There’s so much inspiration out there for people wishing and hoping to lose weight. One of the most inspiring documentaries, TLC’s My 600-lb Life, delves into the intimate details of life as a morbidly obese person and the hurdles they must jump on the way to achieving life-saving gastric bypass surgery.
Phillips was 708 lbs. when she first appeared on the hit show My 600-lb. Life in 2014.
One of the show’s stars, Christina Phillips, was gifted a second chance at life after having this amazing surgical procedure herself. Phillips, 28, had turned to food as a child because her parents “used to fight a lot” and “it was scary,” said the Daily Mail.
As she grew up, however, her weight spiraled out of control.
The transformation was remarkable – but Christina still struggles
Phillips allowed her life to be filmed back in 2014; at the time, she weighed a heart-stopping 708 pounds (approx. 321 kg). Almost five years later, the young woman had battled her way down to a healthy weight of 183 pounds (approx. 83 kg), and she’s still going.
The My 600-lb Life veteran opened up to People about how life has been since the weight came off. “It’s been pretty amazing having my life back,” she admitted. “I’m able to do so much more now. It’s pretty great.”
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“Before, I couldn’t walk eight feet without feeling like I was gonna die,” the tenacious young woman admitted. “Now, I could do just about anything I put my mind to.”
Today, Phillips has found joy in the little things, things she never noticed before.
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“I know it seems silly, but it’s the honest answer,” Phillips shared. “Just walking and being able to go to the park with my nephew. [It’s] the most simple things,” she clarified, “like taking him to the park or going shopping or driving.”
When Phillips first shared her life with the cameras as a morbidly obese 22-year-old, she was married. Her husband, Zach, however, enabled Phillips to maintain her debilitating weight, and so the young woman made a brave decision after surgery. She filed for divorce.
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Today, she has been able to move out of her parents’ home and lives with her new partner, Shane, instead. “Shane and I have known each other for 8 years,” Phillips revealed in a clip from My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now shared on YouTube. “He knew me at my biggest and he was also really supportive of me,” she added.
Shane’s support enabled Phillips in the complete opposite way; to live her best life rather than remain incapacitated.
There was one spanner in the works. The brave young woman still battled some residual body-image issues due to the loose skin she was left with after such significant weight loss.
She is now lighter, mobile, healthier, and happier than she was before. However, her physical appearance still holds her back.
“Lately, any time I see the scale go up, I tend to freak out,” Phillips admitted. “My fear of gaining weight has crippled me,” she explained, “but I have to move past that fear if I want to live my life.”
Living her life possibly entailed having an incredible surgery that would remove the excess skin on her body. Doctors and a therapist began working with the young woman to prepare her for this step. “I know I’m not 700 pounds anymore,” Phillips shared, “but I still feel that way.”
Fortunately, one year after her TLC follow-up interview, Phillips seemed to have found a new inner strength. “I’m so much happier now,” Phillips told People.
Phillips has even become an ambassador for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America. She ran her very first 5-kilometer marathon on their behalf with her My 600-lb Life co-star Melissa Morris in 2018, and it was a triumph.
“Being able to wake up in the morning and get out of bed without feeling like I’m gonna die,” Phillips shared, candidly, “I thank God every morning for that.”