My name is Larry Atkinson and I am 59 years of
age. I have a twin brother who was having heart trouble. Then,
along with the history of heart problems in our family, I knew I had to do
something. I've always been active at work and at home raising a
garden. But then I retired and my activity level dropped. My
sister, Evelyn Ficklin was going to TOPS® and she talked me into trying it.
I went to visit and joined that first night. The group was friendly
and welcoming. I felt at home. The leader was well prepared
with a program and gave some great advice, with for a good start.
She emphasized the importance of walking, drinking lots of water and
portion control. I took this advice and ran with it. I walked
to and from my sister's house instead of driving. I also walked
during the day just for exercise. These three steps have changed my
Since starting TOPS® I have won several awards;
Division winner twice, member of the year and several others. What
an honor when my group voted me Chapter Angel. I had never been
called an Angel before. Then with determination and much support
from my Chapter, I achieved my goal, "KOPS®" on September 18, 2003. I
am sure, that my TOPS® family was just as excited as I was. What a
celebration, with tears, excitement and most of all, lots of TOPS® HUGS.
The group has been such an inspiration to me that
I told my son Joshua (17 years old), my twin brother Harry, and my wife
Nelda, all about the group and of course they could see how well I was
doing and they are all taking time to take care of themselves every week
by attending with me. I believe, when something works, share it.
You can lose weight if you have the will power to
do it on your own, but most go up and down in their attempt. For me
it was the group support along with facing the scales and the advice and
tips learned in our programs. My health is better and my outlook on
life is brighter. I can enjoy my grandson without getting
long-winded. I am so glad I joined TOPS® and that I have my TOPS®
FAMILY. They are a great bunch!