Monica Pearson One on One: Maria More

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - You may know her from middays with Maria More on Majic 107.5. But not only is she a radio personality, Maria More is a mom and fitness instructor.

“I’m really big on staying active, especially when you think about us as media personalities,” More told Peachtree TV’s Monica Pearson. “We’re always interviewing folks out at events. And it’s really important that we practice self care, not just mentally and emotionally, but also physically.”

More began focusing on physical fitness after her first, full-time radio job in 1997.

“I was a single mom at the time; I wasn’t married yet,” she said. “I had two small children and I was in my early 20s. So I was like, what if something happens to me? I need life insurance. I went to get my life insurance policy and they do a medical exam. When they did my numbers, I found out that my cholesterol was three times the amount that it should be. That was a huge wake up call for me because before I had children, I was just living for myself. So that was the thing that pushed me forward.”

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More has open about her struggles as a mom who has children with autism.

“When I found out my 20-year-old has autism, it almost felt like when you lose somebody,” she said. “I was overwhelmed with emotions and I was very young at the time, but I was so fortunate to have a wonderful tribe of people around me. And that included the school system. I got him services really early.

“He was diagnosed when he was still in pre-K because one of the daycare providers noticed he displayed some of the characteristics of children with autism. So that early intervention was really key, but I was overwhelmed as a single mom. But thanks to the resources and again, my community, I was able to get through it.

“I love my kids as they are. I can’t imagine them any other way and I’m just grateful to be their mom.”

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More has her own line of fitness apparel, and has been married for 12 years. She said prioritizing is important in her life and career.

“I just think that all things are possible. I really wanted people to see a woman who was once a single mother, who has had her car repossessed. who has been evicted before, who has raised a child with special needs, to be where I am today. There’s not a single blueprint that everyone follows to be successful. It’s your responsibility; it’s your job to create that blueprint. And it all starts by identifying what you want and being strategic, not just focusing on the goal, but the actions required to achieve the goal.”