Photo: Ralph Steeves
Ralph Steeves was named TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) British Columbia King after losing 170 pounds.
He’s been gaining and losing tons of of pounds since he was 38, however this time he is saved it off for good.
When he turned 80 years previous, Ralph Steeves set the aim of residing for one more couple many years, after which some.
It’s a aim that he’s nicely on his strategy to assembly.
“I sort of looked at it and I said, ‘you know, you’re a fairly healthy guy, there’s no reason why you don’t live to well over one hundred,” mentioned Steeves. “I set (that) goal…and I started really practicing to diet properly and eat properly.”
He mentioned he additionally set the aim at the moment of turning into a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) – the identify given to TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) members who keep their goal weight. He formally grew to become a KOPS Dec. 20, 2019.
In addition to that, Steeves, now 85, was not too long ago named the TOPS 2019 British Columbia King after losing 170 pounds since setting his aim 5 years in the past.
TOPS royalty is introduced within the first quarter of the 12 months – COVID-19 delayed this 12 months’s announcement barely – primarily based on information from the earlier 12 months.
The kings and queens are chosen primarily based on how a lot weight the individual misplaced from the time they joined TOPS till reaching their aim weight – no matter how lengthy it took them to achieve that aim.
And whereas Steeves mentioned each he and his spouse are comfortable together with his weight loss, he’s modest about his new title.
“I mean, I did extremely well and that, but others have done far, far better. I’ve seen people that were over 500 pounds who went down to 136 pounds,” he mentioned.
Steeves’ weight loss journey is a protracted one.
At the age of 38, he grew to become a compulsive eater, and he went from weighing round 140 pounds to 340. Since then, he’s gone on a number of diets, typically losing greater than 100 pounds, solely to realize all of it again.
“From the age of about 38, I’ve been dieting and I’ve been successful and very unsuccessful, especially if you fall off the diet and are a compulsive eater like I had become.”
By the time he joined his TOPS group in Richmond, after retirement, Steeves weighed greater than 320 pounds.
“It’s been a long run,” he mentioned. “I went from pant size 55 to 34.”
He credit his TOPS group – in addition to switching to a keto weight-reduction plan – for his success.
“It’s just tremendous encouragement,” he mentioned. “The group itself is nice since you really feel good once you speak to any person or hearken to any person’s issues and discuss it.
“This group, you feel like somebody cares about you, and we really do. So many of us have been through it before and know what it’s like.”
As the 2019 British Columbia King, Steeves has additionally been invited by TOPS – which has chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada – to take part within the non-revenue group’s International Recognition Days convention in Niagara Falls, New York. The convention has been rescheduled to July 2021 resulting from COVID-19.