When it comes to getting fit they say “no pain no gain,” but if you’ve been working hard all year to lose weight, only to lose your will power and overdose on carbs over the Thanksgiving holiday, you know the pain of feeling like you took two steps backward on your journey to a healthier you.

The key to getting over the guilt is to forgive and forget. Shedding pounds is about discipline and goal setting, but success happens over the long haul, so put the Thanksgiving cheating behind you and find some solace in knowing that today is the first day of the rest of your fit lifestyle.

If you could use a little reassurance that going from overweight to fit really is an attainable goal, here are a few women who have shown that it actually can be done. (And for a couple of them it’s been done more than once!)