Allison Sweeney knows all about losing weight, from watching contestants on ‘The Biggest Loser’ struggle to shed the pounds to her own work to go from a size 12 to a size 4. Allison opened up to Fitness magazine about her experiences. Here are some excerpts from her interview:
Giving up on perfection and feeling liberated: “If I couldn’t be number one or go superfast, I’d give up and not do it at all,” she admits. “But I’m learning I can have fun and be proud of myself, even if I’m not the best. Medium speed is OK too! It’s a positive cycle. You take care of your body, and the next thing you know, you’re taking better care of your career and the people you love.”
On squeezing in a workout with her crazy schedule: “I used to be one of those people who hated working out. It felt like such a chore. I had to learn that exercise isn’t a punishment. Finding workouts I enjoy has allowed me to flip it in my head. Now I look forward to that time and the exercise high I feel afterward.”
Alison’s secret to fitting it all in: “I’ll do strength training in my dressing room between shoots, and I’ve been known to make business calls while I’m 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. Fortunately, people understand; they’re usually jealous they aren’t exercising too!
If you had two hours to yourself—no kids or demands—which would you choose: sleep, sex or exercise? “It’s terrible to admit, but I’d probably sleep. But if you let me pick two, sex definitely qualifies as exercise for me, so I think I could fit them all in!”
On still feeling like a chubby person: “Those thought processes are hard to overcome, so that’s definitely where Bob’s and Jillian’s mantras really do echo in my head: “That’s an excuse; that’s not who you are.” It’s important to take care of yourself. That includes eating healthier and learning not to beat yourself up when you make a mistake.”
Being proud of her body: “I may not have the best body out there—not even close— but I worked my butt off, literally, for it, and it’s OK if it’s not as good as someone else’s. This is what I’ve got, and I have to embrace it and be proud of it.”
Overcoming her weight struggles: “I was a total sucker for both the fat-free and sugar-free crazes. I used not to 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.”
You can also learn more about Allison’s fitness strategies, such as signing up for marathons, in the January issue of Fitness, which hits newsstands today, December 18.