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Sara Rue: 40 Lbs. Down and Ready to Run with Valerie!

05/05/2010 at 11:00 AM ET

Courtesy Jenny Craig

Being a spokesperson for Jenny Craig has been actress Sara Rue’s most challenging role ever, but it’s also been her most rewarding one. Since December she has taken control of her food issues and recently hit a new milestone–losing 40 lbs.! “I feel great and I feel very excited and hopeful,” Rue, 31, tells PEOPLE. “It’s pretty cool to know that however I want my body to look, I can have that.” Fellow Jenny Craig spokesperson Valerie Bertinelli tells PEOPLE, “I’m so proud of her. Look at her! She’s freakin’ gorgeous.” Anxious to “see what this body can do,” Rue has signed up for the Napa to Sonoma half marathon, which she plans to run with Bertinelli in July. “I never thought I would take to running, but I did a 5K recently and that went well! And I think I might be crazy, but my next goal is to do a half marathon with Valerie this summer,” says Rue. “I’m really excited to ramp up my training now that I’ve lost 40. We’ll see where this takes me!” Rue originally set a weight loss goal of 30 lbs., but managed to surpass that by considering her Jenny Craig experience as a lifestyle change instead of a diet. And she’s not done yet. “I’m going to go on and lose a little bit more,” she says. “The longer I am on the program, the less I have to think about it. It just becomes a lifestyle. It’s not like you’re on today, off tomorrow.” –Nina Tyler

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Jon on

Good for her, she looks great! Also, I saw the video of Chely Wruight on The Today Show, and you go girl for putting yourself out there, and it was cool that Sarah, Todd & Piper Palin were at The 100 Most Influential Party, and it’s cool to hear who they got to meet, etc.

Rebecca on

NewsFlash! If you don’t pig out, you won’t be overweight. You don’t need to spend a bunch of money on some program.Sara does look great and she always has. You can tell she is a confident woman who takes care of herself.

Beth on

She’s ALWAYS been beautiful…and WOW she looks amazing! Good for her!

Brooke on

Hey Rebecca… if it were only as easy as you make it sound. ‘Don’t pig out and you won’t be overweight’. That is spoken by someone who has obviously NEVER had a weight issue in their life.

Patty on

So what does a regular person do that cant afford Jenny Craig food.

Sean on

I have loved Sara Rue ever since I first saw her on Popular. I always thought she was a beautiful and talented woman. If this weight loss makes her happier and healthier than congrats to her on all her success.

Natalia on

Wow good for you Sara ! and dont listen to all the people on here bashing jenny craig. I was on it and it was great, not as pricy as you think compared to the supermarket and getting three meals a day for 7 days, and also the food is good and I would know I am the pickiest eater. It also does help you change your lifestyle if you let it !Its typical of people these days to bash or act like a program doesnt work w/ out being on it. they all want a quick fix for their weight issues, and being someone who has had that problem, I have tried every program out there, and this worked for me. So people just have to realize that they need to find what works for them. Also the pigging out makes you fat comment is totally uncalled for! For someone like me Jenny craig worked cause I was the type that needed someone to just hand me the food and tell me what to eat and the portion was there and it taught me in the end to get over my food problem and now make the right choices, but starting off I need that, weight watchers works for others, south beach for others, atkins and etc. So whatever works for you is how we all should be losing weight and no one should be bashing the programs if they have never been on them, if they were on them and didnt follow them correctly or make the choice to keep it going after, or if it just didnt fit them in personality and lifestyle then they should find what works! keep going girl you look great and you always did but keep up the good work ! from one jenny craiger to another !

AlexaLauren on

Sara has always been beautiful! Now she is getting healthy! Thanks for showing us the way. You are an inspiration with a rockin’ bod to match! THANKS SO MUCH!

jade on

Sarah Rue has inspired me to get rid of some pounds. SHE IS LOOKING GOOD!!!!

julie on

Oh! You look great and so healthy! What a role model! Great job – keep it up.

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