I recently met the incredible Stephanie Rice through my friend Kristin Dahl (whom I’ll be featuring in the next few weeks!). Stephanie and Kristin recently wrote the e-book, The Art of Wellness and I am a huge fan of their philosophy. I was also fascinated and inspired to learn that Stephanie is an Olympic Gold Medalist for Australia with THREE gold medals under her belt! How is that for a fascinating career path?
I definitely wanted to profile Stephanie to learn more about her philosophy on healthy eating, working out and of course – swimming. Meet Stephanie Rice everyone!
How did you get your start as a swimmer?
I started swimming as a baby in learn-to-swim classes and I just loved being in the water so much that I kept progressing through to squad and club teams.
What inspired you to pursue a career in competitive swimming?
From the age of about 3 or 4 I knew I was put here on Earth to do something really special and I just felt so strongly that it was to go to the Olympics. I knew it would be for swimming because I loved it so much.
What was it like to win THREE Olympic gold medals?
It was the most incredible moment and feeling of my life. Having everything come together in that 1 moment to execute everything to near perfection on the biggest sporting stage was a dream come true. It was very surreal and it all happened so fast that I didn’t have much time to just stop and take it all in … but it was magical.
What sorts of things are you pursuing since announcing your retirement from competitive swimming?
Since finishing swimming I have been discovering my other passions and inspirations. I have a great knowledge for health, fitness and wellness which was why I wanted to create the e-book “The Art of Wellness” with Kristin, but also I love on-camera work and business skills, so combining that on the popular TV show “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2013 was such a great experience, and a huge honour to win the show.
Tell us more about your e-book The Art of Wellness! How did this idea come about?
We both really wanted to put something out to the world that was more of a holistic approach to health. Kristin is a fantastic holistic nutritionist and obviously with my fitness and sporting knowledge, it was just the perfect combination. There are a lot of books on specific areas of health and fitness programs, but its not all encompassing and not attainable to everyone, which is why we created “The Art of Wellness”.
For those looking to start a workout routine and want to exercise more – what are three things we should change first to achieve that goal?
Well everything you start or want to change starts with a mindset shift. If you don’t really think about your goals and why you want to change things then I find it is much harder to stick to them. So once you change your mindset then it’s easier to be motivated and work out what works for you as an individual. Always make it enjoyable, so if that’s walking outside or doing an intense session in the gym, both are good, nothing is wrong, so empower yourself to make the choice that you would enjoy more.
How do you keep yourself motivated to workout and to eat well? Do you allow yourself little cheats?
I don’t really look at it like “cheats” but yes I love chocolate and desserts. I probably have something sweet almost everyday, although I actually prefer the healthy version of sweets, to me they taste better. I love raw cacao chocolate, so just 2 or 3 squares hits the spot, other times maybe more, or maybe less. I don’t put a rule on it.
What was the most important non-negotiable thing for you when designing your lifestyle and work life?
I need fresh air everyday. When I am inside all day it really effects my mindset and mood, so getting outside, even for 10 minutes changes everything for me.
What do you do to de-stress?
Meditate, read or watch something, depending on how I’m feeling.
What’s a typical day in the life of Stephanie Rice like?
Every day is different for me and I love that, but no matter what happens in the day I make sure that I start and end the day the same way. When I wake up in the morning I take 10-15 minutes to read and sit in meditation for a few minutes then have a cup of my favourite green tea and glass of lemon water. The in the evening I shower right before bed, so a few light stretches for a few minutes then light a candle and read for how ever long feels right. It’s very simple, but it keeps me grounded.
What did you study in university or college and is there anything you would have done differently?
No, that was never something I was passionate about. My goal was to finish school as quick as possible so that I could focus all my attention to swimming. That was why I achieved the success I had. I would be interested in studying later down the track, although I still “study and learn” all the time, that never ends, I read and watch a lot of mentoring books and YouTube clips.
Best piece of life advice to share?
Always follow your passion!!
Life is so short and magical so do what you love.