Every time Nicole Sullivan got an invitation to a poolside playdate for her two sons Dash, 2, and Beckett, 7 months, the Rita Rocks
star would politely decline. "I was embarrassed to be in a bathing suit in front of other moms who were in shape," says the 5'4" MADtv
alum, 39, who shot up to 175 lbs. during both pregnancies. "I had a great time eating! I would wake up with Starbursts stuck to my cheek because I would gnaw on them as I fell asleep." The wake-up call to get into shape in a healthy way came after she tried "cleanses and starvation diets" that helped her drop 16 lbs. but left her too sluggish to play with her kids. So last fall Sullivan signed up for Jenny Craig, which taught her to love veggies and cut down on portion sizes. Now down to 124 lbs., she says, "I feel lighter-and happier."