Weight Loss Challenge Finale: Joell Update

Weight Loss Challenge Finale: Joell Update
Dr. Phil checks in with the two families competing in the Ultimate Family Weight Loss Challenge.

When Joell first appeared on the show, she weighed almost 700 pounds and was unable to leave her house. Dr. Phil promised her, "Help is on the way," and provided her with a nutritionist, trainer and therapist.

"My life is completely different than it was before," says Joell, who's lost close to 400 pounds. "The hardest thing to change has been not revolving my life around food. Now, I don't live to eat, I eat to live."

Now that she is lighter, she is able to play with her nieces and nephews, walk, fit in her car so she can drive, go dancing on the weekends and she is even back working. Joell can now sleep in her bed, something she couldn't have imagined doing one year ago when she hardly even left the couch.

"Dr. Phil's Keys are instrumental to my life now ... I never realized how many negative people were in my life before. Now, I surround myself with a very positive group of people," she says. "My dream is to travel someday to exciting places. Dr. Phil, thank you for making life worth living again."
When Joell joins Dr. Phil onstage, he surprises her with a trip around the world. She and a friend will get an all-expense paid trip provided by Collette Vacations. "You're going to go everywhere that you can imagine on an amazing, amazing trip!" Dr. Phil says.


"Oh my God! I can't even think about it," Joell says through tears.


"There is one requirement: I want to see less of you when you get back," Dr. Phil tells her.