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Single Mom Garcelle Beauvais Puts Her Sons First

How the busy 'Flight' actress balances work, health, and 5-year-old twins.

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What do you do to de-stress?

I always stretch before I go to bed. It's really relaxing and great to calm down. We multitask all day, and stretching quiets my mind and gets it ready to go to sleep.

What's your workout regimen?

I need to be better about it, honestly. It's the first thing to go for me when my schedule gets crazy. If I don't do it in the morning, I'm not going to do it at all -- unless I'm gearing up for something so specific that I have to be really diligent about it. I like Cardio Barre. It's an hour, and I sweat like nobody's business. I love that and I love Pilates. It's really great for toning.

In a perfect world, if I could do each twice a week, then oh, honey! But life gets in the way.

What does an ideal day look like for you, when you have no work commitments?

I know exactly what that is! Waking up late and not rushing out of bed. The kids don't have to go to school, so they come into my bed until it gets a little too rough and then I want outta there. We'll have breakfast and then we get in the pool. Sometimes we're in the pool at 8:30 a.m.! And then just having a really great day with no "have to's." We don't have to go to a birthday party, we don't have to go to karate. We're so scheduled these days that we just forget to sometimes stay in our pajamas and do nothing. We need downtime.

What's your go-to easy dinner?

Probably barbecuing. That's easy -- you just turn the grill on, put the food on, and you can walk away and do other stuff and come back. We'll barbecue corn and grill vegetables -- the kids love that.

When you're trying to drop 5 pounds, what do you cut first?

The yummy stuff -- carbs like bread and pasta. Usually pasta! And then I up my water intake. I'm not a big water drinker, so water gets kicked up a notch, and then I just go for smaller portions and eating earlier.

I Am Mixed, the first in your three-book series published by Stranger Comics, debuts this fall.How did your sons inspire you to start writing children's books?

When we go to the bookstore, which we do a lot, there weren't many books with characters who looked like them. I'm Haitian and Mike is Irish, and I wanted them to understand the blend of what makes them who they are. So it came to me that I needed to do this.

Jax and Jaid are my reviewers. They like this part, and they don't like that part. Sometimes they're a little too bossy about it, and I tell them to go play! But it's been a really great process. The next book is about divorce from a kid's point of view, because they're from a divorced family. [I Am Mixed, the first in Beauvais' three-book series, will be published this fall by Stranger Comics.]

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