Thank you for visiting Life Outside the Lights! My name is Hilary Zalla and I am a television news anchor and reporter in Tampa Bay, Florida. What you don’t see on-air is my life with Crohn’s Disease and my evolving health and fitness journey. This blog is for anyone dealing with a chronic disease or for anyone who wants to live their healthiest and best life with the body they’ve been given.

You don’t have to be on TV to have a life outside the lights; the one you dim and hide from coworkers, friends, family and social media. We’re always spotlighting our best life to the world, but what if we started nurturing our life outside the lights? In this blog, we will practice compassion towards our chronic disease and honesty towards our health and fitness goals. Let’s show this crazy world our perfectly, imperfect selves!


Want Hilary to be your next guest speaker? Or, emcee your next event? Please email hilaryzalla@gmail.com. 

Media Inquiries

Want to be our next Guest Writer? We are looking to hear about your Crohn’s Disease story, health and fitness life, or what inspires you every day! Please email hilaryzalla@gmail.com with your idea.

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