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Our Most Inspiring Before & After Weight Loss Photos

Buyi Zama

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Age: 33
Pounds Lost: 55

Weight-Loss Tip: "I used to think I hated skim milk. But after trying it in my cereal for just two weeks, I became a convert. It's crazy how quickly your taste buds can adapt."

 

Amanda Fulfer

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Age: 39
Pounds Lost: 180

Weight-Loss Tip: “I was piling my plate high and finishing every bite—and then some,” she says. “So I signed up for a meal-delivery service for four months, which was long enough for me to learn portion control.”

 

Amanda Wicker

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Age: 33
Pounds Lost: 120

Weight-Loss Tip: “I have a journal devoted to all the reasons I work out, like ‘It makes me feel strong and sexy.’ Reading through it motivates me whenever I don’t feel like going to the gym.”

 

Andrea Williams

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Age: 33
Pounds Lost: 50

Weight-Loss Tip: “I need to be active for at least 30 minutes a day. So if I have to miss a workout at the gym, I walk in the park with my kids.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Brenda Willis

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Age: 52
Pounds Lost: 140

Weight-Loss Tip: “I wear a pedometer to make sure I hit my goal of between 10,000 and 11,000 steps a day. Just seeing it reminds me to walk as much as possible.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Brittany Shope

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Age: 23
Pounds Lost: 65

Weight-Loss Tip: “I don’t own many cookbooks, but I do read a lot of healthy-eating blogs, like missymaintains.com. They’re full of easy, free ideas.”

 

Caroline Hannigan

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Age: 25
Pounds Lost: 44

Weight-Loss Tip: “I make a to-do list—including sets, reps, and weights—before going to the gym, and I stay there until I’ve checked everything off. It keeps me focused and helps me track my progress.”

 

Caroline Jhingory

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Age: 28
Pounds Lost: 123

Weight-Loss Tip: “I find flattering and affordable exercise clothes at discount shops, like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Wearing something I feel good in—rather than an old college tee—inspires me to go to the gym.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Cassie Snow

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Age: 24
Pounds Lost: 85

Weight-Loss Tip: “Every few months, my friend and I sign up for a half marathon in a city we’ve never been to before—like New Orleans or San Diego—and turn it into a mini vacation.”

 

Cindy Lentino

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Age: 28
Pounds Lost: 50

Weight-Loss Tip: “I realized that when I have sugar in the morning, I crave it all day. Now I satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner—usually with dark chocolate.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Cyndy Barnes

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Age: 38
Pounds Lost: 50

Weight-Loss Tip: “I weigh myself on Sundays and track it in my planner. It helps motivate me—I don’t want to write a larger number than the week before!”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Dacia Mickens

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Age: 30
Pounds Lost: 45

Weight-Loss Tip: “I subscribe to e-newsletters from Jillian Michaels and Ellie Krieger. They give me ideas for freshening up my workouts and experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Dana Bland

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Age: 40
Pounds Lost: 190

Weight-Loss Tip: “When dining out, I always ask if the chef can make my meal without butter or oil. Even healthy-sounding dishes can be bathed in grease.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Diane Carbonell

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Age: 44
Pounds Lost: 159

Weight-Loss Tip: “If I’m at a party and I’m tempted by a bunch of delicious-looking treats, I don’t try all of them. Instead, I take a nibble of one, rate it, and finish it only if it scores a 10.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Eileen Kraeger

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Age: 41
Pounds Lost: 98

Weight-Loss Tip: “If I don’t feel like exercising, I call up one of my gym buddies and tell her why I’m not going to work out. She always helps me overcome my excuse.”

 

Elizabeth Byrd

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Age: 31
Pounds Lost: 40

Weight-Loss Tip: “On Sundays I buy a big party platter of precut veggies. Every morning I take a huge handful to work as a snack. It’s so easy!”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Fallon Franklin

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Age: 29
Pounds Lost: 72

Weight-Loss Tip: “When my son was a newborn, I would hold him against my chest as I did crunches on a stability ball. It not only added resistance to my abs workout, it also kept him from fussing!”

 

Gina Bardin

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Age: 38
Pounds Lost: 76

Weight-Loss Tip: “When things don’t go my way, my reaction is to turn to food. But I’ve learned to call a friend and vent instead of immediately heading to the fridge.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Heather Craig

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Age: 28
Pounds Lost: 85

Weight-Loss Tip: “Every morning I decide when I can fit in exercise—even if it’s just running up and down my stairs and doing crunches.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Heidi Axelrod

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Age: 42
Pounds Lost: 50

Weight-Loss Tip: “Every Sunday I write down what I’m going to eat in my food journal. It makes grocery shopping easier and lets me pencil in ‘cheats,’ like a piece of cake when I know I’ll be attending a birthday party.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Isabel Wolfe

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Age: 32
Pounds Lost: 38

Weight-Loss Tip: “To avoid boredom and challenge different muscle groups, I like to look at the gym schedule and pick a class I’ve never tried before.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Jennifer Muirhead

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Age:28
Pounds Lost: 84

Weight-Loss Tip: “To learn about serving sizes, I bought prepackaged frozen entrées. Then, when I cooked my own meals, I made the same amounts.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Johnna Stephenson

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Age: 40
Pounds Lost: 63

Weight-Loss Tip: “I keep workout clothes in my car and go directly to the gym after work. If I stop at home, I won’t want to head back out the door.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Kristen Jewell

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Age: 26
Pounds Lost: 63

Weight-Loss Tip: “I keep a photo of myself at my heaviest on my bulletin board at work. Seeing it helps me say no to an offer to grab fast food.”

