Your new book, Reshaping It All, is a New York Times Bestseller. When people pick it up, what should they expect to read?
“My book is really a motivational tool to help you get fit and healthy. It has a lot of practical application and tips to motivate you, to be a cheerleader, to coach you and keep you pointed in the right direction to make good decisions regarding self-control and moderation. It helps you to create new habits to achieve a healthier lifestyle. It’s not a new diet plan, and it’s not a tell-all memoir. But, I have a lot of personal stories in there, along with advice that’s all rooted and grounded in my faith. That’s really what ties the whole book together.”
You mention your own personal struggles with body image and food in the book. Can you describe how that came about and what that was like for you?
“It was a new time in my life, so I was experiencing a whole new world. I wasn’t working anymore, newly married, living in a new city – all really wonderful things, but found myself using food as a comforter because I was in a phase of adjustment. Obviously, what I share in the book is how that became a problem with bulimia because I was finding comfort in food, which was a complete lie. It was really my faith that brought me out of that, and realizing that I had to find comfort in God instead. Then, I created new habits and patterns in my life, which the book really explains. I’ve been living a healthy life for the last 10-15 years. It’s all about making fitness fun – if you are a mom, and you do have kids, it helps you set a tone for your whole family about all being healthy. There are personal stories in there, and there is some Full House stuff for fans as well.”
Now you say you’re in the best shape of your life. How does that feel?
“It feels incredible! With age, we all say, ‘My 20s are great.’ But, personally, I love my 30s! And then people hit their 40s and their like, ‘No, the 40s are the best!’ because you mature and you’re more comfortable with yourself. I am in the best shape of my life because mentally, physically, and spiritually, I’m comfortable with who I am and am embracing it. I think that just shows. Hopefully, this book will allow people to soul search a little bit more and embrace that within themselves. No matter what size you are, what your background is, or where you come from, we’re all loved by God and he perfectly and wonderfully made us. That’s what’s to be embraced ultimately.”
For people who aren’t necessarily spiritual, what can they take away from the book?
“There’s so much practical application in the book that you don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate it, and I don’t think any of it would be offensive. It’s based on biblical principles, but I apply them to food.”
Have you always been this spiritual?
“I’ve been a Christian since I was 12-years old but I didn’t really start living my life for God until my early 20s. I’m 34 now, so it’s been quite a long time, and it’s working out for me! My faith has always been a huge part of my and my family’s life – my brother, my mom, dad, and my sister, too. It kicked in for me as I got older, not because I was raised that way.”
Make It or Break It is coming back to ABC Family on March 28th. How is it working on the show?
“It’s been wonderful, I have so much fun on the show. The drama every season just gets bigger and bigger, and this is one of the biggest seasons they’ve written so far in terms of drama and the gymnastic elements. The girls are competing to go to World’s, so it’s exciting.”
Do you ever talk to the younger girls on set about being healthy?
“I just make snide remarks because they can eat chocolate and whatever they want and they have these amazing little bodies and I’m like, ‘I was never like that as a teenager, that’s so unfair!’ The girls are so great and mature, they’re playing 16 and 17-year olds but they’re all a bit older, so they have experience. They’ve been super fun, and I haven’t found myself giving them any advice. But, I do find myself being a little competitive with them because they are so talented and in great shape. I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m 34, but I can still kick your butt!’ It’s all in fun!”
Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.