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Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney is tackling feats she never thought possible. Here's how this busy mom of two learned to push herself out of her comfort zone.

Alison Sweeney's Fitness Secrets

Alison Sweeney loves a challenge. Take last fall's Nautica Malibu Triathlon, which involved a half-mile swim in the Pacific. "I'm afraid of sharks, but my fear flew out the window as soon as I jumped into the ocean," Alison says. "The current kept pushing me to shore, but I didn't let myself panic, I just kept swimming until I made it to the final buoy" -- without spotting a single shark.

Whether it's racing in open water or dropping from a size 12 to a 4, the 36-year-old host of The Biggest Loser and star of Days of Our Lives isn't one to wimp out. "Pushing yourself to do the hard stuff makes you feel accomplished and inspires you to want more," Alison says.

Luckily, she has plenty to keep her busy. Besides filming Loser, competing in her first triathlon, and training for the upcoming Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Alison has just finished writing a novel and is already working on a second -- and she's about to start directing episodes of Days. Not to mention that she's the mom of two active kids, Ben, 7, and Megan, 4. "Even if my brain is telling me I can't do something, conquering my fitness goals has shown me I'm so much more capable than I think I am," Alison says.

But that wasn't always the case. A self-professed type A personality, Alison, in her quest for perfection, often prevented herself from trying new things. "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 okay too!"

Letting go of perfect has been liberating. "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," Alison says. "With each new accomplishment, I think, Wow, what can I do next?" Read on to find out how she achieves success -- and how you can do the same.

Your schedule is crazy. How do you stay on track with exercise?

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. My first breakthrough was Spinning class. I love the music, and you can get motivation from the people around you, but you do your own thing at the same time. 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.

Do you have a set routine?

I would love nothing more, but I can't because my schedule changes every day. I meet with my trainer once a week, and I aim to do cardio 45 to 50 minutes four or five days a week. I find it's best if I plan it out the night before so it's already built into my day.

Okay, so share your secret: How do you fit it all in?

Sometimes I don't, but I take what I can get when I can get it. 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!

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anonymous wrote:

I love the article its very inspirational.

2/23/2013 08:24:16 AM Report Abuse
stephanie-heiar wrote:

Thank you, Alison for sharing your story. I grew up watching you on Days and could truely relate to your story. You look amazing and have inspired me with you comments about overcoming the negative thought process....that is one of my weakness as well as being type A. Thanks again;}

1/9/2013 02:17:04 PM Report Abuse
calogerol wrote:

Alison you look amazing. I watched Biggest Loser last night and all I could say is how amazing you look. Great job!

1/7/2013 10:10:13 AM Report Abuse

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