Kirstie Alley Sheds 50 Pounds, Again

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Kirstie Alley, known for her yo-yo dieting throughout the years, has shed yet another 50 pounds and is looking thin and trim. How did she do it this time? She went back on the Jenny Craig plan on which she lost 75 pounds while serving as the company's spokesperson.

"It was so easy for me when I did it before," Alley said during a recent interview with People magazine.

Kirstie Alley's last significant weight loss came while she was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. The constant rehearsals and romps on the ballroom floor had her looking and feeling amazing. But when the show ended, so did the dancing--and the weight came back.

The former Cheers star only set out to lose 30 pounds this time, but kept going. She dropped from a size 12 or 14 down to a six six or eight.

"There's this certain place I hit where I felt really energetic and agile. I was like, I want to keep going with this!" she said.

The actress knew if she didn't incorporate both the diet plan and the exercise this time, she would yo-yo yet again.

"I thought, how am I going to solve the problem of hitting a goal and having enough fun to keep that going?" she asked herself.

The answer came in the form of a bicycle.

"I got a yellow townie bike and I ride over to friends' houses. I bribe people. I'll say, let's ride to this restaurant and I'll pay for dinner," she said. "And believe me: If I bike four miles to a restaurant, I don't wreck it with my order!"

Having a consultant through the Jenny Craig program has proven noteworthy this time.

"I started looking at myself as an athlete. I was a competitive swimmer for a very long time and I remember that I wouldn't have won anything or done well in swimming if I didn't have a coach," she explained.

Kirstie Alley is hoping that a combination of her past weight loss successes will soon become lifestyle changes.

“My goal is to keep this and maintain this throughout my life,” she explained. “I feel like I’ve conquered that now. I’m sort of hardheaded. You know, when I used to do drugs, it took me a while to quit, quit, quit--and then it was done. And I feel like that’s occurred for me.”

Lots of people are starting diets or fitness routines now that the holidays are over. They might just find Kirstie Alley's most recent weight loss inspiring.

Do you?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.