How Half Their Size’s Sarah Beasley Went from Eating a Can of Chocolate Icing in One Sitting to Dropping 120 Lbs.

12/29/2015 at 12:02 PM ET

Sarah Beasley
Courtesy Sarah Beasley; Gabrielle Revere

Growing up, Sarah Beasley thought being overweight was part of her DNA.

“People in my family were like, ‘Oh, everybody else is big so that’s just going to happen to you,’ ” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

She drank seven cans of soda a day and never incorporated fruits and vegetables into her diet — and things got worse six years ago when her husband Michael, 29, deployed with military.

“I stayed up late, all sad, and I’d eat a whole can of chocolate icing,” says Beasley, 27, who at 5’5″ eventually tipped the scale at 260 lbs.

When the mom of three realized she could no longer keep up with her children at the park, she finally decided to change. A friend introduced her to the Beachbody home workouts. After her very first session in 2013, she says, she immediately felt better.

“I lost 50 lbs. that first eight months,” she says.

For more amazing transformations and the hottest Hollywood slimdowns, check out PEOPLE’s Half Their Size issue, on newsstands now.

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Now, since dropping 120 lbs., Beasley gets up at 5:30 A.M. to do the workout six days a week and works as a Beachbody coach to help other people get healthy.

The stay-at-home mom says losing the weight not only improved her life, but also her kids’ lives.

“Before, they didn’t get to do as much because of the way I was feeling,” she says. “I was holding them back — and me back.”

“Things are so different now. We go on hikes as a family or play baseball in the yard,” she says. “Life is so much better.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Sue on

Looking good girl! Keep it up, your kids need you!

Clyde on

Dropping 120 Lbs, good news. On April 15 I was 206 pounds. I have worked out at the gym (typically swimming) five days a week for years. Yet, I have put on about 20 pounds over the last 8 or 9 years. I thought I ate healthly. I focused on lean animal proteins, pasta, rice, and some vegetables and fruit. I was very frustrated. I didn’t understand why I didn’t lose weight. I read a book on and it was like a light going off in my head. It really made sense.
I have been following his recommendations since about April 15th. I weighed 190 pounds after three weeks (16 pounds in three weeks). I feel great. I no longer “battle” with food. I don’t worry about how much I eat. I don’t deprive myself of food. I just mainly eat fresh vegetables, fruits, beans and tofu etc. I feel really healthy. My performance swimming has increased and my muscle tone is better.
I don’t see a problem at all following this eating plan forever. Try it. It is life changing. It is not a fad. It makes sense and feels right when you do it (unlike Atkins – which I never tried – it seems unnatural to eat just meat and cheese).

Kg on

She had liposuction & a tummy tuck before she ate healthy…didn’t lose most of that solely on changing her eating habits and working out

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