August 2, 2012 at 9:30 am , by Sonia Harmon
Every month an LHJ reader will get the chance to interview one of their favorite celebrities. This month, Karen McCrea of Atlanta quizzes Ricki Lake about her new talk show (The Ricki Lake Show) how she maintains her weight loss, and more.
How will your new talk show be different from your old one?
My new show is entirely different because I’m a more evolved Ricki now. I’ve been through so much—marriage, kids, divorce, balancing work and family—but I still have quite a bit to learn. I want to get into the audience and, with them, learn from the experts and guests who all have invaluable perspectives on topics like personal relationships and raising children.
How do you maintain your weight loss?
I’ve tried it all. I have done all of the diets and all of the exercise programs. They all work, basically. The key is being realistic about your body type and goals and sticking to a way of eating and working out that fits into your schedule. I’m conscious of what I eat but I don’t deprive myself of treats. And, whenever possible, I choose to be more active than less active, whether that means taking a walk after dinner or taking a nighttime swim rather than sitting on the couch and watching a movie.
I loved you on Dancing with the Stars. Do you still like to dance now that the show is over?
Dancing with the Stars was an amazing experience, and I learned to love not only dancing but the energy and fitness benefits that come with the training. I have been so busy developing and nurturing The Ricki Lake Show that I haven’t had as much time to be in the dance studio. I’m not giving it up though, and I am trying to talk Derek Hough into working with me a little more in his off time.
What’s your favorite dance style?
The rumba. I performed it to Sara Bareilles’ amazing song “Gravity,” and in my head I was doing that dance for Christian, now my husband, which made it particularly special. And I loved the dress I wore—it partly inspired my wedding gown!
Who’s one person in your life that’s changed you for the better?
Without a doubt, my husband, Christian, has changed my life in so many positive ways. He is, at his core, an authentic person who is sensitive and strong at the same time. He taught me to disconnect and be present, influencing and broadening my world view. And it’s amazing how much I still think about my Grandma Sylvia. She passed away when I was young but she was really the first person to give me confidence in myself.
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