"He looked and felt so much better," Suzanne says. "We were really, really excited."
Everything was looking good, and then tragedy struck. On July 1, 2004 John died.
"I believe that John died from complications of asthma," says Scott Banks, Doctor of Chiropractic and nutritional counselor, who was working with John.
Since the show, Suzanne has lost 50 pounds and is continuing on her weight loss journey.
When Joell first appeared on the show, she weighed nearly 700 pounds and couldn't leave her house. Since then she has lost 260
"If I hadn't come on the Dr. Phil show last year, you would be taping my funeral, not my achievements," says Joell. She was following Dr. Phil's program, and then had gastric bypass surgery because her doctors decided it would help with the lymphedema " swelling of tissues " in her legs. Now she can leave her house, drive her car, and swim three to four days a week. Dr. Phil arranged for her to see therapist Julie Gauthier from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, Calif., as well as a nutritionist and an exercise trainer.
"What do you say to those people who say it's too late?" Dr. Phil asks her.
"It's never too late. Never. Don't ever give up," she says.
"The key that really struck a chord with me was Key Three, Creating a No-Fail Environment," says Jan, who wants to lose 72 more pounds.
Jan explains to Dr. Phil how they put their weight loss on project status. They eat breakfast every day, plan their meals, journal, make time for exercise, do all the keys and read through the book daily.