Cameron Diaz won the hearts of movie goers through her light hearted performances in films such as There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels and The Holiday.  But as she embraced her forties, she moved into the role of her career, healthy living icon.  Her manual, The Body Book, is a fabulous guide to our body on a cellular level.

It is an intriguing read that takes her audience through the ins and outs of health and nutrition.  It lets us glimpse at her challenges and struggles as a Hollywood leading lady and endears us with her down to earth demeanor.  She describes how, as she has aged, she had to stop with the drive through visits and really put thought into what she puts in her body.  “Now that I understand that I create the experience of my entire life by what I eat, I have been transformed.“

What I like most about her book is that she speaks to her reader on a very relate able level.  “Every single one of us has the instinct in our body to move, to be active.  Resting after exertion and getting enough sleep are crucial activities if we want our bodies to heal and repair, but we’re meant to rest eight hours a night, not twenty-four hours a day…somewhere along the way, we started to believe that the less we had to use our bodies to labor, and the more leisure we had in our lives, the better our lives were.”

No matter what shape you are in right now, your body is an incredible, intricate machine and you have the power to make it stronger and healthier.  Cameron’s book is a truly inspirational, informative and easy read.  I encourage anyone who is interested in their health and well-being to pick up The Body Book.  You can also check out her corresponding website at  Here’s to a long and healthy life!

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There is a curse hanging over most southern girls – the variety of southern comfort food.  As you will inevitably notice, I love my food.  I have fond memories of watching my grandma whip up with ease lunches that were filled with more calories then one should eat in a day.  I have always been blessed/cursed with jobs where a plethora of food has been readily available.  I spent eight years working for a fabulous Cajun seafood restaurant where I could eat whatever I wanted.  I now work in the wine and spirits industry, so I have the tedious task of eating and drinking my day away.

During the past year, I’ve developed hypothyroidism which has made it difficult for me to maintain a healthy weight.  Despite my best efforts of running, taking classes and working with a personal trainer, I have remained the same weight since January 1.  This would be excellent if I hadn’t put on 30 pounds prior to Jan 1.  That being said, I am thankful for my strong, active, healthy body.  I intend to continue my goal of regulating my thyroid, increasing my duration during runs while shaving time off, and toning my figure to feel more confident in my fabulous clothes!

I look forward to using this page for accountability for myself in reaching my goals and also hope it serves as inspiration for those who might have hit a road block in their fitness routine.  Along the way, I also hope to spotlight my favorite beauty tricks and treats to make anyone’s transformation that much sweeter.  Cheers to the journey!

picture by Leslie Cook

picture by Leslie Cook


3 thoughts on “TRANSFORM

  1. I have known you for a while. You know the funny thing is, I never realized you had the same struggle I have fought since.4th grade. I will be rooting for you! If you ever need someone to talk to that has had this struggle, you know where to find me 🙂


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