Marilu Henner - Once Fat, Now FitPosted on Apr 24th 2009 12:00PM by Fitz K.
Curious to know how celebrities squeeze fitness into their daily lives? Our fitness expert Fitz sits down with the stars and digs out their great and not-so-great methods for staying healthy.
Marilu Henner has made the transition from hard partying "Taxi" actor to bestselling author of health and wellness books. The busy Hollywood star, who still finds time to grace the small and large screens (she guest starred on NBC's recent "ER" finale and spent time on "Celebrity Apprentice" last year), divulges what she loves most about herself and talks about her progression from fat to fit -- she shed 54 pounds and has kept it off for 21 years.
Fitz: You've gone from actress to passionate health advocate. Tell me about this evolution.
Marilu: I used to be a terrible Chicago-style eater. I had a diet heavy in all sorts of meat, and I would starve all day to eat half a gallon of ice cream at night. I smoked, I was fat, constipated and had pimples too.
Fitz: That lifestyle is typical of so many people. How did you manage to look like such a hottie on "Taxi."
Marilu: I knew exactly how to work the system. I could lose 20 pounds quickly without even thinking about it. It was crazy, though. When I got my first job, I was told to lose weight. Instead, I gained a bunch.
Fitz: Would your career have been different if you knew then what you know now?
Marilu: If I were legitimately healthy and fit back then, I'm confident I would have had a great variety of better jobs. Fitness provides confidence, and I could have used that.
Fitz: You're now well known for your books, including the newly-released "Wear Your Life Well," and seminars on healthy living, but you don't have a traditional education in health and fitness. How did that happen?
Marilu: My parents died in their 50s and that was just a huge reality check for me. I decided to take control of my health and my life. I vigorously pursued knowledge on the subject and was compelled to share what I learned.
Fitz: What advice do you have for the average Jane or Joe just trying to become more fit?
Marilu: Where you want to be and where you are may not be so far apart.
A few of the topics covered in "Wear Your Life Well" are:
Set up your environment to win.
- Identify, "detrigger" and get over self-sabotage.
- Love the foods that love you.
- Be able to go for the light instead of the dark in any situation.
- Get in sync with your sexual you.
Fitz: You clearly have learned to take great care of yourself. What are your top five favorite things about you, physically speaking?
Marilu: My legs (even when I weighed 174, I still rocked my legs). I'd just put on a short skirt, super high heels and go), my eyes, my hair, my gusto and my cheekbones -- I love my jawline and facial structure. I play the role of a dead person perfectly!