Teresa Mackey says she is a professional dieter. For the last twenty years, she has collected all the health books, tried the best low-fat foods, even shared low-fat recipes with her friends at work.
But when it comes to long term results with weight loss, Teresa says she has yet to see them.
"I've been on a diet all my life," said Mackey. "That's a hard life. Yes, it's up and down."
Teresa works at a doctor's office where plenty of snacks are always stashed away, like ice cream and cheesecake. So even if she plans to eat a simple salad, temptation is always just an arms length away.
"People that you know, have gone to school with, they are starting to die of heart attacks. It's now starting to happen to us," she said.
While Teresa calls herself a professional dieter, meaning she has heard everything there is to hear about dieting.
News of Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer, Bob Greene, visiting Meridian this week to issue a health challenge has drawn a huge response from Mackey and others.
Mackey said she hopes Greene will share something that will help her get through the tough times.
At one point Teresa successfully lost around twenty pounds. She says she was feeling good until she hit a plateau and couldn't seem to lose any more weight.
"When I reach that point, I hit that wall and stop what I do to get through that point," said Mackey.
One thing Teresa has is the support of friends and co-workers.
"We really wish Teresa the best," said Ben Box, office manager. "She has struggled for years on different diets. We hope she will motivate us and we are interested to see how the program works.
Teresa's goal is to lose eighty pounds, and ultimately, to never shop in the plus size clothes section again. So, for inspiration, she'll turn to Bob Greene Friday at Dumont Plaza. The Oprah Winfrey show will tape a segment for its Jan. 14 broadcast between 12 noon and 2 p.m.