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Mary J. Blige is a strong, beautiful, and successful woman. She has won nine Grammys, has had a ton of hit records, and is happily married. Recently the 42 year old singer was on the cover of Shape magazine where she proudly showed off her very toned abs. During her interview with the magazine she revealed some of the ways that she keeps herself in such great shape even with her hectic schedule.
Blige says that she does cardio as her main source of exercise. The singer and actor says she likes to run outside as opposed to running on a treadmill and she tries to run 6 to 8 miles per week if time allows. She says that even if she is in a bad mood she still goes running and it boosts her mood back up.
As she has gotten older she has had to change up her workouts a little bit as her body has gone through different changes. She also does strength training with a trainer and also took up swimming recently to help boost her cardio workouts. She said that it was pretty hard at first because she had to to learn how to swim first but once she learned about the proper breathing technique it was much easier.
For her diet, Blige says that she has cut out dairy and gluten. She also sticks to a low-carb diet as much as possible. Before her cover shoot with Shape she stopped eating sugar for three weeks. One of the biggest changes in her diet was cutting out alcohol completely. She has not had a drink in over a year and says that she feels so much better for it. Everything that she is doing seems to be working for her because she looks great!
Janelle Monae has been switching up her look for the roll out of her new album, The Electric Lady, and so far we are loving what we see!
The video for her new single, Dance Apocalyptic, features her dancing wildly and letting her straightened back length natural hair all hang out! The song, which pokes fun at our culture’s obssession with end of the world scenarios, is super catchy and sure to be a popular dance single this summer.
On growing up:
“When people think of me initially, they remember me as ‘Akeelah [and the Bee].’ Sometimes it can be frustrating to be remembered at an age that you’ve outgrown. But at the same time, it’s never frustrated me to the point that I’ve wanted to lash out. I just take it one step at a time. I’ve been patient in letting people adapt to me and my growth.
On proving that she’s an adult:
If anything, it makes you look even more like a kid! As an adult, you don’t have to go around saying, ‘Hey, I’m an adult!’ That would be like saying, ‘Guess what — I’m black!’ You know it already. I just [try to] constantly be a professional by asking for what I need in the right way. I feel like you have to tell people who you are, but you don’t have to be disrespectful about it. But you also don’t have to be a shrinking violet. For a long time, when I was younger, I would always act like a little kid and I would just [bow] down because I would never want to feel like I’m being disrespectful to someone. But at the same time, I was like, ‘I’m 18-years-old and I’m not a kid anymore.’ I don’t have to wait for people to do things for me. I started saying, ‘No, that’s not OK. This is what I want. This is what I need from you. Please and thank you.’ At the end of the day, you’re going to have to speak up for yourself — and I learned that after always being, for lack of a better word, crapped on.
[But] I don’t think that’s a lesson that comes from the industry, I think that’s a lesson that comes from life. I think no matter what you do as a young kid — you can [even] take it from your family. You may go off to college, you’re becoming independent and you go back home and your parents treat you like a kid again. To a certain extent, everybody has their place in their family, but you have to say, ‘Mom and Dad, I actually have things to do.’ And I think that’s a lesson that happens to everyone and everyone has to learn that place in their life.”
On balancing her personal life and career:
Sometimes my personal life takes a backseat. My job never takes a backseat. Sometimes I feel like my life is in shambles and I’ll still be doing my job. It’s unintentional.
On following her dreams:
“I didn’t come from a lot. I had a lot of love and support from my family, but as far as money and that type of thing, I didn’t really have any of that. All I did was follow my dreams. If my fans take anything from me, I hope it would be that. It’s not just me being so special — they are too. They just haven’t realized it yet.”