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Jennie Garth on Giving Back, Weight Loss Secrets and Staying in Shape

No Jock Jams here! Jennie Garth listens to mellow music to stay in the zone during a sweat session. (Photo courtesy Lindt)

Have you ever walked into a Lindt store before? I had not, until this week when I went to go see actress Jennie Garth kick off the Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction to raise funds for Autism Speaks. Let me tell you, it is a deliciously terrifying place if you have a sweet tooth. The walls are covered with chocolate, not to mention the gold bunnies that basically spoke to you as soon as you walked in the door. (I swear one of them whispered to me that I could take all their chocolate ears and no one would care). But luckily, watching Garth sign her bunny and looking more in shape than ever was enough motivation to keep me from ransacking the walls. Below, Garth chats with us on her latest fitness routine, weight loss tricks and how she stays in shape.

What made you decide to get involved in the Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction this year?
I have three daughters and Easter is a big family time holiday for us. It’s also a valuable time to tell them about the importance of giving back, so partnering up with Lindt for this is just something I can really feel good about.

What’s your fitness routine like these days?
I’m really into hiking and jogging with my dog right now. I recently got a really big dog and he needs exercise all the time, so that is something that is new for me. I work out in a gym with a trainer two to three days a week on top of that.

How do you make time for exercise?
I have to physically schedule it. I put it on the calendar at least three days a week–it’s that simple. You have to make time for yourself, and that might mean moving some things around but it’s important. Usually I take my kids to school in workout clothes so that when I drop them off I make sure I don’t go somewhere else. If I’m dressed for the day, there’s no going back!

You’ve been posting some pretty awesome concert shots on Instagram from your boyfriend’s duo, Big Gigantic recently. What else do you listen to when you work out?
It really depends on my mood. When I hike I listen to Bon Iver or very moody, sullen music. I’m not one to pump it up with the music; I’m a pretty melancholy listener!

You got a lot of press for shedding weight last summer and you’ve definitely kept it off. How do you do it?
Protein snacks throughout the day are huge; I love turkey rolls with avocado in it. I usually start the day off with a green smoothie with greens, aloe vera juice, coconut oil—all that good stuff. I also try not to eat too late, that’s another big one. None of this stuff is new and we hear it all the time–I just started to incorporate them into my daily life.

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