Erin opens up about her personal health battles
(AMY SPENCER) “I’m a super-big tomboy,” says Florida native Erin Andrews, dressed down in jeans, a summery plaid shirt, and white slip-on sneakers.
But as a woman reporting on the field, she says, she’s conscious of the extra scrutiny she faces: “Is she being too silly? Is she being too sexy? Does she really know the game?”
What is your relationship with your body today, compared with when you were younger?
Back in the day, I would crush McNuggets and fries, and that would be my meal. But I handled weight a little differently then: I didn’t have the muscle tone. Now I’m addicted to working out; it just makes me feel better.
And my man can always tell when I’ve done a workout, because I’m like, “Good mooorning!”
Does Dancing with the Stars affect how you stay fit at all?
Not really. I work with former professional athletes, and they’re really good at working out. Though when I first started sideline reporting, I gained the freshman 15—because guys like to eat. When we’re a table of 15, I’m the only female, and they’re ordering sliced sirloin for an appetizer, I’m like, “Heck yeah, I’m having some of this.”
But then I’m like, “Why are my pants not fitting?!” I just love eating, and I like having a cocktail, and I like having a scoop of ice cream. I know it’s all about portion control, so if I’m going to eat, I’m going to work out.
Cancer prevention has been a priority for you since your cervical cancer diagnosis. Did you make any lifestyle changes as a result?
If anything, it’s made me hypersensitive to other things to get checked for. And I remember one of the oncologists said to me when I was going back to work, “It’s really important for you to get some sleep and not stress out.” And I’m like, “Uhh…I’m in Green Bay on Sunday and on the ballroom floor Monday—stress and not sleeping is kind of the way of life.” But I’m really trying to be better about taking deep breaths. I’m trying meditation.
You were diagnosed not long after you wrapped up your trial. What is up with life’s timing?
My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, when [the stalker videos] first came out—and then I got diagnosed right after my trial, so there’s a little part of me that does agree that stress does a lot to your body. There’s no research saying stress brings this on, but come on, you’ve heard enough about how much your body reacts. See the full interview at health.com. IMAGES: Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0; David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0