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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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SM on

I WANT HER DRESS!!! Where is that dress from?

Doug on

Sara Rue is HOT, and always has been.

Mia on

She looks amazing! Go Sara!

Valerie on

Good for her! That’s wonderful!

AUDREY on

I think she look great!! Don’t forget she is getting all meals and snacks suppplied to her and probably being paid to do the program. Real women have to really work at weight loss. If jenny craig wants to contact me I will be the next spokesperson. Great Look, fantastic dress. Miss Eastwick!

Sebby Finocchiaro on

WOW, Sara looks great!!! Great Job…..Good luck on the half-marathon…………..Sebby

Becky on

Beautiful woman, so glad that she is to the size that she is comfortable with..

Sick of Look at Me on

What may I ask was wrong with her before? All of a sudden she looks great, what is it that she looked like before she lost 4o lbs

Esther on

I agree i will also be a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, they can contact me anytime i would be a great before and after.

Heidi on

It is great that she had success, but you would have to pay me to go back on Jenny Craig as the food is not that tasty and is very pricey. It did inspire me to make better choices on my own, which is way cheaper. And I am happier.

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.

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.

Amanda Andies on

I always thought that she was as cute as could be, but she looks so happy and stunning here. Good for you! You should be so proud of yourself!!

Libby on

Good for her, but didn’t she lose a bunch of weight before to almost bobblehead proportions, only to gain it all back again? She should stick to the 30 lbs – she looks great.

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