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The New Life of Brooke Shields

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How She Works Out

FITNESS: You look amazing. What do you do to stay so fit?

Brooke: I try to do an hour of something every day. It's almost impossible when I'm working, because I'm on the set for 14 to 16 hours. But last summer, for instance, I'd take a Spinning class or do a morning hike while Rowan was at camp and the baby was asleep; that way, I didn't feel guilty about not being with them. Or in the afternoon I'd put both of them in the stroller and walk the L.A. hills. But on days when the baby has woken up four times during the night, putting my sneakers on is the last thing I want to do. I'd rather have four cups of coffee and, after the caffeine wears off, take a nap with her! I used to have a very type-A lifestyle, but being a mom changed all that.

FITNESS: How do you stay motivated to work out?

Brooke: It's easier when I have an external motivation, like getting ready for Broadway. [She starred in Grease in 1995, Cabaret in 2001, and Chicago in 2005.] I had to go into those shows at the top of my game, physically, because the schedule was so rigorous. It's like the Olympics -- only it lasts six months!

FITNESS: Do you ever struggle with self-confidence?

Brooke: I think all women do. The process of doubting ourselves starts at a very young age. Rowan used to be so sure of herself, but that's changed since she started school. She'll say, "Will I be more beautifuller than you, Mommy?" I don't know where she gets that -- I sure don't put it into her head! So I'll say, "How do you feel?" And when she says she feels good, I tell her that means she is beautiful. That's why I'm so happy to be involved with a charity called Chain of Confidence, which honors women around the world and helps them connect with one another to share their strength and be more confident. [To learn more, go to chainofconfidence.com.]

FITNESS: When you're not feeling confident about your body, what do you do?

Brooke: Exercise helps me beat stress: I go for a run and deplete myself physically, so that I'm too tired to be tense. Having a beer also helps me decompress -- though it's hard for me to say that, because I come from an alcoholic family. Or I go out with a girlfriend for dinner and a glass of wine.

FITNESS: Are there any foods you avoid?

Brooke: Carbs are the first thing to go if I want to lose weight. I never used to eat red meat, but now, if I crave it -- which usually happens when I have my period -- I go for it. I also love ice cream. I try not to deny myself, because if I do, it turns into this major internal battle. So I pop a couple of Dove Miniatures. I can satisfy myself without going overboard. I also try to drink tons of water. I can actually see how much healthier my skin and hair look when I do.

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