Goal Photo Album - Picture update: 355.3 pounds lost forever..

02-15-2007, 05:42 PM

This was me this week at 207 pounds. 47 years old and I have lost 355.3 pounds. 8 more pounds till goal. :)

I hope everyone is having a great week!





My family and I


02-15-2007, 05:55 PM
Wow, Charles! I never would know that you were the same guy when I compare THIS picture with your first pictures!

You must feel as though you are free from a very strong chain that once held you from doing and being who you really were.

Congratulations on a PHENOMENAL journey to a new life!


02-15-2007, 06:43 PM
Charles, I'm having a hard time finding words. WOW.. What an amazing and healthy transformation. Congratulations!!!

02-15-2007, 07:04 PM
You've done an absolutely amazing job reinventing yourself and in the process become inspiration for so many others, so I have to say "thank you"!! You have shown everyone here it can be done -- whether you have 20 or 200 to lose. I know with the weight loss there must have also come such a change in "you" inside -- so do you have a list of top ten things you've learned along the way?

02-15-2007, 07:52 PM
What can I possibly say to you to let you know just what an incredible feat I think you have accomplished? It is just totally amazing and awesome. You are an incredible inspiration around here. I like Shelby would LOVE to hear some advice and tips from you. I'm sure you can fill books worth.

I only have one small bone to pick with you. I'm just not seeing where you need to lose ANY more weight. You look simply phenomenal!!!! Congratulations on an incredible, incredible life transformation.

02-15-2007, 08:02 PM
Charles :love: you :flame: man you!!

Congrats on the fabulous weight loss!!

02-15-2007, 08:02 PM
wtg glen

02-15-2007, 08:20 PM
Charles, what a fantastic story I saw your pictures, what an inspiration you are. And you did it the old Fashined way, no surgery or fad diets. Congratulations.

02-15-2007, 08:42 PM
FANFREAKINGTASTIC!! What a phenomenal job you've done. Even more so, IMO without pills or surgery. What a strong man you are!

02-15-2007, 08:45 PM
Wow Charles!!!!! :cp: Congratulations on a fantastic journey well traveled!!! :congrat: I loved reading your page and seeing your pics. That is just so great. I can't wait to get to my goal and you are just the right inspiration I need! :cp: And on top of that you are a fellow Houstonian too! :D

Thanks for sharing your story with us. I love reading everyone's success stories!!!! :dance:

02-15-2007, 08:53 PM
Charles- congrats! You a truly an inspiration!

02-15-2007, 10:21 PM
Wow! You're looking fantastic! Great job.

02-16-2007, 01:15 AM
You are amazing! A true hero and inspiration! Thank you!


02-16-2007, 08:59 AM
That's a keeper photograph, too -whoever took it did a great job, getting in the house and landscaping in nice balance. Gotta love the Scottish rampant lion. I know it must mean a lot to you to have your photographic record. Thought you were given great coverage in the magazine layout last month, btw - while standing in the grocery line I showed it to people, because you never know who might be helped. Good job on offering encouragement to others - you won't know the good that comes out of it all in this life, but it's worthwhile.

02-16-2007, 10:19 AM

This was me this week at 207 pounds. 47 years old and I have lost 355.3 pounds. 8 more pounds till goal. :)

I hope everyone is having a great week!


This is my first day signing in... You are amazing!!! What an inspiration to see your note right away. Keep up the good work ~

02-16-2007, 10:26 AM
This is my first day signing in... You are amazing!!! What an inspiration to see your note right away. Keep up the good work ~Joan it could be a sign of your future...:wel3fc:

02-16-2007, 03:39 PM
Wow, you all are doing fabulously! Way to go, to all of you! This site is so supportive...the encouragement is great! Also, the "dancing carrots", "Cheering girls", etc. for each increment of weight lost are adorable!

Keep up the great work!

02-28-2007, 07:47 PM
WOW!!!! congrates you look awesome!

12-06-2008, 03:25 PM
My first thought was 'Holy ****e!!!' what a differance. You are only half the man you used to be, (not meant in a mean way lol)

12-07-2008, 01:44 AM

katie m a r i e
12-07-2008, 02:13 AM
Dayummm. :]
You look good.

12-07-2008, 02:27 PM
Incredible. Loved the blog too. Thanks for sharing.

12-07-2008, 11:47 PM
That's really amazing. Congratulations. I especially like the "willingness" not "willpower."

12-08-2008, 01:43 AM
You look absolutely amazing! Congrats to you!! Seeing others who have lost so much sure give people like myself hope and inspiration!

12-08-2008, 01:28 PM
Thanks everyone for the super kind posts. If I can ever help anyone - please let me know.

