Sayville woman drops 270 lbs. thanks to determination and 'lifesaving' trainer

Christine Maggio said she hit rock bottom when she reached 450 lbs. But with her life on the line, the Sayville native changed her future with some help from a new friend.

News 12 Staff

Feb 7, 2020, 1:00 PM

Updated 1,563 days ago

Share:

Christine Maggio said she hit rock bottom when she reached 450 lbs. But with her life on the line, the Sayville native changed her future with some help from a new friend.
Maggio was desperate for help as she approached 50 years old. Help came from Justin Miller, a trainer at Bev Francis Gym in Syosset, who wanted to save her life.
"I said I'm going to help you lose 200 pounds. She looked at me like I was crazy," says Miller.
So for the last three years, three times a week, Maggio has been working out with Miller. She also kept a log of the food she was eating.
She was too intimidated to work out in a gym, so instead she walked a hill. But slowly, Maggio made her way into the gym and found a group of new friends.
In just over three years, she lost 270 pounds, the exact amount of weight she's trying to lift now for the first time.
"I cry, it's hard to see myself like that (in old pictures) ... Why did I wait so long to take care of myself?" says Maggio.
The weight loss has given her a brand-new feeling of confidence that Miller notices.
"Before she does the set, she looks in the mirror (laughs) she cant get enough of herself!'' says Miller.
"I tell him all the time, he saved my life, without him I honestly don't know if I would be here," says Maggio.
 


More from News 12
0:15
Superintendent: Swastika found on classroom desk at Harborfields High School

Superintendent: Swastika found on classroom desk at Harborfields High School

2:02
Mostly cloudy skies and dry conditions on Long Island

Mostly cloudy skies and dry conditions on Long Island

Guide: School Vote 2024 budgets and tax informaton

Guide: School Vote 2024 budgets and tax informaton

0:39
Police: Man injured in Wyandanch shooting; suspect at large

Police: Man injured in Wyandanch shooting; suspect at large

1:59
Greenlawn teen arrested, accused of making ‘threat of mass harm’ at Oldfield Middle School

Greenlawn teen arrested, accused of making ‘threat of mass harm’ at Oldfield Middle School

0:51
Vet Fest in Farmingdale aims to support, encourage veterans who need help

Vet Fest in Farmingdale aims to support, encourage veterans who need help

0:17
Authorities: George Washington Bridge climber in custody

Authorities: George Washington Bridge climber in custody

0:32
Police: 3 people arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check at Huntington Station deli

Police: 3 people arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check at Huntington Station deli

2:28
How did a Nassau County doctor overprescribe highly addictive pain pills, despite strict laws in place?

How did a Nassau County doctor overprescribe highly addictive pain pills, despite strict laws in place?

1:43
CDC urges people to get vaccinated amid resurgence of mpox

CDC urges people to get vaccinated amid resurgence of mpox

1:46
Hit-and-run on South Oyster Bay Rd. in Plainview leaves woman with concussion, 6 staples in head

Hit-and-run on South Oyster Bay Rd. in Plainview leaves woman with concussion, 6 staples in head

0:26
Principal: Student approached by van full of men in ski masks in Selden

Principal: Student approached by van full of men in ski masks in Selden

1:39
Montauk Music Festival rocks the East End

Montauk Music Festival rocks the East End

2:06
Homeowners asked to check home security video after string of Nassau County break-ins

Homeowners asked to check home security video after string of Nassau County break-ins

0:24
Police: Hempstead man exposed, touched himself inappropriately at Roosevelt Field Mall

Police: Hempstead man exposed, touched himself inappropriately at Roosevelt Field Mall

0:51
Plainview-Old Bethpage hosts basketball team from Israel impacted by Oct. 7 attacks

Plainview-Old Bethpage hosts basketball team from Israel impacted by Oct. 7 attacks

1:24
Nassau County high school seniors take part in aerial simulation exercise

Nassau County high school seniors take part in aerial simulation exercise

1:53
Toys for Tots make contribution to Promise of Hope Foundation to honor fallen Detective Jonathan Diller

Toys for Tots make contribution to Promise of Hope Foundation to honor fallen Detective Jonathan Diller

2:29
Museum of American Armor hosting 10th anniversary of World War II Encampment weekend

Museum of American Armor hosting 10th anniversary of World War II Encampment weekend

1:55
12-year-old prodigy set to become Malverne High School’s youngest graduate

12-year-old prodigy set to become Malverne High School’s youngest graduate