Yes, losing weight is all well and good, but much of the struggle is actually keeping off the weight. For many people, including those on the hit TLC show My 600 Lb. Life, the real work begins after the weight loss surgery. As doctors will tell you, diet and exercise must become lifelong changes in order to maintain the weight loss. That said, we should applaud people not only when they lose weight but also when they keep off the weight, too. So, here's to you, Paula Jones!
When she first appeared on the show in 2014, Paula weighed 542 pounds. The then-33-year-old felt "trapped." Fans might remember the heartbreaking moment when Paula stepped on the scale and said, "I'm huge. I look like a monster."
Spurred on by the death of her husband due to weight-related causes and worried about dying herself and leaving four children parentless, Paula moved from Georgia to Texas to be closer to Dr. Now. Unfortunately, the move caused Paula to actually gain weight, and she also developed a hernia. However, she went on an all-liquid diet and battled back to lose 33 pounds—enough weight loss to have gastric bypass surgery. As a symbol of her impending life change, she dyed her hair green.
In early 2015, Paula had dropped down to 269 pounds, which meant she could finally have surgery to remove excess skin she had accumulated as a result of loosing weight quickly.
"I am mostly enjoying time with my kids’ she said at the time. 'I can be more active with them. I’ve learned how to be emotionally healthy as well as physically healthy.'"
At her "surgiversary" in 2016, she said she was 400 pounds lighter—an amazing feat.
Today, a few years later, Paula is still on a weight loss journey, but this time, in addition to working on herself, she's speaking out to inspire others. In her words, she's "loving life." And why shouldn't she? You go, Paula!