Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, is starting off 2011 with a resolution to lose 30 pounds. After years of yo-yo dieting, the 5’1″ actress is opening up about her body image insecurities and why she’s finally ready to slim down.
“I know how to eat alone, but I need help not eating,” Fisher tells PopEater. “I haven’t been able to enjoy a good part of my life because so much of what’s on my mind is about my weight.”
Fisher, who was 180 lbs. at her heaviest, admits she didn’t recognize herself anymore when she looked in the mirror. “There were days when I didn’t want to leave the house because I didn’t like the way I looked,” she added.
Fisher admits she’s had a lifelong struggle with her weight, adding even when she weighed in at 105 lbs. for ‘Star Wars,’ producers told her she was fat and needed to lose 10 lbs.
She slowly packed on the pounds over the years, but after her father, crooner Eddie Fisher, died last September, her “bad eating habits” worsened as she grazed on junk food and continued to use “mood stabilizers.”
“What you gain emotionally, you lose because you feel better. Then whoops, you’re fat! Then, you’re depressed about being fat, and you wind up taking another pill,” she adds. “But I had to stop making excuses.”
She joined Jenny Craig’s MetabolicMAX program in late November and reveals she has already shed 12 lbs. by eating plan-approved meals and exercising five days a week. Although she’s well on her way to losing 30 lbs, Fisher doesn’t plan to wear her infamous Princess Leia two-piece when she reachs her weight loss goal.
“I wore that costume 30 years ago. That’s what pisses me off. I’m always compared to that image,” she says. “I didn’t realize that I had to stay looking like that my entire life. Otherwise, I would have never put that outfit on,” she laments. Fisher will appear in Jenny Craig’s new advertising campaign that launches in February 2011, joining the ranks of previous Jenny Craig spokespeople like Valerie Bertinelli, Sara Rue, Nicole Sullivan and Jason Alexander.
Most of us know that it sucks to fight weight issues and fighting them in the public spotlight must really suck. When I read the headline lots of great jokes jumped out at me:
“These aren’t the donuts you’re looking for.”
“Jenny Craig, Your my only hope!”
I can’t bring myself to throw them at Carrie. Watching the video below is probably the first time I have connected with her since she wore that brass bikini. Both times involve lots of sweating and both burned calories. I wish Carrie the best.