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Joann Lost 100+ POUNDS with TOPS

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Joann's story in her own words...

“I can never remember being slim.  In pictures of me at five or six years old, I’m at a normal weight.  In all childhood pictures after that, I’m overweight.  As an overweight child and teenager, I went through all the taunts and loneliness associated with childhood obesity.  During high school and in my early twenties, I tried every fad diet out there.  I’d lose a little weight and gain it right back.

In the 1970s, I joined a local TOPS chapter in Cheboygan, Michigan and lost enough weight to wear a size 16 bridal gown in 1978.  After the wedding, we moved to my husband’s hometown, so I dropped out of TOPS.  I guess I figured a marriage license also gave me a license to eat whatever I wanted.

In 1984, we moved back to Cheboygan.  In August 1985, my sister-in-law picked me up to go blackberry picking.  When I couldn’t get her car’s seat belt to go around me, I knew it was time to do something.

I rejoined my TOPS chapter in September and vowed to lose 70 pounds by my stepson’s high school graduation in May.  I accomplished that goal three days before his graduation.  I lost an additional 15 pounds in the following weeks until I began to backslide.  I gained 50 pounds, and my weight yo-yoed for 18 years.

In 2005, I needed knee surgery.  The anesthesiologist didn’t like the results of my pre-surgery EKG.  He did another EKG and still wasn’t happy.  They went ahead with the surgery, which really scared me.

As soon as I was able, I had a stress test.  It showed a slight abnormality with my heart.  Also, my knee wasn’t responding like it should because of my extra weight.  That’s when I realized that the excess weight was going to ruin my health.

I made a commitment to lose weight.  My motto became, “Get ‘er done!”  In late February 2006, I reached a 100 pound loss.  In April 2006, I reached my goal weight of 155 pounds and became a KOPS with a total loss of 107.5 pounds.

Deciding to lose weight is an individual decision, but doing it takes teamwork.  I have a fantastic team of caring supporters with my husband and my friends at TOPS.”


TOPS continues to turn out the most inspiring and "sensible" weight loss stories! Our thanks to them for sharing and positively impacting so many lives. For more information on TOPS Click Here.

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avatar Jackie Thomas
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Congratulations! Good for you! I am a KOPS after losing over 140 pounds to goal! I am so proud of you!
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