Why did you write NAKED IN 30 DAYS?
I’m 54, a grandmother, small business owner, media personality and by most standards an unlikely fitness expert. But that’s just it, I have been a fitness expert for as long as I can remember, from teaching my first aerobics classes in high school to winning a U.S. Open in bodybuilding at the age of 40. I wrote NAKED in 30 Days : A One Month Guide to Getting Your Body, Mind and Spirit in Shape to show women of all ages that age is just a number. For women over 35, when the body defies us completely, this book shows that you really can have and maintain the body of your dreams if you just commit to it. In this case, I just want 30 days and I promise you will be transformed.
Dod you really pose naked in NYC traffic for the book?
YES! I did really pose naked in New York City traffic and it was one of the most challenging and liberating things I have ever done. My body is awesome, but it isn’t perfect, so taking off my clothes and showing to the world, along with the pedestrians and cab drivers right in front of me, well that wasn’t easy. My heart was in my throat as I walked out into traffic, faced traffic, then dropped my mink coat to oncoming traffic. And I knew full well that someone would grab a snapshot, which they did and promptly posted it on the Internet. But it felt great and I feel great for having done it. I have no regrets and I make no apologies.
How do you fit exercise into your busy life?
Fitness and exercise is as mandatory and natural for me as is brushing my teeth. I do it every day and there’s no alternative. My days are 13 hours long, often longer, but this is dedicated time that I do not compromise on. It’s the first thing I do in the morning after I brush my teeth, and there are no excuses. I schedule it into my busy and hectic life, it’s that simple.
What’s next for you?
I will soon be launching an exciting fitness wear line, very much in line with my personal style and brand, which means it’s very bold and exciting and you will love it! I also have a romance series in the works (naturally, the characters revolve in and out of a lavish lifestyle like mine and fitness runs through every story line too), followed by a luxury shoe line.
Life is full. Life is good.
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