Checotah native Carrie Underwood is featured on the cover of Women’s Health magazine’s November issue, on newsstands today.
The country music superstar shares her body and beauty secrets, dishes on her marriage to professional hockey player Mike Fisher and reveals her tips for staying happy.
Check out these quotes and excerpts from her Women’s Health interview, along with one of the images from her photo shoot and a behind-the-scenes video:
Quotes from her Women’s Health interview:
On winter fashion:
“Some of my favorite go-to winter staples are comfy sweaters, jeans and boots pretty much. That’s kind of where I go, where I land.”
On holiday celebrating:
“I get to celebrate the holidays usually with my family or my husband’s family or a combination of the two. Or go see one and then go see the other. We just get together and we eat and we open presents and laugh and just enjoy each other’s company. It’s really not too complicated, but it’s really nice to be around family during the holidays.”
On her engagement:
“As far as my love life, something that blew me away would have to be my engagement. My husband calls himself romantically challenged. And if he really applies himself he can do amazing things that surprise me and make me fall in love with him on a regular basis. But he put a lot of thought into our engagement. It’s not really something we’ve talked about too much but he planned it out and he put effort into it and he thought this whole thing out. And that’s what meant so much to me is that I could tell he’d been cooking this up in his head for a while. And the effort more than anything just meant so much.”
On working out with her hubby:
“My husband is a hockey player and his workouts are pretty intense so it makes me feel really good when I hear him telling his friends, “Oh, she works out, she gets after it, and she’s not like your typical girl working out.” And I do, I workout hard. Sometimes we do workout together but not a whole heck of a lot because he obviously is a professional athlete and we’re not really working out the same muscle groups or doing the same things. But we have before, worked out together, and I think it challenges you when you do workout with somebody else, especially me who’s so competitive. I’m not going to let him beat me.”
On “The Sound Of Music” and Country Music Association Awards:
“My entire fall has basically been all about ‘The Sound of Music.’ That’s a wonderful project that I’ve been asked to be a part of. It’s a live musical on TV so there’s been a lot of prep work. I’ve been in New York quite a bit doing run-through’s and working on a kind of music that’s not exactly the kind of music that I’m use to singing. So it’s been a lot of work and it’s been really challenging. But I think in the end it’s really going to be very rewarding. It’s going to be exciting to actually do a musical live on TV. Also the CMA awards have taken up a lot of my time. There are always different kinds of meetings that we have to have as hosts to get ready for that so it’s been all about big events for me. So a lot of prep work and then a big night.”
On working out:
“I always try to do something as far as working out and I do realize that sometimes time can be an issue, but I have an elliptical machine. That’s one of my favorite things and if I have thirty minutes, twenty minutes, whatever it is, I really make sure it’s going to be a workout. I have to apply myself in those twenty minutes. I get after it. Another one that I love and that I’ve been really getting into is tabata. You can get a timer on your smartphone for free. There’s a ton of different options. Just read up on a few moves and you really can get a good muscle workout using a tabata timer.”
On her workout playlist:
“My workout playlist is a bit random and angry. I like really loud, mad music. Not necessarily stuff I’d listen to getting ready in the morning or driving around in my car. I want something that makes me want to hit something, if that makes any sense at all. I like mad music when I workout.”
On her hobbies:
“I don’t have a lot of hobbies. But I do love sports in general. I love going to sporting events, I don’t care what it is. I love the atmosphere. I love the energy. I love seeing people get physical. I love obviously going to hockey games because my husband is a hockey player. Football games, baseball games – it does not matter what it is. I just really enjoy being at a sporting event.
