Actress and talk show host Ricki Lake is dancing away the pounds and hopes her work on "Dancing With The Stars" will get her fit in time to start looking for a wedding dress before she ties the knot with fianc? Christian Evans.
Lake told People magazine at Variety's recent "Women in Power" luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California that she has not "dealt with" finding a dress yet. She added, "I'm going to wait until I can go as far as I can go in this competition [to get my body in the best shape], then start trying on dresses."
The 42-year-old actress and television talk show host announced her engagement to boyfriend Evans in August. The couple met through her best friend and the two have been dating since the summer of 2010. The couple has not announced an official wedding date.
Lake and her first husband, Rob Sussman, divorced in 2005 after about 10 years of marriage. They have two sons - Milo, 14 and Owen, 10.
Last week, Ricki Lake told OnTheRedCarpet.com, she's lost several inches in her waist, hips and legs from dancing.
"I've lost 8 and a half inches in two weeks," Lake told OnTheRedCarpet.com during a recent rehearsal for the show on Friday, September 16. "I mean seriously, three inches in my waist, three inches in my hips ... you know I do have some weight to lose but I'm not that big."
Lake is not the only "Dancing With The Stars" contestant to lose weight this season on the show. Chaz Bono lost five pounds within the first week of training.
Nancy Grace said she has already lost 10 pounds.
Lake, who is paired with three-time "Dancing With The Stars" champion dance pro Derek Hough, told the magazine that the results she has seen so far from her "Dancing With The Stars" weight loss is different than her previous diets.
"When I lost weight a couple years ago, I weighed less than I do now, probably 10 pounds. But there is a difference. I didn't work out with that -- it was a crash diet," Lake said. "Now muscles I didn't know I had are defined. It's dramatic. Everyone is seeing it, and they are telling me, but I see it and I'm a tough critic."
Lake is best known for her syndicated talk show 'Ricki Lake,' which ran between 1998 and 2004. She is also an actress who has appeared in films like "Hairspray" in 1988 and "Cry-Baby," a 1990 musical movie starring Johnny Depp. Lake also starred in the 1994 dark comedy "Serial Mom."
She hosted the VH1 reality show "Charm School" in 2009 and is currently set to return to television full time in the fall of 2012 with a new daytime talk show.
As for her life now, Lake said, "I met the best guy in the whole wide world." she added. "I have so many great professional things happening -- I have a new talk show, a book coming out, all amazing ? but I wouldn't want any of it without him."