Ripa, 41 — who got her start on the soap opera "All My Children" when she was 19 — wasn't always so health-minded. It wasn't until she once was so winded just walking up a flight of stairs shortly after the birth of her third child, now-9-year-old son Joaquin, that she thought to herself, "I've got to figure this out, because I shouldn't be exhausted like this."At the urging of Consuelos, her husband of 16 years, Ripa started out power-walking three days a week for 30 minutes. "Then it was five days a week, and then I started jogging," she says. "It was like a drug. The gateway drug is the treadmill."
You would think that with all of the excerise Ripa does every day that she would loosen up on her diet — but you'd be wrong. A typical day starts off with coffee and a piece of "grainy toast" with Consuelos before work. Lunch is either a salad or yogurt and blueberries, while dinner is usually "a ton of vegetables — and a salad, soup, or a light piece of fish." And in between meals, Ripa munches on "flaxseed snacks" and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. That's not to say she doesn't treat herself to a splurge every once and a while. "If there's cheesecake in the house, I'll have some," she tells Good Housekeeping. "If I'm in the mood for something, I'll have it. I don't obsess about anything. I could have three or four 'cheat days' in a week and then not have dessert for another three months."
Another aspect of her life that Ripa is dedicated to nurturing is her relationship with her husband, with whom she eloped in 1996 after meeting on the set of "AMC." Although work and kids (the couple are parents to Michael, 14, and Lola, 10, in addition to Joaquin) take up a huge portion of their day, once the kids are asleep for the night, Ripa and Consuelos make it a point to do something together, even if it's simply just to sit down and watch TV. "We used to go away, just the two of us, for three days to celebrate our anniversary every year," she says. "I can't remember the last time we did that. It just became too much to climb out from under the amount of homework that would pile up! Maybe when the kids are a little bit older, we'll start again. We started having kids young, so when they leave the house, we'll still be young enough to enjoy it."
- Kelly Ripa
- Mark Consuelos