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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shannon on

she’s so cute! love her no matter what.

Tina on

I always thought she was cute (yes, even at a larger size). She looks good. Didn’t she do this before and gained it all back?

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chrstina on

That’s great to here that Sara was able to do it. I love her and am so very happy to see her she looks great! I’m hoping that I can do it!

Lindsay on

I am a size 6 and she looks thinner than me. So I doubt she is making up a number. Some people do actually enjoy working out. My sis works out everyday and loves it. Why all this negativity that she is going to gain it back? If she keeps up with it then there should be no problem keeping the weight off. I think she looks great!

jim on

I love all the excuses people come up with as to why they can’t lose weight. I don’t have the money for personal trainers, weight loss foods, gym memberships. Blah. Blah. Blah. All it takes is will. Here’s how it works DIET and EXERCIZE. You don’t need Jenny Craig. Eat decent food and exersize. No gym membership? Try running, walking, push-ups and sit-ups. No personal trainer to push you? Look in the mirror. You are your own personal trainer. No one can want it for you more than you. When you go to work out, don’t phone it in either. Bust your butt. I see too many people on treadmills, spin bikes and elliptical machines reading a magazine, chit- chatting, texting etc. If you have time to do those things while working out, you aren’t working hard enough.

Jane on

you people are ‘WACKED”! she looks good both ways, however i am 5’8 and i am a size 14. i also up until the last 4 yrs was a size 6 and i did exercise at least 4days a week. i also loved to work out. i was in a car accident and have a neck injury which inhibats my ablility to exercise the way i used to. i totally miss working out and feeling good. basically all im saying is stop being haters. she worked hard for this and she looks great!!!!

Anna on

If Jennie Craig paid me a huge amount of money that would certainly motivate me to loose weight….

tmpg on

Mich that’s insulting. I’m a size 6 and I can tell you that yes, she looks like a size 6.Maybe even smaller. So go check your sizes.

Bippy on

I think she looks great..Before and after..No, a zie 14 isn’t healthy..I wear a 12 or 14 and I hate it..So I’m changing my eating habits and have started a light excerise routine..

At Jim..You nailed it so right..I lift weights while watching TV..It’s the (sometimes) little things that make a bif difference..

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