For Barbara, healing feelings was essential. It really hit home for her when Dr. Phil asked, "Haven't you grieved enough?"
By dealing with her sisters' deaths, she says, "I freed myself from the prison I was living in." Now, she says, "My self-image has completely changed. Before, I couldn't even look at myself in the mirror. Now, at the end of March, I'm entering a bikini contest in South Beach. I think that's pretty remarkable."
She adds, "I'm definitely a happier person ... I'm just living life and enjoying it. It's the greatest feeling in the entire world."
At 250 pounds, Sandra hopes to lose between 80 and 100. Like Barbara, she comforted herself with food after her father died in an accident. "I'm very motivated by Barb. She's done so well," says Sandra. "I really want to be a part of this challenge because I want to live to be a very healthy old lady."
Nutritionist J.J. Virgin will also be on hand to help Barbara and Sandra — especially to show Sandra, an Italian, healthy ways she can prepare pasta.