What motivated you to write "The EveryGirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness: How I Lost 40 lbs and Kept it Off-And How You Can Too!"?
I love sharing information which is why I love reporting. I'm also constantly asked by friends and fans how I lost the weight. But more than anything, I love helping people-especially women. And I know most women don't have a lot of free time or money or even willpower to get fit. All those factors are crippling to getting in shape. I know from personal experience. When I was 40 pounds overweight, I was working two jobs and going to school full time. Beyond being broke and overwhelmed, I also lacked the willpower to stay on any official diet for more than two days. However, during that time, through much trial and error, I found a way to overcome those obstacles, lose the weight and keep it off. I want to share what I did so other women can overcome similar obstacles to get fit and healthy.
What is the best part of writing a book?
Being able to reach people in need with helpful information. Anytime you can positively inspire anyone, you are succeeding in such an incredible way. When people come up to me holding my first book 'The EveryGirl's Guide to Life' and tell me how much it helped them, it pleases me in a way nothing else in this business ever has or will.
How do you maintain a fitness routine with such a hectic lifestyle?
I cover it extensively in the book. I rarely have time to get to the gym. However, I practice convenience conditioning and so can every girl. I implement workouts into all my general daily tasks and activities. At work, I do things like take stairs instead of elevators. When I walk through the office I walk briskly. Whether carrying laundry baskets or grocery bundles I'm consciously using my muscles and in exercise mode. On the phone, wearing a headset, I'll use one liter water battles to do shoulder exercises or curls, or I'll just do leg lifts. When cleaning my house, I'll listen to my playlist and burn through my chores rapidly and, again, consciously trying to burn calories. I carry a general sense of urgency in all the things I do and it all burns calories and keeps me toned. It also helps me accomplish a lot in life which isn't a bad thing. In addition, I engage in desk workouts and bedside workouts. I keep resistance bands and small dumbbells nearby. They're cheap, space saving and easy to use. I employ them, again, while talking on the phone or even watching TV. It's all about being creative and about consciously finding ways to exercise within your daily activities.
What are some of your workouts that I can do at home?
There are so many. In my book I have a bedside workout as well as a desk workout. Between resistance bands, mats, balls and small dumb bells you can get in an inexpensive workout in a very small area. One of my favorites is the Urban workout where all you need is a park bench and cables! Also, there are hundreds of workout videos on YouTube that you can play on your laptop and follow along to. Home workouts are the best because they are convenient and time and cost effective. The more convenient, the more likely you'll do it.
Are there any fitness classes that you participate in?
No, but when I have participated in spinning and dance classes they were so much fun. I say in the book how important it is for you to have fun when exercising to keep you motivated. If it's a class that does that or being on a volleyball team, then I'm all for it.
What is your typical fitness routine?
I don't have an official routine. I don't really go to the gym. Generally speaking, as I explain in "The EveryGirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness," I find creative ways to squeeze in exercises during my daily living routine, and I stay as active as I possibly can. I walk instead of drive. I opt for stairs instead of escalators. When I move about the office, I do so quickly. I wear a headset for long phone calls, so I can have my hands and legs free to move or even exercise. When cleaning, I wear my headphones, listen to music and treat it like a workout. My mind is in a constant state to challenge myself to be active and to exercise. I'm like a rocketship. If you ask anyone who knows me, you really are chasing me! I also have an inexpensive pedometer that measures my daily steps. I strive to do 10,000 a day and whether I accomplish that or not, it's a reminder to try. On top of everything, I'm urgent in all matters within my day. Like the other activities mentioned, it burns calories plus it helps me to get more accomplished and thus feel better, too. When I want to spend quality time with loved ones, friends and even business associates, I try to do so over a long walk or hike. It gives me a great burn but better yet I have the best emotional and creative exchanges.
What is your secret weight loss trick?
