Kevin, 50, and Tracy, 44, from Mount Vernon, IL
How We Did It: We joined a local TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter after chatting with a woman at a health fair who lost a ton of weight with the program. Through the weekly meetings, we learned how to make better eating choices and started to exercise as well. We started out with basic cardio, and now, Kevin recently completed his first marathon!
Top Tip: Remember this mantra: “If you bite it, you must write it.” Hokey, but true! By writing down every morsel we put in our mouth, we always knew how many calories we were consuming, which kept us aware and on track.
Relationship Bonus: We are excited to take walks and do outdoor activities together. “I will never forget the first time our small dog realized that her human could chase and catch her when she ran away! I don’t know who was more surprised—the dog or Kevin,” says Tracy. Just knowing that we are doing all we can to extend our lives as a team makes the weight-loss struggles worth it.