On how Whitney's death inspired her:
Whitney Houston’s death really crushed me.. I saw someone so incredibly talented just diminish, and I refuse to go out like that.
On maintaining her bod:
My main exercise is cardio. The treadmill is fine but running outdoors gives me the best results. I try to log 6 to 8 miles a week. I could be in the worst mood, but when I do my cardio I feel much, much better.
On giving up alcohol:
Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point. I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months. I had quit for a long time but started again about five years ago. I’m off it completely once more, and now I feel stronger than ever.”
On swimming and conquering fears:
I never swam as a kid and that always bothered me. At first, it was very hard, but once I got in the water and figured out how to breathe, it was so liberating. Now it's helping me with every aspect of my life - personally and professionally. Conquering that fear was a huge boost to my confidence. I'm as proud of this accomplishment as I would be if I had graduated from college, which I never got to do.
In other MJB news, Mary taped a CMA Christmas Special recently (airing December 2nd on ABC), and she's starring in Black Nativity (November 27th).
Sidebar: I hope Whitney also inspired Mary to sell over 200 million albums and become an icon. Whitney didn't have to die to inspire a lifestyle change in anyone because her life did. Whitney's presence in the world and accomplishments in music inspired a generation and far outweigh her struggles. Mary's own life should have inspired her lifestyle change not Whitney's death. Whitney's star was so bright she introduced Mary to a completely different level of stardom just by bringing her on stage of the vh-1's divas show - that is what she should be inspired by.