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Hers Girl: Alison Sweeney

How the award-winning actress, The Biggest Loser host, and best-selling author juggles a busy career, family time, and fitness

Hers Girl: Alison Sweeney

Taking ControlI’d been through all of the fad diets and was still unhappy with how I looked. But instead of being negative, I decided that I needed to go after positive things. I changed my eating habits and learned more about nutrition, including the importance of portion control and making healthier choices. Going to the gym used to be torture for me; I hated every minute I was there. So I found workouts that I like to do, like spinning, yoga, and CrossFit. I also do a Filipino stick fighting called escrima, which is like a street version of fencing—it’s really fun and a challenge, and I like learning the skill.

Running the ShowFor several seasons on The ­Biggest Loser, contestants had to run a marathon. I found it very inspiring to see them cross the finish line—so I put on a pair of running shoes, learned how to train, and finished the L.A. Marathon. It was great to set a goal for myself and then achieve it.

Family MattersI make sure my two kids, ages 5 and 9, are really active. We go for hikes, take walks with the dogs, play baseball or tag, and just run around and have fun. It’s really important for me to let them see that their parents make time to work out.

Fitting in FitnessMy days are packed; there’s always something going on. Often, I’m at work at 6 a.m. on the set of Days of our Lives until 1 or 2 p.m., pick up my kids from school, get a workout in, then head over to The Biggest Loser in the afternoon and shoot until midnight. The best tip I can give busy moms is to plan ahead, even if that means bringing your gym bag with you in the car, so when you drop your kid off you can go for a run in a nearby park on your way to work!

Goal TimeIt’s important to set small, realistic goals when you’re looking to lose weight, like cutting out junk food or cooking at home more. Simple things can make a huge difference.

Snack AttackOne of my all-time favorite snacks is almonds. I keep them on my counter, and I put some in my purse so I always have a healthy snack with me when I’m on the go. I’ll also use crushed almonds as a crust for chicken or fish—it gives it a flavorful, satisfying texture.


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