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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Carrie Underwood: Believe In Yourself!




Carrie Underwood, 26, believes in doing what she loves. “For me, it’s all about having fun,” she says. “That’s how you end up with something you want.”

Before winning 2005’s American Idol, Underwood tried in her teens to become a professional singer. But when she failed to attract interest, she decided to shelve her passion and pursue a degree in broadcast journalism. By the time the Idol audition came along, something told her to give her dream one last shot and try out. The rest, as they say, is showbiz history.

Now Underwood spends her days crisscrossing the U.S. on a tour bus and co-hosting events likeThe 43rd Annual CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, which airs on Nov. 11. She has also just released a new album, Play On.

“My hours are crazy,” she admits, “so I try to work out as much as I can. My whole day goes better if I can just get a few minutes in. Even if it’s not a full hour, if I can get on a bike or the treadmill for 30 minutes, I think better, I speak better—I’m a happier person. Regular exercise helps me sleep, too.

“You don’t have to get crazy though,” she adds. “I like running, getting on the bike, and working out to videos. You can get a great workout at home if you have the right videos.”

Does she have any problem spots?

“My abs are my trouble area,” Underwood says. “If I gain weight, it’s around my hips and my belly. And if you have on a great dress and it fits everywhere but your belly, that’s not good. It may take me the rest of my life, but if I’m 80 and I have abs, I’ll be happy!”

She’ll also be happy to have “a wee bit of time off to hang out with family” over the holidays. “When the whole family is in one place, it’s really special,” she says. “We’re not culinary geniuses, but we have a good time cooking and eating—too much dessert, too much food, snack time in between, and then we do it all over again!”

If there’s time, she’ll take in a football game. “I like football and hockey on TV,” Underwood says. “But going to live sporting events is the best. We went to a Tennessee Titans game not too long ago. There were whole families walking up together and people outside barbecuing. Everybody had their jerseys on, and they were playing football in the parking lot—it was just such a great vibe.”

Source: Parade.com

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