Who: Richard Filiberto, 58
Weight before: 267 (2009)
Weight after: 175 (2010)
His story: Although Filiberto had taken up running 10 years ago, he found it bothered his knees, and he soon fell back into bad habits and weight gain. A little more than a year ago, he signed up for ballroom dancing lessons to prepare for a family wedding. "I found that I love to dance," he says, and he hoped that by dropping some weight, he'd improve his dancing. He realizes now that when he was young, he should have followed the example of his father, an award-winning amateur dancer on roller skates.
Advice: Accept that you are making a lifestyle change, Filiberto says. "The exercise and portion control change from a choice to necessity to being a part of everyday life." He used to note the number of calories he consumed and burned off daily by entering them into his phone. "But now I pay attention just generally," he says. And another piece of advice: "Dance! You don't realize you're exercising," he says. "And it's fun."