Let’s face it…weight loss is something that most people struggle with in their life at one time or another.

The pounds can accumulate quickly for various reasons, but one surefire way to curb unhealthy weight gain is through regular exercise.

But getting to the gym isn’t easy for many people who have a busy schedule and/or a stressful lifestyle. Maybe you have a demanding job that just doesn’t allow enough time to workout regularly, or maybe you have stress in your life that is contributing to weight gain.

Signing up for a fitness class or hiring a personal trainer will help provide initiative to get to the gym.  Fitness classes are great because of the social interaction – you hardly notice that your’e working out because your’e having fun. Having a personal trainer is also a great idea because he/she can show you how to safely exercise without injuring yourself.

It’s time to get serious about managing your health, and get to the gym before it’s too late (always check with your physician before starting a workout routine).

Keep reading to see some incredible before and after body transformations at Woman’s Day.

Rosalyn Long, 41, Alpharetta, GA and Rhonda Howard, 36, Woodstock, GA

These sisters were inspired to make a change together. “One day in January 2016, I saw a picture of myself from a family gathering and thought, What has happened here? Rosalyn had steadily gained weight after our grandmother passed away in 2013, so we both came to the realization that it was time to change,” Rhonda says.

Top Tip:We joined Life Time Fitness and enrolled in the gym’s 60-Day Challenge, a competition that encouraged us to commit to healthy changes and slim down in 60 days,” Rosalyn says. “We each lost about 10 pounds in the first challenge, so we signed up for another. We felt competitive against others, but always thought of ourselves as a team.”

Weight Loss: 55 and 65 Pounds

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Jessica Larche, Norfolk, VA

“In 2012 I went to the doctor because I was having bad headaches. Turned out, my blood pressure was 160 over 100, which is dangerously high. I started taking medication and promised myself that I’d stop turning to food every time I was sad, bored or upset. I knew I should start exercising, too, but I needed something that was realistic.”

My Weight-Loss Secret: “I committed to walking two laps around a beautiful nearby park every night for roughly one month. Eventually I felt comfortable enough to go to the gym, where I started using the elliptical machine as well. I lost 75 pounds over the course of a year and a half. Now I strength-train three days a week and do five-mile walk-run workouts one or two days a week. I’ll pick a post, jog to it, then walk to the next landmark.”

What else helped: “Pasta is my trigger food, so I use a Spiralizer to make zucchini noodles, which I toss with olive oil, shrimp and red pepper flakes.”

Weight Lost: 100 Pounds

Michelle Fritts, 25, Rockville, MD
I wrote down everything I ate as well as the calories, and did a combination of cardio and weight-lifting at the gym almost daily. Sometimes, I’d just go for a walk or do toning exercises in my office during lunch to squeeze in whatever exercise I could!
Weight Lost: 89 pounds
Patti Murillo-Casa, 55, New York City

I tipped the scale as a 238-pound diabetic in 2009, thanks to bouts of emotional eating. My doctor warned me that if I didn’t lose weight, I’d need to take insulin injections, so I joined a nearby gym. I dropped the first 30 pounds by walking on the treadmill, but when my weight started to plateau, I knew I needed to up the intensity. I signed up for Zumba, Spinning and weight-training group classes and was immediately hooked. The sessions felt more like a social get-together than exercise. Best of all, the added activity helped me reach my goal weight in 2012.

Weight Lost: 102 Pounds
Brenda Smith, 43, Lithia Springs, GA

I’ve always worked out, but it was my emotional connection with food that kept me from losing weight. With the help of my trainer at Gold’s Gym and participation in a 12-step support group for food addiction, I finally took control of my body. I recognized that I ate through every emotion I was feeling, whether that was joy, sadness or stress. I learned that receiving support is crucial because you feel a lot of shame with addiction and you need to lean on others to help get you through the difficult times.

Weight Lost: 206 pounds

Read more >> See more powerful stories of weight loss through working out and other methods at Woman’s Day.

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