My Biggest Loser Story

Submitted by: Mark Cornelison

's Success Story

Mark Cornelison wanted to go on The Biggest Loser because he was ready to make the life changes necessary to get healthy and hoped to give his "smokin' hot wife a smokin' hot husband!" He was born in San Angelo, Texas and raised in Abilene with his older sister, who has Down syndrome. He received a marketing degree from the University of North Texas, and he says a poor diet and lack of exercise le
d him to start gaining weight in high school. As a youth pastor of more than 15 years, his weight had reached an all-time high and something had to be done.

At 43 years old and 291 pounds, Mark suffered from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux. As a youth pastor, Mark enjoys doing volunteer work and going on mission trips, both of which were more challenging due to his weight. He knew it was time to make a life change when he increased dosage on one medication and started another. A married father of three teenagers - two sons and one daughter - Mark started season 13 with his son, Chism, who gained much of his weight after an accident when he was younger.

Now 44 years old and over 100lbs lighter, Mark has gained a new life. He currently has no medical conditions to be monitored and has been removed from all 4 of the medications he was taking merely 9 months ago. Besides being a role model to his family and the teens he serves as a youth pastor; his greatest joy is now having the physical and mental ability to do and be anything Christ calls him to be.

This experience has deeply changed him and his family“and this is only the beginning.

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