Holly Mosier is everywhere.
On the flat-screen, all teeth and curly hair, whipping up healthy recipes from her new book, Stress Less, Weigh Less. Up on a poster, a close-up of her ripped, 49-year-old abs hanging in the Lake Forest, Calif., gym she co-owns with her husband, Rob. And, of course, in the flesh, signing books for fans who think that Mosier, 49, a former attorney, might become a health and lifestyle media personality -- a Rachael Ray mixed with a chilled-out Jillian Michaels plus a dash of Deepak Chopra.
Her secret (if there is such a thing, given she's just written a book about it) is peace. During a book signing at her LA Boxing franchise in Lake Forest, Mosier had every reason to be stressed out. Some 350 people were there, and photographers and a film crew documented every move.
But, through it all, Mosier remained the picture of serenity, her transformation from overworked, energy-starved attorney to would-be fitness star seemingly complete.
"I don't consider this a fitness book," Mosier says of Stress Less, Weigh Less (Greenleaf Book Group Press, $21.95), as she sips coconut chai tea on the patio of her waterfront home in Lake Forest.
"This book is my own private manual for happiness."
Now, Mosier is ready to share that manual with the world. As she does, maybe she'll get famous; maybe not. Either way, she doesn't appear stressed about it. At 5 feet 2 inches and 107 pounds, Mosier knows she doesn't look like most middle-age mothers. She also knows her fitness isn't a result of a miracle diet, or pills, or borderline starvation. She says it started in her mind.
That's one of the themes of Stress Less, Weigh Less.
Though the 238-page book is packed with recipes and step-by-step workout routines that involve yoga and light weights, the book's heart offers a simple message: A fit, healthy body isn't possible without a fit, healthy mind. Mosier emphasizes the importance of stress management, and advocates "opting out" -- not overscheduling oneself -- as a lifestyle.
Until I learned to say 'no' ... I was always overloaded by stress."
She knows this well. In her 30s, Mosier swapped an acting career (she'd worked mostly in soap operas and commercials) for law, specializing in medical malpractice.
As she worked, she began to gain weight and lose energy.
But as she hit her early 40s, and continued to feel flat, she worried about how she'd feel and look in a decade. That's when Mosier started looking hard at what she was eating and how she was exercising.
Eventually, after reading stacks of medical studies on diabetes and stress, she landed on a diet formula that de-emphasized carbs in favor of more proteins and fat. She also started to exercise more efficiently. She looked and felt better.
During a yoga retreat in India in 2010, she completed Stress Less, Weigh Less.
"I wrote this book for the average person who is unwilling to continue to torture themselves to try to lose weight," Mosier says.
The book is being sold at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other retailers. Mosier also has produced a yoga DVD.
"Basically, the goal ... of the book is to get you to regain the same energy you had as a kid -- and the same excitement," Mosier says.