 

Kristen Marie Denick

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Age: 30
Pounds Lost: 35

Weight-Loss Tip: "I reload my iPod every week. If I have fresh music, I feel like I can run forever."

 

Laura Joy Sonido

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Age: 28
Pounds Lost: 120

Weight-Loss Tip: “When my work schedule’s super hectic, I’ll pop in a quickie yoga DVD as soon as I get home. Exercising for even 10 minutes keeps me from feeling like I’ve fallen off the bandwagon.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Lori Kimble

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Age: 41
Pounds Lost: 105

Weight-Loss Tip: “I cook a pot of brown rice on Sundays. During the week, I know I can just mix it with veggies and chicken for a quick meal.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Meghann Anderson

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Age: 25
Pounds Lost: 28

Weight-Loss Tip: “If I’m out with friends and don’t want to drink, I order a club soda with lime. It looks just like a vodka tonic but doesn’t pack nearly as many calories.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Michelle Arellano

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Age: 40
Pounds Lost: 82

Weight-Loss Tip: “I plateaued after losing those first 15 pounds. But going on sparkpeople.com and connecting with other women who were facing the same struggles as I was helped me move forward.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Missy Engel

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Age: 24
Pounds Lost: 35

Weight-Loss Tip: “I take photos of everything I eat for my blog, missymaintains.com. Posting pictures of all my meals and snacks keeps me accountable.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Mitchie Sarmiento

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Age: 31
Pounds Lost: 75

Weight-Loss Tip: “Eating five to six small meals—like cottage cheese with blueberries, and grilled fish with quinoa and steamed broccoli—seemed like so much food, but it worked out to fewer calories.”

 

Olivia DeLuca

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Age: 29
Pounds Lost: 55

Weight-Loss Tip: “I wanted to explore my new city,” she says. “I began running, riding my bike, and swimming at nearby pools.”

 

Roseann Dashkowitz

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Age: 49
Pounds Lost: 87

Weight-Loss Tip: “Occasionally I sign up for a local 10K. I’m as slow as they come, but just knowing I have a race on the horizon pushes me to fit in a little more walking throughout the week.”

 

Sandrelle Aguirre

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Age: 39
Pounds Lost: 77

Weight-Loss Tip: “Every day I ask myself, ‘What’s my motivation?’ Remembering why you want to lose weight makes all the hard work seem worthwhile while you’re waiting for results.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Sheila Trapp

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Age: 44
Pounds Lost: 25

Weight-Loss Tip: “If we’re having pizza or tacos, I’ll sometimes put my toppings over a bed of greens instead of on a crust or in a tortilla. It’s an easy way for me to cut calories without having to cook two separate dinners.”

 

Shelly Criswell

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Age: 36
Pounds Lost: 85

Weight-Loss Tip: “I don’t deny myself anything, but I do try to get the most out of my calorie budget. So if it’s between a huge egg white omelet or a small blueberry muffin, I’ll usually pick the omelet.”

 

Sonya Moste

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Age: 43
Pounds Lost: 48

Weight-Loss Tip: “If I’m going to a party or out to dinner, I eat an apple or a handful of almonds first so I’m not ravenous when I show up.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Stefani Aliberti

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Age: 39
Pounds Lost: 48

Weight-Loss Tip: “I never had much success slimming down alone, so I decided to try it as part of a group.” Stefani joined a gym near her office and began exercising with her co-workers during lunch and after work.

 

Tammy Stewart

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Age: 34
Pounds Lost: 45

Weight-Loss Tip: “I joined a gym with a designated women’s weight area, which I really like. I don’t feel so self-conscious trying out a new move.”

 

Terri Beach

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Age: 50
Pounds Lost: 50

Weight-Loss Tip: “I used to pick on fruit, yogurt, and crackers for lunch, but I’d snack all afternoon,” she says. “I started bringing brown rice, chicken, spinach, and beans to work, which kept me full longer.”

 

Tracy Johnson

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Age: 27
Pounds Lost: 40

Weight-Loss Tip: “Someone once told me that you should never do anything today that you can’t do for the rest of your life. So I didn’t starve myself or work out for three hours at a clip because I knew I couldn’t sustain that for very long.”

Read the rest of her story here.

 

Veronica Lewis

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Age: 50
Pounds Lost: 55

Weight-Loss Tip:“ ‘Everything in moderation’ is my motto. If a recipe calls for mayo, I’ll use the full-fat stuff, but less of it. And if I want ice cream, I’ll have some—but just one small scoop.”