Shonda Rhimes on Her Impressive Weight Loss: It's Never Been About a 'Number'

"[But] being a competitive person, having a number and a goal helps me," Rhimes tells PEOPLE

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Shonda Rhimes has lost more than 100 lbs. – and she doesn’t really have a particular end goal in sight.

“For me, it’s never truly been about a number,” says the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, who is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE. “It’s just about feeling good. I feel good and really healthy.”

Not that seeing the numbers on the scale go down hasn’t been helpful: “Being a competitive person, having a number and a goal helps me,” admits the executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder.

Rhimes discusses her weight loss journey in her new book Year of Yes (excerpted in this week’s issue), which chronicles her life after deciding to open herself up to new opportunities.

“I feel great,” Rhimes says about where she is today. “And I’m going to work to stay in that space.”

For more from Shonda Rhimes – including passages from

Year of Yes – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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