Wednesday’s TLC follow-up episode of the hit “My 600-Lb. Life” gave viewers a glimpse of the life today of two of the morbidly obese people and their journey of ups and downs leading to their weight loss. As viewers followed along each month of their weigh-ins, they saw both the happiness and dread as they faced Dr. Nowzaradan and heard his straight-forward critique of their progress. This episode focuses on Joe and Charity in the current year of their weight-loss journey. Viewers will get a chance to see what has gone on in the lives of these people who took a chance on a doctor who believed in them when their last hope was surgery.
For over ten years, “My 600-Lb. Life” has followed 34 people on a journey to change their lives. Over the past decade, 34 people collectively lost over 8,000 pounds. This story chronicles the second year of Joe’s journey. He struggled, but eventually lost enough weight to have the surgery.
1 Year & 1 Month: he is currently 592 with a goal of 180. He lost 200 pounds from his highest weight in one year. He is going to try to drive today after three years. Once behind the wheel, his mother now is relieved that she no longer has to drive him around. He also met someone online and they have been talking each day. They found each other through a weight-loss support group. He is getting more active, so he can have the stamina to drive to Iowa to meet with her in person. He is hoping for the skin removal surgery that will take his large hanging belly away.
1 Year & 2 Months: Joe is on his way to see the doctor for skin removal evaluation. He must lose more weight before the skin surgery can be approved. If performed too soon, it will hinder the healing process and could lead to complications.
1 Year & 3 Months: Joe is now going to the gym two or three times a week. By exerting himself too much, his legs feel like they will give out on him.
1 Year & 4 Months: He made it to his goal of being under 500 pounds and is flying to Iowa to meet Sarah in person. He walked too much in the airport and fell. Fortunately, several people helped him get up. He finally arrived and drove to her house. He set up a romantic picnic for them. He is fearful that she will not be attracted to him, but had his fingers crossed. She finally arrived and was pleased with what she saw in him. However, his walking up steps resulted in another fall.
Two days later, he fell again and was admitted to the hospital in Houston with severe back pain. The orthopedic doctor told him that he had a cracked vertebra. They will inject it with medical cement, and he should feel much better.
1 Year & 6 Months: Joe is driving again and with the fracture sealed up, he is back to the gym. He is truly driven to lose the weight and have the skin surgery. He plans to return to Iowa soon and propose.
1 Year & 7 Months: In Iowa, he is headed to the jewelry store to buy an engagement ring. He has reservations at a nice restaurant and bought the ring. She said yes to marry him, and he was so thrilled. They had a lovely meal, and he knows the skin surgery is getting close.
Back home in Houston, he took his mother for a walk in her wheelchair, and he told her plans of not returning to Tennessee. He plans to move to Iowa to be with Sarah.
1 Year & 9 Months: Back to Dr. Nowzaradan’s office, he is hoping for the approval for skin surgery. When the doctor felt that a lot of fat was missing from the skin, his weight was down and he was approved.
1 Year & 10 Months: In the hospital, Sarah came down to help with his recovery. The skin weighed 34.4 pounds and was very large. The recovery should be a difficult one, and he will need more skin removal surgery in the future.
1 Year & 11 Months: He is recovering and likes how he looks much better than before. He went to get a tuxedo for their wedding and sent Sarah a photo. He even took dancing lessons a few weeks later.
2 Years: Joe returned to the doctor’s office weighing 374 pounds. They were both happy and he told Dr. Nowzaradan, he was getting married. Two weeks later, he was helping his mother pack to return to Tennessee. The change in his life is amazing, and the best is yet to come on this episode of “My 600-Lb. Life.”