The Rev. Ray's Extraordinary Weight Loss Journey

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In 2003, Oprah talked to Dr. Andrea Pennington and fitness expert Bob Greene about widespread health hazards and the best ways to prevent them.

After the show, the Rev. Ray Thomas told the inspiring story of how he lost 311 pounds. Before his remarkable transformation, he weighed 524 pounds and suffered from many serious weight-related health problems.

"You have to be determined because it's very, very serious," he said. "I feel better than I've felt in 30 years."

Watch as the reverend describes the insights he's gleaned from his experience, and find out what helped him stay on track.