Valerie Bertinelli: My Body Then & Now

Almost 49 and in bikini-ready shape, the actress takes PEOPLE on a photo tour of her looks through the years. By Elizabeth Leonard

1989

"I was trying to get back in shape. I'd opened up an exercise studio with my sister-in-law. And I was feeling pretty good. I remember this is the first time I was able to put on a size 26 pair of jeans and I couldn’t be more thrilled," says Bertinelli. "But there's no definition – that was just not eating. I got a little too thin."