04:13 AM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 08/12/2009 10:45AM
What could be better than a summer barbecue? That is, of course, unless you're on a diet. Marissa Jaret Winokur recently hosted an outdoor meal with pals that she refers to as "Temptation City."
Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight-loss blog, the Dance Your Ass Off host, 36, dishes about staying relatively strong in spite of the food fest and how seeing Sherri Shepherd's bathing-suit body in PEOPLE gave her hope.
Okay, I had an awesome week. I actually went to the gym and worked out about an hour a day except for Saturday when – dum dum dum dum – I hosted a BBQ! I made it as healthy as possible! I even put out light beer and I don't even drink beer. My husband's friends were not happy! BUT it was Temptation City. I did okay. I wouldn't have won the grand prize but I would have come in fourth place, and fourth is pretty good (that's where I ended up on Dancing with the Stars)!
Originally posted 08/05/2009 09:00AM
Marissa Jaret Winokur has faced this temptation before: the spectre of being left alone in a hotel room with a stocked minibar. But recently, the Dance Your Ass Off host, 36, opted to stay strong and vanquish that diet demon by locking it up.
Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight-loss blog, she shares her hilarious strategy for not letting that minibar get the best of her and how Twitter is becoming a friend in her fight to lose weight.
I went back to New York City this week for three nights (sadly, away from Zev and Judah). You may remember a few weeks ago when I went to N.Y.C. and had a close encounter with a minibar. Well, I had to face that minibar once again. It was like an ex-boyfriend, one you still loved but had to break up because you were not good for each other. One you convinced yourself, "Oh, I can still be friends with him and nothing has to happen." SOMETHING ALWAYS HAPPENS!
Originally posted 07/27/2009 07:35PM
Recently, Marissa Jaret Winokur realized she needed a military intervention on her quest to lose weight. After reaching her low point when she scarfed down too much candy for son Zev's first birthday party, the Dance Your Ass Off host, 36, decided to head to boot camp.
Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight loss-blog, she writes about how her early morning call to drop and give 'em 20 inspired her. Ten hut!
It's been hard to motivate. On Monday and Tuesday I ate in line with my 1,200-calorie goal, but working out was hard. After last week's debacle, I had to do something. So Pvt. Marissa reported for duty ... duty on my booty. Oh yeah, I said it! :)
Originally posted 07/20/2009 07:10PM
On every dieter's weight-loss journey, there are triumphs and trip-ups. For Marissa Jaret Winokur, planning for her son Zev's first birthday party on Saturday presented a major stumbling block.
In planning for his big celebration, the Dance Your Ass Off host, 36, found temptation, well, a little too tempting. Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight loss-blog, she writes candidly about not being able to resist a house full of candy.
I sit here Monday morning with my PEOPLE.com blog overdue. It was a bad week here, and I kept thinking about how I could spin it! This week was spent planning for Zev's first birthday – it started off bad and then it turned into a disaster! Every day I literally said, "Okay, tomorrow I will get back on track." But tomorrow never came!
Originally posted 07/13/2009 07:30PM
She's danced to Beyoncé, battled a minibar and tried to say 'no' to fries. And now Marissa Jaret Winokur is getting 11-month-old son Zev into the act of helping her lose weight.
The Dance Your Ass Off host, 36, recently loaded up her little guy into a wagon along with a pal's son to lug them around the neighborhood – her version of a fun Biggest Loser challenge.
Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight loss-blog, she shares her triumphs and her trip-ups on her quest to shedding pounds.
Originally posted 07/06/2009 06:40PM
It's every dieter's nightmare: You're alone in your hotel room with a fully stocked minibar. Do you dive in or ignore it?
That's exactly the dilemma Marissa Jaret Winokur, 36, faced on her recent trip to New York City to promote her Oxygen show Dance Your Ass Off.
Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight-loss blog, she shares her diet disaster (and how she rebounded) – and how being surrounded by larger-than-life look-alikes can be great for your self-esteem.
Originally posted 06/29/2009 06:30PM
Marissa Jaret Winokur is giving a Beyoncé hit a try on her weight-loss journey.
The Dance Your Ass Off host, whose Oxygen show premieres Monday, is continuing her quest to get in shape with some boogying of her own: joining the legions of people (including Joe Jonas and Justin Timberlake) attempting the R&B star's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" dance, much to the amusement of her 11-month-old son Zev and husband Judah Miller.
Here, in her weekly PEOPLE.com weight-loss blog, she shares her Beyoncé moment – and her quest to get back in a bikini:
Originally posted 06/22/2009 12:45PM
Marissa Jaret Winokur, the host of the new weight-loss dance show Dance Your Ass Off, is on a weight-loss journey of her own.
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:
Originally posted 06/17/2009 11:10AM
Marissa Jaret Winokur, host of the new weight loss dance show Dance Your Ass Off, gained baby weight while awaiting the birth of her son Zev – and she wasn't even pregnant.
A survivor of cervical cancer, Winokur, 36, had her now-11-month-old son with husband Judah Miller through a surrogate and says she put on 25 pounds during and after the pregnancy. "[It was] total stress," says the actress, who won a Tony in 2003 for the musical Hairspray. "You don't actually have to carry the baby to gain weight."
Originally posted 11/18/2008 05:10PM
Marissa Jaret Winokur is headed back to Broadway's Hairspray as the splashy musical in which she got her career start heads into its final weeks. And, this time, she's taking her baby.
Starting Dec. 9, Winokur will reprise her starring role as the ample and eager Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad, for which she won a 2003 Tony as best leading actress in a musical.
“When I started with the show I was cancer-free, I was single, I had no kids. I was just an unemployed actress," the former Dancing with the Stars finalist and cervical-cancer survivor, who welcomed son Zev Isaac Miller last July, tells PEOPLE.
"To go back to the show that gave me a career, gave me a life and now I can share this with my child – how do you say no? Besides, when does a 35-year-old get to play 16?"
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