Momspiration – Jody Jackson
NAME: Jody Jackson
OCCUPATION: sports anchor/reporter
HOMETOWN: Hallandale, Florida
WHAT IS YOUR CLAIM TO FAME? Talking sports on TV! I cover the Diamondbacks, Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals and more on Fox Sports Arizona
HOW MANY CHILDREN? 2- ages 6 and 4.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TREAT/ CHEAT MEAL? HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE A CHEAT MEAL? I love fast food, In n Out, Taco Bell. Once a week, maybe? I know ice cream is cheating but I eat quite a lot of it!
HOW DO YOU EAT WELL AS A MOM ON THE GO? Part of running around on the job all day is that sometimes it is hard to find time to eat. One of the positives is that media dining at arenas and stadiums around the country usually have an array of salad and fruit. There’s plenty of food filled with fat as well but I try to eat less of those things and more fruits and vegetables. The hard part about working at night is that I’m usually hungry at 11pm when we’re done working. I’ll eat something, but the key is not to overeat at midnight!
WHAT FOOD CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? That’s easy. Chocolate.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLEAN MEAL? I love grilled salmon with broccoli or another fresh vegetable. Simple and healthy.
WHAT’S YOU FAVORITE EXERCISE? Running is not only my favorite exercise but it’s my time to think and relax all at the same time. I find myself brainstorming on a number of different things from work to kids activities while I run. Other times I just listen to music.
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED? Motivation isn’t hard for me to find. I feel so much better when I am working out or running. The hard part is finding the
time. I will say I do need 6-7 hours of sleep, so I don’t sacrifice that too often to get up and run. I try to not go more than a few days without doing some sort of exercise, no matter how busy my schedule is.
COFFEE OR TEA? Cannot live without Iced Green Tea for some reason. It’s my one constant habit.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS OF WISDOM OR ADVICE, POSSIBLY SOMETHING THAT HELPED YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
Hard work has always been the most important part of my success. When I first graduated from the University of Miami I got a job in sports radio. I was willing to go out and do interviews after games at night and still come in and produce a morning show at 4am. I was given some great opportunities and I ran with them. No matter what you do there are always going to be people who take their career more seriously and work harder to hone their skills. You want to be that person. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and see how far you can go with your dreams and aspirations.
On the personal side, I am lucky that with the help of my supportive husband I can manage to balance work and motherhood!