How These 4 Women Each Lost 100 Lbs.

07/23/2015 at 02:58 PM ET

100 lb weight loss
Amy Gillespie, Sharda Smith-Stevens, Melisa Menas and Tudie-Ann Clarke (Rennie Solis)

If you haven’t stuck to your summer workout and diet plan as much as you’d hoped this year, we’ve got some serious inspiration to get you back on the wagon.

These four women each lost 100 lbs. or more and posed in bathing suits for this week’s issue of PEOPLE to prove it.

“Being in a two-piece bathing suit is something I never thought I’d do,” says Tudie-Ann Clarke, 27, who once tipped the scale at 241 lbs. before jump-starting her weight loss journey with Jenny Craig.

Amy Gillespie, 28, Sharda Smith-Stevens, 28, and Melisa Menas, 35, also found their own combination of diet and exercise to lose the weight.

“It wasn’t until I found Lisa Lillien’s Hungry Girl site in February 2010 that I was truly able to be successful,” says Menas, who lost 112 lbs. and had has kept it off for almost 3 years. “I really like to eat, and her recipes allowed me to eat large quantities of food and still stay within my calorie count.”

Smith-Stevens was able to reach her goal weight of 139 lbs. with the help of a personal trainer she met through church.

“She showed me how to use the equipment in the gym, and the weight started to fall off,” she says. “Now I work out six times a week and am at 19 percent body fat.”

Gillespie says being prepared really helped her stay on track.

“Prep your meals for the week so you always have something ready to eat,” says the teacher, who also uses her Instagram to help her maintain her 100-lb. weight loss. “I only keep healthy food at the house, so if I want to go overboard, I literally have to leave the house to do it.”

For more on their inspiring weight-loss stories, and to learn real weight-loss tricks that work, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

FILED UNDER: Expert Tips , Fitness , Health

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trish on

Well done Ladies! I am now inspired to lose the 50lbs I’ve gained in the last two years.
starting and getting momentum is tough but you are my inspiration!!!

Katherine on

Congrats! Sharda Smith Stevens is adorable!! Sweet and motivational video!

Dawn on

@Trish – Good Luck to you also!

Reesa on

I thought these ladies make the covers of People each season they do this – but they’re not – it’s about the country singers’ divorce …..

Good for them !
I wanted to do Jenny but it’s mostly all soy, but good job!

guest53 on

great job ladies

Mandy on

Great job ladies. I really wish I had the time to get back to them gym. I’m not considered overweight, but I feel better when I go. I’ve been working 10 hours a day for 6 months & then come home to a 3 year old & husband. I do walk on my breaks at work & try to fit in a lot of running around & playing with my daughter.

Sadie on

I’m inspired to get fit and lose the weight I put on over the last few years.

Here’s to getting fit and living a long and happy life! Congratulations, ladies

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