Despite having a fit pregnancy, tipping the scales at 200 pounds frightened Tracy Moore, host of CityLine, the Toronto-based lifestyle TV talk show. In the end, losing pregnancy weight was easy. By the time the baby was eight months, the 36-year-old mom weighted 154 lbs., thanks to a nutritionist and DVD workouts using kettle bells. Then, to add definition, she hired a trainer with a lean eating plan who bumped up the workouts. The result: Ms. Moore dropped 10 lbs. in a month. But her New Year’s resolution is to incorporate yoga into an already busy schedule.
“To have a level of fitness to keep up with two young children – my son is 3, and my daughter is 15 months.”
“I work out in the morning. On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, I’m at the gym at 5:30 a.m., and weekends, I’m at the gym at 8.
“Tuesdays and Thursdays I run intervals on the treadmill. This morning, I walked on incline 1 for five minutes, then did 30 seconds at 9; then 30 seconds jump right off the treadmill and then 30 seconds at 9, 30 seconds off. I do that for 10 sets, then walk for five minutes, and then do another 10 sets, but every time I jump back on the treadmill I go up in terms of speed so 9.1, then 9.2, all the way up to 10. Then, after that, I walk for five minutes, jog for five minutes.
“Fridays I do a full-body circuit by myself.
“On Mondays and Wednesday, I train with Stephanie; Monday is shoulders, triceps, biceps and back. Wednesdays is legs.
“Saturdays and Sundays I run.”
“I’m in hair and make-up at 8:30 a.m., tape the show between 10:15 and 11:30, take photos with the audience, do promo voiceovers, then do production meetings for the show the next day until 2 p.m., when I go home.
“On days I work out with my trainer, I have to eat before I meet with her – it’s too gruelling otherwise. I have breakfast after my workout on days I train alone. Breakfast is steel-cut oatmeal and egg whites. A post-workout meal can be a piece of Ezekiel bread with nut butter or an apple and almonds. After the show, I usually have ground turkey and spinach with brown rice or white fish with bok choy – some protein with veggie and a complex carb. At 3 p.m., a meal might be two eggs and six egg whites with a green vegetable in an omelette. Dinner is protein and a vegetable.”
“Feeling good, being in front of the camera, and looking the best I can. Every couple of months, my trainer comes up with goals that have included tackling pull-ups, strengthening my core or running a charity 5-K.”
“Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Paris.”
“I love junk food. I love pedestrian-style chocolate bars at checkout lines in grocery stores and processed stuff! I love the taste.”
Jessica Zapata, co-owner of Infinite Fitness in Edmonton, offers her advice.
Find a yoga style
“If yoga is new to Tracy, a beginner-friendly class is important. But it doesn't mean she can’t look for a power class that will challenge her because she has fitness and strength already. I recommend a class on Sundays instead of a run, and one other, perhaps Thursdays. In her first month, Tracy should be trying out different studios and styles of yoga to see what she enjoys.”
Make room for dessert
“Stick to a rule: 80 to 90 per cent of the time clean [eating]and 10 to 20 per cent of the time treats. That will help keep her cravings at bay and [let her]enjoy life. In a week, if Tracy is eating 35 meals, four to seven meals are for indulging in a treat or enjoying a glass of wine. When you spread it out that way, it never looks to be that bad.”
This interview has been condensed and edited.
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