Last night’s TLC follow-up episode of the hit “My 600-Lb. Life” gave viewers a glimpse of the life today of two of the formerly 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 happiness and apprehension as they faced Dr. Nowzaradan and heard his straight-forward critique of their progress. This episode focuses on Zsalynn and Olivia 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 third year of Zsalynn’s and Olivia’s journeys.
Three years ago, Zsalynn was not living a life; she just existed. Before her weight-loss surgery, she weighed 597 pounds. While losing weight, she was forced to make one of the hardest decisions of her life when she had to choose herself over her marriage. After almost two years, she lost 316 pounds and was ready for her first skin removal surgery.
2 Years & 1 Month: she is currently 315 with a goal weight of 145. She lives in San Antonio, Texas with her daughter Hannah. She must weigh under 300 before Dr. Nowzaradan will do the skin removal surgery. She and her ex-husband share joint custody of their daughter. She gets cravings when she misses her daughter.
Two years ago, Olivia’s weight was killing her. She lived in the basement of her mother’s home, away from the world. Before weight-loss surgery, she weighed 580 pounds. Once she had the surgery, her goal was to lose enough to have skin removal surgery and once that was done, she started to get her life back. Her progress continued; she moved into her own place and lost over 350 pounds in two years.
2 Years & 1 Month: she currently weighs 200 with a goal of 160. She needs to lose another twenty pounds to get the next skin removal surgery, but desperately needs knee surgery. She moved back in with her brother, so she could have help when her next surgery comes. She is studying to become a chef, but cannot stand long enough to cook.
2 Years & 2 Months: Zsalynn is headed to see Dr. Nowzaradan for a checkup but is hesitant to tell him she is having skin removal surgery by another doctor because she feels that he is only interested in numbers on the scale. He told her that his only way of judging her progress was the scale and had no problem with her going to another doctor for the skin removal.
2 Years & 3 Months: Zsalynn is working out in the gym. Compared to when she started, she is doing wonderfully.
Olivia is on the way to see Dr. Nowzaradan about the skin removal. She gained weight, and he is very concerned. He worried that it will go out of control.
2 Years & 4 Months: Zsalynn is in Los Angeles, California to see a doctor she found to do the skin removal surgery. His name is Dr. Katzen, and he will see her for surgery in about two months.
2 Years & 5 Months: Olivia is having knee replacement surgery. She had much deterioration and with the new knee, she should have significant improvement in the quality of her life. Dr. Nowzaradan, a vascular specialist, has rushed her back into surgery when she started to lose too much blood.
2 Years & 6 Months: Zsalynn is in Los Angeles having skin removal surgery. She is more scared than she thought she would be. She is having a 360 body lift. They removed 52 pounds of skin and fat from her stomach, hips and backside.
2 Years & 7 Months: it has been about two months since Olivia had the knee surgery. She is having physical therapy three times a week, but it is painful. She is not about to give up her dream to become a chef. She is in severe pain and comes to Dr. Nowzaradan. She gained ten pounds, and he checked it out and there was no reason physically for the pain. She must stop making excuses, and she swore she was never coming back.
Zsalynn has had the worst recovery she ever had. She has to empty her drain several times a day and clean her sutures.
While Olivia was having a pity party, her sister Olga kind of agreed with what the doctor said. She reminded her that she had been drinking a lot of soda and understood why she was gaining weight.
2 Years & 9 Months: Olivia is on the way to the gym. As she spoke with her sister, reality set in. She is ready to admit her mistakes.
Zsalynn is three months after her skin removal surgery. She is seeing a therapist today. She told her that her weight was not something she should always have in the forefront. She should write a happiness diary each day.
2 Years & 10 Months: Olivia is at the doctor’s office and weighs 202. She promised him she would not let him down.
2 Years & 11 Months: Olivia’s knee is finally not hurting, and she is going back to culinary school. She now can stand all day.
3 Years: Olivia is now at school and loving cooking. Zsalynn is seeing herself through a different lens. To both of you, may your journey continue with few bumps along the way and may your dreams you never dreamt before all come true. Anything is possible, as you both have shown the world on this episode of “My 600-Lb. Life.”