Growing up, Cindy says she was self-conscious about her weight. "When I was 11 years old, a boy teased me about being overweight and I was humiliated," she says. "That triggered my first diet. This cycle of extreme dieting and binging continued for decades."
In college, Cindy majored in nutrition because she thought she would find the answer to weight loss. Instead, Cindy felt more pressure to be a lower weight, and at one point in grad school, says she became bulimic. Still, she eventually earned a Ph.D. in nutrition.
One day, Cindy saw Bob on The Oprah Show and his message of change "reverberated in my soul," she says.
Then, fate brought Cindy even more motivation. "I got this phone call one day from an exercise physiologist, and he was looking for a dietitian to edit one of his books," she says. "It wasn't till I hung up the phone and I thought, 'Oh, my gosh. That's Bob Greene.' I knew from that moment on that my life was going to change."