Sheree Whitfield Reveals the Secrets Behind Her Rockin’ Body and Hints at a Future as a Fitness Expert - Exclusive
Sheree Whitfield Reveals the Secrets Behind Her Rockin’ Body and Hints at a Future as a Fitness Expert – Exclusive
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Sheree Whitfield Reveals the Secrets Behind Her Rockin’ Body and Hints at a Future as a Fitness Expert – Exclusive

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Sheree Whitfield has had her patience (and sanity!) tested on Season 4 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the working mom has always found time to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Wetpaint Entertainment spoke with Sheree exclusively, and she told us all about how she maintains her killer body, how the stress of the past year has affected her health, and her plans to teach others the importance of personal fitness.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Your body has been drawing a lot of positive attention this season. You're showing off your arms and, as Phaedra pointed out, you have a pretty killer booty! What's your exercise regimen like?

Sheree Whitfield: You know, it’s funny that this season, everyone’s started noticing my body – but I’ve always been fit. When I work out, that’s my “me” time. I do it at least five times a week. I use kettle balls, I do circuit training, I spin, I kickbox and when the weather’s right I’ll run outside. I always mix it up, though. I don’t want do just one thing or else my body might plateau.

What's your diet like? Do you follow a specific plan? Do you allow yourself to splurge?

There are certain things I refuse to give up. I love chocolate chip cookies, I love cake. I have a real sweet tooth. Other than that, I eat pretty clean. I stay away from beef and pork, but I eat lots of protein and good carbs, drink plenty of water and snack on healthy things: hummus and chips, celery with peanut butter or almond butter, things like that.

Are you trying to set an example for your kids? Do they have anything to do with your desire to live a healthy lifestyle?

They have a lot to do with it. There’s a lot of childhood obesity out there and a lot of health issues that stem from not eating right. I want to set an example for them and make sure that I’m going to be around for a long, long time. I want to see their kids grow up.

You've clearly been through a lot this year. Do you think with better physical health comes better emotional and mental health?

Absolutely. The mind and the body are linked. If you take care of your body and keep it healthy, that’s a great step towards emotional health. Exercise is a great way to handle stress. I’m not the girl that’s going to the corner and just cry. All that’s going to do is give you gray hair and wrinkles. You’ve got to know how to cope with stress or it will kill you, it really will.

Do you see yourself eventually teaching people about fitness?

It’s in the works! It’s something I’m passionate about – people living happier, healthier lives. I’d love to start teaching and maybe make a DVD. Stay tuned!