Sara Rue's Body Transformation: 'I Lost 50 Pounds!'

08/04/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

Alison Dyer

If you see Sara Rue on the street, chances are she’ll be smiling. That’s because the actress has lost 50 pounds since signing on as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig last December. “I have such a better relationship with food than I’ve ever had in my life,” Rue, 31, tells PEOPLE. “I’ve learned how to control portions, I’ve learned how to eat healthfully.” Best of all, she is enjoying exercise for the first time in her life. Rue, who used to just walk the dogs around the block, now regularly logs 45-60 minutes of cardio 5-6 days a week on the treadmill and is in training for her first half marathon. But her eight-month journey was not without its fair share of obstacles. “I spent the first few months of this program wearing my pedometer and getting in my 10,000 steps every day,” Rue says. “When I started running I would run for one minute and walk for ten. Now I can run for two-and-a-half hours straight. That’s insane! I never would have thought six months ago that I would be able to run that much.” Nor did she think she’d be enjoying another activity—shopping. “Barely squeezing into a size 14 when she embarked upon her weight loss journey, the 5’8” Rue is now a lean “size 6.” Busy planning a Spring 2011 wedding with her fiancé, teacher Kevin Price, Rue recently popped into Vera Wang in Beverly Hills to check out a 70 percent off sale. “I wandered to the back of the store where all the bride gowns were. The woman zipped it up and she had to clamp it in the back because it was too big,” Rue says, laughing. “It was just a great feeling.” –Monica Rizzo

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BJ on

Sara Rue, by far, has been the WORST Jenny Craig spokesperson EVER!! First of all, who is she? I had an opportunity to meet her and she was a total snob. She thinks she is an A-list celebrity when in fact she is no one. Yes, she lost 50 lbs but now needs to drop the attitude and maybe then she’ll land a job.

Maggie on

I thought she looked beautiful before. Also, why is it accepted for people to be prejudice against overweight people? You can’t say anything about race, religion, disabilities, etc., but you can say whatever you want about larger people. Seems like a double-standard if you ask me.

lori on

Beautiful BEFORE and after

Saber on

That is great wowow I am sure she was working hard, and that is an splendid determination. :-)

babybecks on

@lola “Eat a donut”

I have a relative who recently died of a heart attack from being overweight. If you think it’s healthy, you too will probably live a shortened life.

Sara looks healthy & fabulous. Good for her for getting control over her diet and health!

jim on

Why are there so many people saying being plus sized, big, overweight is okay? Don’t any of you people saying this realize that being overweight is an epidemic in this country? It’s the cause of so many different health issues (diabetes, heart disease etc). A size 14 (or XL for men) maybe the norm but maybe that’s the problem. If a majority of folks are overweight are we supposed to think that’s okay? I applaude Sara Rue and anyone who takes up the challenge to lose weight. I’ve lost 40 lbs myself.

Put down the donuts, quit eating fast food and get you butts off the couch!!

Roony on

Yeah, she’s a size 6. I’m the same height and run a lot, and look just about the same size as her, and my closet is full of 6s and maybe a few 8s. Besides, clothing size really doesn’t tell you much, since you can wear a 4 at one store and an 8 at another and a 2 at another store. But good for her. That said, nobody needs to run for 2 and a half hours, unless it is an occasional “long run” in training for a long-distance race. But for the half marathon, the most I ever did for a training run was 9 miles, and my half-marathon time was under two hours. So…yeah, 2.5 hours is just unnecessary.

Jacqueline on

Who is she? Never seen her before the weight loss? If we all had the money for personal trainers, gym memberships and the weight loss foods and grocery money to buy the supplemental foods, we could do it too!

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Hi on

Mich-She is definitely a size 6. At least in that picture. We are the same height and that’s what I looked like when I was a size 6 before I had my baby.

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