Sexy mean to you? (Christen) Smart is so sexy means harnessing self assurance, self-love, determination, work and moral ethic to achieve your goals. (SISS) Thank you so much Christen for sharing and I may take you up on understanding the science of getting fit.