Interviewer: You've mentioned nutrition and exercise and how important that is to our overall well-being. How do you pay attention to both of those when so many people say "I don't have time. I have to work and then I have to take the kids to practice, then I have a meeting later." And it's usually drive-through here, grab something quick, and eat it in the car. How do you make sure to find time to concentrate on those two things?
Angela Bruer-Balouch: I love it when people tell me they don't have time. I love that question because when I was going through my 55 pound weight loss transition, I did not have a gym membership. I used fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins for my diet. So I didn't have time to exercise. I was going to school full-time, I have three children, I was living in two different cities that were 3 1/2 hours apart, and I was actually going through some other personal issues within my life. I didn't have time to exercise. But you can make and carve out time to exercise 20-30 minutes a day. In fact, I do it all day long with my countertop, even when I'm driving. You can do isolated muscle movements where you can pretend to be lifting something and trick your muscles into thinking they are working. So no matter where you're sitting right now, you can exercise. So there's no excuses and no gym memberships necessary. You can use equipment that's in your home. You don't even need equipment.
In fact, the favorite one that I tell people is 20-20-20's. That is 20 sit-ups, 20 squats, and 20 jump and jacks or you could run in place for 20 seconds. You do those 20-20-20 things for 20 minutes. Dancing is another. I love it when I do presentations and I'll ask "Who likes to exercise?" And, of course, no one raises their hand. And then I say "Who likes to dance?" And they all raise their hand. Obviously, you can burn a lot of calories dancing. A lot of times, I will tell moms to turn up the radio for 20-30 minutes and dance with your kids. The kids love it.