Sure, pictures of green smoothies, sunlit yoga studios, and mesh-paneled workout pants all make great fitspiration. But nothing is more motivating than holy-cow-she-looks-awesome before and after pics. Their success, no matter how long it took, is downright inspiring and encourages ladies with similar goals to get after it.
With that in mind, Women's Health asked women who finally dropped the weight and got crazy-strong to share their photos and tell us how they got it done.
1. Mary Anderson, 25, 70 Pounds Lost: "I found that having an exercise buddy made working out fun and less nerve-racking. Scheduling in all my workouts for the week also helped me stay accountable. It took a year for me to get to my goal, and I've been maintaining for two years now."
2. Jill Percia, 33, 20 Pounds Lost: "Cardio queen was my name and crash dieting was my game. I'd routinely eat under 1,000 calories (typically in the form of Lean Pockets or sugar-free Jell-O) during the week, then just drink tequila and eat pizza like crazy on the weekends. I didn't look completely horrendous—to other people, at least—but I was so over it! By removing 'fake' foods, adding more lean protein, drinking less alcohol, and turning all-out binges into consciously planned treat days, I think I lost 10 pounds in a month and felt like a new human."
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3. Katie Strauss, 30, 50 Pounds Lost: "I always had a hard time finding a workout I could keep up with. When I first started going to SoulCycle, I found that it was a place I could go and shut off completely for 45 minutes. I would leave class reconnected to myself, covered in sweat, and feeling so motivated and strong. Finding a workout that I love is what made a difference for me. It isn't something I have to do, it's something I want to do."
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