Alison Sweeney is one busy lady!
She's taking care of two young kids, plus she's juggling two jobs. She's the host for NBC's "Biggest Loser" and she's got a juicy role on the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives."
Despite having little "me" time, Alison makes sure to include exercise in her day.
"I'll do strength training in my dressing room between shoots, and I've been known to make business calls while out jogging. I try to mute myself on Bluetooth so they can't hear me huffing and puffing, but I usually end up getting caught," she reveals in January's issue of Fitness magazine.
The 36-year-old star has also managed to find time to write a novel and run a marathon. She tells Fitness completing a marathon was one of her proudest accomplishments.
"I had a meltdown at mile 21 and had to walk for a while. I had all these feelings of self-doubt. It was really hard to keep going, but I told myself, whatever you do, don't stop. So I walked and walked, and the race volunteers believed in me. They were cheering, 'Come on Alison!' I realized I wasn't going to die, and I picked up my jog and completed what I started. The finish line was the most beautiful thing I'd ever laid eyes on," she added.
Alison is training for her January half marathon and says being active has inspired her young kids.
"After I ran the LA marathon, my son said, 'When I'm older, can I run with you, Mommy?' I love that I'm a role model and that my husband and I are setting the example that exercise is important in our lives."
Yet, Alison hasn't always been a fitness enthusiast. She's struggled with her weight and thanks to her healthier lifestyle dropped from a size 12 to a 4.
"I was a total sucker for both the fat-free and sugar-free crazes. I used to not eat breakfast in the morning because I thought it was just one less meal to worry about. When I started 'Biggest Loser,' I wasn't eating enough and would compensate by consuming foods that weren't good for me. I really credit the show for introducing me to quinoa, lentils and other healthy options that taste good."
For more of Alison's healthy lifestyle tips, pick up the January issue of Fitness magazine. Or, for more wellness tips, check out www.fitnessmagazine.com.
-- Terri MacLeod
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