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Laila Ali

I like to play by my own rules.
Laila Ali rules
Anyone whos seen me before knows that when its fight time, I dont have much to say.
Laila Ali time
Im a professional world champion. Of course if youre a world champion, youre working harder than everybody else. Youre making the commitment, and youre making the sacrifices. If it were easy, everybody would be able to do it. Everybody would be able to be world champion, but everybody cant be. Everybody doesnt have it in them.
Laila Ali work
I am thrilled and honored to have a seat at the table for meaningful conversation with so many accomplished women in the sports world.
Laila Ali women
Sometimes if you dont physically attempt something, you dont realize how sick to your stomach or how hard it is.
Laila Ali time
Im private in the sense that I like my personal space and only want people in the parts of my business that I choose to share. Anything I feel is too personal to share publicly, I keep to myself.
Laila Ali art
If you knew you could change your lifestyle and diet and avoid heart disease and other things, you should do it.
Laila Ali life
Ive always like watching competition and athleticism. Just seeing the average person going up against Gladiators, is always something I enjoy. Im not really a big sports fan, but I do enjoy the show.
Laila Ali joy
I was one of those people who wasnt getting a lot of milk, so I had to pump forever to just get two ounces of milk. But, you know, I wasnt going to give up or stop.
Laila Ali people
My dad is my dad. I love him, and I realize that hes as famous as he is. Of course, I dont look at him like everybody else does. Because I know his little faults, I know his weaknesses. Nobodys perfect. But hes my dad. Just like your dad is to you.
Laila Ali love
Maybe if I completely shaved my head and get the frost out of my moustache, maybe I could get one of those serious acting jobs.
Laila Ali job
The wrestling, even though I would only wrestle for 15 or 20 or 30 minutes at a time, and it would look like that was the only time I was in it, was really a 24-hour job. Keeping yourself alive, reinventing yourself, staying physically in shape, the traveling, all the other commitments with being a wrestler, it was a crossover situation where it became sports entertainment and you actually became a media star, so it was very demanding.
Laila Ali time
Ive trained harder, Im better, Im stronger, the blood of a champion runs through my veins, Ive earned this opportunity, Ill earn this victory, Ive already won.
Laila Ali opportunity
It is painful for me because I would love to sit down and talk to my dad about the way he used to be when he was my age, when he was in his prime, because we are so much alike,
Laila Ali love
People like to see me fight. A name can only take you so far. There are only a few fighters out of the thousands of boxers out there that have name recognition. Im definitely not upset by that.
Laila Ali people
Since I was a child, my father was sick. Ive always known him to be that way. Thats why Im proud of him - he has a disease hes obviously struggling with, but hes not letting it stop him from doing what he wants to do.
Laila Ali sin
She will be much better if she fights out of the country to get the feel of away matches and even jeering from other fans,
Laila Ali fight
People who are fit are the same as anyone else. The only difference is their level of commitment. If looking good and being fit was easy, everyone would do it! Most people dont want to put in the work or make the sacrifices needed in order to be fit.
Laila Ali people
My father loves people. No matter what their race, no matter what their position in life, he treated everyone with kindness and love and respect. And that was instilled in me just by watching him.
Laila Ali love
My dad is a comedian, entertainer, you know. He always likes to make people laugh. With me, it just depends on what mood Im in. You get what you get.
Laila Ali people
I saw womens boxing on television for the first time when I was 18, and thats when I wanted to do it. So, it didnt come from me watching my father. I didnt know the sport existed; therefore, I wasnt really interested in it until I saw it.
Laila Ali women
I never ran with my dad. He was old-school. He had a whole different idea of training. He ran in steel-toed boots! But, of course, hes proud of me and proud of the boxer that I became.
Laila Ali school
Im not one of those women whos like pro women. Im an individual, and Im in an individual sport. So I see everyone as individuals, not as male or female.
Laila Ali women
Im not a team sports person type person, so I probably would have been good at tennis, because I like tennis. But my parents really didnt push me. I think if my parents would have guided me and stay committed, I could have played any sport I wanted to, but I never did.
Laila Ali good
I have noticed a change in him, something that goes along with Parkinsons. Sometimes, his speech is so slurred, you cant hardly understand him. But he definitely knows whats going on. Thats for sure. He sees everything.
Laila Ali time
I cant really do that. I cant share a lot of things with him. I feel like the disease is progressing.
