One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. People want to shed ten or twenty pounds and get back the body they had when they were younger. But it is not easy to shed the pounds, especially when you don’t want to change your diet or put exercise into your weekly routine. And while it might be hard to lose, ten or twenty pounds, Christina Phillips did something even more difficult.
Just a few years ago, Phillips weighed 708 pounds. She could not get out of her bed without assistance. She ate thousands of calories a day. And back in 2014, she participated in the TLC show “My 600lb Life.” Although she weighed more than the requirement in the show’s title, she was ready to do what she needed to get her life back and lose a lot of weight. In the end, she did just that. Now she’s a healthier 183 pounds.
In an interview with PEOPLE, Phillips spoke about what it felt like to lose 525 pounds.
“It’s been pretty amazing having my life back. I’m able to do so much more now. It’s pretty great,” she told the magazine. “Before I couldn’t walk eight feet without feeling like I was gonna die. Now, I could do just about anything I put my mind to.”
Not only does she feel healthier, but her weight loss has also improved her family relationships.
“The simple things in life are enjoyable to me. I know that seems silly, but it’s the honest answer,” Phillips said. “Just walking and being able to go to the park with my nephew. [It’s] the most simple thing like taking him to the park or going shopping or driving.”
When on the show in 2014, Phillips was twenty-two and married. But her husband was not supportive of her weight-loss goals. After she underwent her weight-loss surgery, Phillips filed for divorce because her husband was sabotaging her health.
Now Phillips has a man who loves her and supports her goals. Her boyfriend’s name is Shane, and she lives with him.
“Shane and I have known each other for 8 years,” she said. “He knew me at my biggest, and he was also really supportive of me. After dating for a while, things got serious, and I asked him to move in with me.”
As Phillips said, her life really changed for the better after she committed to losing hundreds of pounds. She dropped her deadweight husband and now has a man who cherishes her no matter what.
If you remember Phillips from the TLC reality show, then you’re going to be inspired to see what she looks like now. The clip below has gotten nearly a million views and for a reason.
In the clip, Phillips describes how she has been able to move out of her family’s house. She’s gain more independence because of her weight loss and is much happier with her appearance.
Take a few moments to watch the update on Christina Phillips’s story.
What do you think about her weight-loss journey?