Monday, November 20, 2017

Cityline host, Tracy Moore, talks about stress management techniques and being the change

Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

I host Cityline, the longest running lifestyle show in Canada.

 

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on?

I am very excited to be working on TIFF as a live reporter as well as a brand new season of shows on Cityline. I’m also heavy into volunteerism and look forward to spending time reading with elementary school students and hosting various charitable events.

 

Do you find the pressures of working in the entertainment industry significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?  If so, how do you navigate through that terrain?  How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?

 

There are huge pressures for women working in tv to uphold a crazy ideal. First of all the tv stretches us, adding major pounds to our appearance. The biggest comment I get from our live in-studio audience every day on the show is: “Wow – you are WAY smaller in real life!” It used to bug the crap out of me. Now I take it in stride because well, it’s true! I’ve been hard on myself with regard to my body at many points in my life. But because I’ve always been a big fitness advocate I remain focused on how strong my body feels and how good it feels to move it. My husband and I don’t speak badly of our bodies in front of the kids. I am generally quite good and forgiving with myself as well. The reality, however, is that I have to maintain a fairly strict diet in order to stay within my weight range. It’s just my genetics. The fitness part is easy…I LOVE it. The constant healthy eating I could do without!

 

What made you want to get involved with Mental Fitness, Inc.?

I think us women waste a lot of hours worrying about our bodies when we could be coming up with a cure for HIV/AIDS, flying to the moon or running the country. I’m just as guilty as the next gal. But I strongly feel that if the media was better about showing bodies of all shapes and sizes it would help preserve our mental health.

 

Who were the role models in your life?

My mom and dad. My mom had a tough childhood and never wore any of that negativity as a mother to us. My dad taught me that men are good, thoughtful, intelligent, caring and loving and that’s what I should expect in a partner.

 

What do you define as beautiful?

I love strength. I mean, take a look at my biceps and quads. They make me happy! I also love confidence. Not cockiness…confidence. If you are really self-assured you needn’t ever remind anyone how amazing you are. Humility is also a trait I adore.

 

How do you define inner beauty?

Be grateful! You have more to be happy about than you think. Always remember you didn’t get anywhere by yourself. Take time to remember those who helped you. People who do this are stunning to me.

 

What is happiness?

Having the ability to live in a moment and understand that life is good. It could be appreciating a hot shower, a slice of chocolate cake, or the feel of your toddler’s feet. Just sit in that moment it for awhile and feel good.

 

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?  Thoughts about that? (http://wearetherealdeal.com/about/the-real-deal-pledge/)

Absolutely! These are all my motto’s already.

 

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?  Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool?  Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?

A lot of my stress is managed by training daily. Working out is an excellent stress-reliever.  Aside from that, my husband and I lean heavily on each other for advice and support. My back-up is my mom and girlfriends. I’d be a mental mess without my support team.

 

How do you find a work-life balance — as a woman, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance?

I don’t have balance in my life. Some days my job wins. Some days my kids win. As soon as I realized that this was my reality it became easier to deal with. It’s kind of liberating to know that my life is messy…and I’m okay with it.

 

Other thoughts / reflections?

Love yourself (a lot!) or no one else will.

 

TRACY’S BIO:

Tracy Moore is an award-nominated host of Cityline, Canada’s highest-rated and longest-running lifestyle television program. Prior to hosting Cityline, she was a reporter/anchor for Breakfast Television, CP24 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Moore holds a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London. She’s  married to former journalist and entrepreneur Lio Perron. They have two children together. Despite her busy schedule she remains a fitness fanatic and involved with several charities, including Girls on the Run.

 

Tracy Family

 

WEBSITES:

tracymoore.me – Corporate sponsorship and hosting engagements

cityline.ca – Cityline’s official website

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