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LIVESTRONG.COM's 10 Most Inspiring Weight-Loss Success Stories of 2015

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Find motivation for your own journey from these inspiring stories.
Find motivation for your own journey from these inspiring stories. Photo Credit Livestrong.com

To help provide inspiration for everyone about to embark on fitness and weight loss resolutions for the New Year, it’s the perfect time to share some of our favorite LIVESTRONG.COM weight loss success stories from the past year..

Studies show that keeping a food journal is one of the best ways to lose weight and keep it off, so it isn’t a surprise to learn that almost everyone on this list tracked what they ate in the LIVESTRONG Calorie Tracker. Whether they used our free Calorie Tracker app for mobile, received support and encouragement on the community message boards or relied upon the LIVESTRONG newsletter as a favorite source for nutrition and fitness content, all of our Top Ten 2015 Weight Loss Successes credit LIVESTRONG.COM with helping them lose the weight and keeping it off.

They did it, and so can you! Seeing that someone else conquered a battle you struggle with can be very motivating. If you’re looking for inspiration to fuel your inner fire, these ten stories are a great place to start. If the jaw-dropping BEFORE and AFTER photos don’t do the trick, be sure to click on the link after each image to get all the details about each person’s specific challenges and how they overcame them to reach their goals.

1. Stephanie C. lost 110 pounds!

Stephanie lost 110 pounds and dropped five sizes!
Stephanie lost 110 pounds and dropped five sizes! Photo Credit George Qua-Enoo/Livestrong.com

It took Stephanie one year to lose 110 pounds. In addition to tracking her daily calories she also kept track of her protein, fat and carbohydrate macronutrients with the LIVESTRONG Calorie Tracker. Read Stephanie's full story and she more photos of her transformation.

2. Sarah M. lost 91 pounds!

Sarah lost 91 pounds and dropped six sizes!
Sarah lost 91 pounds and dropped six sizes! Photo Credit Scott Clark/Livestrong.com

To lose 91 pounds Sarah determined she needed to eat between 1,200 to 1,800 calories a day -- two large meals and three snacks. She is thankful to live in Colorado where hiking the beautiful surrounding mountains is a favorite activity that helps keep her healthy and fit. Read Sarah’s full story and see more photos of her transformation.

3. Bryce W. lost 150 pounds!

Bryce lost 150 pounds and 13 inches from his waist!
Bryce lost 150 pounds and 13 inches from his waist! Photo Credit Adair Freeman/Livestrong.com

Bryce tracked his calories on LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker and went from being worried about being able to fit into a booth at a restaurant to being a guy who enjoys riding mountain bikes and lifting weights for exercise. Read Bryce’s full story and see more photos of his transformation.

4. Amanda B. lost 85 pounds!

Amanda lost 85 pounds and dropped seven sizes!
Amanda lost 85 pounds and dropped seven sizes! Photo Credit Adair Freeman/Livestrong.com

Amanda credits the LIVESTRONG.COM community’s advice and support with encouraging her to lose 85 pounds and slowly build endurance and complete a Couch to 5k running program in spite of her lifelong battle with asthma. She no longer needs to take heart medication after losing the weight, and credits careful calorie counting for her successful transformation. Read Amanda’s full story and see more photos of her transformation.

5. Dianna J. lost 195 pounds!

Dianna lost 200 pounds and dropped 11 sizes!
Dianna lost 200 pounds and dropped 11 sizes! Photo Credit Adam Ewing/Livestrong.com

Dianna suffers from severe genetic arthritis.Consequently, she is very limited in how active she’s able to be as a result of living with constant pain. She credits careful calorie tracking and helpful encouragement and advice from LIVESTRONG.COM community members with helping her break free from the harmful cycle of crash dieting and the change to the healthy lifestyle she credits for her almost 200 pound weight loss. Read Dianna’s full story and see more photos of her transformation.

6. Dean L. lost 95 pounds!

Dean lost 95 pounds and dropped five sizes!
Dean lost 95 pounds and dropped five sizes! Photo Credit Kirk Irwin/Livestrong.com

Dean turned his desire to meet the weight requirement necessary to be able to join a mule ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon into a major transformation in which he lost 95 pounds. In addition to making that mule trip, he also made great improvements to his overall health, including getting off of diabetes meds. Read Dean’s full story and she more photos of his transformation.

7. Leslie S. lost 97 pounds!

Leslie lost 97 pounds and dropped nine sizes!
Leslie lost 97 pounds and dropped nine sizes! Photo Credit Adair Freeman/Livestrong.com

Leslie was inspired to lose weight and improve her health after giving birth to her son. Since losing almost 100 pounds she has gained confidence, become an active community volunteer and fulfilled her desire to be a positive role model for her son (as well as many others). Read Leslie’s full story and see more photos of her transformation.

8. Aaron P. lost 96 pounds!

Aaron lost 96 pounds and dropped five sizes!
Aaron lost 96 pounds and dropped five sizes! Photo Credit Josh Letchworth/Livestrong.com

Aaron was inspired to start his weight loss journey after his parents came for a visit and shared that they had both lost weight using the LIVESTRONG Calorie Tracker app. Almost 100 pounds later, he is still making progress and enjoying the newfound confidence his transformation has brought about in all areas of his life. Read Aaron’s full story and see more photos of his transformation.

9. Michael P. lost 127 pounds!

Michael lost 127 pounds and dropped six sizes!
Michael lost 127 pounds and dropped six sizes! Photo Credit Caleb Chancey/Livestrong.com

Michael’s journey to losing 127 pounds and completely transforming his body and health began when his wife needed a reliable workout partner. Over 100 pounds later, his evening walks with his wife are his favorite way to work out. Read Michael’s full story and see more photos of his transformation.

10. Bobby L. lost 162 pounds!

Bobby lost 162 pounds and dropped nine sizes!
Bobby lost 162 pounds and dropped nine sizes! Photo Credit Clay Cook/Livestrong.com

After Bobby and his wife applied to adopt a little boy from the Congo, he decided it was time to make a change so he could be the kind of father he hoped to be. After losing 162 pounds he now finds himself going down the slide with his sons at the playground. Read Bobby’s full story and see more photos of his transformation.

Whether they lost 15 pounds or more than 100 pounds, we had many more LIVESTRONG.COM weight loss successes over the past year and beyond. Check out the photo gallery of their BEFORE and AFTER pics.

Readers – What are your resolutions for the New Year? What plans have you made to help you get off to a strong start? Did these success stories help spark your determination to achieve your own health and fitness goals? If not, what’s holding you back? Get started with using the LIVESTRONG Calorie Tracker, and download the LIVESTRONG Calorie Tracker app for iPhone or Android and start the journey to your own weight loss success story.

Ann Rusnak is LIVESTRONG's Sr. Community Manager. Her quest to lose the baby weight before the baby finished elementary school sparked an interest in health and fitness that continues to be a passion to this day. She loves hiking and yoga, and thinks the best exercise is one you can do with a good friend. Over the years, Ann's desire to fit into a certain size has evolved into what she feels is the more important goal of feeling good and having energy to live life to its fullest. .

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