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Alison Sweeney Talks 'Biggest Loser' and Fate of 'Days of our Lives'
Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney has inspired many through her own weight loss journey, but now she wants to inspire other pet owners to do the same.
Sweeney has teamed up with Hill’s Science Diet to launch the Million Pound Pledge, encouraging pet owners to get their pets healthy.
Sweeney, 35, talked to Parade.com about keeping her own four-legged pal fit and dished on why this season of The Biggest Loser may be the most dramatic yet.
And as Days of Our Lives’ resident bad girl, Sweeney says she's “fighting the fight” to keep the NBC soap on the air as so many other beloved soaps have come to an end.
Keeping her dog Winky fit.
“My Boston terrier Winky was overweight and it makes a big difference in our family to have our dog healthy and energetic. I’ve met so many pet owners who want to get their pet healthy, but a lot of other people don’t see a problem. It’s so important to keep our pets healthy and at an ideal weight.”
How the mother-of-two keeps her family healthy.
“We workout together as a family. It’s important to combine exercise with eating right and making sure our nutrition is on point. We consider it a lifestyle, not a diet. “
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On the biggest challenge in her own weight loss journey.
“The biggest challenge is just making time for everything. I always joke that if I didn’t have a job I would have nothing but time to work out and cook these elaborate, super healthy meals. Just as we talk about on The Biggest Loser this season, time is a very common excuse. So you have to constantly battle that thought in your mind to make sure you have time to take care of yourself. No one can do it for you. It’s one of those responsibilities that you can’t put at the bottom of your to-do list.”
On here most memorable Biggest Loser moment.
“There have been so many great moments on the show. I would think [season 11 winner] Olivia Ward singing opera when she broke into the 100-pound mark was definitely a showstopper for me. There have definitely been unbelievably inspiring moments and successes that keep me going when I’m at the gym or making choices at the buffet.”
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On what it’s like for her to watch the contestants weigh in.
“It’s a very emotional journey for them and for me as well. I’m with them the whole time and I’m such a cheerleader. I’m so proud to get up there with them. I’m rooting for them all equally. I try to keep my composure and my host face on, but it’s so meaningful to me. I celebrate with their highs and feel for their struggles.”
On what’s in store for Season 13.
“This season is definitely memorable because it’s about no excuses. We can give anyone the information for working out and eating right, but until you change your mind and decide to do it, that advice won’t help you. We are confronting all of the excuses people make about why they can’t lose weight: not having the money or the time; not knowing how to eat right; feeling trapped in their comfort zones. There are a million different excuses, so it’s just so great to talk about it.”
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On the end of the soap era.
“It’s really hard to say goodbye to shows that have been a part of television for so long. As a member of Days of our Lives, I meet soap fans every day who talk about what a big part of their life it is and how they watched with their mom and their grandma. Those characters were a part of their family dynamic for their whole lives in some instances. So I know how hard it is for all those One Life to Live fans right now and how hard it is to say goodbye to something that’s been so close to their hearts.
"We’re just hopeful at Days of our Lives that we can continue to fight the fight and represent daytime and keep our characters on for as long as we possibly can. We want fans to know that we’re still there and we’re making the best show we possibly can. Hopefully NBC will believe in us and keep us on for a long time.”