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

2009

Bertinelli donned a bikini for the first time in 30 years after trimming down to 132 lbs. in nine months while on Jenny Craig and exercising (including walking 10,000 steps a day on her own before hiring a personal trainer in December). "I felt the fear – and I did it anyway!" she says. And the actress is proud of the results of her hard work. "I'm happy. I feel really good for my age. This is just the beginning of the journey."