Michelle Obama's New Mission

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Cheating the Routine

SL: You get up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to work out. Are there ever times when you say "Forget it!" and don't make it to the gym?

MO: Today! [Laughs] All of last weekend. I ate everything that was available. In fact, we had a take-out food-fest.

SL: Were you back in Chicago?

MO: We were back in Chicago and we had a day of having all our favorite stuff: deep-dish pizza, barbecue. So, yeah, there are absolutely times when you just don't feel like it. That's why the times that I do feel like it, I push myself.

SL: Does exercise help you deal with stress, too?

MO: Oh, definitely. And it makes you feel better about yourself. I always think, "Don't think about how you're feeling during the workout. Think about an hour and a half from now, how good you're gonna feel the rest of the day."

SL: It's difficult for mothers to talk to their kids -- especially daughters -- about weight issues. Is there any advice you can give parents about that?

MO: Well, I never talk about weight with my girls. I try not to even talk about my weight. Because you're right, it is a sensitive issue. My girls are preteens and they're seeing their bodies in a whole different way. We have conversations around health, food, and activity. I tell them sports are something I want them to engage in because it's good for them. It's good to practice teamwork, to understand what it means to suffer a loss, to win with grace. It has nothing to do with weight, it has everything to do with being a well-rounded person. Also, I have them do a sport that they like and a sport that I like. I want them to understand what it feels like to do something you don't like and to improve. Because in life you don't always get to do the things you want.

Continued on page 5:  The Cleanse


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