Dawson lost 20 lbs on her own before joining L.A. weight loss in May 2006. At her heaviest, she says she was a size 32. But in November 2006, "I could get into a size 18 and I was so proud of myself. I was like, 'Ooh, I'm in a size 18!' " Dawson remembers. "It was one of my friend's birthdays and the girls and I went out to eat. I ordered my food grilled and my vegetables steamed. I didn't eat cake."