Taylor Swift's Attitude of Gratitude
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Throughout Swift's rise to fame, her mother has been her strongest ally. "I think who you are is really about how you are wired and how you respond to situations, and I was really shaped by who I was in school," Swift says. "I was never the person who was sought after or invited to things. My mother's been used to picking up my confidence since I was in middle school and dealing with mean girls. She was never about chasing the in-crowd or being cool. She was with us making grape jam in the kitchen and creating imaginary games with us. She was focused on our being happy."
Family and home are still Swift's greatest sources of pleasure. She owns an apartment in Nashville, lovingly decorated with antiques picked up on shopping trips with her mom while on the road. She counts among her favorite evenings the ones spent there with close friends --"We will have face-painting night or random things like that and talk about our relationships" -- or by herself, "watching an episode of Law and Order, CSI, or Grey's Anatomy, with my cat and some food nearby."
And thanks to her mother's influence, Swift is very comfortable in the kitchen, where she is notorious for churning out baked goods that she parcels out to friends. She's also handy at making herself healthy meals like grilled chicken, brown rice, and green beans. The singer --who admits addictions to Starbucks flavored lattes and Diet Coke -- says sticking to a nutritious diet when she's touring is harder, "but I try to eat a lot in the beginning of the day and not so much at the end." While "snacks come and go," Smartwater is always on board her tour bus to keep her hydrated.
Regardless of where she is, Swift hits the gym for an hour of cardio every day, running on the treadmill or doing the elliptical. "I like to feel really tired afterward, sweaty and disgusting," says the star, who cues up songs by rappers like Nicki Minaj, Santigold, and Game on her iPod to keep her going. "I don't care about losing weight as much as feeling good about myself. You can't indulge without exercising, so I exercise because I love eating and I don't want to have to live without anything. But I also exercise because on the occasional days when I'm feeling low, it always makes me feel better."