Marie Os­mond spills her se­crets to look and feel great

Beloved singer, mom and grandma Marie Os­mond, 59, opens up about the well­ness strate­gies that keep her slim, calm and ra­di­ant no mat­ter how hec­tic life gets

First For Women - - Contents - By Deb­o­rah Evans Price

As Marie Os­mond looks for­ward to 2019, she’s cel­e­brat­ing just how far she’s come since los­ing 50 pounds on Nutrisys­tem 12 years ago. “I just went hik­ing with my hus­band in Mon­tana. There’s no way I could be this ac­tive and hav­ing this much fun if I still had an ex­tra 50 pounds on my body,” cheers Marie. “There’s no way I could be do­ing the show for the 11th year at the Flamingo Las Ve­gas and keep­ing the schedule I keep if I didn’t take care of my­self.”

In 2019, Marie in­tends to take that self-care a step fur­ther by carv­ing out more time to bond with her four grand­ba­bies. “At this stage of the game, I’m very blessed to be able to de­cide what I want to do and be in con­trol in my life in an em­pow­er­ing, happy way that fills my life with love and kind­ness,” as­serts Marie. And to main­tain her en­ergy as she nav­i­gates the busy­ness, Marie re­lies on a few savvy strate­gies.

MELTS A MENOPOT: Smart snack swaps

“My fam­ily eats so much bet­ter be­cause I do,” notes Marie. “I don’t keep a lot of junk in the house. I al­ways have Nutrisys­tem’s Choco­late Tur­boshakes [avail­able at Wal­mart and Nutrisys­tem.com] for a quick snack. They’re packed with pro­bi­otics, pro­tein, fiber and tons of vitamins. It’s such an easy and tasty way to get the nu­tri­ents you need. My guilty plea­sure is these dried man­gos dipped in dark choco­late that I get at Whole Foods. They’re so good.”

FOS­TERS JOY: Spread­ing pos­i­tiv­ity

“I write a lit­tle blog on my web­site, MarieOs­mond.com, ev­ery Sun­day to keep peo­ple think­ing about faith and hope,” says Marie. “I just think there’s so much crazy noise out there that we need to be re­minded of the happy things in our life and how to en­joy our life. Some­times they are longer and some­times they are short—it just de­pends on what I feel like writ­ing. It’s never po­lit­i­cal. Re­cently, I wrote about how hard it is as a par­ent to let your kids fail, but how im­por­tant it is to let them go through those strug­gles and fig­ure it out. I love be­ing able to con­nect with peo­ple that way.”

PRO­MOTES PEACE: Find­ing the bright side

“Peo­ple look at my life and say, ‘Oh, she has so many suc­cesses,’ but I have an equal amount of tri­als and hard­ships. Maybe even more be­cause that’s life. But we do not grow from the great things; we grow from the hard things,” says Marie, not­ing that the key to find­ing the path to growth is lis­ten­ing to her gut. “I be­lieve as women, we have an in­tu­ition. I think that it’s one of the greatest gifts that God has given to us. If we would just take those quiet mo­ments and lis­ten and then fol­low, we would be hap­pier. We just have to learn to trust it.”

RE­NEWS THE SPIRIT: Fo­cused fam­ily time

“Back in the day, on Fri­day nights, the TV would go off and no friends were al­lowed over—it was one day a week where it was just be­ing with our fam­ily, and it was a pri­or­ity no mat­ter what,” re­calls Marie. “I think those are val­ues that we should look at al­ways as we raise our chil­dren and even spend time with our grand­chil­dren. It’s one of the reasons that I love go­ing camp­ing with my hus­band and my cute lit­tle grand­sons. It’s so fun be­cause you get them away from the TV and video games. In­stead, you can sit and read books and play board games, and you get them out walk­ing in na­ture.”

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