The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney coves the October 2014 issue of FITNESS and opens up about leaving Days of Our Lives after 21 years, Jillian Michaels‘ departure from The Biggest Loser, and family life with husband Dave and their two kids: son Benjamin, 9, and daughter Megan, 5.
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 Jillian Michaels’ departure from The 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. 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.”
On fit activities she does with her family: “We bike, hike, swim, walk the dogs and play catch or kick the soccer ball around the yard. My parents introduced my brothers and me to so many fun things — skiing, hiking, waterskiing. It’s a wonderful memory, and it’s something my husband, Dave, and I want to share with our kids. We want them to be brought up with the spirit of being game for anything.”
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.”
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