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Mark Cuban on 'daddy treats' and how his daughters help him dance

10/02/2007 at 06:00 PM ET

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, 49, has been hitting the floor on Dancing With the Stars, and working hard since a hip replacement and landing in the bottom two last week. Keeping his spirits up are his children Alexis Sofia, 4, and Alyssa, 1. Mark blogs,

My wife brought our daughters to practice [on Saturday] We needed to cheer up Alexis. She got sick during our trip to LA for the first week’s taping and had a bad fever. We took her to the doctor who recommended that we cancel her birthday party since and keep her separated from her sister since she was probably contagious.

It took until yesterday afternoon for her to get back to her usual perpetual energy self, so [my wife] Tiff brought her to practice so she could dance with Kym and I. She loved it. She and her sister got to dance to our song and twirl and twirl and run around.

She wanted to help daddy, so we let her hit the start button before a bunch of run-throughs. By the time we got home, I was her hero again and she was her beautiful self again.

All the hard work has rewards beyond getting my entire family involved. I’m under 200 pounds for the first time since college. At 49 years old, I would be lying if I said I knew I could get down to my college weight again. Losing 20 pounds is not something I thought was even remotely possible. Like any other dad my age, working out is enough of a challenge. Not having fun after dinner making ‘daddy treats’ for my kids is impossible — of course no treat goes unfinished by dad!

My kids definitely keep me young. I don’t ever want to let my age define the activities I undertake. At 49, I didn’t want to do an ‘age appropriate’ dance. I tell Kym all the time that if Joey [Fatone] or Emmitt [Smith] could do it, I’m going to do it.

Source: Blog Maverick

Thanks to CBB reader Teresa.

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