Photos: Before: Ruven Afanador. After: Ben Baker

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Lindsay Gutierrez
Then: 268 lbs.
Now: 238 lbs.

For many women, our weight is like a deep, dark secret. Having mine printed in a magazine for the world to see was pretty scary. But once it happened, I felt strangely free. The number lost some power.

My weight has fluctuated over the past year. More important than the pounds I've lost, I've noticed a difference in my body. Being Latina, I still have my curves. But by eating better and exercising more, I've lost inches all over. The gym is now a big part of my life.

I recently bought a pair of size 14 jeans. I don't remember the last time I wore that size! That helps keep me motivated.

Last year I talked about having failed the fitness evaluation for my dream job with the Department of Homeland Security. Since then, my current position in Uber's corporate office has become really busy, and I haven't been able to retake the test to work in Customs and Border Protection. I still want that job, though, and I plan to get it. Physically, I think I'm 65 percent there, and 2017 is the year I'm going to make it happen.