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"I Did It!" Before and After Weight-Loss Success Photos

These women shaped up, slimmed down, and found weight-loss success. Here, see their weight loss photos and find out how they lost the weight.

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"I Love My 40s!"

"I wasn't active, and I loved food -- ice cream, burgers, my dad's Hungarian goulash," says Lynne Frumkin, a mortgage banker from Great Falls, Virginia. When she moved to south Florida in her late 20s, Lynne took up aerobics and dropped to 135 pounds, where she stayed for years -- even after the birth of her first baby. But with her second pregnancy, five years ago, everything changed. "After I gave birth I weighed 157 pounds and I couldn't lose an ounce of it," she says. Caring for an infant and a toddler left her exhausted, and she found comfort in food. "I had no time or energy to work out, and I ate crackers, pizza and cereal late at night."

Then she moved back to Washington, D.C., and reunited with her former work colleagues. "People kept saying that I looked so different," she says. "I also realized that I had no energy for things I used to be excited about, like my job and my family." Lynne decided it was time to change -- desserts and pasta were saved for treats. She also cut back on white flour and added high-protein snacks like peanut butter and cottage cheese. In six months, she lost 20 pounds. Then she recommitted to exercise, hitting the stairclimber at the gym and weight training four to six times a week. Within four months, she dropped from 137 to 121. Now her energy levels are soaring. "I pack a ton into every day -- kids, work, time with my husband," she says. "I wish I had known that my 40s would be so much fun!"

Age: 47
Height: 5'7 1/2"
Pounds lost: 36
Time at current weight: 12 months

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"I Love My 40s!"

My Diet: "Breakfast is oatmeal and an egg-white omelet. Lunch is chicken or tuna salad. Dinner is grilled steak and brown rice. Snacks are usually protein shakes."

My Guilty Pleasure: "A really good meal out -- like linguini with clam sauce, and chocolate cake."

My Workout: "Four to six days a week, I work out for 90 minutes -- a combination of weight training and the elliptical machine."

My #1 Motivator: "My husband, Dan, helps out by getting the kids off to school so I can get to the gym."

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"I Lost 95 Pounds and Doubled My Energy!"

Misty Harris once carried 210 pounds on her 5'2" frame -- weighing even more than her 6'3" husband when this photo was taken. But by revamping her diet and exercise habits, she lost a whopping 95 pounds over a two-year period.

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Misty Harris, now slender and fit, has maintained a healthy weight of 125 pounds for over two years. What's her secret? Read her story.

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"I Cut Portions and Dropped the Baby Weight"

Two babies in two years left Dawn Scrutchins carrying an extra 50 pounds on her once slender body. When this photo was taken, she weighed in at 170 pounds. Portion cutting and an exercise plan have since helped her lose her baby weight.

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135 pounds is perfect -- and much healthier -- for Dawn's 5'6" frame. How'd she lose the weight and keep it off? Read her story.

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"A Shopping Meltdown Made Me Lose 75 Pounds"

After a nightmarish dressing room trip when even the store's biggest jeans didn't fit, 200-pound Kristi Dear resolved to lose weight. In this photo, she's at her heaviest.

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Kristi reached her goal weight -- she lost 75 pounds -- within a year, and has now maintained it for three years! How? Read her story.

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"A Women-Only Gym Helped Me Drop 35 Pounds"

Margaret Robinson struggled with her weight for years -- and then a women-only gym caught her eye. There she found the support she needed to drop 35 pounds.

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Margaret has been down to a healthy 125 pounds for over 15 months now. How'd she finally lose the weight? Read her story.

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"Martial Arts Helped Reshape My Body"

Kimmarie Barrett's weight was so out-of-control when this image was taken that her doctors were prescribing medication. But exercise -- particularly martial arts -- helped her finally slim down.

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Now trim and fit, Kimmarie has maintained her healthy weight and muscular body for over a year. How'd she do it? Read her story.

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"I Started Running and Dropped 90 Pounds"

Emotional eater Kara Thayer is at her biggest in this image -- nearly 240 pounds. It took a wake-up call about her health to motivate her to finally lose the weight. What happened? Read her story.

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A new-found love of running helped Kara, now fit and slender, lose 90 pounds. How has she kept it off? Read her story.

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"I Dropped 30 Pounds in My Home Gym"

Eliana Martinez, pictured here at her former weight of 170 pounds, used to think that weight gain was normal as an adult. Now she knows better -- and has the body to prove it. How'd she do it? Read her story.

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Eliana, now fit and energetic, has made fitness a daily part of her life. How much has she changed? Read her story.

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