I wish everyone the very best and very Happy Holidays!

12-14-2008, 09:29 PM
Charles, your story is amazing. I am reading through the interview now. Thank you SO much for sharing your story. Really, it is absolutely stunning. I hope you are very, very proud of what you've done. :yes:

12-14-2008, 10:21 PM
Charles, my husband and I are both over weight ... you have really inspired us both...congratulations on acheiving your goal without surgery - amazing.

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12-15-2008, 08:25 AM
WOW! At 342 I thought I was huge and had an almost impossible task of losing 140 pounds and now I see someone who was 500lbs and lost 300 lbs!

What an inspiration!

How happy you must be to be able to run and play with your daughter!

Thanks for sharing! :carrot:

12-15-2008, 03:59 PM

you were one of the first success stories that I found while joining yesterday. What an inspiration!!! Congratulations that is truly an amazing weightloss!!! :congrat:

02-28-2009, 06:07 PM
Oh-my-god. You lost SO much weight. congrats!

02-28-2009, 06:11 PM
wow i really cant find words .Good i mean EXCELLENT job.

02-28-2009, 06:18 PM
You look fantastic!!

02-28-2009, 07:07 PM
Wow you look amazing.

03-05-2009, 07:30 PM
That is such an immense amount of weight you have lost, such an inspiration!

04-05-2009, 07:26 AM
I'm so glad for you !
You are amazing !

04-14-2009, 02:47 PM
Thanks everyone. I hope you all had a good Easter. I am doing great - staying fit and healthy. I wish everyone the very best. If I can ever help anyone - please let me know.

04-14-2009, 03:08 PM

and me before...

Wanted to post a new picture - this is from today about 5 minutes ago - my camera phone is not that great :) Working on 3 years at goal. Life is good.

I wish everyone the very best!


Here is a link to my Picasa folder for weight loss before and after stuff..


04-14-2009, 10:23 PM
Your looking great Charles! Your such an inspiration!

04-15-2009, 12:42 AM
If that does not get you moving seeing your before and after.. I do not know what will. That is AMAZING. How different you must feel. How different your life must be!


04-15-2009, 07:35 AM
I looked at your online album and tears of joy trickled down my face. You should be so very proud of what you have achieved.


04-15-2009, 07:52 AM
WOW!!! That's fantastic - congratulations : )

04-15-2009, 09:49 AM
Charles, why the HECK have you not been on Oprah yet??? You look FAB!!

04-30-2009, 05:43 PM
This had to have been a very disciplined journey.Im interested in how you are keeping it off if you have reached your goal.If you haven't,may I say that you sure look like you have!I lost 90 pounds 10 years ago but it crept back on after a car accident.How are you doing this?Congrads you are the true picture of health!

05-01-2009, 11:42 AM
Friggin amazing! You look great! Congrats :hug:

05-02-2009, 10:01 AM
Wow! Congrats and keep up the good work. You look great. :)

05-02-2009, 04:06 PM
You truly are an inspiration!

07-10-2009, 01:08 PM
hawt! You deserve a huge congratulations!!!! So handsome!!! please share your story with others--such an inspiration.

09-02-2009, 03:44 PM
This had to have been a very disciplined journey.Im interested in how you are keeping it off if you have reached your goal.If you haven't,may I say that you sure look like you have!I lost 90 pounds 10 years ago but it crept back on after a car accident.How are you doing this?Congrads you are the true picture of health!

Hey there. I did make it to goal. I am almost at my 3 year anniversary of making my goal weight. I think what helped me with maintenance was that I made my weight loss program something that I could modify just a little and do for a lifetime. I am eating better now that I ever had. I exercise for fitness, but I never used exercise to eat more. I can eat in 5 minutes what takes an hour or more to burn off. I exercise to feel good, build strength and balance - I am all for exercise - just not specifically for weight loss if you get what I am trying to say. I think that has helped me the most.

I wish you the very best!

09-02-2009, 05:54 PM
Wow! That is absolutely incredible! I have not seen your before pics but 355lb, that is absolutely amazing! Well done!

09-03-2009, 04:50 PM
Wow! That is absolutely incredible! I have not seen your before pics but 355lb, that is absolutely amazing! Well done!

I added some to the post.... I think they were in another thread.

Thanks for the super kind post.


09-03-2009, 04:53 PM
Wow! You look absolutly amazing!! Congrats!!!

09-03-2009, 05:34 PM
ChCharles, that is so awsome, You are so right, it becomes a lifelong habit, not just a diet....I am so happy for you.:hug:

:dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:: dance:

09-03-2009, 09:03 PM
Wow..that is amazing. You're awesome! Thanks for the motivation too!

