One day in 2004, Cheryl realized she was in trouble. As a 45-year-old who weighed 263 pounds, she was a prime target for heart attack, stroke and diabetes. "I was extremely self-conscious and was feeling very sorry for myself," she says. "I was living my boring life in black-and-white."
Then, she saw Wynonna Judd talking openly about her own weight struggles on The Oprah Show. Cheryl was so moved, she felt compelled to e-mail the show to say how Wynonna inspired her. "Her courage and bravery that day gave me the strength to find the real Cheryl," she wrote. "That day, I committed to change my diet and start to exercise. Oprah, you and Wynonna showed me that life is not a spectator sport."