Brooke Shields

I’ve given myself a bit more of a break in that I can’t say yes to everything. I have to prioritize, and obviously it starts with your children. But I used to be much later on the list. I’ve started putting myself within a safe distance from that first priority. You just have to remind yourself to not forget about your relationship and to not forget about yourself. And it’s interesting, because I have a very fraught relationship with working out.

I have a trainer, and I’m not a trainer person. I don’t like the attention. I don’t like the one-on-one scrutiny. But I’ve had to enter into a very sort of rigorous rehabilitation program to avoid surgery on my back. I’ve already had four surgeries on my feet and two on my knee – all from Broadway dancing injuries. On Broadway, they don’t really rehab the dancers like they do in sports. It’s, “The show must go on” .

I have never been skinny. The thing is, I was in an industry where being athletic was not celebrated. I have friends who are supermodels, and I never had that body. I’ve never been asked to walk in a Versace show. I was doing the covers of the magazines while they were cruising the clothes down the runway, and then they’d bring me the clothes and I’d have to photograph them.

We’ve been taught, “Deny yourself pleasure.” But moderation is harder because it requires really committing to balance. When I tell my trainer I had a glass of wine, he’ll say, “Liquid bread!” And I’m like, “Ugh, but it was a nice one.” It’s a matter of checks and balances. And I finally found out how to set myself up to succeed. But I still need to commit to it. And everything gets exponentially harder the older you are. Fifty is a terrifying number for some people.