I am a road runner, triathlete, entrepreneur, health and fitness influencer and lifestyle designer!
I began my life in KZN, accelerated a fast-paced corporate career and lost myself in Gauteng, and have rediscovered what really matters to me, in the beautiful Western Cape.What makes me happy is helping others see and live out their potential and encouraging them to never give up on their dreams. Inspiring others to live fearlessly and courageously makes my heart full.
As a result of unmanaged childhood anxiety, a dysfunctional marriage and the death of my father as a teenager, I suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic anxiety and an associated eating disorder for almost 20 years. When I moved to Cape Town in 2016, I decided I was done sabotaging myself, my future, my happiness and my body, so I took the tough decision to rehabilitate myself. I spent 6 months participating in a vigorous treatment process that shattered the reality I had created for myself, but at the same time, helped me create a life I had only ever dreamed about. With a renewed sense of self, a healthy body, mind and soul, an enthusiastic outlook on life and a very clear vision about what I wanted to contribute to the world around me, I took a leap of faith, and pursued my studies as a marathon coach, strength coach and nutrition specialist. In 2016, I founded Sole Buddies, a lifestyle transformation coaching consultancy.
I help individuals believe in themselves again, inspire them to use lessons learned from hard times to design a happier life, teach them about positive behaviours they can use to effectively deal with challenges life throws at them, and support them in using exercise and healthy nutrition to be the best version of themselves. I am also the CFO of a registered NPO in Fisantekraal called For The Long Run - find us on Facebook!
My career change is a decision I have not regretted for a minute – I am finally doing what sets my soul on fire and changing lives on a daily basis – how cool is that?
- I need to thank you for this amazing opportunity that you gave me. I would not have made it this far without your help and support. You are one of a kind. I wish there could be more people in this world like you. You help goals to be achieved and build strength in people that was not there. ”
• Annatjie •
Not only is Christine an inspiration, she is also knowledgeable and full of heart. A coach but also a friend with a human element which is non-judgemental and always supportive! Thank you for all the great advice and belief in what you do, we feel it all the way and that delivers results! ”
• Brigitte •
I reached out to Christine for a nutrition plan at the start of January. I was nervous and skeptical but I trusted her wholeheartedly. I have achieved amazing results already in just a short space of time and lost so many cm that I feel so great and comfortable in my own skin for the first time in months. For me what stands out is her weekly feedback on my choices and amazing advice which I take in each week and utilize, she does this in such a kind and loving manner and really knows how to connect with her clients. Next step is to get a running plan to go with my nutrition plan. ”
• Seleste •
Sole and SOUL... you get the whole package with Christine. Positive, supportive, encouraging; Christine has helped me shed 14 kgs and is building me back up to a 30 minute 5km! Love. Just Love. ”
• Penny •
business owner and mom
Fantastic one on one personalised experience to suit my goals. Christine is prompt on her responses and understands me as an individual. ”
• Carey-Lea •
competitive comrades athlete
The level of commitment is 100%. I was very impressed when Christine even told me what refreshments would be offered on the course at my upcoming marathon! This shows that someone takes time to research on what their clients are doing! I am miles away here in Zambia, but I feel like I communicate with someone here with me! ”
• Maya •
passionate new marathoner
Christine is an amazing and supportive coach. You couldn't ask for anyone better to be in your corner cheering you on, picking you up when you fall down and just being there no matter what. There are no guilt trips or judgments just love and support. Best decision you can make. ”
• Jessica •
Christine is very knowledgeable and coaches from both learned expertise and personal experience. I had the pleasure of working with her for my first Ultra Trail. Christine has a strong focus on nutrition and recovery in addition to the training side of things. Completely personalised individual weekly programming made it easy to manage any niggles and challenges along the way. Christine is extremely supportive and encouraging. She was able to assist and advise me with unique challenges experienced due to pre-existing conditions. Even though coaching was conducted online, Christine was always readily available. In addition to encouraging her clients, Christine is also actively involved in uplifting her community. ”
• Taryn •
Christine`s guidance and support allowed me to focus on what was important again and the extra weight just fell off! Thanks again Christine. ”
• Clint •