Sara Rue: 50 Pounds Lighter and Loving RunningPosted on Aug 5th 2010 4:00PM by Emily Shetler
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How did she do it? With the help of a Jenny Craig consultant, exercise expert and a team of dietitians, Rue upped her treadmill time to 45-60 minutes, five to six days a week. She has also started training for her first half marathon. That's a long way from just walking the dog around the block for exercise.
"For the first 40 pounds, all I really did was cardio. I walked my dogs, I got my reality TV fix on the treadmill. All I tried to do was get in 10,000 steps a day," Rue told That's Fit.
"When I first started jogging this spring, I thought, how am I going to do this? I've never been a runner. But guess what, it's totally doable. With Jenny's program, I'd jog for one minute, walk for 10 minutes, then do it again until I'd reach the 30 minute mark," she said. "Next time, I'd increase the jogging by a minute until the amount of time I spent walking was smaller than the amount I was running. Not only am I running longer distances, my physique is changing, and guess what? My clothes fit differently and I'm not afraid to go into my closet."
In addition to the cardio, she's been doing toning workouts to whittle down that last 20 pounds. "Lunges, squats, dips, push ups, sit ups. In the past couple of months, I've been doing three sets of 15 reps of each exercise for a total of 30 minutes. I alternate the conditioning workout now with jogging."
It's not just her exercise routines that have gotten better, Rue has been working on portion control and eating healthfully. She also has been adding fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables to keep herself satisfied.
"For example, I take Jenny's Cuisine pizza, and add a ton of onions, red peppers, zucchini, spinach, tomatoes, garlic and some spices to the top, add in a side salad and I'm good to go. It's a lot of food, but good food. My favorite dinners to make on my own are vegetable soup, grilled chicken salad, and vegetable stir-fry. I can hardly believe it, but vegetables have become my best friends!"
As That's Fit reported in April, Rue's goal was to keep losing weight after her initial 30 pounds in the first four months.
Her new svelte body will look sharp when she walks down the aisle next spring with fiancee Kevin Price. And she'll be the perfect role model for contestants on the new reality show she's hosting, "Shedding for the Wedding," premiering next season on The CW.
Read more on That's Fit about Sara Rue's weight loss journey.