Total pounds lost: 105 (75 and 30)
Mindy, 27, and Nicole, 41
Not only are these two friends, they’re also sisters, and getting healthy was a way for them to bridge their 14-year age difference. “Doing this together has changed our relationship and given us a common bond,” says Mindy. “Now when I visit her, we’ll make an effort to get to the gym or take a walk around the neighborhood.”
Method: They started Weight Watchers together, which helped them lose the majority of the weight by learning to control portions and structure their eating habits. Exercise came later, with Mindy taking up running and Zumba classes. Meanwhile, Nicole walked the 2-mile loop around her subdivision to lose most of her weight and then joined the local YMCA to add in elliptical training.
Buddy Bonus: It’s a lot harder to quit. “The weight doesn’t add up overnight, so it’s certainly not going to come off overnight,” says Mindy, who now blogs at JustAOneGirlRevolution.com. “When you plateau or even start gaining, it’s extremely helpful to have someone to say that it’s OK, don’t give up.”
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