'You are tiny'
When Lopez showed up at her family's annual Thanksgiving dinner in 2012, she was wearing jeans for the first time in years. She was also wearing a top that was way too big for her, says Hernandez, her sister.
Lopez went shopping a few months later and called her sister to tell her the good news: She now fit into a small shirt size.
"I said, 'Regina, I told you. You are tiny,' " Hernandez recalls. "It took me forever to get used to seeing Regina so small."
Since May 2012, Lopez has lost 97 pounds. She currently weighs 127 pounds -- just two pounds short of her goal weight. She still walks or runs or climbs stairs six days a week. And on Saturdays she "treasure hunts" at the swap meet, browsing through the $1 clothing tables.
"I literally always dreamed about buying clothes and feeling good because they fit," she says. "Now it's my reality. It's an amazing feeling."
Nelson, who has also lost close to 50 pounds, says, "Regina has always been beautiful inside and out. But now her health is better than ever. She looks wonderful."