Laila Ali sin
I dont play video games. My husband does. He plays sometimes the football, and every once in a while when he gets bored, hell do a little boxing in there. He gets into the football. You can trade players, and he keeps up with the whole aspect of the game, not just the game. Hes a fanatic.
Laila Ali time
I dont like crazy names. I dont like them. I dont think it makes any sense. You have to think about the child and, as they get older, what they have to deal with. A lot of people do things as a fad, and they want to get some attention, but its like, this is your child.
Laila Ali people
By being an athlete, I have uncovered so many other ways to express my beauty. Being a strong, fearless woman makes me feel beautiful. I love the way I look and feel when I am two hours into my training and my skin is glistening with sweat and my clothes are drenched because I have given it all Ive got.
Laila Ali love
All fighters run. The constant motion prepares you for being in the ring. And running strengthens your legs. Punching power comes from your lower body.
Laila Ali power
Running is my time for myself. Im like, Im going for a run! and my husband knows Im out of there.
Laila Ali time
I wasnt in shape at all before I decided to do boxing. I wasnt an athlete. Before boxing, I would go to the gym for a month and stop.
Laila Ali
I never intended to box forever, and always planned to move on to do other things.
Laila Ali forever
I think that the greatest lesson I learned from my father is just having compassion towards people.
Laila Ali war
I have cravings all the time, even when Im not pregnant.
Laila Ali time
I love engaging in conversation with other moms because we can relate to one another, and we swap valuable insight and information.
Laila Ali love
I want to encourage women to take control of their health.
Laila Ali women
My dad lived by example. I lived by watching him. I watched all the great things he did and said. I try to walk that talk for my children.
Laila Ali children
Focus on being balanced - success is balance.
Laila Ali success
I think that if you do want to be a fighter, then you need to work harder than everybody else and make sure that you surround yourself with good people, especially if youre a woman. Youve got to find a team that takes you seriously as a female fighter and is not going to rush you into the ring before youre ready.
Laila Ali people
While I was boxing professionally, I never thought about my looks. The furthest thing from my mind was messing up my pretty face when I was on my way to the ring to meet my opponent. Yet, people Id meet along the way would always ask me if I was worried about my looks. Then they would go on to say that I was too pretty to box.
Laila Ali people
Authenticity is very important - be true to ones self.
Laila Ali self
I was never offended that people underestimated me because of my appearance or that they thought I was pretty and discouraged me from fighting because they didnt want me to risk hurting my looks.
Laila Ali people
I dont get the action... well, I never did get the big action hero parts. I was always locked into making the kids movies, which were a lot of fun.
Laila Ali art
I understand that the average person cant imagine damaging their looks in any way if it could be avoided. But I dont value my physical beauty to the point where I would not do something I truly enjoy because Im afraid of potentially hurting something superficial.
Laila Ali beauty
My kids know the importance of being active - and thats why teaming up with the USTA was such an organic fit for me. They are making strives to get families outside - and using tennis as a way to get kids to stay active.
Laila Ali lies
I have to get a workout in in the morning. Once my day starts, Ill have the best intentions, and it still wont happen: one of the kids needs to be picked up somewhere, I have to hop on a conference call, or Im just tired. So I get it done in the A.M.
Laila Ali art
Im Muhammad Alis daughter, but my father and I are very different in that area. I dont necessarily try to put on a show. Thats what my fathers thing was, and he was great at it. Everything I say is because I feel it, and it comes out of my mouth. Its not scripted.
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I do my best to work out 5 days a week. There are times when I can only get in 3 days a week because I am traveling or just need rest due to a hectic schedule. But working out is always a priority, and if I fall off due to my schedule, it is not long before I get back on track.
Laila Ali time
My dad is an excellent grandfather. He loves kids. He loves to kiss them to death.
Laila Ali love
I dont really try to tell people whether they should fight. Its definitely not for everybody.
Laila Ali people
Everybody wants recognition, but we cant all get it.
Laila Ali body
Ive had people in the family, male and female, impacted by heart disease. But people can prevent it.
Laila Ali art
All in With Laila Ali is educational, inspirational, compelling programming profiling individuals that have reached for the sky, pushed themselves to the limit and did things that you would think were impossible.
Laila Ali inspirational
Pregnancy isnt I can eat whatever I want, because you have to remember youre going to be stuck with a lot of that weight afterwards that you need to try to get off.
Laila Ali war
You have to fight for your health and stay on top of it. Our bodies are meant to be healthy.
Laila Ali health

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