Thanks to her continued weight loss success and the fact that she’s come out as a transgender woman, My 600 Lb Life‘s Chay Guillory has shown fans one of the show’s most remarkable transformations, beginning with her Season 3 debut. And, though she’s hardly done telling it, to see My 600 Lb Life Chay today is to witness a completely different person than the one Chay was when her story began.
Chay Guillory fought a two-front war against body and mind
When viewers first met Chay, the 23-year-old was miserable and despondent. Chay’s peak weight of 597 pounds meant she could no longer care for herself — a fact that left her deeply ashamed. Fortunately, before long Chay was able to confront what she would later call the “lie” that she felt like she’d been living.
“I was trapped in a 600-pound body,” Chay said, “[but then] 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.”
By the time Chay’s most recent Where Are They Now? episode aired, in May of 2017, she was down to 379 pounds. In other words, Chay had lost an impressive 36% of her peak weight. Her gastric surgery was a success, leaving Chay with ample motivation to be approved for skin loss surgery. And Chay’s mood had improved so much that she had begun living openly as a woman.
Chay also explained why, though she had changed her name to “Lola” for a brief period, she ultimately decided to change it back.
“I live my entire life, 24/7, as a woman,” Chay explained. “Because that’s what I am. I’m known as ‘Miss Chay’…once people started calling me [Lola], I realized I don’t like it so much for myself. So I decided to just keep my regular name, ‘Chay.'”
All in all, though she still had a long way to go to reach her gender reassignment surgery goal of 180 pounds, Chay’s attitude meant the surgery had become a question of “when,” and not “if.”
“Some days are easier than others,” Chay concluded. “But I’m really happy with how I’m doing overall.”
How is My 600 Lb Life Chay today?
Chay’s latest social media updates paint a picture of an increasingly happy person. Her photos — as you can already tell from the Chay before and after picture at the top of the article — do the same. For starters, here’s a nearly full-body shot Chay shared in the late spring:
No, that’s not Chay starring in another play — she really is officiating a friend’s wedding. Chay confirmed on Facebook that she did indeed conduct the wedding ceremony, but refrained from mentioning with which church she’s been ordained. (Given how easy it is to become ordained over the internet, though, we’re guessing Chay decided not to become a woman of the cloth just yet 😉 )
The next photo up is quite a bit more recent, and is also a waist-up shot. Chay shared this pic in early October, to celebrate her dog Carter’s successful completion of obedience training:
Finally, our third new photo of My 600 Lb Life‘s Chay today is also the most recent one she’s shared on social media. Chay posted the pic to Instagram on November 1st, captioning it with a little self-deprecating humor. “Sometimes you just gotta slap a little paint on the old barn,” Chay wrote:
As far as a Chay Guillory weight loss update, she’s as tight-lipped as the rest of the show’s participants. However, while she hasn’t shared her current weight, Chay did drop an encouraging bit of news in an early October update.
Chay revealed that she lost 40 pounds in a single month, thanks to “hard work and following my program very strictly.” Chay didn’t say in which month she lost the weight, but the implication seemed to be that this had just happened, so September seems the likeliest candidate.
And, in an exchange with a friend Chay further revealed that she is no longer taking diet pills. “[They] did help me keep my train of thought since I do have ADD,” Chay said, “but [they] made me want to fall asleep all the time.”
(Photo credits: My 600 Lb Life Chay today via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
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