December 27, 2014 07:30 AM

Weight-loss inspiration never looked so good!

These real-life dieters tell PEOPLE how they dropped a total of 778 lbs. by changing their once unhealthy lifestyles.

“I knew I was bigger than other kids,” says hairstylist Conner Rensch, 25, who shed 130 lbs. “I was bullied and would sneak food into the bathroom so people wouldn’t see me eat.”

Before his 264-lb. weight loss, 40-year-old Mark Bryant, 40, a VP for a dietary supplement manufacturer, says, “An extra-large pizza for dinner was the norm.”

Entrepreneur Ashley Chong, 24, kickstarted her 129-lb. weight loss after she couldn’t fit into the bridesmaid dresses for her sister’s wedding: “I’ve been a raw vegan since April 2012.”

Mom Cecy Rios, 32, had a similar wake-up call to ditch fast food and shed 152 lbs. when she took up two seats in a limo: “When we got home I ordered the P90X workout videos.”

T-shirt designer Nancy Perales, 59, used Jenny Craig to help her lose 103 lbs. “I take three-mile hikes with my husband, Hugo,” she says. “Now he’s the one huffing and puffing.”

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