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Queen Latifah: Down to a Size 12!

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As her reign as a Jenny Craig spokeswoman comes to an end, Queen Latifah showed up at the premiere of her new film Just Wright Tuesday night looking as fit as ever. The program “kept me focused and reminded me how to eat,” says the actress, who lost 25 lbs. and has managed to keep off the weight. “I eat a lot of fresh vegetables and a lot of fish and lean meat.” Formerly a size 18, Latifah, 40, says she can now comfortably fit into a size 14 or even size 12 in certain brands. Adding different activities to her work-out routine–like yoga once a week, and hiking–have kept her body healthy. As for yoga, “I haven’t mastered it, but I’m working on it,” she says. She also uses hiking as a time for meditation. “I’m not one of those people who’s going to talk all the way up the hill!,” the singer is quick to admit. “I’m going to breathe and block out all the things I don’t need to be thinking about.” And despite her frequent cravings for healthy fare like a goat cheese salad with beets and raspberry vinaigrette, Latifah won’t ever be one to give up her guilty pleasures: “I demand my mac and cheese!” And with good reason. “I’m happy with where my body is,” she says. —Thailan Pham