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When you ‘reach a certain age,’ health recommendations begin to change. Certain screenings and immunizations become more important. But one thing that doesn’t change as we age is the recommended amount of exercise.
Katie Powell lost 65 lbs. working with Charles D'Angelo.
Don’t let appearances be deceiving. Although weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo doesn’t look like someone who can relate to the pains of being obese; at age 16, he weighed 360 pounds. “I could have been the king of excuses,” he says. “My family was plagued by obesity and its related illnesses.” Instead, he made the decision to change, losing 160 pounds in two years—and keeping it off.
Katie Powell lost 65 lbs. working with Charles D'Angelo.
Charles D'Angelo (center) with clients (from left) Sam Llanos (lost 104 pounds), Mark Dodd (lost 105 pounds) and Janice Skaggs (lost 175 pounds).
Maybe you've tried every recipe plan, diet book and exercise video out there in an effort to finally reach your ultimate weight-loss goal, yet you keep coming up short. But your past doesn’t have to be your future, according to Charles D’Angelo. The weight loss coach, who has come full-circle himself—losing 160 pounds more than a decade ago—is in the business of motivating people to change the script in their heads to achieve healthy lifestyle goals. “The key is to drop the excuses and tap into that God-given spark that everyone has to fulfill their dreams,” D’Angelo says.
Catherine Hanaway has been throwing her weight around for a long time. After all, she was the first woman ever to serve as Missouri’s Speaker of the House; she won the Republican nomination for Secretary of State; and was named by President George W. Bush as the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri. Today, she’s a top attorney in John Ashcroft’s law firm, the Ashcroft Group.
Weighing in at more than 300 pounds, Eric Morff was very unhappy. He couldn’t sleep in the same bed as his wife because his weight-induced snoring kept her up at night. He always found an excuse to not exercise, and spent the weekend sleeping because he was so tired. And he never had the energy to chase his 4-year-old son or 2-year-old daughter around the house. Morff’s weight was disrupting many parts of his life, and through the encouragement of his wife and mother, he finally decided to seek help. Recalling information about weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo from a previous Ladue News article, he made the call in September 2011 that would change his life. “Charles helped me understand that I was ready to lose the weight, why I was ready and what was important to me: my wife, my children and myself,” Morff says. “I needed to make this change for them and for myself.”
If there’s one thing almost everyone wishes for in the new year, it’s good health. And almost everyone has room for improvement when it comes to the lifestyle choices that support our health and well-being. We turned to several local experts for their top tips to help make 2013 a healthy new year.
Charles D'Angelo with clients Allan Finnegan (who lost 103 pounds) and Fr. Ted Vitali (who lost 80 pounds). Both have kept the weight off for more than three years.
Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head yet this holiday season? If you’ve managed to keep the sugarplums in your head and out of your mouth, you’re doing well. For many, the siren call of holiday goodies coupled with the tantalizingly easy access to holiday treats at parties and events is too much to bear—we find ourselves looking in the mirror on Jan. 1 with a few post-holiday pounds around the middle.
The meat lovers’ pizza from a Sicilian joint in Louisville was one of Mike Brangle’s weaknesses. On the road all the time as a consultant in the financial services industry, he had a routine, ordering his favorite meals from the same restaurants in each city. With a busy work life, Brangle’s food intake increased while his exercise habits decreased. By October 2011, he weighed 348 pounds. “When you’re at that weight, you’re very self-conscious of how you look and what other people think of you,” he says. “But since I had lost weight in the past, I always thought, Oh, tomorrow, I’ll start losing it. But tomorrow never came.”
Charles D’Angelo with his client, Mike Brangle
When Charles D’Angelo was 17 years old, he had a realization that would change the course of his life, as well as the lives of many others. He weighed 360 pounds—with a 50-inch waist—and was a victim of bullying at school. “It was difficult for me to make it up a flight of stairs,” he recalls. “I had no social relationships, and I would come home from school in tears because I felt that everything was out of control.” He adds that his father’s side of the family had a history of being overweight and suffered from diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
We all do it. Every New Year, men and women, young and old, make pledges to change their ways. We resolve to spend more time with our family, to be more patient with our coworkers, to save more money or break bad habits. By far, the most popular is the resolution to lose weight. No one wants to start a program only to falter a few weeks later. But what if this year, your resolution is to be successful at improving your health? And what if, at the same time, the path you take helps you in other areas of your life, like your business or your management style? Then you must be reading the same book I am this New Year, Think and Grow Thin by Charles D’Angelo.
Entire bookstore aisles are devoted to the subject, and every January those aisles are populated by people seeking help with a New Year’s resolution, perhaps the same one they’ve made for many years.
Charles D�Angelo�s new book, Think and Grow Thin: The Revolutionary Diet and Weight-Loss System That Will Change Your Life in 90 Days.
Buzz Brown and Charles D’Angelo. photos by Jason Mueller
Determined to succeed and with his health at stake, Buzz Brown has embarked on many weight loss journeys throughout his life. He would set his goals and struggle alone, sometimes reaching his goal weight, only to gain back every pound—and then some.