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Mark G.

Illinois, Lost 216.2lb. with TOPS

"With correct food portions, lots of exercise, and more involvement around the house, I began to see weight-loss progress.”

Before joining TOPS, I weighed more than 375 pounds on a 5-foot, 5-inch body. I was morbidly obese. I could hardly walk. My legs were swollen with fluid; my heart was in atrial fibrillation. My sleep and breathing were irregular, and I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I was in and out of the emergency room, with several hospitalizations, because of breathing issues which compromised my heart function.

Finally, I decided enough is enough! I wanted a place to go for help and found TOPS. I joined in October 2018. I realized that my weight loss would be a group effort and found the weekly chapter meetings helpful. I was the only man, but that was OK with me. For me it was “mind over matter.” I also had the support of my wife, Anna, who prepared all my meals, helped me with trips to the YMCA and gave me the encouragement to be consistent with my weight-loss journey. .

With correct food portions, lots of exercise, and more involvement around the house, I began to see weight-loss progress. Rarely did I show up for a weekly weigh-in with a gain. My challenge each week was to show the other members that weight loss is possible when fully committed to the process.

When my daughter gave birth to twins, I became a grandpa. The new energy kept me motivated. I wanted to be around the twins, not only to see them grow, but to experience the joy of being a grandfather. Shedding the pounds would keep me alive not only for my wife, but for the boys.

I reached my goal weight of 160 pounds in January 2022. I went from a 56-inch waist to a 34-inch waist. If my weight loss can be an inspiration for others, I will have accomplished a goal in my life. I feel good to wake up each day knowing there are people supporting me and my goal.


You only get out of TOPS what you put into it. We can't guarantee weight loss just by attending meetings, but we can offer support through each stage of your weight-loss journey. Your results may vary.

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