Published: May 11, 2011 2:01 AM EDT
Updated: May 10, 2011 11:01 PM EDT

VENICE FL- Mary Ann McNutt and her 11 year old daughter Michaela are big fans of the Oprah Winfrey show. McNutt says that she has been watching the show for over twenty years. Which is why they were floored when they learned that Oprah wanted the McNutts to come to Chicago and tell her their story. When WINK News sat down with Mary Ann this week, she was still beside herself. "It was an absolute- I still have chills- it was a privilege," said McNutt.

The reason for all the interest? A couple of years ago, Mary Ann looked up and found herself a hundred pounds overweight, her daughter Michaela was 50 pounds over. McNutt says that the death of a close friend had driven her to to turn to food as a relief for her grief. "I just started basically eating everything and anything that I could and not realizing it I took Michaela with me," said Mary Ann. The McNutts made a determined decision to change their eating and exercise habits. But what makes their story unusual, is that they did not change their diet. they just started paying attention to serving size recommendations on the stuff that they were already eating. "We started thinking about this as this is a choice we choose not to eat this, we can if we want to we just chose not to eat it," said 11 year old Michaela. The pair lost a combined 150 pounds, that's when Mary Ann contacted the Oprah Winfrey show.

The McNutts are not allowed to discuss certain things about what happened at Harpo Studios but they will tell you that it was the event of a lifetime. "Oh its a part of who we are now its a part of who we are,' said Mary Ann. The pair both hope that their appearance on oprah gets across a simple message that people, especially children should not be treated differently just because they struggle with weight. 11 year old Michaela is now trying to write a book to help inspire other overweight children to take the steps to change their lives. She also tells WINK news that she welcomes any questions about how she changed her life. you can contact her at fitgirlmicki22@gmail.com