Sometimes I think my schedule is crazy. I can spend a lot of time thinking about how tired I am… giving myself an “out” on exercising for the day. But I have no excuses – and I know it.
You know how I know it? Because I met someone with a TRULY crazy schedule. I got the chance to interview Jewel on Saturday, while she was in the Springs for her Star Light Café concert. You know Jewel from a string of mega-hits, from “Who Will Save Your Soul,” to “Foolish Games,” to “Standing Still” to her latest single “Satisfied,” now playing on country radio.
While I was waiting in the dressing room for her to come in for the interview, I saw a copy of her schedule for the day… it was jam-packed from 6am to around 11pm, with radio interview, TV interview, sound-check, writing sessions, meet-and-greet, the list goes on… but right there to start the day was a scheduled yoga session.
That’s right - the girl is on the road promoting her brand-new album, Sweet & Wild. She’s in a different city every night, putting in 18-hour days, doing shows and she STILL manages to make time for her workout.
And now I’m feeling like a slacker. I had to ask her how she does it! So, when Jewel came in for the interview, I did.
“Getting to workout is really a commitment, but it’s a commitment to yourself,” said the 35-year-old star. “When you do have crazy hectic lives and hectic schedules, it seems like you’re giving everything away and at least when you work out, it’s something for you.”
Well when she puts it like THAT… makes sense, right? I wanted to run to the gym right then.
Jewel knows a thing or two about staying in shape. The 35-year-old star is currently the covergirl for the July issue of Shape. Inside the magazine, she demonstrates a killer ab workout. And when you see her on the cover, you’ll want to copy her moves. She looks great! But more importantly, she’s healthy.
That’s the kind of fitness role model I can appreciate it. As Jewel told me, you have to forget the body trends.
“Just like fashion has trends, there’s body styles that have trends,” she said. “And one minute looking like Kate Moss and really heroin chic is in… and then the next minute being really curvaceous like JLo is in. These poor girls are like - oh my gosh - now I need butt implants. Wait no, now I need to starve myself. And every body is beautiful in its own way if you take care of your body. It’s going to be as beautiful as it is. And try to at least value that for how your body is different and unique and beautiful in its own way.”
It’s a great message, no matter your age or fitness level. And Jewel also talked about the importance of being kind to ourselves, as we strive for health.
“We can be so kind to others, girlfriends and forgiving of other people and so hard on ourselves,” she said.
She is so right. Think about it – when your friend comes to you worried about the size of her waistline, you tell her she’s crazy, she’s gorgeous and you remind her how awesome she is. But when YOU look in the mirror at yourself, you scrutinize every flaw and can really get down on yourself. I’ve been there. But why don’t we afford ourselves the same kindness we give others?
“It’s really true,” said Jewel. “You know, I’m much nicer to other people and much more forgiving. I think they’re much more beautiful… than I am of myself. And that’s a real lesson.”
I had never thought about it that way. It makes so much sense!
I guess I should have seen that kind of insight coming – especially from someone who has inspired me with her music for years. Now I have another reason to be a fan of Jewel.