As we sit there and talk, I sense a clear eagerness in Teena, a kind of restless irritation and, as she says, "I can`t for the life of me understand how I allowed the weight to build back up again, what in the name of God allowed me not to see this happening!
I truly understand what she means: somehow, she lost sight of her own needs and life itself began happening around her, rather than with her in it.
Work was plenty, taking up a lot of time and focus and as a self-employed freelancer, she was and still is, busy working with both radio, television. Her "other job" as a manager and teacher of social media for small business gives her great energy, enjoyment, and satisfaction.
At the beginning of this year, something in her changed though.
A need for looking out for number one, namely herself, was something she had buried deep down due to being busy looking after her beloved father who lives with her. A man whom she adores and would move the earth for.
This need surfaced and reminded her of the fact that this life that we have been given is anything but a dress rehearsal.
You get one go at it, and one only.
Focused and determined in succeeding for good this time, Teena is today hellbent on gaining control over her life again, of getting back into shape and at the age of 52, finally living the life she knows she deserves.
There is a bright boldness in her eyes as she tells me this, and I have absolutely no doubt that this firecracker of a woman will astound herself how quickly and how truly she will reshape her body, life and mind. It might be the second time around, but do you know what, the most important thing of all is to stay positive and never ever give up.