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Robert Piper: What inspires you in life?

Molly Sims: Oh, my God. You know, probably adventure. I’ve always wanted to do things differently, and if one person or ten people are doing the same, then I want to do it differently. I love to travel, I love art, I love fashion. I love going to great restaurants and trying different things. Different cultures are inspiring to me.

RP: How do you find balance in life?

MS: I think that since I’ve had the baby, who’s almost two, it’s a work-hard-play-hard. Imake a lot of lists, I’m very scheduled, which is hard sometimes, but it keeps me organized—I know Now I can play or Now I’ve got to work.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

MS: Basically, high protein, low carb. I work out three to four times a week. I definitely don’t do the same thing every day, whether it be spinning or hiking or walking or doing the treadmill. I try to do something different every day. But definitely the one thing is, I sweat.

RP: I saw on your website that you give a lot of tips about fashion and health. Can you talk about some of those topics?

MS: I always tell women, “Get in front of a mirror, know your body.” Don’t think, “OK, I’m going to lose five pounds and I’m going to gain five pounds.” Try to find an acceptance in the present and buy things that make you feel good. I would say, if you’re buying less expensive clothes, buy two sizes bigger. They’ll hang better. So a lot of people are like, “What are you thinking? Why are you buying size 10?” Well, I’m 5 feet 9 1/2 inches and a size 4. Even though that’s what I wear, between a 4 and a 6, a 10 sometimes hangs better on me. Especially the not-as-good materials.

So forget the price tag. I mean, forget the size tag and focus on “Does it look right on me?” Would it look better with a little more blouse? A lot of people think, “Oh, my God, it’s got to be tight, it’s got to be tight.” Actually, you look thinner when it’s not as tight. Tips like that. Wearing necklaces, knowing how to layer, wearing a statement piece. Don’t wear big earrings and a big necklace and a big ring all at the same time. Pick your magic. I have this whole thing: if you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you look good.

RP: You mentioned “feel good.” Can you talk about what’s the best way to?

MS: Sometimes when I’m healthier on a big day, I feel better about myself. If I eat terribly and I don’t sleep well and I drink too much—three or four or five days in a row—it really catches up to me. It’s good to have one fun day, as I call it, whether it be a Saturday, a Sunday, a Monday. It doesn’t matter. But I do try to watch it. I’m not saying you have to put yourself on a diet, because I hate the word “diet.” But it’s more of, like, having a balanced lifestyle makes me feel better. I try to do one to two days with no meat. I try to lessen my gluten. Those are things that I struggle with. I’ve never met a bread basket that I didn’t love. At the same time, it can make me tired. If I have too much wine, it’s too much sugar. If I overindulge on tortilla chips in a Mexican restaurant, I can really feel it. I think sometimes just watching it and not doing things in excess can really help with whether you feel good or not.

RP: Can you talk about how raising children has changed your life?

MS: Best thing that’s ever happened to me. I focus so much less on me. It’s made me content, it’s made me happy. It’s like a Christmas present every single day that I get to unwrap. It’s hard work. I value so many people who have to work full time, definitely single mothers. Their work is the hardest work. I applaud it so much. I absolutely love being a mother. I love his milestones. I love his smile. I love that he’s talking and making sentences and telling me he loves me. It’s amazing.

Molly Sims is a model, actress, and author of the upcoming book The Everyday Supermodel: Tips, Tricks, and Trade Secrets for a Happier, Healthier, More Stylish You. She appeared in several Sports Illustrated “swimsuit issues,” on the hit show Las Vegas, and in several movies.

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