For those counting the days until Jessica Simpson and her fiancé of three years, Eric Johnson, finally tie the knot, 2014 will be the year.
“We don’t have an actual date but we do know that we want it to be this year,” Simpson, 33, who saw her previous wedding plans interrupted by two pregnancies, said today on “Good Morning America.”
“We need to get married,” said the singer-actress-fashion mogul, who got engaged to former NFL player Johnson in 2010, and since then, has had a daughter, Maxwell, 20 months, and a son, Ace, 6 months.
“I already feel like we’re like an old married couple already,” Simpson said. “If he wanted to run, he could have run when I was hormonal and pregnant.”
Keep reading to get the recipe for one of Jessica’s favorite Weight Watchers’ meals.
Johnson didn’t run but stood by his fiancé’s side during her much-chronicled first pregnancy in which she was mocked in the press for her weight gain and fashion choices. She became a Weight Watchers spokeswoman and dropped more than 50 pounds after Maxwell’s birth, only to then become pregnant again, with Ace.
“It’s been a long two and a half years,” Simpson said on “GMA.”
During her pregnancy with Ace, however, Simpson says she was smarter about her health and had the bonus of an active toddler to help her with keeping the pounds off.
“I had already been on Weight Watchers and I had already lost over 50 pounds, so I wasn’t as relaxed in my eating and everything that I was with Maxwell,” she said of her second pregnancy. “I was just already in a healthier regimen. I kept walking and staying active and Maxwell started walking.”
Now that she’s not pregnant, Simpson says her focus is on passing on the confidence she has gained through losing weight and feeling her best to her little girl.
“I want her to look up to me and be like me,” Simpson said. “I don’t want to give her any false perception of what is real and what’s important. It is important to really know yourself and love yourself.”
The former reality-TV star, who became famous partly through her on-camera gaffes like wondering whether “Chicken of the Sea” tuna was really chicken, also said her dual journeys of pregnancy and motherhood have changed her.
“As a mom, I just have this confidence,” Simpson said. “I just feel so proud of what I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished.
“I was setting small goals for myself and I was achieving them,” she said of her weight loss. “Every week, I gave myself these small goals and it just kept me going and I was so impressed with myself. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. I can do this.’”
*Simple Start Pasta with Meat Sauce (One of Jessica Simpson’s favorite Simple Start meals for lunch.)
8 PointsPlus Value
1 spray(s) cooking spray
1/8 tsp minced garlic, or to taste
3 oz uncooked 95 percent lean ground beef
1/2 cup(s) canned tomato sauce
1/4 cup(s) canned diced tomatoes with seasonings
1 cup(s) cooked whole wheat pasta penne, kept hot
2 Tbsp shredded fat free mozzarella cheese or soy cheese
1 1/2 cup(s) arugula
1/2 cup(s) fresh mushroom(s) and shallots, sliced
6 medium grape tomatoes halved
2 Tbsp fat-free Italian salad dressing
Coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat; add garlic and cook, stirring until lightly browned. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking up meat with a wooden spoon until crumbled and well-browned. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes; heat through and season to taste. Spoon sauce over pasta and sprinkle with cheese. Combine lettuce and vegetables in a small bowl; toss with dressing.