Adore's new series will follow the typical morning routine of a New Orleans mover and shaker.
April Dupre is a true Jill of all Trades. From gracing televisions as the Traffic Anchor for WWL-TV's Eyewitness Morning News (she recently celebrated her two year anniversary) to changing the city through her health and wellness company Footprints to Fitness, Dupre is busy, to say the least. When the New Orleans native isn't in the studio, you can find her leading fitness classes around town, including those that benefit charitable organizations, and hosting events like healthy happy hours and puppy yoga. She can even teach a private session for everything from birthdays to bachelorette parties!
Dupre has over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry; she holds a Bachelor or Science in Human Performance and Health Promotion with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Orleans. She created Footprints to Fitness "as a way to share excitement about being healthier and happier in a city that's know for its indulgences, but not necessarily health and wellness."
She calls her mornings unconventional, since she's already midway through her day before the rest of us are waking up. Prepare to be inspired by Dupre's routine, below!
3 a.m. FIRST alarm rings and I question my life. Things sound a little like this. "What day is it? What time is it? Am I dreaming or is this real life?"
3:15 a.m. Five more alarms have buzzed by this point and I slowly realize that this is real life and I need to rise and shine. Grab my phone to confirm that it's indeed 3:15 a.m. and begin the glam process.
3:20 a.m. With one eye open, I begin brushing my teeth and walking around the house to adjust the a/c back to human temperature. I love to be bundled up with a giant comforter so my a/c is usually set around 68 - 70 degrees at night. I get dressed in what I've picked out from the night before. There's no way on any planet I'd be able to make coherent decisions like which outfit to wear on air at this time of the morning.
3:45 a.m. Health and wellness are extremely important to me, especially skincare so I always start with a great moisturizer. You're never too young to start this routine. My skin is insanely sensitive so I use all things hypoallergenic. Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream is my absolute favorite moisturizer and my skin loves it. My aesthetician Elise at Esthetique Facial Spa is the truth and has helped me keep my skin healthy with monthly facials.
4 a.m. I'm out the door and headed to the station. No one is on the roads this early, so traffic is a breeze.
4:10 a.m. I begin putting on my makeup. I use all vegan products and love a good set of lashes. After, I check the traffic system and begin creating my first report for the start of the show.
4:30 a.m. It's showtime! The morning show is from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. so it's a long morning. Did I mention that I don't drink any caffeine? Like I said, a long morning and I love it.
5:15 a.m. Typically I'll eat some fruit. I'm finally starting to feel fully awake and get a burst of energy. Traffic is pretty quiet during this time of the morning, unless there's an issue on the roads. I take pride in sharing information in a way that's informative while still sharing my personality and making people feel happy as they start their day.
6 a.m. First meal of the day. I eat a small snack Monday through Friday because there's no way I can wait any longer to fuel my body. I keep a pretty set eating schedule, which allows me to maximize my energy and not allow my metabolism to hate me for depriving it.
7 a.m. Breakfast time! My husband is amazing and my friends think I'm spoiled by his meal prepping. He perfectly packages breakfast and lunch for me every single day and it's the sweetest gesture ever. I like to label myself as being "veganish". I gave up meat and dairy 5 years ago, but still occasionally eat seafood because...crawfish! 95% of my diet is plant based.
8 a.m. By this time I've consumed a ton of H2O, my absolute favorite is evamor alkaline water, and have to take a ton of bathroom breaks because... reality!
9 a.m. The show is officially over and I head out shortly after to go home and start the second half of my day.
9:30 a.m. I'm home and begin the process of washing off my "warpaint" from the morning. Television makeup is so different from a real life beat. The studio lights wash out your skin out, so applying heavier coverage is pretty standard. Since my skin is so sensitive I have a very specific skincare routine. I have to wash my face three times to get all of my makeup off. First, I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for my initial cleanse then the non-scented Dove sensitive skin bar for two additional washes. I then do a final cleanse and tone with T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel. I've literally been using this since I was in middle school. My grandma swears by it. She looks amazing so of course I listened at an early age.
10 a.m. By now I'm fully in my jammies and head to bed for a nap. My mind is running with the 1 million things on my to-do list for Footprints and life.
10:30 am. - 12 p.m. Napping is overrated. Granted, it's a must for me since I wake up so early in the morning. This is my chance to recharge and prepare to work on all things Footprints.
12 p.m. I wake up, eat lunch, and begin answering loads of emails, hopping on conference calls, doing site visits, and experiencing every emotion that comes with being an entrepreneur. I still teach three classes a week, host CPR trainings, and our events around town so I get to stay active when I'm not working from my computer. Blessed to lead a community that's innovative, fun, diverse, and inclusive. My Footprints krewe is awesome!