Morris Chestnut's fat-to-fine transformation inspired me

I write about celebrities a lot, and many come to town to tout a fitness book or a fragrance or both. Few actually impress me because, frankly, celebrities have the means and the time to stay in shape and smell good. Actor Morris Chestnut was different. He talked about eating fast food, getting fat and not taking care of his body. I can relate. I was always the 'fit girl,' who tried all of the classes and got her friends hyped about a new fitness routine. In the last few years, I've lost my fitness mojo, or motivation. Blame it on being overworked, overstressed and somewhat lazy. In 2013, while filming the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie" in New York, Morris says he was "in the worst shape" ever, weighing some 220 pounds. He spent his off-time eating - pizza, Chinese food with fried won tons, chocolate chip cookies and his favorite breakfast meal, which included toast with butter and strawberry jam and waffles with whip cream, syrup and strawberries. Here's what Morris said getting in shape: "The hardest part was getting disciplined," he said. "It's always going to be challenging to make healthy choices. However, what I've discovered is that the more disciplined I am with my diet, the easier it is to stick with the lifestyle." JOY LESSON: Quit whining and do the work. It pays off.

I write about celebrities a lot, and many come to town to tout a fitness book or a fragrance or both. Few actually impress me because, frankly, celebrities have the means and the time to stay in shape and smell good. Actor Morris Chestnut was different. He talked about eating fast food, getting fat and not taking care of his body. I can relate. I was always the 'fit girl,' who tried all of the classes and got her friends hyped about a new fitness routine. In the last few years, I've lost my fitness mojo, or motivation. Blame it on being overworked, overstressed and somewhat lazy.

In 2013, while filming the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie" in New York, Morris says he was "in the worst shape" ever, weighing some 220 pounds. He spent his off-time eating - pizza, Chinese food with fried won tons, chocolate chip cookies and his favorite breakfast meal, which included toast with butter and strawberry jam and waffles with whip cream, syrup and strawberries.

Here's what Morris said getting in shape: "The hardest part was getting disciplined," he said. "It's always going to be challenging to make healthy choices. However, what I've discovered is that the more disciplined I am with my diet, the easier it is to stick with the lifestyle."

JOY LESSON: Quit whining and do the work. It pays off.