I Did It! Weight-Loss Success Stories

Stephanie Cyr

13 Women Who've Lost 100+ Pounds
Ready, set, lose Looking for a little weight-loss motivation? Now she's less than half her size! Tracie said jogging and a group of supportive friends helped her keep the weight off for good! She changed her diet and realized that cardio could be more than just slogging along on the elliptical, which helped her drop 45 pounds. She worked out on an elliptical four days a week and did two weight-training sessions a week, while tracking calories and using meal ideas from Jillian Michaels. She also kept a food journal, swapping chips for veggies along the way, and dropped pounds in just under a year.

Weight loss success!


The following 13 real women each lost more than pounds apiece. Get inspired by their stories! Scrolling through old Facebook photos and seeing how much weight she'd gained inspired Stephanie to begin walking for an hour every night. She also tracked her calorie intake with the MyFitnessPal app. Warner Robins, Georgia Before: A month after giving birth, Tamyala began telling herself, "I am tall, slender and a size 8!

She also joined a local church's aerobics ministry. Michele signed up for Weight Watchers and lost her first 20 pounds in 8 weeks. With her eating under control, she joined a gym, starting out with short sessions on the elliptical and working up to Zumba classes and barre-based workouts. When Tracie reached nearly pounds she took charge of her health. She started walking on lunch breaks, cutting calories, and facing emotions head-on instead of eating the pain away.

Tracie said jogging and a group of supportive friends helped her keep the weight off for good! Walked, talked, and ran off more than pounds after starting new jobs at the University of Buffalo. They joined Weight Watchers and began walking around campus during their breaks. Melissa her friends held their own Biggest Loser-style weight loss contest, and she won! She worked out on an elliptical four days a week and did two weight-training sessions a week, while tracking calories and using meal ideas from Jillian Michaels.

Some family and friends went on the journey to lose weight along with Cynthia, and this support system was a driving force in their success. Coupled with DVD workouts and diet changes, she's healthier and happier than ever. Glen Allen, VA Now: Kim's "no excuses" attitude and a slow but steady diet and workout routine helped her eventually shed 95 pounds. After an injury sidelined this college volleyball star, she gained more than 40 pounds.

But after going on Nutrisystem, Lori got her energy back and has now completed several triathlons. Started biking, first just a few blocks at a time, eventually building up to longer rides. Sydney also started eating more vegetables and lean protein instead of pizza, and eventually lost pounds! Traded candy bars, fast food, and soda for veggies, and started jogging and kickboxing.

Started a weight-loss blog and posted photos in a bikini every week to track her progress, upped her exercise, and adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan. Falls Church, Virginia Now: Joined Weight Watchers and started biking. Cut calories and started exercising, rewarding herself along the way with a new handbag or workout gear for reaching mini targets, like walking 15 minutes each day. Started walking and then running! Signed up for a Lisa has since walked a full marathon!

Cut back on calories. Ashli switched to ordering kids' meals at the fast-food restaurants she loves and ate only a serving of her favorite snacks, so she could still enjoy her favorite foods. She also started exercising, and ran a 5K for the first time. Started exercising and using Nutrisystem to help her eat at regular meal times.

Julia lost 38 pounds right off the bat, and then upped her exercise routine, finishing her first marathon 93 pounds lighter. After gaining 70 pounds as a result of kicking her smoking habit, Heather adhered to a simple plan. She could eat whatever she wanted as long as she stayed around 2, calories a day. She cut that to 1, calories a day, started cycling, and lost 75 pounds! Started going to boot camp five mornings a week, and was motivated to stick with it thanks to the camaraderie.

She also kept a food journal, swapping chips for veggies along the way, and dropped pounds in just under a year. Briarwood, New York Now: Starting cooking healthy meals and using a scale and food journal to track everything she ate.

Carmen also started walking, and two months later she was logging 10, steps a day. Inspired by watching the Ironman World Championship on TV Kim started exercising, working up to minutes, five days a week.

She ate small meals five times a day and eventually shed 60 lbs. Then, along with her husband, she scaled 19, feet of Mt. Kilimanjaro, something she said she never could have done if she hadn't lost the weight.

Tried new routines at the gym like spinning, weight lifting, yoga, and cycling, and learned how to make healthier choices at restaurants. After a series of illnesses, Katherine's weight shot up by 20 pounds, but she picked up walking and running and even ran her first 5K! After struggling to lose the baby weight after her second pregnancy, Alisha started following the Nutrisystem eating plan and joined a gym.

Today she takes spinning classes and runs with her husband and says she feels stronger than ever! New York City Now: Adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan, and upped her cardio to five or six workouts a week, plus two or three strength training sessions. Ashley bought a cheap treadmill and worked out at home until she felt comfortable enough to join a gym. She cut back on fast food and ate small meals throughout the day.

She also kept a blog to track her weight loss. Now she's less than half her size! Jersey City, New Jersey Now: Stopped drinking alcohol, adopted The South Beach Diet plan, and started walking everywhere. Cut out alcohol, ice cream, and excess sugar, and started eating more fresh veggies. Lisa also started walking and built up to running and watched 60 pounds melt away in eight months. Melissa her friends held their own Biggest Loser-style weight loss contest, and she won!

She worked out on an elliptical four days a week and did two weight-training sessions a week, while tracking calories and using meal ideas from Jillian Michaels. This mom of two laced up her running shoes and slowly but surely ran her way to a healthier weight. Jenny Craig also helped regiment her eating.