In a follow up on a Mid-South man once tipping the scale at over 670 pounds, Charles Wolfe is in a weight loss whirlwind as he learns how to eat and exercise after gastric bypass surgery.
Since FOX13 first reported on Wolfe, ambulance company Rural Metro stepped up and got him to and from Birmingham for his September 14th surgery. That gesture was a big relief for Wolfe because he was too large to drive himself and he needed a ride.
The surgery seems to have been a success; he's already lost more than 60 pounds and has gained confidence.
Wolfe said the hard part is over. "It's the first time in a long time I have really pushed myself," he said. "It's easier getting out of a chair, out of bed."
Two weeks out of gastric bypass surgery, Wolfe is weighing in 62 pounds lighter than when he went in. The now 618 pound man from Tipton County says he waited years for a doctor to take his case, and says he's committed to following through and making his goal of 300 pounds.
"I'm going to keep going forward. I ain't going backward."
To get him off on the right foot, Wolfe has a physical therapist visiting him twice a week. This is his fourth physical therapy session since surgery with PT, Rolando Gersava. For Wolfe, the back and forth walking circuits he's doing are a real workout. But they're an important portion of his new lifestyle of exercise and eating right.
"There are so many things I can't wait to do again."
As Wolfe continues to lose weight, he hopes at a rate of 50 pounds a month, he will eventually require more surgery to remove unwanted skin. He'll be in physical therapy for another month or so.