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Dancing with the Stars' Josie Maran's Diet and Workout

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Exercise Motivation

WEEK TWO

Today I talked with my editor at the magazine. She wanted to know if I'm running out of steam! I said no, and it's the truth. I am committed to completing the full 30-Day FITNESS Makeover. This week has been a little tough, though: I've been having a busy couple of days with L.A. Fashion Week (when the designers show their new collections). My boyfriend has designed his own clothing line, and it premiered last night at the shows. I did the makeup for his models with my new line, Josie Maran cosmetics, plus I walked the runway, so the whole event was a family affair. Lots of fun, but all this busy-ness means I've had to be really proactive to find time to work out and to remember to eat every three hours.

It's reassuring to see how I can still make time to do the Fluidity DVDs, even when I'm doing a million other things. The really convenient thing is that I can just go in my room and do it -- I don't have to drive anywhere. Usually, when you go to a gym in L.A., it takes at least 45 minutes just to get there because of the awful traffic. So all total, it becomes a three-hour ordeal to work out.

It is a little tough to motivate myself at home, but I'm really committed right now to being in shape. And because it's in my house, I have no excuses! Besides, my Fluidity guru, Michelle, calls me up every other day and wants to know how it's going. If I haven't worked out yet...watch out!

Today is my last day doing the intermediate-level DVD; tomorrow I am moving up to the advanced level. Everything is getting really nice and toned, especially -- don't laugh! -- my pelvic floor. Ever since I had a baby, it's been a little weak. Plus, I feel stronger in my core than I ever have. The other thing that's amazing is that I've always had lower-back problems, and for the first time in my life, I am feeling less pain. The Fluidity program works on strengthening my backside as much as my front, so I am more balanced.

As for the diet, I am getting tons of energy from a multivitamin and B-complex vitamin that Ashley suggested. And I've found it pretty easy to stick with the choice of foods (see Josie's Energy Meal Plan). The main thing is remembering to eat at regular three-hour intervals. I've learned some interesting tips, too: For example, with carbs, my nutritionist Ashley says that the correct serving size is about the size of my fist. Of course people's fists are different sizes depending on how big the person is, which is exactly the point -- you customize it for your body size. Same with a serving of protein. One thing I've been doing after I work out is making myself a coconut "smoothie" using O.N.E. coconut water (you can get it at Whole Foods), egg white protein, powdered berry mix, and hemp seeds. It's good!

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