When Christina Phillips first appeared on TLC's show My 600 Lb. Life in 2014, she weighed 708 pounds. After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, she lost 536 pounds, and she has a whole new lease on life.
“It’s been pretty amazing having my life back. I’m able to do so much more now. It’s pretty great,” she told PEOPLE. “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.”
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Today, Christina weighs 183 pounds, and with her smaller frame, she's gained a newfound appreciation for the little things in life.
“The simple things in life are enjoyable to me. I know that seems silly but it’s the honest answer,” Christina 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.”
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The best thing about Christina's message is that everyone—whether you're dieting or not—can learn a valuable lesson about taking a moment to stop and be grateful for all the things we can do. We all get angry when things don't move as quickly as we would like them to move, but instead of working up ourselves about spending a few hours figuring out how to clean an oven, maybe we should stop and appreciate all the time we have in which to do these things.
“I’m so much more happier now. Being able to wake up in the morning and get out of bed without feeling like I’m gonna die, I thank God every morning for that,” Phillips added. “I am so blessed to have a second chance at life.”
What an amazing thought! We should all try to approach life with that same attitude. You look great, Christina!
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