Wendy Ida Proves Good Health is Ageless & Wants You to “Take Back Your Life”

WI: Ooooh yeah baby! [laughs] I am so not one of those straight laced people who say they eat good all the time, I’m talking about I live in reality! When I coach people, I coach them on the reality type stuff. I don’t try to paint such a pretty picture because it’s not me anyway. I like sugar and the bad stuff! I mean nobody is exempt from addiction and that’s what I call sugar – it’s an addiction and it’s aging and I try to stay away from it. However, I do have it and here’s the bottom line – I know how to control my weaknesses and that’s the bottom line because I’m no different from anybody else out there and I tell people that all the time, I know my weaknesses and I deal with them accordingly – it’s about dealing with them in a positive way and one that can work for you and your lifestyle.

So once a week I have a full out cheat meal; I try to keep it to once a week. I like Mexican food so one of my favorites is Baja Fresh. I go there and one of my favorite things to get is the veggie quesadilla and I get that with guacamole and spices – I have that and I have the chips and all! I enjoy it and I don’t feel guilty at all about it. I feel good because I’ve been good all week so that’s what I do, and I get right back on it [to good eating] the next time [I eat].

My favorite goodies are graham crackers, those are my favorite! It makes me feel like a child again; it’s one of those things I never grew out of and I put peanut butter on them; or banana bread! I try to mainly do it once a week and I always tell a lot of folks to use your 80:20 rule, eat 80% good most of the time and 20% do what you want, but don’t go crazy!

BFT: You were recently featured in a video series “Strive To Thrive,” produced by Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker. Can you tell us a little bit about “Strive To Thrive” and your involvement with the project?


Wendy Ida
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WI: Yes, so we go out regularly but let me first tell you what “Strive To Thrive” is about; Boris and Nicole started it because they were always being asked about things like love and relationships because they’re a beautiful couple who married each other and are in love, but people were also asking them about health, fitness, and nutrition because they have a special needs child. They were always involved in discussions about having a child with special needs so they had to do a great deal of personal research about health and nutrition just to help their daughter enjoy a better quality of life, so that’s how “Strive To Thrive” was formed. At the same time, Nicole launched her new Save Your Do™ GymWrap to help women live a healthy, active lifestyle without sweating out their hair or worrying about it or giving that as an excuse, and that’s a big thing. So this is where I come in; because Boris and Nicole are not the [fitness] experts, they reached out to me to help them answer all of the fitness questions and to start an open dialogue with the public to discover new, better and easier ways to live healthier lives, have healthier relationships, and enjoy overall success.

So what we do is we go around different places doing a 90-minute presentation on that very thing. So Boris, Nicole, myself and there’s also a psychologist, Dr. Brenda Wade, and nutritionist Robert Ferguson – we give a 90-minute presentation to help people and it’s very entertaining. It’s an open book where people get involved and I do something where I interrupt everybody and say “this is an exercise break, let’s get it right now!” kind of thing. So we really have a lot of fun and we also give them tools that they can take home and immediately apply to their lives. We’re just trying to get the word out in another way that can be fun and that people can relate to.

Wendy Ida

BFT: You’ve accomplished many things and have changed many lives through fitness, but there are a couple of things that really stand out. One of those is setting two Guinness Book of World Records! What records do you hold and how did those come about? 

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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