4 Women Shape Up

In just three months, they learned to love exercise, healthier food — and their over-40 bodies.

By Elena Rover
Elena Rover

Biceps before: 13

Biceps after: 12 1/2

Waist before: 38

Waist after: 35

Hips before: 42 1/2

Hips after: 42 1/2

Thigh before: 27 1/2

Thigh after: 19 1/2

Marcia Wood

Biggest obstacle: Hectic work and travel schedule

Best lesson learned: "If I’m creative, I can find ways to exercise anywhere — at home, at a hotel, during my lunch break. There’s always a way."

Weight before: 160

Weight after: 153

Biceps before: 12

Biceps after: 11 1/2

Waist before: 32

Waist after: 30 1/2

Hips before: 41

Hips after: 39 1/2

Thigh before: 24 1/2

Thigh after: 22 1/4

Elizabeth Baller

Biggest obstacle: A snack habit

Best lesson learned: "I feel younger just by eating better and moving again. Even small improvements really help."

Weight before: 169

Weight after: 163

Biceps before: 12

Biceps after: 12

Waist before: 36 1/2

Waist after: 35

Hips before: 43

Hips after: 42 1/2

Thigh before: 24

Thigh after: 21 1/2

Originally published in MORE magazine, March 2007.

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