Lady Elite
09-04-2009, 11:13 AM
Oh wow! What an inspiration you are. Congrats on the weight loss and the ability to keep it off that has always been the greatest challenge for me. I have recently gained back 10 lbs. after breaking a toe a few months ago.

09-04-2009, 02:39 PM
You are truly amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing.

04-08-2010, 04:39 AM
Wow, this is amazing. Such an inspiration!

04-17-2010, 02:38 PM
amazing... CONGRATS!!!

05-03-2010, 09:36 PM
You look fantastic!!!! Great job!! You are an inspiration to me! Thank you

05-04-2010, 01:28 AM
You are a true inspiration to me! Congrats on your achievement! :D

05-09-2010, 11:33 PM
Amazing transformation! And I see that in Sep 2009 you were at your 3 year anniversary of making goal weight. WOW, WOW, WOW. You are truly an inspiration.

05-11-2010, 08:41 PM
Wow you've done AMAZINGLY well. No words other than WOW!!!

well done x

05-17-2010, 05:48 PM
Amazing transformation! you look wonderful and you can see it in your face that you feel great too!!

05-27-2010, 09:25 PM

:queen: Dhani :queen:

06-19-2010, 07:21 AM
YOu look great, like you were born to run.
I like the house, too. Looks nice.

06-19-2010, 05:53 PM
OK, you are seriously AMAZING. Such an inspiration!

06-30-2010, 05:42 AM
fantastic, you look amazing. :) that is so so cool. :)

07-01-2010, 04:21 PM
you're absolutely inspiring! I'm amazed!

07-07-2010, 11:10 PM
you look so incredibly amazing, what a beautiful family! you are a true inspiration.

07-09-2010, 05:32 AM
Wow. Impressive! Very Inspiring.


07-09-2010, 06:38 PM
I read the article about your weight loss and I am so proud of your commitment and drive to change your life! Congratulations on your incredible weight loss! We share a common motivation: when I was 15, I unsuccessfully attempted to climb Half Dome in Yosemite. I couldn't make it to the top because of my weight and fitness level. I've felt shame and regret because of that experience for 15 years. I decided about a month ago that I would climb it again when I am in better shape. And I will make it to the top. In fact, I am so sure of this that I feel like my mind is already up there and I am just waiting for my body to catch up! We both can do it. I am rooting you on!

yoyo no more
07-12-2010, 01:03 PM
This is absolutely inspirational! Congratulations!

07-13-2010, 12:27 PM
Hey Charles......You Look Great! Congratulations!

07-20-2010, 03:27 PM
Wow You Look Terrific!!! Very Inspirational!!!

07-20-2010, 03:29 PM
Charles - wow! Amazing, you look great. Well done :)

08-06-2010, 02:02 PM
Do you have any advice for others who would like to lose weight?

Know that you can do it. It is not a question of willpower. I have none of that. It is a question of willingness. What are you willing to do to reach your goals? No matter what your situation, no matter what your history you can be successful and improve your health and physical fitness. You can never be defeated until you quit.

absolute words of wisdom. I Know I can do it. Thanks for the inspiration :)

08-06-2010, 02:16 PM
Hi Charles I'm from Houston too!! Congrats :)!

08-07-2010, 02:49 AM
wow. looking good!

08-07-2010, 03:01 AM
What an inspiration you are! Congrats!

08-09-2010, 02:31 PM
You are such an inspiration. Wow, you look so different!! I know you feel so much better now that you've shed your weight. Congratulations.

10-06-2010, 03:36 PM
Thanks everyone! I have not been back in a while and was just getting caught up. Hope everyone is doing great! If I can help anyone - please let me know.


10-09-2010, 06:08 PM
Charles, it's great to have you back! I know a lot of people, me included, found a lot of inspiration in your goal post and in all that you worked hard to accomplish. ;)

10-11-2010, 02:52 PM

I usually don't check out this part of the forum but for some reason today I did. I just read through your food diary testimonial and there are tears in my eyes right now. Tears of joy for you and your family that you made a choice to change. I imagine I can know the feelings your little girl may have had earlier on in your journey as my mom was obese and I was ashamed to have her come to my school. She passed away when I was 12 years old of congestive heart disease. I am making the change for myself as I have developed diabetes at the age of 46 along with high thyroid and cholesterol readings. I have made the change so that I can watch my kids have there own families and my granddaughter.

I am so very proud of you for making the choices you did and your ambition to help others.

God Bless you and your family.

10-12-2010, 11:15 PM
What a true inspiration you are to everyone fighting with their weight struggles! You look wonderful!!

