It’s been an exceptionally long weight loss journey for My 600 Lb Life‘s Chay Guillory, who viewers first met back in Season 3 and who’s now a completely different person in more ways than one. Chay’s journey has always had a heavier emotional component than most My 600 Lb Life participants: as if obesity weren’t enough by itself, Chay has also always struggled with the stress and confusion of feeling like his body isn’t the right one.
But the My 600 Lb Life Chay follow-up episode revealed a person becoming increasingly comfortable in a new frame, for a multitude of reasons. Foremost among them was Chay’s announcement that he intended to begin living as the person he felt he was supposed to be — meaning his transgender journey toward becoming a woman named Lola could begin, as well.
“I feel like for so long I have lived a lie,” Lola said at the start of her Where Are They Now? episode. “I was trapped in a six-hundred-pound body and now I started to believe I can do this. And once I lose the weight, it will be possible for me to be the person I have always identified as —- and that person is a woman.”
And, as Lola further explained, being more comfortable with who she was physically helped her deal with some of the emotional difficulties that came with weight loss.
“My body moves easier,” Lola said. “There is more pep in my step, and I just feel so much better, and I can do so much more. [But] Since surgery some things are different. I am living with my uncle and helping with his kids because he travels for work, but over the past year, I’ve had to deal with a lot of my emotions that led me to go to food.”
It’s a slow and steady journey for Lola, one she’s also documented on social media. Here’s a sample of My 600 Lb Life Chay before-and-after pics, starting shortly after her first episode aired:
Lola Guillory in August of 2015
Lola Guillory in April of 2016
Lola Guillory in October of 2017
Lola’s newfound physical freedom has likewise had tangible results on her health and emotional well-being. Last summer, for example, she won the role of Clairee Belcher in a local production of Steel Magnolias — a real-world tie-in with one of the final scenes in Lola’s Where Are They Now? episode, when she put on full makeup and a red dress for a nightclub performance.
Unfortunately, we haven’t yet been able to find out if Lola is planning on performing for a second follow-up to the My 600 Lb Life Chay episode. Her journey is one of the most memorable the show has ever aired, and, judging by the internet-wide number of discussions about her, interest in finding out how she’s doing and what her next steps will be remains high. We certainly wish Lola nothing but happiness and continued success.
(Photo credits: My 600 Lb Life Chay via Facebook, TLC)