Kaley Cuoco’s Big Breakfast Theory and the Workout That Changed Her Body

On going Big: “When I was growing up, my parents’ rule was don’t do just one thing. So, if I was auditioning, I had to play tennis or go to art camp, too. Big Bang is unbelievable; I’m blessed, but it’s not the only thing in my life.”

On fame and undies: “My parents are pretty normal and I’ve had the same best friend my whole life, so I’m seminormal. I look at Lindsay and Britney and think, Where are their normal friends and family? Why doesn’t someone say to them, ‘If we go out, wear underwear’?”

On breakfast: “I start the day with oatmeal with vanilla almond milk. If I don’t, I’m dying by noon and eating everything in sight. On-set, I avoid crap and pack soup and salad. I cook pork chops or turkey tacos for dinner.”

On Spanx: “Honestly, they’re incredible and my favorite thing in the world. I swear by them.”

On her passion: “I took my first riding lesson at 15, and I’ve ridden almost every day since. Two years ago, I fell off my horse and crushed my leg. Before surgery, I had to sign a contract saying it was OK if they had to amputate! When I awoke with my leg, I was so happy. I was back on the horse while the cast was still on. I have four horses, and they are my everything. I was determined not to lose that. I am a little more careful now!”

On girls vs. boys: “When I started on Big Bang, I was the only girl; I felt like I had four brothers. Then Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik came on the show and we got really close. Because of that, I’m not so quick to judge other women, and now I have all these amazing new girlfriends.”

On relaxing: “Once in a while, you have to listen to your body and give yourself a night off, with no phone. I love vegging out with bad TLC shows, like Sister Wives and Breaking Amish.

On being kind to yourself: “I judge myself all the time. It takes a huge effort to look this way, and I still think I could lose 5 pounds! Unless you’re Gisele, you wake up some days and feel ugly. When that happens, I accept that I’m not perfect and it’s OK; I can start over again tomorrow.”

On Spinning:

  • “Spinning changed my body. My legs are severely toned, and you get an ab workout.”
  • “Sit in the front row in front of the mirror so you can stare at your fine-ass self as you sweat. It forces you to be accountable and not slack.”
  • “Do it with friends so you’re not by yourself being miserable; you get through it together. I’ve gotten everyone on the show on the Spin wagon!”
  • “Shock your body by switching it up and trying different teachers. I don’t like teachers who scream.”
  • “Add weights. I love punching with 2-pound weights during Spinning. While on your bike, you crisscross punch 20 to 30 times. It gets at the back part of my arm that I hate!”

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