The Tony-winning actress, 36, recently admitted that though she didn't give birth to her 11-month-old son Zev (who was carried via a surrogate), she has put on pounds since his arrival. "You don't actually have to carry the baby to gain the weight," Winokur tells PEOPLE.
Now on a mission to get back in the shape she was in while appearing on Dancing with the Stars, Winokur (whose Oxygen show premieres June 29) has returned to exercising and has a goal: to appear in a bikini in the pages of PEOPLE.
Here, she shares her quest to get back in shape in the first installment of her weekly PEOPLE.com weight-loss blog:
Okay, so welcome to my weight-loss journey. I have to open with a funny little aside. As I sit here beginning to type, staring at my blank screen, my friend who is visiting me walked in from being out all day and said, "Look what I got you ..." She held up the magical bag, glowing in the light, a smell that dreams are made of – McDonald's french fries!!!!!!!
I had only typed "Welcome to my weight-loss journey" and now I had to make the choice – type my new goals or eat the fries. I ate a fry, then put the bag down and started to type. Okay, I'll have one more fry. Two fries won't kill anyone!!!!! I am now going to put the fries in the sink and drown my little friends. DONE. This blog just saved me from a lot of bad calories!!!! THANK YOU!!!!
I am gonna clean my fridge out and re-stock it with healthy food!!!! It's a total mess! I need more fruit and veggies. I am gonna clean my fridge myself and make a shopping list! I am not going to be a crazy dieter – I just want to get healthy again and feel good. Maybe you can join in and clean out your fridge and start the slow and steady journey with me......
OMG – I JUST DROWNED MY FRENCH FRIES!!!!!!! WHY, WHY, WHY?!!!!
My biggest challenge this week: obviously not snacking on crap!
I am most proud of: thinking of healthy foods for my son, not just mac and cheese every day but blending veggies in with his eggs and sneaking it in.