Maxine Bahns is one fit mama! The 38-year-old actress is an accomplished triathlete, devoted yogi and new mom to 6-month-old daughter Madison Rose. Known for her roles as Mrs. Jane on The Mentalist and Audrey in the 1995 film The Brothers McMullen, Maxine opened up to Experience Life about struggling to eat healthy amidst the sleep deprivation of early motherhood, how she juggles her career and family life and her hopes for Madison’s future.
Although a fitness and health buff, Maxine admits to grabbing the first thing in the cupboard in those first few weeks of severe sleep deprivation when Madison first arrived. “My husband, for some crazy reason, loves Top Ramen, and I normally would never, ever eat that, but it was the only thing in the cupboard. My fall off the health wagon was short-lived. When I started exercising and eating clean again, I looked and felt so much better.”
Maxine is a devoted yogi who practiced yoga five days a week during her pregnancy and credits it with aiding her 20-minute delivery! The mom-of-one is also a multisport enthusiast who has competed in more than 30 triathlons, including the 2001 Hawaii Ironman. It was on the triathlon circuit where she met her husband, road cyclist and former professional adventure racer Patrick Watson.
“Working out is not a hobby or an extracurricular thing in our lives,” says Bahns. “It’s part of who we are and what makes us happy.”
Watson and Bahns wed in October 2007, and on March 8, 2009, they welcomed their first child, daughter Madison who they call a “feisty” bundle of joy. Like most new parents, the couple found themselves struggling for alone time.
“Pat and I have really made a concerted effort to spend time alone together, to spend a lot of time as a family and to check in,” says Bahns.
The former Elite model went on to say they have a part-time nanny, “I love my job, and though the help is minimal, it’s enough to let me go to my castings, take a meeting here and there, and to work out.”
Watson said he believes in keeping the lines of communication open, “Being open and honest with each other and just letting each other know how we feel is huge.” Bahns added, “A happy couple equals a happy baby. I know that Madison picks up on our energy, so it’s important that we communicate and are just very supportive of one another.”
And does the super athletic couple hope Madison will join them one day?
“I would really love it if she was athletic,” says Bahns. “But mostly I just want her to do what makes her happy, and to be a good person — kind, loving, compassionate and honest.”
And as for her new goals for staying in shape, Bahns said, “Now that we have a child my priority is to do whatever I can to live as long as possible.”