PARKER ON HER HEALTH & FITNESS REGIMEN: Parker says she gained 70 pounds during her pregnancy with her son, and loosing the weight was a challenge greater than she imagined. She says she drew on her inner strength to get through those 'lazy days' when she didn't care to exercise. She also read Jackie Keller's book, Body After the Baby: A Simple, Healthy Way to Loose Your Baby Weight Fast. And she focused on 'goal-less' exercise, a concept she says should be as mindless as 'washing your butt. We have it programed we're supposed to exercise to loose 10 pounds for a reunion or a wedding or when we meet a new guy. We have to erase those tapes. If you incorporate exercise into your day, like you do taking a shower, you wake up two months later and you're the bomb.' Parker now weighs between 122-125 pounds. "I've lost 65 pounds and no one can believe it because they know me as a slim person. Boris thinks I'm too skinny. I'm going to have to round back out because I don't believe too skinny is cute. I think we need to have a little flesh on us as women."
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PARKER ON JUGGLING MOTHERHOOD, MARRIAGE AND HER CAREER: When she felt overwhelmed with everything, she turned to a higher power. "God has a funny way of doing things. there are days I'm just tired. That's when I pray to God, 'God, you know what I'm trying to do. Help me find 10 minutes." Parker also says having a hired professional to help with house cleaning and caring for her children gave her time for herself. Just a few days a week, she says, can give a new mother a chance to breathe. "It sounds like a luxury, but a new mom need help. When your baby is born and you have another little one, you can not take a shower. A woman needs to find her equilibrium. It's a time when you're just giving and giving. If you have a little help, it changes everything."
It sounds cliche, but Parker says her life has changed dramatically since having children. Life is less about trivial things and more about important lessons on love and happiness. "My children just backspaced and deleted a whole lot of nonsense for me. I've thought about how I'll tell them about love. Right now, I just talk to them about vegetables!"