The actress, author and View co-host dishes with Rach about life in the fast lane -- in and out of the gym.

By Rachael Ray Every Day
November 01, 2005
Sherri Shepherd

Rachael Ray: Sherri, you look amazing! You've told me that you're a reluctant exerciser -- is that still the case?

Sherri Shepherd: If it wasn't for my trainer -- who comes looking for me three times a week before 7 a.m. -- I wouldn't get my butt out of bed and into the gym. There are many mornings when I think about faking a sprained ankle, but I just put it out of my head and make myself go.

RR: How do you stay motivated?

SS: Knowing that I feel healthier with my 4-year-old son, Jeffrey, keeps me going. When I'm done working out, I have energy to play and jump around with him. But I want to know how to feel good while I'm in the gym, because I'm mad while I'm on the treadmill. I've got that angry-lady face the entire time.

RR: It's hard to look happy when you're sprinting on an incline! But I know you have fun in your off time -- I read on Twitter that you're known as the Karaoke Queen. What's your go-to song?

SS: My number-one is Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," and I'm really feeling Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone." I have a karaoke machine at home and bought a microphone for Jeffrey, too. We'll sing Dora the Explorer songs in Spanish.

RR: How do you balance family life now that you've got The View, your new Lifetime TV series, Sherri, films and a book tour?

SS: It's really hectic, but the one thing I make sure to do is sit down and eat dinner with my son.

RR: That's great. Do you get a chance to cook for Jeffrey?

SS: I microwave for him. But I'll make him a salad, which he'll eat as long as everything is cut into tiny bits. If he sees big leaves and chunky bell peppers, forget it.

RR: Are there any foods that you would absolutely not eat?

SS: I'm a human garbage can, but I don't like veggies unless they have Velveeta cheese on top. And forget crunchy broccoli and carrots. I like 'em soggy, soft and wilted. The nutrients have probably gone away, but that's the only way I can eat them.

RR: Cheese makes everything taste better. What's your favorite recipe for those salmon fillets in your freezer?

SS: I add lemon pepper seasoning and throw them on the George Foreman grill. It's simple, but tastes great. I even make them when I'm having company over, and they're always a hit.

RR: Well, speaking of company, if you could have a dream dinner party, who would you put at your table and why?

SS: I'd love to have first lady Michelle Obama over and ask, "How do you make your marriage work?" I think the president is sexy as all get-out, but he has got to get on her nerves some kind of way. He's this wonderful, powerful man, but she sees him leaving his socks on the floor. Does she ever yell at him, like, "Take the damn garbage out!"? I want to know her secret.