On her vegan eating habits and cheese:
“I am a vegan but I consider myself to be a practical vegan. If I order something on a menu and it has a sprinkling of cheese on top I’m not going to send it back. I’ve been vegetarian – no fish no chicken no meat vegetarian – for about a decade now. The vegan thing is something I try to do my best on because it’s a cheesy world out there. We recently went to Italy and they put cheese in, on and around everything. So I kind of had to be vegetarian when I was on vacation, and now that I’ve been back home I’ve been getting back into my vegan lifestyle. But I’m vegan at home. It’s when I go other places that it can be a challenge especially when you don’t exactly know what you’re ordering. It doesn’t say that there’s cheese on the menu. But like I said I’m practical vegan.”
On receiving compliments:
“I’ve been lucky enough to receive a lot of compliments from people that I really love over the years. But one that I will never forget was when I was having a really bad day at school; I was probably a junior in high school. I came home, and my dad’s not really the kind of guy to really give compliments – God love him, I love him – but he’s really not a compliment giver, and he told me that I looked “really pretty today.” I don’t know if he sensed that there was something wrong or that I was having a tough day, but it meant a lot to me and I’ll never forget that. I remember what I was wearing and the makeup I had on and he told me that I looked really pretty and it meant a lot.”
Excerpts from the magazine:
A list of things Carrie would rather not live without:
COCONUT OIL “I put it on my food, I put it on my face, I put it on my hair. If it’s winter, the second I get out of the shower, I spread it all over and it feels really good and it smells good too.”
EZEKIEL BREAD “It’s not like white sandwich bread. It has grains like barley. Once you get used to it, you can’t go back.”
BETTER’N PEANUT BUTTER “I’m not a big sweets person, but sometimes I’ll do apples with peanut butter. This peanut butter has only 100 calories and two grams of fat.”
HOSTING THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS WITH BRAD PAISLEY
At first Carrie thought, “They want us to host? How do we host? Now, in our sixth year, I feel like we know what we’re doing and it’s just fun.”
HOT YOGA—THE RELAXED WAY
“I go to a place in Nashville when I’m home, but I had to talk with the instructor. She would always try to really push me, so I was like, ‘This is my stretchy time. I’m here to relax and stretch out all the stuff that I’ve done to myself over the week. I don’t want to be pushed.’”
HER OLD GYM SHORTS
“I’ve had the same shorts for years and I’ll wear them until I can’t wear them anymore. People who dress up for the gym? I don’t like them.”
Most stars employ full-time hair and makeup pros—and who wouldn’t? Well, Carrie. “I’ve always loved makeup,” she says. Before every show, she layers on her own foundation, smokes out her own eyes (she likes shimmery gold and brown shadows), styles her own hair, and clips in her own hair extensions.
BRINGING “FAMILY” ALONG
You won’t find Carrie on tour without her dogs, Penny and Ace. “Having that connection on tour is really important. Everybody’s all worried about me all the time. They’re my thing to take care of.”
THROWING A PARTY
Does she like sleeping on a bus, missing dinners with fellow hockey wives back in Nashville (her husband plays for the NHL’s Nashville Predators), and communicating with family via Skype? Not so much. When things start dragging on tour, Carrie pulls the crew together for parking-lot parties. “We get some beers, grill out, and don’t worry about anything.”
COOKING UP A STORM
If you’re a vegetarian, things can get pretty sad at the on-set catering tables. Carrie’s seen her share of eggplant parmesan, which is all well and good—if you like eggplant. (Carrie doesn’t.) She now shops for and prepares her own food—tofu scrambles, veggie burgers—on the double-burner she had installed in her tour bus. Because she’s often short on time, Carrie travels with Dr. McDougall’s boxed pad thai and lentil pilaf, which require only water and a microwave. She also stocks Vitaminwater (she’s a spokesperson) for hydration.
On Dec. 5, Carrie will play Maria in a live version of “The Sound of Music” on NBC. “The live thing? It’s gutsy. It’s ambitious,” she says. The only part that has her a little nervous? The acting. “Music is where I live. But doing other things broadens me and my experiences and what I can do. I’m up for anything.”
For more of Carrie’s Women’s Health interview, go to http://www.womenshealthmag.com/tags/carrie-underwood or pick up a copy of the magazine.