kirstie alley’s diet scrapbook + more!


hey hey! who else has been watching kirstie alley’s big life on A&E? it’s hysterical – i’ve always been a huge fan of ms. alley – she really does make me laugh! below she’s being featured on the latest cover of ladies home journal looking pretty darn fabulous and it definitely seems like she lost some weight (again) check out the extra photos including a look back at her fluctuating weight through the years from 1982 all the way up to 2007! i’d totally love to see kirstie get back into the acting game at some point – she’s one of our finest comedic actresses! popbytes over & out for now … xoxo



About her latest weight gain: “It was insane! I’m disgusted with myself! I let myself down and, worse than that, I let other people down. People were looking up to me for losing all that weight and then I went and got all chub on them. And I set a bad example for my children. I’m finally ready to pay everybody back.”



On lying to herself about her weight: “When we get fat, we fool ourselves with every kind of lie imaginable. By 2008 my weight started creeping up and I said, ‘Oh, I still look good at 150. I still look good at 155. I still look okay at 165. Some of my clothes still fit at 175. ‘And nobody was saying ‘You’re fat.’ I was like a bank robber who was getting away with it.”



On the fun in getting fat: “On one hand it was the greatest thing in the world getting fat. Every meal out was an event. Or we’d go to Italy and we’d have pasta, truffles and dessert and then plan the next incredible meal. It was a happy-go-lucky time. I never had so much fun.”



On the impact of negative press: “My self esteem was basically zero, it was so hard to get the eating under control. It made me completely self-conscious. I stopped going out, especially to restaurants. I stopped seeing my friends. I succumbed to the meanness and attacks and lost my way in the process. I’m telling you it was hell.”



On eating disorders: “I have never been bulimic, I have never been anorexic. I have never missed a meal in my life. But when you have people in your life telling you you are fat, it starts messing with your head.”



On her new A&E show, Kirstie Alley’s Big Life: “The most interesting part of life is the journey…Over the years I’ve lost weight, then I’ve gained it back. But no one has seen what happened in between. This show follows that journey.” [As she speaks a pair of lorikeets squawk behind her...they're part of a veritable private zoo that also includes house cats, dogs, parrots, chinchillas, and a chattering troop of lemurs.] “I had no idea how kooky I looked until I saw the footage. Then I thought, Oh my God! I’m the crazy lemur lady.”



On being a committed Scientologist: “Scientology helps you lose your insanities. One of the keys is to say, ‘You’re in charge of your life, buster. You’re responsible for any condition you’re in.’ If I look at it that way it helps. I’ve been irresponsible many, many, many times and that has resulted in me being fat.”



On her newfound love of Twitter: “When you’re famous you can’t really talk to normal people. It’s all about having your picture taken or people wanting something from you. On Twitter I can say, ‘What’s your life like? What are your challenges? It has opened up a whole new reality to me, I haven’t had since I’ve been recognized as an actor.”



On her love life: “Nonexistent. As I get older it’s harder to know what I would want in a relationship. I love spending time with my kids and my friends and my animals. I love traveling and working. The last thing I need to think about is some dude.”



On her friend Valerie Bertinelli’s impressive weight loss as Jenny Craig spokesperson: “I admire her and her abs so much, but, man, am I jealous. I honestly believe she won’t gain her weight back.”

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