Where Are They Now? Catching Up With PEOPLE'S Half Their Size Stars

See how six men and women each lost more than 100 lbs. – and went on to inspire others

WENDY MCCONKEY

Now: Joint aches, heartburn and chest pains finally convinced McConkey to change her unhealthy lifestyle. She joined Weight Watchers, lost 100 lbs. then took her first Zumba class. "I was grinning from ear to ear," she remembered. "I couldn't believe this is exercise." Still an enthusiast, McConkey, 40 – who went on to lose a total of 302 lbs. – now teaches four Zumba classes a week.