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Personal Best: Q&A With Alison Sweeney


Fitness routine

"I do as much cardio as I can during the week, and I shoot for 5 days a week. Because of my schedule, I don't always make that goal, but I try. I also take [indoor cycling] classes. One day a week my endurance trainer comes to the house or we go to the park. I have a routine, and that level of fitness keeps me from being sweaty and tired after a workout. If there's something in my routine I don't like, I'll change it, because I don't want to do something I don't enjoy. I don't want to think of it as a chore or torture."

Healthy on the road and on the set

"I make sure I get plenty of water when flying, to prevent dehydration, and I supplement with plenty of vitamin C. Because we come in contact with germs while traveling, I wash my hands a lot. I find that working out when you get where you're going really helps put you into the right time zone."

Three makeup items always with her

I take lip gloss, and although I like lots of different kinds, I think Chanel has beautiful colors. I like a black pencil eyeliner to get that nice line around the eye, without looking like I'm using too much makeup. I use Cover Girl Perfect Blend. Oh, and I keep an eyelash curler, too.

Wish list of places

"I've been to so many places in the world, but next I'd go to Seattle and the islands off the coast. Along with those redwoods, those places sound so beautiful and interesting."

Always keep in your purse

"I keep a notebook -- for taking notes! I get ideas for my books, and need to write them down in the moment. I also have sunglasses and a little book with my kids' pictures."

Best advice

"Remember that your health applies to any goal you're striving to attain. No matter what you're working for in life, it's important to remember it's about the journey. If you think happiness comes when you 'cross that line,' you're never going to be happy. You must enjoy the process and enjoy learning, experiencing, working hard, and earning it.

"That's especially true with weight loss, for if you wait to get on that scale to be happier, to be proud, you're missing the whole point. Celebrate every push-up, every pound lost, and every meal when you make healthy choices -- don't wait or delay those feelings of success until the very end. When you weigh in, don't be frustrated with the number, but be aware you have something to learn and work on, and figure out why you didn't lose as much as you wanted. Remember the small victories and achievements along the way."

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