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My Take on Fitness and Health

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Last month I chatted with SELF Magazine about relationships, design and fitness and since I’m on a health kick as I gear up for summer (and I know some of you might be too) I thought I’d share my fitness related answers with you guys here, first of all, make sure you check the Skinny2fit sit after reading this post, you will find plenty of tips in there!

How did you manage to stay fit and eat healthy while filming 17 hours a day?

Oh god, I have no idea. I was run ragged! I love superfoods like berries, veggies, nuts and greens, so that saved me. It’s so easy to get lazy and eat garbage and not work out. My mom used to say, “garbage in, garbage out,” and that goes for everything. What you eat, what you say, what you do, what you watch … if you feel like garbage, mentally or physically, think about what you are feeding yourself. Just force yourself to get up and get moving and get some fresh air! Go to a Kissimmee Chiropractor every once in a while for the alignment of your bones. This is very healthy, especially when you want to correct bone alignment.

What’s your favorite way to work out?

Thirty minutes of cardio usually on the treadmill and then a short circuit with the weights and abs. Now that spring is here, we have been hiking and will be spending a lot of time on the lake! I love to get outside, take the stairs, just move around a lot. If I don’t move around a lot during the day, I actually get a headache and feel so lethargic! My 22-year-old cousin lives with me and I’ve regressed a lot, so sometimes we just have 6 a.m. dance parties! Gets the blood going — I recommend it to anyone! Also, when I’m on the road, Vancouver yogi Eoin Finn has amazing free online podcasts and routines that you can download while traveling.

If you’re having a lazy day, what gets you to the gym?

Ha ha, nothing! I usually take the day off and just make up for it the next day.

What’s up next for you?

I think continuing to strive for balance is important for me. Because of my relationship history, I focus on what I can control and that is my career. But that is not always healthy, so I am trying to spend more time on my personal life and balancing that. But career-wise, I think just continuing to remind fabulous women that design, entertaining, dressing and just life can be “simple” but still pretty!

How do you stay motivated when it comes to fitness? Let me know in the comments!

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