Sometimes the hardest part of making a big change is getting motivated. Which is why we’ve found 25 seriously inspiring women who have lost between 84 and 206 pounds each. If they can do it so can you.
Robin Strempek, 39, Crofton, MD
Weight Lost: 100 Pounds
I wasn’t athletic at all, but I knew I was able to walk, so I thought I’d try that for two weeks to see if I liked it. I went walking for three miles around my office building with friends on my lunch break and enjoyed it, so I kept at it. My legs got stronger and over time, I could keep up with the group. All of my blood work is now normal, and I have more energy for my 12-year-old daughter. The personality that I had inside has finally come out. I used to feel invisible, but now, when I put on my suit and heels, I think, I can command this room.
Top Tip: Focus on eating a healthy breakfast first. Instead of having a bagel or sugary cereal, I switched to oatmeal with lowfat milk and cinnamon and bananas, or two eggs and two egg whites with veggies. Gradually, I started feeling better and made other changes, like replacing two to three cans of soda a day with water.