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.

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