It’s time for another WIAW post.
A BIG thanks to Jenn for hosting all the food party fun!
My eats are pretty basic, but there’s a reason for that.
The hubby and I have started a 7 day accelerated meal plan from the fabulous new book call Healthy You!
No sugar, alcohol, wheat, dairy, soda, sweeteners, red meat or processed foods.
Just lots of clean eating and it’s the perfect thing right before the holiday.
With all the Christmas parties and fun, we needed this 7 days.
Do you know who this woman is?
I’ll be honest, until the beginning of last year, I didn’t either.
But…I do read Woman’s Running Magazine and was even an Ambassador for the Woman’s Half Marathon series.
Why does that matter?
Well, take a good look ladies and gents – she started them both.
Dawna also won NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart show.
She beat Bethany Frankel, yes RHONY Bethany Frankel.
Bethany even had her on her new show last Friday.
I was so excited when Dawna’s team reached out to me…
They sent a free book my way and then they asked me if I had any questions for Dawna.
Yes, of course I do!
What an awesome opportunity…
Before we get to the interview, a little more about the book first.
Whether you’re trying to lose 20 pounds or you’re the constant dieter struggling to drop anywhere from 50 to 100+ pounds… Healthy You! will help you ditch your unhealthy eating habits & build a foundation for wholesome eating, that will lead to permanent weight loss. Healthy You! provides an easy-to-follow 14-day program that can jump-start your new lifestyle and allow you to elevate your quality of living to a whole new level. There is also a 7 day accelerated plan as well.
The Healthy You! program can help you:
• Lose weight quickly and easily
• Increase your energy
• Sleep better
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Alleviate cravings and mood swings
• Increase self-esteem
• Improve digestion
• Clarify your complexion
• Look and feel younger
Part of your recipe plan calls for a couple different juices in the morning. I’ve always wanted a juicer but heard they break easily, what kind do you own?
I am currently using a Breville juicer. I’ve had a couple different juicers but the Breville is by far my favorite.
And if a person doesn’t own a juicer, what should they do instead?
If you don’t own a juicer, but want to follow the Healthy You! program, you can substitute a smoothie recipe for the juice recipe. Or, if you live in a location that has an easily accessible juice bar, you can purchase your juice. Most juice shops will alter their recipes to cater to your needs.
People often say that successful people keep a routine on a day-to-day basis. Can you give us a peek into your daily routine?
I have to agree with this philosophy. I find that if I follow a routine, I’m more likely to exercise and eat healthy. It’s when I get off my routine that I tend to miss workouts and make poor food choices. My day starts with getting the kids ready for school. As soon as I have them out the door (my husband drives them), I exercise. My exercise routine consists of running, cycling or participating in a group fitness class. After my workout, it’s a quick shower and straight to the office. I find that as long as I do my workout in the morning I’m successful. If I try to workout in the evenings, I always find a reason to push it off.
I imagine starting a new chapter and writing a book, must have been a bit daunting at first. When doubts creep in, what do you do? Do you have a personal mantra?
I know that hard work and determination are imperative to success. Having built Women’s Running magazine and the Women’s Half Marathon series from the ground up took both. Selling both companies was a tough decision but I was proud that I built a multi-million dollar business. My mantra: If it’s easy, it’s probably not worth doing. If it’s difficult, give it your all and the payoff will be magnificent!
I’m in awe that you won Martha Stewarts Apprentice – she has always been someone I have looked up to. What would you say are three things you learned from her?
I consider Martha one of the greatest female entrepreneurs of our time and since publishing is her main business, I couldn’t think of anyone I’d rather learn from.
I came into the show with years of experience in the mechanics of how to run a business: writing business plans, maintaining multi-million dollar budgets, hiring and firing employees, etc., but the show (and Martha) emphasized how important the mental aspects are to overall success in business and in life. I took away four important lessons from my experience:
1. Focus is key. On The Apprentice, the producers remove virtually all outside distractions –radio, TV, magazines, newspapers, family, friends, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. The result? We accomplished astounding tasks in severely limited time. If you need to accomplish something amazing, make it your key focus.
2. Keep your eye on the ball. Being the owner of a women’s sports magazine, my goal heading into the show was simple: to win. But I quickly found that sleep deprivation, ultra-tight deadlines, interpersonal conflicts between candidates and other distractions (like dinner with Donald Trump) conspired to cloud my reason for being there: to strive, survive and win. Before I left for the show, my husband gave me invaluable advice: When things start to get out of control (and, believe me, at times they did) remember to “keep your eye on the ball”. His words helped me never lose sight of the end goal and always act accordingly.
3. Passion is contagious. Probably the most valuable lesson that Martha reinforced was the power of passion and enthusiasm. I’ve never met anyone with more passion for her work than Martha.
4. The more you’re challenged, the more you gain. Over the last several years, Martha faced some incredible challenges. She met all head-on and now says her experience made her a better person. Apprentice producer Mark Burnett told us the show would be the hardest thing we’ve ever done. I thought he was crazy. I’ve done the Hawaii Ironman, I swam 5 to 8 hours a day in high school and college, I run marathons. But in the end Mark was right. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. And it was incredibly rewarding.
I love to travel. I’m dying to know to what destination is on the top of Dawna’s Must See List!!!
I’ve been fortunate to travel often. When I graduated from college, I spent three months backpacking through Europe with five girlfriends. Before graduate school (and after having worked for a Wall Street investment bank for two years) I backpacked through Malaysia and Indonesia with one of my best friends. After graduate school, I spent three weeks backpacking through Costa Rica. I’ve been to numerous Caribbean islands and absolutely love traveling to Hawaii. And in a few months, we will be traveling to Honduras but the one place that is on my must see list is Australia. I don’t have any specific plans at this time but I hope to get there someday soon!
There’s always 1 exercise that you hate, but it works… Mine is jump lunges, yuck. What’s yours?
I absolutely hate V-ups. It’s an amazing abdominal exercise but there are 50 other ad exercises that I would prefer to do. The V-up was actually part of an exercise program I just completed for The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Cooking Channel Show).
Here’s me doing my dreaded exercise – The V-up! I do it because it works!
V-Ups (Perform to failure or max 20 reps)
How to do it: Lie on your back with your legs straight and your hands above your head with palms facing up. Simultaneously raise your upper body and legs and reach for your toes Keeps your arms and legs straight and your core tight as you move into the “V” position. Slowly lower yourself back down and repeat.