The Biggest Loser host, longtime star of Days of Our Lives, author of an upcoming book, and mom to Ben, 4, and Megan, 1—Alison Sweeney has a breathtaking array of accomplishments. Sweeney sits down with Working Mother magazine this May for a heart-to-heart on balancing home and demanding career; her sunny outlook on life; how she met her husband, California Highway Patrol investigator Dave Sanov; the best surprise on becoming a mom and lessons she’s learned along the way.
On going from struggling with her weight to getting fit and healthy:
“From the time I was 12 I was overweight, and as a teen I definitely struggled with my weight. I tried very extreme diets, like the papaya diet. It was about me feeling insecure and lacking confidence. Overcoming that was a long process. It involved changing my mindset from wanting to be skinny to wanting to be healthy – and that allowed me to reach my goal.”