A:A Chicago girl from my roots- I was born in Little Company of Mary on the South Side... currently reside in Old Town.
Q:Describe the moment when you knew health and fitness would be your career...
A:When I found out I could get paid to lead a workout! 1983, $8 per class!
Q:Lol...what do you remember most about your years at DePaul University?
A:For me it was being part of the athletic program and cheering for the Men's Blue Demon Basketball team. Televised games made it an exciting venue and it was my first television appearance. I loved the networking and friendships from that experience.
Q:How did you start pitching your health and fitness tips to news and media?
A:It started by being asked to do a television segment on the NBC weekend news for fitness. That led to many unpaid news spots from WGN to NBC and eventually a paid position like today. But reaching the magazines and blog circuit had a similar theme of identifying whom you wanted to work with and reaching out. I was not afraid of the answer "no"... which I received many of them and most of the time no response at all.
Q:You have been a contributor to many national magazines and have had hundreds of television appearances. Which one are you most proud of?
A:I think my Today Show appearances rank the highest because it's the BIG LEAGUES... but I was able to bring to life a tv appearance for a man who worked out with cerebral palsy in the Washington DC area. He had accomplished so much and reached out to share his progress and I was able to make it happen and possibly provide others with severe cerebral palsy like his some inspiration.
Q:Where did the idea for Naked Bootcamp originate?
A:Naked Bootcamp... I had no studio space and no fitness equipment to train people so I created Naked Bootcamp in the western suburbs. It was the bare essentials of fitness. A hill, a curb and your own body... but I realized that people would show up just to see if we were really naked... then I converted them to participants.
Q:You have produced a show Fit Today on CLTV. Describe this show...
A:It was a big project... buying almost $50,000 worth of air time a quarter while running a small fitness studio, three kids in traveling sports and a corporate wellness business-- it was tough. Then to arrange and pay for the production; this totaled to almost $88,000 a quarter in sponsorship dollars to raise without a pay back to myself. It was an amazing experience and led to the show's birth of Living Healthy Chicago which I then hosted for almost a year before moving on to a space with Better TV nationally.
Q:How do you balance being a mom and having such a busy career?
A:Some days with ease and some days with guilt. I have to admit I didn't make it to every cross country meet or soccer game in my kid's high school years. But I do cherish the words from my kids telling me I inspire them to dream big. It's with those ups and downs that you balance and move forward as well as set and example to them to create their own lives.
Q:What does your weekly workout routine look like?
A:It varies but I try to do weight 2-3 times a week for about 30 minutes and then I am starting to be a runner since I am planning on run/walking the Chicago marathon with Be Bright Pink Team this fall. So I am running as much as I can.
Q:Describe your diet in a typical 24 hour span...
A:There are great days that I eat the way I help people eat to be healthy and there are days when sugar is key to help me function!
So far today I've had poached eggs with spinach, tomatoes and fruit then a salad and chicken quesadilla for lunch and plans for lamb chops and mixed vegetables for dinner. But yesterday entailed flourless chocolate cake (my downfall) a carrot cake, cup cake and even a big handful of chocolates... I try to make good choices when I’m out at a restaurant and keep lots of good food on hand at home- but I'm certainly not where I want to be on a daily basis.
Q:If you had to pick one person who you would credit as being your biggest inspiration in life, who would it be and why?
A:Those that know me have heard me say Madonna for her amazing marketing and reinvention of her brand over the years, but truth be told, my dad was an amazing business person and friend. He helped many people succeed and make a living as well as enriched their lives by helping build a deck on the weekend or remodel a basement. He truly had an entrepreneurial spirit that sparked me to move in that direction. I'm not afraid of failing, I'm afraid of holding back and not trying something.
Q:Do you have any website, Facebook, Twitter or websites for the people to get in
contact with you or just learn more about you?