Written on February 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm , by Colleen Travers
Looking at Jenni Pulos’ resume would make any busy bee go cross-eyed. She’s starred in five seasons of Flipping Out with boss and interior design guru Jeff Lewis, she’s a rapper, an actress, planning a wedding, and is now embarking on a new show with Lewis called Interior Therapy, airing on Bravo in March. It goes without saying that a woman with a hectic schedule like hers needs a good deodorant! That’s why she’s partnered up with Secret Outlast in their latest campaign to protect women against odor and give them peace of mind (in a recent survey from Secret, women said forgetting deodorant would affect their day more than forgetting to put on makeup!) We chatted with Pulos on how she tackles her steep to-do list while getting in shape for her upcoming wedding.
We love the new ad! Tell us about the shoot and your partnership with Secret.
This shoot was so fun, but it was 15 hours! I used the deodorant before we started and was expecting to be sweating by 3 p.m. (what we refer to as the “hour of ick”) but I was dry as a bone. I can appreciate a product like this because of my lifestyle. I’m in the car all day with Jeff and he is not only OCD, but also very sensitive to smell, so this really saves any awkward car rides that might ensue. I don’t get a chance to look in the mirror that often at work since we are always on the go, and this gives me one less thing to think about.
What are some of your best time-saving tips you’ve picked up with your job?
For work and in my personal life, physically writing down a to-do list is helpful. It’s good to jot everything down and then start chopping away one thing at a time. It sounds silly, but small things like putting your keys in the same spot and making sure you put your credit cards away are the biggest time savers. Little things like that will help you keep it all together. If not, you’re spending ten minutes digging through your purse to find everything.
We learned from filming Interior Therapy that organization is key. After that I went home and cleaned out my closets and reorganized my entire house. It was time consuming but I knew that getting rid of the clutter would save me time in the long run. Also, don’t think too much about it! When you’re deciding what clothes to donate, just do it. The more you think the more you’ll start to second guess and then that shirt will end up right back in your closet.
How do you find time to exercise with such a busy schedule?
When I was doing Interior Therapy there really wasn’t much time to exercise. Luckily, I was moving people’s furniture and houses around all day, so that was an alternative to hitting the gym. Now that I have more time I try to push myself to do at least something every day. I’ve realized that a strong core is really important, so I do Pilates to help strengthen mine. My sister just went through a battle with breast cancer and in seeing her journey, I saw how important muscle mass is to your overall health. I used to stick to cardio just so I could stay skinny, but now I make sure to incorporate weights as well.
Eating on the go can get tricky, how do you maintain a healthy diet?
I’ve recently started drinking a lot of fresh juice so I can start the day by giving my body some nutrients. I love Naked’s Green Machine juice; I drink that all the time. I’ve found that a lot of eating is mental, so you just have to retrain your brain. For example, I’ve always love Brussels sprouts, so I don’t mind eating them because they remind me of my home growing up. If you connect healthy foods to your emotions and thoughts in a positive way, it becomes easy to choose them.
Secret Outlast is on the search for the busiest woman! Check out the Secret Facebook page to nominate a friend, family member, or yourself. Secret will feature one woman’s story every week on its Facebook page, with one final contestant winning the opportunity to be in Secret’s next ad.