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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Annoyed on

I’d be really tickled if weight-loss spokespeople could maybe not be in training for a marathon. It makes their goals so very different from the rest of ours and makes me wonder if it’s Jenny Craig or all the cardio doing the job.

kim on

just because size 14 is the “norm” doesn’t make it a healthy size to be.

be on

No one can tell me that they don’t want to be a size 4 or 6. She may have looked ok before as she is a very pretty girl…however she obviously had WAY too much body fat to be considered healthy. I’m quite sure her heart, muscles, joints, cholesterol, and blood pressure are screaming “THANK YOU” right now.

Donna on

What ever happened to loving yourself at whatever size? Its not like she was morbidly obese. Opinion keeps swinging back and forth concerning weight. She’ll gain it back, just wait and see.

Chrissy on

Really all this weight loss stories are ridiculous I mean honestly they can pay to get the ft sucked out of their asses Get over of it!!

stacy on

She looks absolutely AMAZING! Good for you Sara!

Sweet on

Wow, I really wish I could see pics of what some of you commenters look like. Stop hating the world! “Lying about hating exercise”? What? When you start to see changes in your body and feel powerful you do like exercise or at least you like the results. “only want to lose 10 lbs” please, set bigger goals for yourself. It’s very easy to lose 10lbs. You would know that if you tried and followed through on something. “not a real size 6″ she’s tall and it’s a photo. Maybe you big girls think a size 6 is so tiny because you can’t fathom what it would look like on yourself.

Lacey on

I thought she was a beautiful gal before but she looks amazing now! Now she’s got the health and great body to go with her fun, bubbly & great personality!

Fitzgerald on

Now, she just has to work on acting.

Holly on

WTG Sarah!! It’s not about the size that you wear. It’s about you feeling happy and confident. For those of you who are size 14 and proud awesome!! You’re confidence is a testiment that the social “norms” aren’t norms at all. However, we should’nt put down those who lose weight to feel better about themselves. We should frown on those who do it because they think that they have to to “fit in”. I myself have had two children in two years, bigger than I have ever been not happy, and trying desperatley to lose the weight, so I can say all of this from experience. Thank you Sarah for inspring us all to be who we want to be, not who everyone else wants us to be.

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