Birthday: November 27th
Location: New York
Diet Detective: On those days when you're not motivated to work out, but you know you have to, what's the one thought that gets you going?
Donna: The thought of being in my bikini!
Diet Detective: If you had to choose a specific song or band to get you psyched for your workout, what would it be?
Donna: Gwen Stefani — I love her!
Diet Detective: If you could eat one forbidden food whenever you wanted without gaining weight, what would it be?
Diet Detective: What dessert do you dream about?
Diet Detective: If there were one healthy food item (something you love) that you had to eat every day, what would it be?
Diet Detective: What is the one food or meal you always eat before an event? What about before training?
Diet Detective: What’s the best book about health that you’ve read?
Donna: The South Beach Diet book.
Diet Detective: What are your two favorite health magazines?
Donna: Self magazine and Fitness magazine.
Diet Detective: What do you consider the world’s most perfect food?
Donna: Sushi, particularly a spicy tuna roll.
Diet Detective: Do you have any sports superstitions or rituals?
Donna: Not really.
Diet Detective: How do you take total control of your mind and body to achieve the focus you need during pivotal sports moments?
Donna: Music helps me become motivated, it drives me.
Diet Detective: What do you think is the best training location in the world?
Donna: Miami Beach—hands down!
Diet Detective: What do you do to reduce stress/relax/center your mind? Do you participate in an organized relaxation activity such as yoga, meditation or tai chi?
Donna: I usually run to relax myself.
Diet Detective: Are there healthy restaurants that you enjoy and would recommend?
Donna: Serafina is a great restaurant that offers fresh Italian food.
Diet Detective: Do you have a favorite healthy recipe or cooking tip? If so would you share it?
Donna: Make sure you use the freshest ingredients and virgin olive oil.
Diet Detective: Tell us how you got to where you are now.
Donna: Broadway dancer to aerobics instructor to fitness facility owner to Senior VP of programming for Crunch Fitness.
Diet Detective: Define and discuss failure.
Donna: Not realizing that there is “nothing you can’t do”.
Diet Detective: Is there anything about yourself that you've changed your mind about in the last 20 years?
Donna: My ability to grow and learn.
Diet Detective: What's the next major item on your "to-do" list?
Donna: Finding the next fitness phenomenon and focusing on Crunch’s growth outside the box of the gyms…TV, movies, and the world.
Diet Detective: Define individual responsibility and how you react to adverse situations.
Donna: I need to take a breath and get the facts before I react.
Diet Detective: Was there a defining moment in your life when you made a decision that changed the course of the rest of your life forever?
Donna: Working with my then partner at club body tech, Dan Critchett.
Diet Detective: What's the most bodacious chance you've ever taken?
Donna: Too many to name!
Diet Detective: What's the biggest lesson you've learned about yourself? What’s the biggest lesson you haven't learned?
Donna: Strength is not a negative. Sometimes it is best to keep your mouth shut.
Diet Detective: What keeps you going (your motivation)?
Donna: My insane energy.
Diet Detective: What's your favorite saying?
Donna: Whatever!Created: September 9, 2010 Last Reviewed: September 9, 2010
CHARLES PLATKIN, Ph.D., M.P.H., THE DIET DETECTIVE is one of the country's leading nutrition and public health advocates, whose syndicated health, nutrition and fitness column, the Diet Detective appears in more than 100 daily newspapers and media outlets nationally. Dr. Platkin is also the founder of DietDetective.com, which offers nutrition, food, and fitness information. Platkin is a health expert and blogger featured on Everydayhealth.com, Active.com and Fitnessmagazine.com. Additionally, Platkin is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Hunter College School of Urban Public Health and CUNY School of Public Health in New York City.
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