“I have been a member of Weight Watchers for 23 years and I’m back on it right now,” Ginnifer tells Health magazine.
“I’ve never had a dramatic weight problem, it’s just that I tend to indulge, and then I need to get back on track so I can button my pants.”
Goodwin, who was born in Memphis, says she was introduced to Weight Watchers as a chubby fourth-grader.
“You go to the South and all vegetables are deep-fried!” Ginnfer recounts. “I really did go through a period when I was very little when I remember realizing that vegetables did not come out of the ground deep-fried.
“I changed my eating habits in fourth grade because I was a heavy little girl, and I was unhappy. And I remember my mom making dinner for me the first night that I was on this new program, and I burst out crying because the vegetables were green, and I thought she was trying to starve me to death.”
Goodwin, who makes it a point never to let herself gain too much weight at any given moment, speed-walks and does the elliptical trainer for cardio exercise.
“I like the elliptical, because I feel like I’m dancing,” she says. “And I’m also big on speed-walking outside. I’ll speed-walk a couple of miles, get a cup of coffee, speed-walk back. It’s so easy. Just break a sweat for 30 minutes and you’re fine.”
Ginnifer also loves ballet. “I do it when I’m feeling good enough to put on a leotard,” she laughs.
“I have a trainer who used to be a New York City Ballet ballerina, and she does a lot of hybrid Pilates ballet. I did join a gym in the Valley, which freaks me out way less than working out in Hollywood, where I feel like I’m going to run into people I know.”
Goodwin’s fitness role models are Jessica Biel and Jennifer Aniston. “I met Jessica Biel in person and she’s a freaking knockout. Jennifer Aniston, too,” Ginnifer gushes.
“They might be the only two women in the world who have bodies like that, so I’m really glad that they chose a profession where we all get to look at them all the time,” she says.
Meanwhile, Ginnifer stresses that health is a top priority because it makes her look and feel good. “Healthy is beautiful,” she says. “Because what comes with health is a clear mind and a high spirit.”
Samantha Chang is the executive editor of TheImproper and a celebrity writer at Examiner.