Oxygen

Honorable Mentions

KAYLA SANDERS may have won the cover, but in truth, all our Oxygen Challenge 4 participants are winners. Here are some of our fabulous, notable women whose stories inspired us and made us laugh, cry and celebrate.

Kate Teresi

AGE 40

ENDING WEIGHT 155

TOTAL INCHES LOST 17

I did not grow up in a healthy household. My parents were both smokers, and I smoked, too, for many years. I found fitness in my senior year in college, but it was always an all-in or all-out endeavor for me: I would be super hardcore, and then one little slip up and I would be thrown completely off. I had no balance. My goal for this challenge was to come to a place where I could slip up and get right back on track with no hang-ups. I am happy to say that I found that place and I’m not going back.

Now I can finally do pull-ups, and my squat increases every couple of weeks. But I have to say the Facebook community really made this challenge come to life for me. It’s so nice when women can support Yours was the first magazine where I saw somebody on the cover that actually resembled me. I have given up on jeans ever fitting right — I have bigger quads and I love them! — and I have become a healthy role model for my boys as well as an example of a strong, smart woman to my students.

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