Candace Cameron Bure: How I Balance Being a Mom and DWTS Competitor
"I try to make the most of every opportunity to juggle work and keep my family time the first priority," Bure tells PEOPLE
Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring in the popular series Full House. Since the series wrapped in ’95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She’s been paired with two-time mirror ball winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, and she’ll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.
It was Latin week on DWTS last night and it was one exciting show! I’m still catching my breath and playing catch up since it was such a busy week. Not only did I have to learn the Argentine tango, but we also learned a group dance that included a solo. So, two dances in two-and-a-half days was crazy!
I traveled to New York in the middle of the week, co-hosting The View and dropping by ABC News, VH1 and Hannity for interviews. Because of my trip to the East Coast, Mark and I went into double rehearsal shifts to make up the time and man it was exhausting!
Many of you have asked me how I’m managing my crazy schedule with my family. Honestly, I couldn’t do this show without their unconditional love and their unwavering support and cheerleading as I compete each week.
The schedule is grueling and yet my family knows it’s only for a short amount of time. That’s really how our life has worked in this unpredictable entertainment industry.
My family knows the routine and rallies when the schedules become hectic. I can be home every day for eight months without formally going to work and being a full time mom taking and picking up from school and sports practices, then suddenly be off to film a movie for four weeks in Canada.
My husband is a trouper and just does it all with the kids and rearranges his work schedule to accommodate mine. He typically does everything on his own, but with DWTS, I brought in my girlfriend to help us out as an additional driver for the kids since they all have different schedules. My parents and other friends have also been so helpful and I could never do all of this without them!
So no, I’m not superwoman, and I try to make the most of every opportunity to juggle work and keep my family time the first priority. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I missed them, even though I see them every night at home. And I’m sure you can tell by the way their faces light up when they’re in the audience that they’re just as excited about my time on DWTS as I am!
As for working out, I’ve actually only hit the gym a handful of times since starting the show because dancing for 5-6 hours a day has got me covered! I came into the competition in really good shape, but the difference of doing cardio on a machine and lifting weights to dancing for so many hours has leaned out my body even more and toned up smaller muscles I don’t typically hit with heavy weights.
On the flip side, I’ve noticed my larger muscles have decreased because I’m not lifting or doing as many lunges and squats with heavy weights that typically pick up my rear. But I’m enjoying the new changes and as it has been for the last 10 years, fitness will always be an important part of my life. It doesn’t take much to make a difference; small changes all add up into big ones!
I loved performing the Argentine tango with Mark last night. Did you enjoy it, too? Sound off in the comments below. Please vote for us online today at abc.com and facebook.com/dancingwiththestars. I can’t stay in the competition without YOU!!