2012 Kansas State King
lost 62.25 pounds to
have been overweight most of my adult life.
Although it did not seem to bother me very much, I was still
active, and healthy, even played sports.
I came to realize that my weight was getting out of control with I
weighed 267 lbs. and a 42 inch waist, the most that I ever weighed.
I have tried to lose; I would lose a little but gained it back and
a little extra.
problem was I love to snack in the evenings, not because I was hungry, I
just wanted something to do so I turned to snacking.
wasn’t until June of 2011 that I took my being overweight serious.
The church that I attend started a TOPS club, I thought that I
would join and see what it was all about.
It was nothing like what I thought it would be, there was no
special food to eat, and there was not even any exercise to do.
It was about accountability, you were going to be held accountable
to other people! That is what
first night at TOPS I weighed in at 262.25, 5’10” and a 42” waist.
I was on my way to losing weight; I started to watch what I was
eating, exercising, and a little weight lifting.
has been tough for me, because changing my eating habits was not an easy
thing to do, especially in the evening; it was hard to give up snacking.
It is hard to break old habits, but once you get your mind to think
of the right foods to eat, the exercise you should be doing, then before
you know it you have new habits.
look at it like our bodies are like an engine in a car.
You keep putting clean oil in and it will last a long time.
You put good food in your body, and your body will know how to
process it. You put bad or
junk food in your body, then it will store it as fat, because the body
does not know how to process it. It
has been a journey for me; I have reached my goal, and became a KOPS
thanks to TOPS, and the people that hold me accountable.
2012 Kansas State Queen
lost 127 pounds to
had been chubby all my childhood and teen years.
And I have back problems from several slips and falls on steep
stairs, plus I was bucked off a horse.
So exercise wasn’t a priority to me, neither was being serious
about watching what I ate.
I met my husband, who was in the Navy and we were married, we traveled
every 2-3 years between his sea and shore duty.
this time I had 3 kids and after each one I kept gaining with very little
exercise or a proper diet. When
we were stationed in Newport, RI for one year, my girlfriend and I were
told about a TOPS group and we decided to join it.
I needed to lose 100 pounds plus.
Trying to lose it seemed so overwhelming but I finally decided I
really needed to do it, and joined Jan. 1979. I
was asked to be the Weight Recorder and my girlfriend became my assistant.
I was very encouraged and did pretty well.
my husband retired in 1981 we moved to Hutchinson.
After a few months I transferred to the BEST GROUP I have been in.
My mother joined that same day to encourage me and to lose a few
the years of my weight going up and down and even up above my starting
weight, they have stood beside me with support and encouragement.
Always there telling me I could get the weight off and to not give
up. I’ve gained some wonderful friends.
I have been Leader, Co-leader, wt recorder and asst. wt recorder,
plus had other jobs in this club.
have had many physical problems and still do, but the weight loss has
helped a lot. I started
dialysis in July of 2012. So
diet and exercise, plus watching fluid intake are all important.
am proud to have finally become a KOPS and have some control over my
lifestyle with healthy eating and chair exercise.
I walk with a walker. I
only regret that my mother passed away 11 yrs ago and she had become a
KOPS and didn’t get to see me become KOPS.
I feel better now than I have in a very long time and I feel better
about myself. I’ve lost a
whole person and gained confidence in myself.
Don’t be discouraged or feel bad if you mess up, just get back up
and get with it again. You are
worth it and YOU CAN DO IT! Let
your fellow TOPS members help you. NEVER
to God for strength he gives me every day, and to my husband and children
for their love and support, and my TOPS friends, my other family, who
encourage me and I try to do the same for them.