An Unexpected Call From Bob
Cindy finally confronted the truth about her weight when Bob Greene himself gave her an unexpected call!
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."
Cindy's Dramatic Weight Loss
Since that phone call, Cindy has lost 100 pounds! Bob has only spoken with her by phone and e-mail, and they meet for the first time during her Oprah Show reveal.
Cindy now practices what she preaches and says she dropped 30 pounds within a few months—by cutting out her heavy soda intake. "That one thing was the first dietary change I made," she says.
Bob says he recommends eventually removing even diet soda from your eating habits. "It has its place in a weight loss mode, but I don't like overdoing that either because you never break your taste for real sweets, so it's better to weed that out as well in the final phase of the program."
Brie's Unhealthy Routine
Every year since 1992, Brie says she has gained 10–15 pounds a year. "When I graduated from college and got married, it was a steady gain. There was no working out. At all," she says. "I tried eating very little during the day. And when I went back to eating normally, all the weight came back and then some."
Like so many, Brie eventually fell into an unhealthy routine. After work, she'd settle in on the couch, turn on the television and ask her husband to pick up some fast food for dinner.
Brie's weight tipped the scale at 215 pounds, but she didn't realize she had a problem until seeing a shocking home video. "There I was on the videotape with my daughter in a bathing suit and I was shocked," Brie says. "It was shattering to me to see myself looking that large. I left the room in tears. I was devastated."
Brie's New Passion
Not wanting her daughter to follow in her footsteps, Brie found the hope she needed to change her life while on a trip. "I got on the plane to come home and there was an article by Bob Greene on fitness makeovers," she says. "The light bulb went on and there was a determination that came over me that had never been there before."
Brie lost 75 pounds and is now a size 4! She also says after she started living her best life, she decided to turn her new passion into a career. "I'm a wellness coach now, two years, and it's just been amazing," she says.
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