Doing Good With Alison Sweeney
Alison recently partnered with Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat breads for the Feed Your Better campaign, which will award entrants up to $20,000 for sharing their nutrition goals or success stories (we’re thinking 20,000 bucks would make us feel pretty great, personally).
We recently chatted with the super fit mother of two to find out her secrets for how she fits in exercise, healthy eating, and a dash of caring for her well-being.
Tons of people have been sharing their Feed Your Better stories — what’s yours?
I’m such a driven person. I’m always getting things done, making lists on work I have to do, and being a mom and a wife. I thought when I teamed up with Oroweat for this project, I was inspired to take more time for myself…Sometimes it really is better just to rest and [relax], and this partnership has made me more OK with that.
What do you hope people get out of entering the Feed Your Better contest?
People are always bracing themselves for the holidays and preparing to make New Year’s resolutions that may not work out by February. The Feed Your Better campaign is more about what we can do year-round. It’s about where you are now, thinking about what you want to work on, and celebrating what’s fun about life.
What are some of the rules you follow when it comes to fitness and well-being?
One of the most important things for me is to make time for myself. As a parent, that’s sometimes hard for me to wrap my head around, but I also know if you’re not taking care of yourself, no one else can do it for you. To be the best you can be while also looking out for others is to know that you are worth it and you do need to take time to care for yourself.
You’re the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, which just premiered in mid-October. What can we expect to see this season besides lots of pounds being worked off?
Every season is unique for me because of the contestant’s individual experiences. When you know the distances they’ve overcome, it’s breathtaking to be a part of. You will see more fun and challenging competitions and events. Every week, it’s just inspiring to be a part of. I’m their number one fan as a part of the show.
How do you make eating healthy and fun for you and your kids?
What I’ve learned most from the show is that wellness isn’t a single diet or a fad — it’s a lifestyle change. That’s what we talk about on The Biggest Loser: Changing our attitudes toward health and wellness is so important for people to have balance in their health and life. I like to have a snack of Oroweat bread and maybe some almond butter, and then I’ll take the same bread to make a sandwich that has fun ingredients that aren’t boring or bland for my kids. Dieting shouldn’t feel like torture. It should feel fun and interesting. For me, it’s about teaching my kids habits that are healthy so they aren’t second guessing themselves.
You’ve got a crazy busy schedule! How do you make time for fitness?
I like to try to work out at least four to five times a week. I break it up. I strength train, run, and take a spin class. Now I’m really working on adding in a stretch session afterward for healing. I think of working out as part of the status quo, as natural as brushing your teeth.
How do you keep working out fun and interesting?
Trying new things is a really great way to stay excited about workouts. One thing I’ve done lately with my girlfriends is to switch from maybe going to see a movie together to going to take a yoga, spin, or dance class. It’s a great way to have fun and hold each other accountable! I also like to wear close-fitting clothes when I work out, but they don’t have to be designer. They should just make you feel good about yourself and show you what you’re doing with your body, from maintaining the right form to seeing results.
Speaking of trying new things, you branched into writing fiction with your book, The Star Attraction. Can we expect to see another book anytime soon?
The book was such a passion project, and I’m so excited and proud to get it published. I’m actually finishing up my second novel. It’s just a great thing for me because I love to try new things and see what adventure is around the corner.
xx, The FabFitFun Team