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Lovin' Life, No. 2
In the first edition of Lovin' Life featuring Michelle McCool's advice, the All-American Diva tackles dating, quitting smoking, football, fashion and more. Read on to see what our fans asked Michelle and get ready to take some notes from her answers.
Question: I have a few questions that I need to ask you. How do you stay in shape? If you were eating out on a date with somebody, which restaurant would you choose and why? If you retired from professional wrestling one day, would you go back to teaching or would you do something else? Do you like wrestling video games? And my final question is if you were the Women's Champion, would you take that title to SmackDown if given the option? -Michael
Michelle McCool: Hi Michael … let's see if I can get these straight for you.
1. I try to stay in shape by working out consistently and eating healthy (90 percent of the time). It's hard to get in regular workouts while on the road, so I have to get creative at times. I prefer to be outdoors walking or running, doing push-ups, sprinting and stretching. I also try to get to the arenas early and get in the ring, which is a great workout all alone.
2. That's a tough one … depending on where we were, I'd probably go for sushi first. (I used to hate it, but it's now one of my favorite foods -- only the cooked kind for me, though.) After sushi, I love Cracker Barrel, Carraba's and Outback Steakhouse!
3. If I were to retire from wrestling, I'm not sure what I would jump into first. I still have a lot of goals to accomplish here, so I honestly don't think about it too much. I loved teaching and I am keeping my teaching certificate current so that I always do have the option to go back to the classroom!
4. I do like wrestling video games, I'm just not very good at them! There are entirely too many buttons for me!
5. If given the option, I would bring the title back to SmackDown! I think the Divas on SmackDown are wonderful athletes who have worked hard and are very deserving of having the title on their brand!
Question: I just joined the boys wrestling team in my high school. Do you think that's a good idea? I'm a little nervous of what people are going to think. I'm asking you this because I know how wrestling is often considered a "guy sport," but I think its so cool how Divas are taking over WWE! Go Divas!! -Alyssa
Michelle: First off, you go, girl! I think it's great that you are on the wrestling team. I've always had the attitude of, it doesn't matter what others think. If you are doing something you love to do, then go for it! It's only you who truly matters. If you don't go after your dreams, someone else will!
Question: Hey, Michelle. I've been a smoker for 17 years and I'm thinking about trying to quit. Do you have any tips that could help me along the way? -Tammy
Michelle: Hi, Tammy! I think it's great that you are trying to quit smoking. Wanting to do it and setting your mind to doing it are the first steps. I have never been a smoker or had an addiction, so I'm sure it's easier said than done. However, I do know this: It's not going to be easy. You are going to have days that are harder than others and days that you don't think you are going to make it, which I can say I've had many of before. Just don't give up! You can do ABSOLUTELY anything you put your mind do. Just think about how much quitting will benefit your health … and the health of those around you! Good luck!
Question: I am in high school and having a little trouble deciding on what I want to be. I was hoping you could help. I like all of the "girly" clothes, but I like punk/gothic clothes, as well. -Antonia
Michelle: Hi, Antonia. No matter where I'm at or who I'm around, I've always believed in being you. Clothes don't define who you are, despite what some may say. Who says you can't wear "girly" clothes one day, punk clothes the next, etc.? Just be yourself. I dress different all the time, depending on what type of mood I'm in. No matter what is covering my skin on the exterior, I'm always the same girl underneath. Be yourself -- as long as you are comfortable and not trying to be someone or something you aren't, your confidence will shine through!
Question: I'm 16 and I've always wanted to be a WWE Superstar. The only problem is my friends and family just find it to be a really big joke. Would you have any advice for me? -Pat
Michelle: Hi, Pat! I do believe in going to college and getting your education first. That way, you will always have something to fall back on! However, plain and simple, if you don't go after your dreams, someone else will.
Question: Are you a Christian and if so how do you keep that going while on the road with the WWE? -Matt
Michelle: Hi, Matt! Yes, I am a Christian. I don't think it's a matter of keeping it going on the road; it's a matter of continuing to grow in your relationship no matter where you are at. Just because I'm "on the road" doesn't mean I am a different person.
Question: You said you could give out college football picks, so I'd like to see just how good you are. Pick any five games you want against the spread for the remainder of the season, and I will pick my five games against the spread, and we'll see who does better at the end of the season. I know it's not your style, but if I win you have to agree to take me out to the five-star restaurant of my choosing and pay for it all. Or when you someday win the Women's Championship, you have to dedicate it to me. Your choice.
Michelle: Hi there. You are on! Choose the games!
Question: I just have to say you are one of the prettiest Divas in WWE history. It sounds like you are a pretty big sports fan, overall. Who are your favorite college football teams? -Bill
Michelle: Thank you, Bill! My favorite college team is my alma mater: FLORIDA STATE! Go Seminoles!
Question: Do you also watch the NFL or Arena Football? If so, what are your favorite teams?
Michelle: To be honest, I don't watch much arena football, but I am a fan. My brother played arena ball and I had a blast watching those games. They are intense and exciting, to say the least. Yes, I do watch the NFL, though I enjoy college more. My favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. Though he's retired, I'm a Jerome Bettis fan!
Question: I know that you have heard JBL saying that you will be the next Mrs. JBL. You have never responded to those comments. So, do you care to comment now? -Scott
Michelle: What do you say to that, Scott? JBL is pretty strongly opinionated, huh? I have heard him say that a time or two. At first I thought he was just being JBL -- you know, a little loud and a tad bit arrogant -- but then he kept saying it week after week. To be honest, JBL isn't my type, so I don't really see that in my future. He's a little too much for me! He is pretty persistent though.
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