TOPS Success Stories

Vena D

"You’re never too old to join TOPS. Weigh in every week, even when you know you’ve gained and never, ever give up."

— Vena D.

Vena D. - Lost 159 lb. 

Height: 5' 2"    Achievement: 159 lb. lost with TOPS   Chapter: TOPS ID 0068

Born in small farming community in Oklahoma, I was the oldest of seven siblings. My job was to take care of my younger siblings and help with food preparation, primarily desserts. So began my struggle with weight loss. Over the years, I tried all kinds of diets with no success. I was constantly searching for any new diet that promised miracles.

My husband, a preacher in a local church, became ill. In between caring for him, working a full-time job and keeping the church up and running, my weight continued to soar. I had no time left to take care of myself.

After the death of my husband, I joined TOPS and have never regretted that decision. It has taken me 27 years to reach my goal…but I finally figured out the magic formula. Eat less, move more and don’t eat after 6 p.m.

It is a daily struggle, but with the help of my TOPS friends and my family, I will continue to fight the weight battle. I am the treasurer of my chapter, and that has helped me to be accountable. I know I have to attend meetings and face the scales every week.

To those of you who are struggling with your own weight-loss issues I offer this advice: You’re never too old to join TOPS. Weigh in every week, even when you know you’ve gained and never, ever give up.

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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.