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Carrie Underwood Opens Up About Writing a Fitness Book

It's the how-to manual to healthy living she wishes she had.

Written by Chris Parton
Carrie Underwood Opens Up About Writing a Fitness Book
Carrie Underwood; Photo credit: Peggy Sirota for Women’s Health magazine

Carrie Underwood has opened up in a new interview to explain the motivation behind her just-released fitness book, revealing why she wrote Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong With Fit52Life.

Speaking with Women’s Health magazine, the country superstar starts from the beginning. She admits that like so many others, her desire to get healthy stems from insecurity — and it goes all the way back to stepping into the American Idol spotlight for the first time.

Carrie Underwood; Photo credit: Peggy Sirota for Women’s Health magazine

“I shouldn’t care what other people think about me,” Underwood says of her thoughts at the time, also admitting that she knew her diet wasn’t working. Even though she’d been a vegetarian since the age of 13, she lists quesadillas and pasta as frequent favorites — not exactly health food. “I was tired, and I kept buying bigger clothes,” she recalls. “I knew I could be better for myself, and I let my haters be my motivators.”

Moving forward was a two steps ahead, one step back process, Underwood says. But eventually she began to understand that eating less and working out more wasn’t enough. She needed to do each better, and that’s the idea behind the book. It’s like an owner’s manual for healthy living that she wishes she had, and the star has also launched an app to go with it.

“I love rules,” the singer says. “This is how I feel good about myself, and this is how I operate.”

Underwood goes on to open up in some surprising ways — even revealing how she coped with three devastating miscarriages — and ultimately offers some straightforward pointers on how fans can feel their best. Read on to learn more about Underwood’s workout routine and her favorite things to eat — as well as her little indulgences.

“I do have my vice,” Underwood shares, “and it’s red wine. It’s good for my heart, right?!”

Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong With Fit52Life is out now, and Underwood has confirmed her family is safe after riding out the deadly Nashville tornado.