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Fitness

Before and After Photos: Real Women Try the Bikini Body Workout

Exercise before and after photos.
Laura Giardina inset "My once-tight size 2s are totally comfortable"

Goal: At five-foot-two and 111 pounds, Laura, 37, a PR executive from Katonah, New York, was more interested in toning up than in losing weight, but a full-time job plus two young children at home left her little time to exercise.

Results: "I feel 100 percent better physically and mentally."

Laura Giardina swimsuit "My once-tight size 2s are totally comfortable"

Stay-motivated strategy: "I love soaps, so I'd put on the TV to catch up on General Hospital while I worked out."

Attitude adjustment: "I never used to go to the gym with my husband, but now I look forward to working out with him on weekends and taking my kids to the pool afterward. They're happier too!"

What I loved about this workout: "Two weeks in, I felt a lot less irritable. That kept me motivated to work out five days a week, even though I sometimes couldn't fit it in until 9:30 or 10 at night."

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