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Mary Frate

Pounds Lost: 24

The Formula: Rather than going on a diet, Frate started paying attention. "I eat what I want, but in reasonable portions." She gets up at 5 a.m. on school days to run on the treadmill and then do 100 crunches. Other changes include eliminating alcohol and "making time for the things that matter to me—pampering myself, listening to music, reading, writing—learning to say no."

Results: "The sparkle in my life is intoxicating."