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Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Post-Baby Makeover

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Reality vs. Hollywood

FITNESS: Who is your body icon?
EH: I look at athletes like the Williams sisters, Mia Hamm -- women who have pushed themselves to a place where they are so strong. Growing up, my dad was a mentor. He was incredibly physically fit. He'd get up first thing in the morning and run five miles and do push-ups before breakfast. I thought that's what everybody did. His commitment to taking care of himself and his body is just ingrained in me. Now, I look at my husband [professional football player Tim Hasselbeck] and how hard he works out. He never complains. His motivation helps me during the times when I need a push.

FITNESS: Should TV shows and movies provide more realistic body ideals?
EH: To expect that anything put out by Hollywood is going to be realistic is a bit naive at this point. But that's me, a 31-year-old woman, talking. If you're a 15-year-old girl, you look at these bodies and think, How am I going to attain this? I believe we have a responsibility in terms of disclosure about what's touched up. More and more actresses are saying, "Look what they did to my waist on that photo shoot!" That is powerful because at least it gives women a chance to express their imperfections. We owe it to girls out there to portray a healthy and true image of ourselves.

FITNESS: Are you more confident in your body now than, say, 10 years ago?
EH: Definitely. Somewhere in my mid-20s, I lost a bit of my body confidence. I stopped vocalizing any negative thoughts about my body when I had Grace. I didn't want my worries to affect how she thinks about herself. But just because I stopped saying them didn't mean I stopped thinking them. This program has helped me find that confidence in my own body again, because I'm not training like a woman who wants to fit into her jeans -- I am training like an athlete who wants to get strong. I feel renewed, strong, and determined.

 

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