HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY?
Since getting back into the news business, my days have changed quite a bit. I used to start most days by reading a verse in the Bible, but my early wakeup calls have changed that. It now comes later in my day or on the way to work. My alarm clock goes off at 3 a.m., and I rush into my kitchen to take down some lemon water. It’s so important to hydrate after a good night’s sleep. I start getting ready while my cup o’ joe brews. By the way, I never listen to naysayers who try to argue coffee is bad for you. I’ll take a healthy cup of joe without added sugar any day! I usually follow my water with a freshly pressed juice (Neuroflex Juice co. is my favorite!) and a quick protein bite of some sort (hardboiled egg, protein bar or nuts), and then I take on the day. I usually enjoy my coffee on the way to work.
WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA?
I love declaring my 2017 mantra loud and clear. It’s to be ALL IN! A very inspirational woman (Miss Jess) shared this concept with me before I took on my current position at Channel 11. Boy, did it make a HUGE difference in my life. When you’re all in, you aren’t trying to move on to the next part of your day. You’re present and giving 100%. This can apply to so many areas of your life beyond your career. I’m obsessed with this mindset.
DO YOU COUNT CALORIES?
Never. I believe if we eat the way our bodies have been created to eat, within the proper portion sizes, then one shouldn’t have to count. I get that counting calories and macros can be beneficial at times. If you’re competing, working towards a weight loss or gain goal or simply trying to be mindful of what you’re consuming, it can definitely play a key role. Otherwise, I like to keep this healthy lifestyle as simple and enjoyable as I possibly can. I don’t have time to count or weigh, and even if I did, I can guarantee it would get old for me.
HOW MANY DAYS A WEEK DO YOU WORKOUT?
I usually aim for six days a week and most likely will get in at least five. I like to give my heart a good pump and body a good sweat sesh on the daily. I work out to stay fit and healthy, but also because it makes a huge difference in my mood. When I don’t work out, I simply feel off. It is that moment I give myself to connect with my mind and body. It allows me to escape the worries of the day and release those feel good endorphins. It truly makes a huge difference in the way I respond, sleep and eat. I love it, and that’s why I try to move my body in a way that feels good. I’m not good at following health and fitness “rules”. I allow my body to guide me, and I play off of that. I change up my workouts each week and eat particularly for the way I’m working out.
WHAT IS THE BEST LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED?
The people you surround yourself with make THE biggest difference in your life. This sounds so cliche, but it is so true. I try to distance myself from people who don’t encourage me or challenge me in the right ways. You want to surround yourself with people who make you a better person and who value you at the same time. When people don’t show you respect, it’s time to cut your losses. The people we spend time with each day make a huge impact in our lives. Be cautious, and choose wisely. With those same words, make sure you’re offering others the same respect you want given to you. It’s a two-way street!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?
I love non-fiction books. I feed off of self-development and growth. I love sitting down and learning something new, especially when it comes to health. One book that affected me as a woman and the way I view life is 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. She explores the area of gratitude and giving thanks which allows you to see life so differently. I read this book while living in Germany, and I have to say it made a HUGE impact on my life and the way I show gratitude. I also love Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr, a cancer survivor, who takes on how we should eat, drink and think.
IF YOU COULD TELL WOMEN ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Stop worrying about what everyone thinks of you, and start being confident in who you are. I guess that’s sorta two things. Either way, very important things. My goal when working with women is not only to show them how to balance their lives and incorporate good/healthy habits, but also to show them how they treat their bodies will truly impact their confidence. Every woman should walk into a room and radiate confidence. She should be confident about the way she looks and feels. We often burn our energy worrying about the most ridiculous things. We have to let go and be ourselves. If people don’t like you for who you are, then you don’t need them in your life.
DO YOU EVER EAT UNHEALTHY?
Yes, and so should you. I know this sounds crazy coming from a health coach, but when you eat clean most of the time, it’s okay to enjoy an indulgence or two. We actually need a mental break from eating so healthy. I usually give my mind and body a break by incorporating at least one cheat meal into my weekly plan. When I cheat, I go all out. Lately, I’m obsessed with a good quality burger with all the toppings and french fries. I try to aim for quality “cheat” choices. Eating a cheat meal doesn’t mean you have to go for a low grade meal option from your local fast food joint. Also, take time eating and enjoying it. The key? You have to jump back on track RIGHT AWAY!
DO YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN THE KITCHEN?
Yes, I believe getting hands on with our food is key. I wouldn’t say I spend hours each day cooking and preparing. However, I spend a good chunk of time prepping each week and making sure my food is ready and somewhat prepared for the next day. I enjoy making healthy recipes that you can find right here (click on the recipe link above); however I like to keep it simple. Healthy food should and can be convenient and delicious. I like to combine the two. Oh yeah, I usually don’t make recipes that require a long list of ingredients. Ain’t nobody got time for that! ;)
AT THE AGE OF 30, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
What wouldn’t I tell her? I look back on who I was and realize I had such a far way to go. I still do. Isn’t life funny? God knows us so perfectly that he puts certain things in our lives to mold us. I love the way he has worked in my life and the way he has shaped me as a woman. I can’t say that I would have said this five, or especially ten, years ago. I don’t think I truly liked who I was back then. I didn’t know who I was. I was a young woman going through the motions. I now see the beauty of loving yourself and others in such a different way. I can say I know what I want, and, for the most part, I feel like I know where I’m going in life. While I choke down the number 30, I have to say there is so much beauty that comes with age. I’m grateful for each year and the lessons learned along the way!