Kirstie Alley: I Weighed 219 Lbs.
11/08/2005 AT 10:00 AM EST
"I made some good decisions simultaneously with some bad decisions," Alley, 54, said of the way she let her body balloon. "The good part of it was, 'I'm going to spend more time with my kids (William, 13, and Lillie, 11), I'm going to cook.'
"The bad decision was – and this is the dumbest decision I've ever made in my life – it went like this: If a man really loves me, he will not have to love me for my body. He will really love me just for me. … When did I decide I was a big, fat girl?"
More importantly, how did she decide to get rid of the poundage. Her secret, besides the Jenny Craig diet plan, for which she serves as spokeswoman? Dancing. She also stopped smoking and got healthy all around, she said.
"There are things that have happened that I didn't think about happening – I've lost 17 1/2 percent body fat," said the former star of Cheers, Veronica's Closet and the short-lived but high-profiled Fat Actress.
Demonstrating just how footloose and fancy free she now is, Alley got up to dance with choreographers Rich and Flii, of the Alley Kat Studios, who were also joined by Winfrey. While no Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, they did get the TV studio shaking. "I'm not in my league," quipped Winfrey. "I only dance alone with my dogs."
The more she danced, the more Winfrey was impressed by Alley's exercise method. "I think Kirstie may be onto something," she said. "This dance thing is kind of fun."
As for any touchy-feely romance between Alley and Al Pacino, as had been reported in some tabloids, the actress says that the stories are false.
"We are friends. We were out to dinner with about eight people, (but) for me to have been stroking his thigh (as was reported), I would have had to have had nine-foot arms."