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I always thought, “Why do I need to pay someone to yell at me to do sit-ups?” I was doing 500, but I was doing them wrong.Where and how do you fit fitness in? It’s much lower on my list of priorities. I can’t just go off on my bike. I have to get creative. Sometimes I’ll go to the local college and I’ll run around the track with Lily in the jogger while Erik rides his bike. I like to include my children in my exercise. It’s teaching them good habits, and I get the benefit of having fun with them, so I forget that I’m exercising.

I try to make an exercise date with myself three times a week for 45 minutes. I remind myself that I’m working out to fit my clothes, but also for a sense of empowerment. If I feel fit, I feel I can take care of myself and my kids.”What about diet — is it true that you have a raging sweet tooth?I love cookies, ice cream … all the things that aren’t great for you. With each pregnancy, I discovered new foods to crave, and unfortunately they don’t go away! I get cranky if I try to go on a diet. The minute someone tells me to eliminate something, I obsess about it. Instead of depriving myself, I just eat half as much dessert as I normally would … and I crank up the exercise.

Nutrition has become important, because I want to set a good example for my children. I try to eat lots of fresh whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, lean meats and low-fat dairy products, always with plenty of water.Madonna said recently that she thinks moms are especially sexy. Do you agree?There’s no question that women can have both children and sex appeal. Mothers aren’t so self-absorbed. They really pay attention to others. That happens with men, too, and that can be very sexy.And speaking of hot mamas, have you got any tips on how to keep the romance in a relationship after the kids are born?You do get exhausted. Our house is crazy from 5 pm to 9 pm. The kids get this burst of energy. It’s so much fun, but it’s exhausting. We’ve started to schedule dates so we can at least finish a sentence. We go to the beach, hiking, biking. For Valentine’s Day, we packed the kids off to my mom and dad’s and stayed home.

It was so quiet! We’ll do that again!”You seem very close to your own mother, Barbara. On Mother’s Day — which is when you were born, as was your son — what would you like to thank her for?There’s such a sense of peace about her. She’s always looking on the bright side. It’s so wonderful for me to watch her with my children. She’ll sing to them, and I’ll remember the song.

If I had one piece of advice to share with other mothers, it would be to enjoy every minute of motherhood, to give their children unconditional love, and to be quick to think, slow to speak and slower to anger.

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