Mama June Shannon on her 300-pound weight loss: "I will never go back"
UPI News Service, 04/05/2017
Mama June Shannon says she "will never go back" after losing 300 pounds.
The 37-year-old reality star, born June Shannon, discussed her transformation in interviews this week after unveiling her drastic weight loss on the WE tv series "Mama June: From Not to Hot."
"I do feel a little bit tired at times, but for the most part, I feel really good," she told "Entertainment Tonight." "I mean, I'm able to get around more, I'm able to do more and stuff like that ... I will never go back to what I looked like."
Mama June went from a size 24 to a 4 after having gastric sleeve surgery in May 2015, but told ABC News she had "to work almost everyday" to achieve results.
Her youngest daughter, 11-year-old Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, supported her throughout the journey.
"I have a new mom," Alana said. "Well, it's not like a new mom, it's just she has a new body ... It's like they cut off her head and then put it on another body."
"She sees the person [in the mirror] she has always wanted to be," she added.
Mama June is also mom to 17-year-old Lauryn Thompson, aka Pumpkin, and estranged daughters Jessica Shannon and Anna Shannon-Cardwell.
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She told People she hopes Alana and Lauryn will learn from her mistakes.
"I don't want them to go through what I went through in school or with surgery," the star said. "I've seen them lose and gain weight, but I don't want them to end up like I did at 460 pounds. Who would want that?"
"If they [ultimately have to have surgery], they've got to realize it's not just a surgery thing, you have to change body, your frame of mind, what you eat, everything," she added.
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