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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Susan on

I just started Jenny Craig about 5.5 weeks ago and I love it! The food is very good, so I very much disagree with Heidi who said that the food wasn’t good. I have to buy my own fruits, veggies and dairy, and everything else is supplied by Jenny Craig. It’s only a little bit more than I was spending before on food, and I’m worth it! Down 18 pounds so far, and very happy with it! Go Sara!

ji on

She does look great, and she’s VERY lucky it took her only 12 weeks (3 months) to lose 30lbs. That’s a very short period of time, it’s obviously doable. I have no idea how good the JC food is, anyone ever try it?

ellen on

I can’t believe she’s the girl that played Berta’s pregnant daughter on Two and a half Men She was so thin then but I think more beautiful now with her curves in the right places and the red hair. You “Rue” the roost. haha Go girl!!I can’t afford Jenny but Weight watcher’s is working for me and I feel great. Have to ask like the other gal where is that FAB dress from?

Natalia on

JI – I was on Jenny last year and loved the food, I think some of the dishes are better than others but OMG try it out for a bit and see. I love everything I get, the food is good, and if there is something you dont like you can exchange it for one you do ! so you cant lose. As for Ellen I am so glad Weight WAtchers is working for you and like I said in my earlier post everyone has to find the diet that works for their personaliyt and lifestyle ! so keep up the good work. Susan from one Jenny Craiger to another, keep it going girl and you will def hit your goal !!! :)

Cath on

I appreciate all of your hard work…but…you cannot have your body look ‘however you want it’…there are still some limits of genetics (not good or bad but just they way you are made) so to think that dieting will help your body look anyway you like is an uniformed and irresponsible statement. Smarten up!

matterlyb on

I know I will be in the minority on this, but I always thought Sara looked absolutely stunning no matter what size she was. She is a beautiful woman and if she feels that losing 40 pounds makes her healthier, that’s great. But I honestly think there was nothing wrong with her body before hand. I have to wonder if she felt that the weight had cost her roles in TV or films. If so, that is just sad to me.

jen on

I think she has always been very beautiful. If she feels healthier, great, but she DOES NOT have to lose weight to look good. I think she is a positive role model when there is so much negative influence on people today.

Beautiful!

meh on

I love Sara, she looks beautiful but she did this before, years ago. It’s no big deal her losing the weight again.

MIaS on

Looking good!
Congrats!

Sharlene on

I agree that Sara has always been a very beautiful person. I am glad that she is now also a healthy person. Keep up the good work. Do whatever it you need to stick to a healthy lifestyle and weight and enjoy life!!!!

To all you haters, I feel sorry for you that you can’t be happy for someone who has taken back control of their body with a positive result.

If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all.

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