LOUISIANA STATE KING
POUNDS LOST TO GOAL
As a child, I was
always picked on by other children because of my weight. I tried hard to
lose the weight but it was not easy. I could not stop eating.
When I started
high school, I lost some weight, only to gain it back again. This
continued into my adult life.
One day my mother
told me that our family has several health issues due to being
over-weight. I needed to really lose the weight. My mother had joined
TOPS and had lost a lot of weight. So I took her advice and joined.
With the help of
TOPS, exercising every day, and drinking plenty of water I am at a good
weight, and much healthier than I have ever been.
Thank you TOPS!!
LOUISIANA STATE QUEEN
POUNDS LOST TO GOAL
I was thrilled to learn I
had been chosen Louisiana’s 2016 Queen and I am honored to represent our
state. I started my weight loss journey in mid-2014, on my 58th
birthday. I was grossly overweight, uncomfortable, tired, and none of my
clothes fit. I resolved to make whatever changes were necessary to
achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
I joined an all-women’s gym near my
office. A TOPS group met there and the TOPS pledge was posted on a wall
across from the
treadmills. Several times a week I walked on the treadmill at the gym
and read the TOPS pledge. I watched a few meetings from afar, but did
I finally joined in November, 2014. I knew I
needed help to get through the
Louisiana holiday season (Thanksgiving through Maris Gras) and
to maintain my efforts to change my lifestyle.
The TOPS chapter
leader was dynamic. The officers were friendly and welcoming. The
meetings were motivating and the materials informative. Even the chapter
name was encouraging and comforting: the Kaleidoscope of Hope. In TOPS I
learned new skills, developed healthier habits, and made new friends. I started
TOPS at 244 and reached my weight goal two years later. I encourage all
to keep at it. Set a goal, outline the steps you need to take to reach
that goal, remain stubbornly persistent and keep an “I can” attitude.
Henry Ford said it best: “Whether you think you can or you think can’t
-- you’re right.