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Fitness

"I Did It!" Best Before and After Weight-Loss Stories

Meet real women who lost weight and changed their lives. Here, the finalists of our Best Before and After Story photo contest. Get motivated and inspired so you can be a success story too!
Bethany Smith Before Before: "I Now Weigh Less Than I Did in 7th Grade"

"Eating healthy was not something I thought about," said Bethany Smith. "Imagine my surprise when my mom called me to ask if I would join Weight Watchers with her. Memories of shopping with friends and watching them try on cute clothes flooded over me and I knew I did not want to be standing on the sidelines anymore."

Bethany's first weigh-in was on May 2007. She was stunned that she weighed 270 pounds. "I could not believe I had become so complacent with the weight gain."

Bethany Smith After After

Bethany started with small goals and as the weeks passed, "the pounds seemed to melt away," she said. "I hardly recognized the reflection staring back at me in the mirror."

After one year, Bethany lost 116 pounds and has become healthier. A self-proclaimed "anti-gym" person, she exercises regularly and finished her first 10K race in May 2008, crossing the finish line in tears.

What's next? Running a marathon and wearing a size 4 wedding dress. "I went from being tired all the time to waking up each day ready to live life to the fullest!"

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