She turned to broadcasting, doing a syndicated show with fitness guru Richard Simmons, a documentary for Discovery's Health Channel "and then CNN called."
Carney was the medical anchor for CNN Headline News. "At CNN, I gained 50 pounds back in two years. I was 31 and for the first time employed in a corporate environment. I had a desk job. I had to get up at 1 a.m. to be in at 2 a.m. for the 6 a.m. show. I was running to the food court and eating fast food," she recalled.
It was back to the basics. But how do you do that when your workday starts at 1 a.m?
Carney said she found a DVD series of 10-minute blocks of exercises. "At 1 a.m., I can do 10 minutes. I could do 10 minutes when I got home from work, and before bed."
Next, she had to get her calorie intake under control. She started using a package meal plan for her main meals. Although she is now hired by the company, Nutrition System, Carney said other companies offer healthy meals. "It depends on your lifestyle. I didn't have time to cook."
Carney did make time to get seven and one half hours sleep each night --yet another commandant.
In her Charleston appearance, she'll hand down the other commandants and provide practical tools for busy women to have a healthy life. "I'll focus on 'You can do it,'" she said.
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Fit, Fun lineup
The Fun, Fit & Fabulous Women's Health Conference also will feature:
Parkersburg Chef Denise Halasz will conduct healthy cooking demonstrations.
Lisa McCracken of the Charleston Town Center Mall will present a "Fitness Fashion Show" of the trends in fitness wear.
Thomas Health Systems will offer free health screenings, and HealthSource Chiropratic will provide seated massages.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, will present a workshop on staying healthy and living longer. Dr. Jane Kurucz of Hurricane will focus on breast cancer in her presentation.
Sunday Gazette-Mail columnists Linda Arnold and Cindy Boggs will give a joint workshop on approaches that incorporate physical, mental and emotional health. Arnold is a certified wellness instructor and Boggs is a certified fitness instructor.
Gloria Araya will teach two workshops in movement and dance.
And author and certified well-being coach Aila Accad will speak on ways to reduce stress and increase energy.