Monica Potter: A Heart Attack Hits Home
I go hiking out here in L.A. with the kids, and it’s a good workout. But I’d like to get back to the point where I’m in the gym every day. It’s hell, but it’s really good for you. I’m trying to get into better shape.
But I’m lucky because on the set of my TV series “Parenthood,” we get to do active scenes.
Yesterday on the show, we were playing basketball. It was a three-hour workout. I really treasure those little moments because I’m getting in shape a bit more.
With three kids and a busy career, is it hard to make time to work out?
I used to go to the gym every day for two hours, because I felt like I was doing something good for myself.
But with my work schedule, [I can find] all types of excuses. So I made a pact with myself that I would take good care of myself this year and go to the gym.
Why did you originally cut down on your exercise schedule?
Like so many other mothers, before I leave the house, I have to make sure everything is in order.
Then I’ll rationalize not exercising by saying, “Oh, I can’t go because [my daughter] Molly needs her lunch packed,” or “this needs to get done,” or “I have to send in this,” or, “[my son] Liam needs help with his homework.”
How do you stop yourself from giving in to those excuses?
Whatever that excuse is, we need to put all that aside and go for the hour. You’ll feel better about yourself and be able to deal with your family better.
You’re a slender woman. You seem like you’re already in good shape.
I’m learning that you can be slender – you can be a size 8 – and still not be healthy.
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