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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Angelia on

Wow! she looks amazing, WTG

Mich on

She looks great, but this is the same thing they did with Jennifer Hudson… She’s hardly a size 6! Don’t get me wrong, she looks amazing, but why make up a size that sounds appealing??

stef on

So what, she’s lost the weight before. She’ll gain it all back once she gets sick of jenny craig and eats normal food, they all do.

TRINA on

SARA RUE’S LOOKS GREAT SHE LOOKS LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON. MY GIRL FRIEND LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT BY CHANGING HER EATING HABITS SHE EATS FRUIT AND GOES TO THE GYM EVERY DAY SHE ALWAY’S HAD A WEIGHT PROBLEM HER WHOLE LIFE IT TOOK HER 1/2 TO LOSE THE WEIGHT SHE LOOKS GREAT. SHE IS KEEPING THE WEIGHT OFF.

nicole on

She did this years ago and gained it all back. Hopefully she can keep it off this time. Eat less, move more, Sarah.

Sharon on

I didn’t see anything wrong with the way she looked before she lost the weight. Size 14 is the norm, especially for 5’8″ tall. These people in Hollywood kill me with their obsession with weight!

shirley on

Jeeny craig is a rip off we you call in about their specails they up the price and do not tell you you up front. I know this becaus ethey tried to take over 600 dollar out of my checking account after tell me the cost was 69.00 better watch out they will take all your money.

Susan on

I think Sara looks FABBULOUS, but then again, I’ve always thought she was a pretty girl. WTG Sara, you should be very proud.

Also, I am 5’4″ and wear a 6 and in Sara’s after picture she looks skinnier than me. I totally believe at 5’8″ she is a 6! Absolutely!!

Laura on

Why do they always say how they love working out now? What changed to make them love running in place for hours or doing cardio for an hour every day for 6 days a week! Come on…that sounds so fake. Who wants to work out every single day & say it is fun. I thought she was happy with her size before, didn’t she once say that?

lola on

She looked good before. There is nothing wrong with being beautiful and plus sized. all you big girl haters, eat a donut. LOL……………….

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