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Before and After: How These Real Women Get Fit

On the reality TV show, Could You Survive?, health-and-fitness guru Pamela Peeke, MD, helps real women to get fit enough to take on extreme real-life challenges. Here, meet the women of the show who dramatically changed their bodies and lives as they share how they got stronger, faster, fitter, and happier.
Christine Barger I Ran My First Marathon

Christine Barger
Age: 28
Weight before the show: 175 lbs.
Weight now: 140 lbs.

Body Bio: "I started putting on extra weight in high school; at age 25, I was a size 12. I tried cutting carbs, which helped me drop to an 8, but as soon as I went off the diet, I ballooned again. I'm an actress, and I thought I was going to scream if I heard one more casting director say, 'Great performance, but wrong body type.'"

Christine Barger I Ran My First Marathon

Diet Do: "I eat small, healthy snacks every three hours so I'm not tempted to pig out on fast food. Some of my favorite things are nuts, sushi, and tofu with brown rice and veggies."

Top Fitness Tip: "After the show, I wanted motivation to stay in shape, so I started training for my first marathon. Knowing I'd have to run 26.2 miles kept me psyched to keep exercising."

Healthy Bonus: "It took more than seven hours -- and I had to speed-walk the last half -- but I crossed the finish line!"