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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: See Rachel's Jaw-Dropping Makeover

Update 01/22/2014 11:15 AM Originally posted 01/22/2014 10:15 AM

Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: See Rachel's Jaw-Dropping Makeover

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

It was makeover week on The Biggest Loser Tuesday – the episode that every contestant dreams of reaching and one that moves me to tears every time.

By the time I saw the contestants this week, they had been with Tim Gunn and Ken Paves and they each looked stunning. Marie's hair change was genius! She looked so breathtaking and clearly her husband was shocked. I'm so glad she was willing to trust Ken's vision.

When Rachel walked out, my jaw literally dropped and I could have never dreamed on day one that she would look like this. Her smile lit up the night and to have her parents then tell her how great she looked was just such an incredible moment.

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Alison Sweeney Leaving Days of Our Lives After 21 Years

Originally posted 01/21/2014 09:40 AM

Alison Sweeney Leaving Days of Our Lives After 21 Years

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The days of her life suddenly became years. And after spending 21 of them as Sami Brady on the soap opera that made her famous, Alison Sweeney is getting ready to say goodbye.

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Biggest Loser's Jay: I Tell My Kids, 'Don't Ever Give Up'

Update 01/18/2014 10:25 AM Originally posted 01/17/2014 06:00 PM

Jay Sheets: I Tell My Kids 'Don't Ever Give Up' | The Biggest Loser

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Jay Sheets, one of this season's most earnest contestants on The Biggest Loser says he's using lessons he learned in his weight-loss journey to build character in his two young sons. He wants them to know that it's important to give your all to the things that matter in life.

The Farmington, Mo., dad, who was eliminated this week as the season 15 finale approaches, told reporters on Wednesday that he's at hovering at his goal weight of 185 lbs., down from 297, and is using his newfound health and strength to return to one of his passions, riding rodeo, something he let fall by the wayside as his size got in the way. He said he was "thrilled" with how far he's come.

"The biggest thing I wanted to show my kids was that when you have a goal or a dream you have got to go for it. Don’t ever give up on that kind of stuff," Sheets, 38, said.

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Alison Sweeney: Team USA's Winter Olympians Are Inspirational

Update 01/16/2014 04:45 PM Originally posted 01/15/2014 12:00 PM

Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: Meeting Winter Olympic Athletes Was Inspirational

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

Are you all getting excited for the Winter Olympics? I have to say, the week we spent in Park City, Utah, was so incredible. To meet the athletes, to see where they are training and to watch their intensity and focus was inspirational. I personally loved meeting the U.S. Women's Curling Team and the U.S. Women's Bobsled Team and I loved traveling with the contestants, trainers and the Biggest Loser crew.

As much as the travel week is nerve-wracking for contestants, I could tell it was also reinvigorating for them. During the challenge, when the contestants started curling, it was pure comedy but they quickly got into their competitive spirit – Jay wanting to not win and have a greater target on his back and the rest wanting to win the $5000 prize. The competition was so exciting and Rachel coming from nowhere to win was particularly impressive. You have to give Rachel credit – she's willing to put the target on her back to keep focused on the life-changes and competition instead of the game play.

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: 'New Health Regimes Are a Great Way to Start the Year'

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a great holiday! I was able to take time off to be with my family and we had a blast skiing and snowboarding. Then I rang in 2014 by riding with the Medieval Times horses in the Tournament of Roses Parade. What a fun way to celebrate the New Year!

It seems like everyone is joining up with the Biggest Loser contestants at the start of 2014 – new health regimes are a great way to start the year right. But the contestants never take a holiday from their continuing quest for health. We are now back to finish their journeys with them. Watching the recap of the season so far once again made me so proud to be part of such a rewarding show.

When we left off in December, I'd just brought the eliminated contestants back to the weigh-in room – and now one player was going to earn a spot back on the Ranch.

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: The Competition Heats Up

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

There are some really pivotal moments each season on The Biggest Loser, and one of those is when the contestants go from teams to singles.

When I announced to the contestants that they had made it to singles, you could see how excited they were to reach such a huge milestone in their journey.

Then I told them about the triathlon at the end of the season, which will assure its winner an automatic spot in the finals. Immediately, the competition jumped into high gear.

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Bobby Saleem: Bob Harper Gave Me the Strength to Come Out

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Biggest Loser contestant Bobby Saleem had lived with the stigma of obesity for years but it was another stigma – his shame over his sexual orientation – that weighed him down the most.

"I came from a background where for years I felt very ashamed about my sexuality," Saleem told reporters Wednesday. "I never really had a role model to look up to in my life."

But thanks to the mentoring he received on the ranch from trainer Bob Harper – who recently spoke publicly about his homosexuality – Saleem has not only lost 135 lbs. but has become more comfortable about living his life as an openly gay man.

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Alison Sweeney: How to Balance Work and Workouts

Update 12/11/2013 05:35 PM Originally posted 12/11/2013 09:00 AM

Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: How to Balance Workouts with Work

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney

I know it's wrong but I love to surprise the Biggest Loser contestants with new and unexpected challenges.

When we got to the diner, I knew they thought we would be having a pop challenge and then return to the ranch, but when they learned that instead some of them would be working at the diner for the week, the gravity of the situation was realized.

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Biggest Loser's Ruben Studdard: No Conspiracy in My Return

Update 12/09/2013 08:00 AM Originally posted 12/08/2013 11:45 AM

The Biggest Loser's Ruben Studdard: There Was No Conspiracy in My Return

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When most The Biggest Loser contestants are eliminated, they devote themselves solely to their weight loss. But Ruben Studdard is more focused on something else – his career.

"It was difficult leaving," the American Idol winner told reporters after being eliminated from the NBC weight-loss show. "But I had a lot of work waiting on me when I left the ranch. As soon as the next day started, my work started."

The "Sorry for 2004" singer is currently working on a new album with producer David Foster and will be heading out on a Christmas tour with CeCe Winans, Peabo Bryson and Melissa Manchester.

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: An Emotional Homecoming, a Deeper Bond | Alison Sweeney

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

This week was all about Jillian doing what she does best on The Biggest Loser.

Bob had just had a truly emotional goodbye with Hollie, and emotions were already running high when I told the contestants that one would be going home with his or her trainer. When Jay put his face on the wheel, I could tell how much he wanted it to land on his face and for him to go home to see his family.

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