When we first met Ashley Dunn Bratcher on My 600-lb Life, she was crippled with anxiety about falling and couldn't even get out of bed. The Texas native once tipped the scale at 725 pounds and admitted that she had quite a few breakdowns on her mission to lose weight. "This whole journey has been not only a physical rollercoaster, it's been very a much an emotional rollercoaster," she said in an interview with People earlier this year. "I've done fairly decent, but yes, I’ve had moments where I've broken down. Whoever says weight-loss surgery is the easy way out is crazy because this has really been one of the hardest things I've ever done."
She added, "This surgery is just a tool. It does not change your mindset. But what I’ve found that helps me is when I do get that craving, I try to think about that and think about what I’m feeling. If it’s true hunger, then, you know, I’ll eat something. But if I’m feeling angry, happy, sad, I try to revert my mind to something else. I go for a walk. I play with my dogs. I might journal. It's a learning experience."
After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, the former reality star lost a whopping 350 pounds — aka about half her body weight. Plus, earlier this year, TLC tweeted that Ashley lost an additional 95 pounds after giving birth to her son, Patrick. Go, girl!
Unfortunately, it seems like she's had a minor setback. On Nov. 13, she posted a photo on Facebook showing that she sprained her arm. When someone asked what happened she wrote, "Me being me." Oops! We're sure this won't slow her down too much, though. Keep up the good work, Ash!