When I’m out, I don’t go crazy about staying vegan — I wouldn’t send a restaurant salad back if it came with something like feta cheese.
After breakfast, I record what I ate using the MyFitnessPal app. I’ve kept a food journal forever, since I’m a bottomless pit, and I can out-eat everyone I know — it’s like there’s no sensor between my stomach and brain that says, “Hey, you’re full, stop eating!” Once I recognized that about myself, I started tracking my diet, which helps me make better choices and pay attention to what I’m eating. I also write down which exercises I’m going to do later on.
10 a.m.: I drop Isaiah at his play group. I try to get him around other kids as much as possible when we’re home because he’s only exposed to adults while we’re on the road.
Afterward, I’ll stop by the grocery store. People are always surprised to see me there, but I’m like, “I gotta eat too!” We hardly ever takeout or eat out because I don’t like to. It’s not that I’m an amazing chef — I stick to the basics, like roasted veggies and stir-fries — but I like knowing what’s in my food, and it’s hard to tell when someone else makes it for you.
After grocery shopping, I’ll go home to work out. I have a gym at home with a treadmill, an elliptical, a cable machine, and free weights, plus a bunch of my husband Mike [Fisher]’s other equipment. Depending on the day, I try to spend 10 to 15 minutes warming up, then at least a solid hour working out.
I’ll often use a deck of playing cards to make my workouts feel more fun, because I really like to mix things up and get bored easily. I’ll assign one exercise to each suit, including one upper body move (like push-ups or pull-ups), one lower body move (like weighted squats), one abs move (often using an abs wheel) and one cardio move (like jumping rope).
Then I pick one card at a time and do as many reps are listed on each card until I get through half the deck. Then I’ll assign different exercises to each suit, and continue until I finish the deck.
When Mike is around, we’ll work out together. One of us will run on the treadmill or hold a plank while the other does 50 push-ups, or one of us will do squats while the other runs a mile. You both hate your life at the time, but you try to finish quickly so your partner won’t be tortured.
We’re good about working out in the same space, but separate from each other as well. We don’t talk a lot. We just get in the zone and get it done.
There are some days that I’m not feeling it, but even then I just try to do something, like get on the elliptical for 30 minutes. It helps that I’m never without something to wear that’s cute and makes me feel good, since I have so much CALIA by Carrie Underwood fitness clothing — even though my closet is such a mess that I end up grabbing stuff off the top of piles and literally forget about all the clothes hiding underneath. It also helps to listen to music, like rock. If I don’t hear what I’m doing, like my feet hitting the floor, it feels easier, although I never listen to my own music — ever, at all!
1 p.m.: After my workout, I take a shower and have lunch. You can’t beat a sandwich: I have Ezekiel bread with Tofurky, or a fourth of an avocado, a handful of mixed greens or sprouts, and mustard. I love mustard.
3 p.m.: I rarely snack in the morning because I don’t get hungry — there’s no reason to feel hungry if you’re eating healthy. I do have an afternoon snack while I’m getting things done, like making phone calls to sort out my schedule. I’m also always doing laundry, washing dishes, and trying to clean the house because it’s always getting destroyed by my toddler.