Laurel Fooks, 33, fromSpringfield,OR

I got organized: meal planning, food tracking and enjoyable physical activity helped me drop pounds. I started with walking and pushing my baby in the stroller (if it was too cold out, I did Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds in my living room during naptime). From there, I built up to short jogs, and eventually started running. I also joined SparkPeople.com, which provided me with a supportive community and weight-loss network.

Top Tip: Focus on baby steps. If you try to make huge changes in multiple areas all at once, you’ll burn out and feel defeated. I used to never eat breakfast, so I started eating just a piece of fruit when I woke up. Now, I crave a full, healthy breakfast each morning.