Tipton County resident Charles Wolfe takes a breath and unfolds a pair of jeans; the jeans he used to wear at his heaviest weight of 700 pounds.
"It's strange I used to wear something that big," Wolfe says, "Strange."
Now weighing 328 pounds, Wolfe blames no one but himself for his weight gain, and he took the responsibility to lose it.
After a 2010 bariatric surgery and a five-hour plastic surgery to remove excess skin in June 2013, Wolfe is now, literally, half the man he used to be.
"I feel good to see where I come from. I got my life and my health back. It's just amazing, like night and day," says Wolfe, "It was just a strange feeling not having something jiggling in front of me. It was strange! I had that for so long and now I don't have it hitting my leg and stuff."
For the first time in 15 years he's driving and especially enjoys driving to visit his brother's family in Covington. Something that his weight gain kept him from.
Wolfe recalls, "The times I did come over here I had to sit out in the vehicle and visit. Now I can drive over, get out, sit on the patio and visit, go in the house and visit."
The best part of losing the weight, he says, is regaining his independence and doing things as simple as putting on his own shoes without help.
Wolfe's final weight goal is 250 pounds, which he says he plans to achieve through stepping up the healthy eating and exercise habits he's formed during the last three years. He says if he needs to have extra skin taken off later, Wolfe will have it done.
He plans to also see an orthopedic doctor to work on his knee, which took a beating during his weight gain.