Mary Lou Retton talks about being a mother and how much easier it was to train for the Olympics. She also talks about how she balances her family life with her work.
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[Music Playing] Julie Auclair: At just sixteen years old, she won the hearts of the people around the world, when she became the first American woman to win the Olympic Gold for the gymnastic events. America's sweetheart, Mary Lou Retton went on to become a motivational speaker and author sports commentator and a mom. It's so good to see you. Mary Lou Retton: Thank you. Julie Auclair: Thank you for coming in. Mary Lou Retton: It's my pleasure. Julie Auclair: First of all, I heard you just had a birthday, you turned forty, you look fantastic -- Mary Lou Retton: I did, you're so sweet, thank you, I did. Julie Auclair: It's an age of lot of woman dread, but what about for you, was it too difficult for you?-- Mary Lou Retton: You know what, not at all. I think I had more turning thirty, than I did forty, I just, I want woman to embrace it. I just feel so much more confident and what I know and who I am, and what I believe in, and stand for, and I'm so looking forward to this decade, I love forty, I really do. Julie Auclair: Well you are an inspiration to all women I think. Mary Lou Retton: Thank you. Julie Auclair: You're the mom of four beautiful girls. Mary Lou Retton: Yes. Julie Auclair: Do you -- would you say it would be harder to train for the Olympics or to be a mom. Mary Lou Retton: That's a no brainer, I mean being a mother, and think of this, when I was training for the Olympics, it was eight hours in the gym everyday, intense high-high-high intensity workouts, but when workout was over, it was over. and I had some me time, but being a mother as you know, that's a 24x7 job, and there is not a lot a time for me, so it's definitely the toughest job I've ever had, or ever had to train for, but it's the most joyous, and I get so much out of it. I love it, I am exactly where I want to be in my life right now, and priority is mom in life. Julie Auclair: How do you find that time for you and what you do if you get a little bit a time for Mary Lou? Mary Lou Retton: For me, down time I like to pray, I have my quiet time. If I've got a little bit more time exercising, massage, all those things are big treats for me, and in that when I take that time for myself and as you would probably know, as a working mother, you're better mother. You come back refreshed and with a better attitude to take on the crazy day that we have every day. Julie Auclair: You wear so many different hats a motivational speaker, a mother and author, how do you balance it all and still have time for your family? Mary Lou Retton: It's hard, it's a daily struggle, it really, really is. I think what helps me are two things, I'm trying not be a superwoman, you cannot do it by yourself, you've got to ask for help, family members, husbands, people that can actually - we tag team a lot. And second, I think being organized. In my training I was on such a daily regimented schedule, and I really have taken that over into my daily life now as a working mom to be organized and the day runs more smoothly. Julie Auclair: Mary Lou Retton, it is such a pleasure to have you in the studio, so nice to meet you, thank you so much for coming in. Mary Lou Retton: Thank you!