A:I was born and raised in Missouri, Saint Louis to be exact. I'm a midwestern girl with a midwestern heart. I left at 17 but never forgot my roots. I escape to Saint Louis all the time to get away from NYC commotion. There's something about home and the things you grew up with that shape your life forever and I'm proud to tell people where I'm from even though they always look at me funny.
Q:Do you remember the first time you realized that health and fitness were going to be your career path?
A:Yes, the minute I came up with the idea for MizzFIT. I was out running. I ran straight home as soon as the word MizzFIT came to me. I had to write it down.
Q:What does a typical week long workout look like for you?
A:A lot of variety. I take all kinds of classes from cardio to pilates to yoga to kettlebell.
Q:What type of diet are you on?
A:My own diet which usually means eat what my body is asking for. But lately I'm trying to slim down so I've been cutting back on sweets and eating smaller portions. I'm trying to eat more during the day and less at night because I hate that feeling of going to bed with a full stomach.
Q:The most important aspect of working out and eating right would be….?
A:The most important aspect is to find a routine that works for you in a fun way that you can commit to. Because you're doing it for your mental health. When your mind is happy your body follows. It's a misconception that exercise is dreadful and that laziness is bliss. Our brains love exercise but they're super picky about what kind. We've all got different brains just like we've all got different bodies. So don't just copy the fitness routines you see other people doing in the gym…figure out what your brain wants…enjoy the ride and you'll be hooked.
Q:You're also a fashion expert. How did you get involved in the fashion industry?
A:I've always loved fashion. Everyone in my family does too. My aunt happens to be a fashion designer who has worked for major labels. I watched her career and went to all kinds of fun fashion events and parties with her. I was exposed to the fashion world and just kind of fell in love with it. And since I loved fitness so much, I had the idea to combine both of these passions to cater to other fitness fashionistas like myself.
Q:Explain how you educate women on "leading a sexy lifestyle"…
A:I show women how to, "style up 2 shape up", using the hottest fitness fashion and trends. You'd be surprised how much having fun with what you wear to the gym can actually motivate you to keep going to the gym and checking out new kinds of workouts. The way I educate women is through articles on MizzFIT.com, video tutorials (that are fun to watch) and fit events all across the country. I collaborate with a ton of fitness & sport brands to give women a new perspective on working out, to help show women how to customize their own fit looks and workout experiences. I inject a lot of lifestyle issues, pop-culture and celebrity-favorites into all the styling and reporting that I do…because quite frankly, women love it.
Q:If you had to credit one person as being your greatest inspiration, who would it be and why?
A:Paul Nicholls. He was my dear friend who passed away from bone marrow cancer several years ago. Paul used to tell me that I could do ANYTHING. He founded Team Continuum, a marathon running team based in NYC that fundraises for cancer patients and helps pay their bills for treatment. I adored him. He was like a father to me. He gave me hope and taught me to never give up…even if it looks like you're not going to win. I miss him.
Q:What's next for you and your immediate career?
A:I just signed with a big agency for entertainment hosting on television. I always wanted MizzFIT to crossover to TV and I'm hoping this will be the opportunity to do it.
Q:Can you give us your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blog and website handles?
My website: www.MizzFIT.com
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com