I have so many and I share them all in the book but if you pin me down to one, I'd say hot water, getting your steps in, and never say you're on a diet. Drinking plain hot water, or even hot water with a lemon, is the cheapest, easiest and healthiest means to help lose weight. Many times we think we are hungry, we are actually dehydrated. Drinking hot water throughout your day helps you to hydrate and thus suppress your appetite. Since its hot, you tend to sip it slowly, thus keeping your mouth occupied longer with something other than food. Moreover, drinking hot water after meals aids in digestion. The hot water in essence melts the food. On top of it all, sipping hot water has a calming and soothing effect. It's the first and last thing I consume daily. I drink it throughout the day. It's also a healthy alternative to diet soda or coffee. They sell electric kettles at Target for under 30 dollars. I have one in my kitchen and in my office. In terms of steps, I aim for at least 10,000 a day and if you want to lose weight you would aim for even more than that. This makes it so you don't necessarily have to work out at a gym as you are starting your weightloss journey. Getting your steps is more than enough. And lastly never tell yourself or anyone you are on a diet. It sets you up for failure. Just aim to eat healthier with each meal and make small choices that aren't overwhelming. If you tell people you're on a diet and then at dessert time your willpower doesn't hold up, then you quit on it all and feel like a failure. I've been there. But if you never said you were on a diet, and instead you are just trying to make better choices when you can it’s easier to stick to it.
What was the most fun Hollywood event to cover?
I would have to say the Super Bowl is the most fun. Even though it's sports, it's also a huge Hollywood event. I was there to witness every New England Patriots victory, not many can say that. It's been a dream!
Do you have a favorite diet cookbook or website?
I love any book by Giada De Laurentiis or Rachael Ray. My mom who I cook with all the time is a professional cook and she loves Giada and Rachael's books, too.
How did you get involved in WWE?
I don't recall if I contacted them or if they contacted me but I've been a fan since I was a little girl. It is truly the most underrated of art forms. What performers do you know that can ad lib before a live audience of millions and stay in character while being over 200 pounds and being thrown through the air? And doing all of the above 300 days a year? What movie or rock star could do that? I don't know many. For the writers and producers I say the same thing. They create such original, dramatic and comedic story lines and characters. When I gushed my sentiments to the WWE, we became a match made in heaven. I told them I'd do anything for them and they were gracious enough to let me wrestle. Since then, Vince, Stephanie and Paul have truly become second family. The wrestlers I feel are like my brothers and sisters. There isn't much I wouldn't do for them. When I get to host or wrestle for them it feels like going home. It's a place away from Hollywood where I can just have fun and dream. Wrestling at Wrestlemania remains the greatest experience of my entire life. I'm proud to call myself a part time Diva and I'm already excited for this year's Summerslam in LA!
What was your first professional job?
I cleaned nightclubs with my parents from age 3 to 13. Then I worked at Dunkin Donuts (my first real paycheck). I had tons of jobs in between, but my first major job was becoming an anchor for Channel One News.
Do you ever slip and eat donuts for breakfast instead of going to the gym?
First off, I rarely go to the gym. I instead choose to get my steps throughout my day and find ways to get a hike in or any outdoor activity I can when I can. Second, of course I slip up and not just with breakfast but with all meals. However, as I discuss in the book, I'm mindful to clean up my eating habits after the fact to compensate. It's all about balance!
How do you continue to motivate yourself to stay healthy?
I try to listen to my body. If I'm on a spell of eating poorly and being sedentary, I'm usually lethargic, weak and sickly. That's usually the wakeup call for me to clean up my diet a bit and to get moving.
How is your book different than other diet/fitness books on the market?
My book is truly a no time, no money, no willpower guide to losing weight, keeping it off and to living a healthier, longer, more productive life. The reason it's the EveryGirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness is because I think every girl out there lacks time and money today, no matter who you are. As an author, I legitimately employed the steps and techniques outlined in the guide to lose 40 pounds and keep it off. In addition, I lost the weight when I was broke, working two jobs and putting myself through college. I tried and failed for years before that and couldn't muster the will power to stay on an official diet for more than a day. When I broke into Hollywood, I met and worked with the greatest fitness and weight loss experts to help me to learn more and to further hone my techniques. Lastly, and most importantly, the book goes beyond weight loss. It centers on long term health but does so in a realistic, sensible and easy to follow manner.
Are there specific diets or trends that you follow?
In my book I write about how much I hate "diets". To me they are short-term solutions that rarely yield long-term results. Every time I tried a certain diet I couldn't stay on it for any period of time. Instead I developed an eating plan, which I outline in the book, that's realistic and easy to adhere to, and one I would generally continue with for the rest of my life.
Do you plan on writing another book in the EveryGirl's series?
I'll be writing till the day I die, particularly nonfiction help books in the EveryGirl series. It's probably the reporter in me but I have a deep passion for gathering and sharing information, especially with fellow women. I feel like many people's lives can be positively enhanced if they come in contact with the proper information. Growing up, my parents and I lacked information on a host of subjects that made life far more difficult than it needed to be. I want to help people, especially women, avoid that.