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Lisa Mosley, 31

"It's been a long time since I felt pretty," says the Norman, Okla., sales rep. After years of wearing only black, "I'm going to start wearing colors," says the size-14 mom of two. "I want to dress like a girl!"

Lost 60 lbs.!

THEN 288 LBS.

Brendan Donovan, 33

When he had a 54-in. waist, "I'd go to movies in nasty sweatpants and a sweatshirt." Now a slimmer size 38, "I wear things a little tighter," says the Boston-based teacher. "It's exhilarating!"

Lost 90 lbs.!

THEN 362 LBS.

Elizabeth Ruiz, 31

"I would use accessories and makeup to keep the focus above my big belly," says the Lawrence, Mass.-based medical assistant. Now in her new size-14 wardrobe, "I'm feeling fierce."

Lost 43 lbs.!

THEN 244 LBS.

Mark Pinhasovich, 31

The East Brunswick, N.J., bartender's old style motto was "If it fits, I wear it. My options were limited." Not anymore: Now a 2X, "I want to get nice button-down shirts to go out in."

Lost 112 lbs.!

THEN 421 LBS.

Lost 99 lbs.!

THEN 400 LBS.

Patrick House, 28

"Now that I'm smaller, it will be fun to develop my fashion sense," says the Vicksburg, Miss., salesman and dad of two. "I look younger now. I'm excited to show my wife [Bradley, 27] what I've done. I'm a completely new man."

Lost 68 lbs.!

THEN 258 LBS.

Ada Wong, 28

The tech-company consultant used to spend her money only on designer bags. "I never splurged on anything else because my body didn't justify it," says Wong, who dropped from a size 20 to a size 12. "Now I love shopping!"

Lost 100 lbs.!

THEN 367 LBS.

Alfredo Dinten, 43

"When I started gaining weight, I got a double chin," says the Staten Island commodities trader. "I've had a goatee for 18 years. I hid my face behind it." After dropping to a size 36 waist and losing the facial hair, "I see the beginning of change."

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