Alison Sweeney In Fitness Magazine: “Fears are just new challenges and barriers that I look forward to breaking”

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After making the boldest decision of her life—giving up her starring role on Days of Our Lives after 21 years on the show—Alison Sweeney is happier and healthier than ever. In the October 2014 issue of Fitness magazine, on newsstands September 16th, The Biggest Loser host opens up about her plans for her future and how switching things up is energizing her life. “To me, fears are just new challenges and barriers that I look forward to breaking. I want to put my energy into pursuing passions as well as new adventures with my family.”

Check out the highlights from the interview below:
Via Fitness

Alison on life after Days of Our Lives: “The show will always have a place in my heart, but I wanted to have more time with my family. My kids are so happy now, and I’m no longer thinking about nine other things while I’m with them. Everyone in my life has commented on how much more relaxed and at ease I am.”

On how she’s planning to spend her free time: “I’m really excited to start taking yoga classes … I’m trying to focus on the mental as much as the physical. I want to stretch and push myself in different ways, so I’m a balanced, all-around fit person.”

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On how she stays motivated to work out: “The contestants on Biggest Loser are a major inspiration for me. It’s a huge reminder to care of my body and to never take my health for granted.”

Alison on Jillian’s Departure from Biggest Loser: “As a friend, I could relate to [Jillian] leaving. She made the decision that was best for her and her family, and I admire her for being true to herself,” Alison says. “As a co-worker, I’m sad because I miss her, but new people bring new dynamics, which is what makes a good show. And our new trainers are awesome.”

Alison on the new twist on this season of Loser: The new contestants are former professional and Olympic athletes who have gained weight and are struggling to get their fit bodies back. “To have extremely successful pro-athletes and gold medalists admit that they need and want help is incredibly inspiring,” Alison says. “I’m really impressed by their determination to change. I think this season is going to blow people’s minds.”

Alison on the one treat she has to have, no matter what: “Red wine. I love it so much my husband actually built me a custom wine tap in our house. Best gift ever. He’s not much of a wine drinker so I was always ruining a bottle for one glass—or I felt pressured to drink more so it wouldn’t go to waste. Now I can have just a glass, and the argon gas in the tank seals it back up, so one bottle can last for weeks.”

On her best stay-slim trick: “Calories have to be worth it! You’ll never see me drinking wine on an airplane. If I’m going to indulge in wine, it had better be good—and that goes for food too. If I’m going to eat something, it needs to be delicious.”

On the top diet tip she’s learned from the show: “Eating healthy doesn’t require suffering. There’s a tendency to think food has to be bland and boring for it to be good for you, but there are so many healthy ways to add flavor to your meals.”

On her favorite healthy snack: “Almonds. I keep a supply of them in my purse. My other favorite is Greek yogurt with blueberries, cinnamon and a little agave with slivered almonds on top. It’s just delicious.”

To find out more about Alison, including her family’s action-packed adventures, pick up the October issue of Fitness, on newsstands Sept. 16, 2014.

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