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Man loses nearly 400 lbs with life-saving surgery

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Charles Wolfe's foot eagerly shakes as he waits for his doctor to let him know if he's cleared for surgery to remove extra skin after losing nearly 400 pounds in three years.

"I hadn't been this light since back in my early 20s or something like that," says Wolfe, "It's going to be better when I get even lighter."

The 48-year-old last spoke with FOX 13 in 2010 when he was 670-pounds and off to bariatric surgery.

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"I just didn't have no quality life. I didn't have a life," says Wolfe, "I didn't do nothing except go outside, sit in a chair and go back inside. Now I get out, I go to the post office, grocery store, I go places and do things now. I get out and walk my dog. I do things, for one, put my socks on, that people take for granted."

Wolfe's heaviest weight was 740 pounds; at the same time he was diagnosed with Type Two Diabetes. The now 375-pound Wolfe says bariatric surgery isn't a cure-all; it's a tool. He says it's helped him get off his diabetes medication and naturally make healthier lifestyle choices.

"I don't have the cravings for things like I used to, like the McDonalds, fast foods or sweet cravings," he says.

He's been cleared for surgery to remove the extra skin as a result of the weight loss. The next battle in this already three-year long journey is the four weeks to six month wait for the insurance company to approve the surgery.

"It frustrates me, aggravates me, but I keep stepping forward. I'm not going to let it get me down. I'm going to keep stepping forward. I'm not going backwards; I've been there, I'm not going back. I'm going to keep moving forward," says Wolfe.

Wolfe's doctor says after the skin-removal surgery, he will most likely weigh less than 300 pounds. His overall weight goal is 250-pounds.

Wolfe says he recommends other people with similar weight struggles as long as they want to do it for themselves and realize that it is not a cure-all.

"Some people have had the surgery and gone right back to where they was," he says, "When people do that, that frustrates me because to me when you do that you wasted the doctor's time, you wasted space for someone else who needed it and wanted it bad like I did."

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