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Ilyse Rogozenski

My story: I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but moved to Newark, Delaware when I was in kindergarten. After that, my family headed south to Miami Beach, Florida where I lived for ten years—first grade to sophomore year in high school. My father’s job then took us back up north to New Jersey where I have been ever since. I have a BA in English/Communications and an MA in Corporate Communications—both from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After grad school I got married in October of 2000. In 2001, I got my group exercise certification followed later by my personal training certification and, most recently, my TRX certification. My passion is fitness and writing and being able to combine both these loves into one as a writer for Skinny Mom is a dream come true!

Proud mama of: Emma, 10; Hunter, 5

My favorite fitness product: A kettlebell

If I could train with one person, living or dead, it would be: Julie Foucher (CrossFit competitor)

My favorite skinny recipe: Vanilla protein omelet with bananas and almond butter

If I could eat one food as often as I wanted without worry, it would be: Any type of pasta.

Three things on my bucket list are: 1. Travel the world 2. Write a best-selling novel 3. Bench press my own weight (getting close)

My celebrity crush is: Adam Levine, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Mike Rowe

Most played song on my workout playlist: "Hey Ya" by Outkast

Last thing I read: "Master Your Metabolism" by Jillian Michaels

My favorite quote: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression."

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