Our Favorite Weight-Loss Transformations of 2018

These women worked hard and inspired Family Circle readers in 2018. Read their stories to see more before-and-after photos and to find out what programs they followed to help them achieve their goals.


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How My Co-Worker Helped Me Lose More Than 100 Pounds

Rene Falgout

Photo courtesy of Rene Falgout

Photo courtesy of Rene Falgout

At 272 pounds, Rene Falgout had resigned herself to a lifetime of obesity. But then she had a chat with someone at work that changed everything. Here’s how the now 32-year-old mom of two learned to love herself while losing the weight.

Read her incredible story.


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How a Mom of Two Young Children Lost Over 100 Pounds Naturally

Amy Reinecke Holding Sign

Photo courtesy of Amy Reinecke

Photo courtesy of Amy Reinecke

Determined to be a better role model for her two kids, blogger Amy Reinecke, 35, of Kansas City, Kansas, reveals how she dropped over a hundred pounds and changed her family’s life for the better.

See how she took control of her life.


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How a 50-Year-Old Mom Lost More Than 120 Pounds

Wendy Rowland in black and red dress

Photo courtesy of Wendy Rowland

Photo courtesy of Wendy Rowland

So many people told Wendy Rowland, 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, it was nearly impossible to lose weight after 40 that she almost gave up. Almost. Here’s how she proved them wrong by going from 288 pounds to 165.

Find out how she did it.


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How an App Helped Her Lose 137 Pounds

Holly Wallis

Photo by Holly Wallis

Photo by Holly Wallis

When the results from a routine doctor’s appointment caught her off guard, Holly Wallis of Goleta, California, knew she need to make some changes. Determined to turn her health around, the mom of two adopted healthy new habits and lost more than 100 pounds.

Read her inspiring story—she even ran a half-marathon!

 


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How She Lost 35 Pounds After Quitting the Gym

Sandra Pollock

Photo courtesy of Sandra Pollock

Photo courtesy of Sandra Pollock

She struggled with her weight for decades, but then Sandra Pollock, 53, read about a simple change to help her slim down. Here’s how the Ontario mom of two transformed her diet and reclaimed her body just last year.

And she finds it easy to maintain. Find out how she did it.


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How a 40-Something Mom Lost More Than 100 Pounds

Lori Zold AFTER red shirt

Photo courtesy of Lori Zold

Photo courtesy of Lori Zold

Two years ago, Lori Zold, 43, of Milwaukie, Oregon, was fed up and exasperated at 300 pounds and knew she needed to make some healthy changes. Now, the mom of four shares how she dropped more than 100 pounds—and gained so much more in the process.

Find out how she completely changed her life.


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How One Woman Lost 80 Pounds—and Earned Cash to Boot

Debby Michael holding pants

Photo courtesy of Debby Michael

Photo courtesy of Debby Michael

Stay-at-home mom (and piano/violin teacher) Debby Michael, 30, shares how she lost the weight and gained $2,600 in the process.

Find out how she did it.


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How One Mom Changed Her Eating and Exercise Habits to Lose 120 Pounds

Jasmine Parent

Photo via @jasminelosingit

Jasmine Parent didn't want her daughters to think that obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle were how they should live their lives. So when she and her partner decided to get serious about losing weight, they stuck to it and lost more than 200 pounds between them—no gimmicks or fad diets needed. See how they did it.

Read her amazing story here—even her husband got into it.


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How She Lost Nearly 90 Pounds Despite Serious Health Issues and Extensive Travel

Ashley-Linda Alva

Photo courtesy of Ashley-Linda Alva

Photo courtesy of Ashley-Linda Alva

After years of health scares, depression, and weight gain, Ashley-Linda Alva decided to take charge of her life.

Read her inspiring story here.


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How One Woman Lost 350 Pounds Through Diet and Exercise

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Instagram weight-loss celebrity Jacqueline Adan, 30, of San Mateo, Calif., reveals the simple switch she made that helped her drop all the weight.

Find out how she did it (no stomach surgery involved!).