10-12-2010, 11:18 PM
Congratulations Charles!!! Amazing!!! Way to go!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

10-16-2010, 04:06 PM
WOW how amazing are you?! That is...no words can describe. I've never seen such a dramatic, amazing change! Congratulations! I hope you are very proud of your work!

02-02-2011, 04:08 PM
Fantastic.... great job...

02-02-2011, 05:15 PM
wow...your pics are AMAZING. You look like a completely different person, I bet you are so proud. I know I would be. This is sooo inspiring!

04-08-2011, 01:47 AM
Amazing! So Inspirational!

04-11-2011, 04:26 PM
Amazing! So Inspirational!

Thanks! I wish you the very best in your journey. If I can ever help - just let me know.

04-11-2011, 05:46 PM
There are so many inspirational stories that I have had the privilege to read here on this website...it really heartens one's soul and steels the mind on the weight loss journey knowing that those big goals (the reason why setting small goals along the way is a must) so far off in the distance are obtainable. Charles, what a true inspiration you are to others with your amazing accomplishment. Thank you for the encouragement I have been imbued with by reading your story. Kudos! :)

04-11-2011, 07:22 PM
Looking fabulous! Congratulations, your progress is so amazing.

04-11-2011, 11:01 PM
Wow.... Amazing. Thank you for sharing. Its inspiring to see your change.


04-13-2011, 03:26 PM
Wow. You are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your story, congratulations!!!

04-14-2011, 03:40 PM
totally inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

07-18-2011, 03:49 PM
OMG WOW, you did great!!! Congratulations :)

07-27-2011, 01:12 PM
THIS IS JAW DROPPING! I cannot believe how far you've come. What an inspiration! I have no excuses as a 23 year old woman who is only about 80 pounds from goal weight not to get off my couch and go now! Thanks for the inspiration!

07-28-2011, 12:30 AM
I just looked at this thread again and showed my boyfriend. We cannot believe how completely different you look. There is NO resemblance of the person you once were. This is one of the most amazing transformations I have ever seen!

07-29-2011, 11:02 AM
WOW!!! You are a true inspiration and the strength and determination of your soul is amazing! To do this all natural with no surgery I'm amazed at your spirit. You look amazing and your story brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful that you and your daughter can now share and create happy memories together! That's what life is all about!

08-02-2011, 11:56 PM
OMG! What an AMAZING accomplishment! You look wonderful! What an absolute inspiration! Congratulations and my God keep you in good health for many years to come!!!!

08-03-2011, 02:20 PM
Absolutely astounding transformation!! Congratulations!

11-28-2011, 12:53 AM
AMAZING.. thank you for sharing !!!!!!!

01-19-2012, 12:24 PM
That's so great for you! Congrats, you did an amazing job!

01-19-2012, 05:00 PM
Wow, you're amazing! Beautiful family too:)

01-20-2012, 12:09 PM
WoW Charles! That is awesome encouragement for me! I just started IP on Monday,Jan 16th and just registered on 3FC today so I'm new at this. Like you, I'm on a quest for fitness! Wish I would have heard of IP sooner. Better late than never. I found 3FC while looking for recipes. This will be very helpful with recipes for variety and stories like yours, I will remain encouraged and accountable.

01-24-2012, 01:28 PM
W O W !!!!!!!!!!

01-24-2012, 01:46 PM
You have done and amazing job congrats on your success!

02-08-2012, 01:58 PM
OMG Charles! I admire your perseverance!!! My greatest fear is reaching my goal and then gaining it all back. I may put a 'sticky note' on my fridge that says, 'Remember Charles!!! Enough said!"

02-08-2012, 02:43 PM
Charles is a great inspiration.

02-09-2012, 08:38 PM
So inspirational! Congratulations! :D

02-11-2012, 05:40 PM
Wow! Shows what time, hard work and a lot of determination can do. Well done Charlie

02-11-2012, 07:25 PM
Charles is a great inspiration,, however this isn't anew post from him it is dated 2007.

02-13-2012, 01:18 AM
AMAZING! Wow, I am so happy for you!!

03-22-2012, 05:41 PM
Wow, Charles. Forget about the 8 lbs so to speak, you've come so far just simply be happy with where you are RIGHT NOW. That is just unbelievable, I am SO SO SO proud of you! You must feel like you're reinvented in so many ways!!!

07-10-2014, 12:13 PM
How long did you take you to get to goal?

07-10-2014, 12:17 PM
Where is the LOVE button, just amazing, congrats :)

Marina Brasil
07-13-2014, 04:39 PM
Congratulations! You look great and really happy with your family! :)

11-19-2014, 10:33 PM
Wow this is mindblowing!!!! You're Amazing!!! Awesome job!!!