LOUISIANA STATE KING
LA 513, Columbia
POUNDS LOST TO GOAL
AS I have
stated in my Divison winner letter,this is a wonderful honor for me; I
never thought that I would reach this point.
journey began when my wife and I joined LA 0490 Columbia back in 2006.
We developed many friendships during our time but decided to transfer to
LA 0513 Columbia in March of 2009. I have always had a healthy
appetite, as you can see in my before picture, at my highest weight of
Tops Family have given me so much support and encouragement thru my
weight loss journey, but my mentor was Mrs. Jean Dunn, who was once a
Louisiana State Queen. Every week she would encourage me to stay on
track with my weight loss journey. It was a true loss when she passed
away, for our chapter and for me. Changing my eating habits was not
easy. I struggled daily because I loved food, especially starchy
foods. If there was a buffet, I was there. After all, you got to get
what you pay for. (At least that was my mentality).
I got really serious about losing weight. My doctor had ran test and my
Triglycerides were off the charts. My doctor told me that I was a
walking time bomb. After talking with my niece, I started a vegan
lifestyle and lost a lot of weight and my Triglycerides were back on
track. When I began to incorporate meats, poultry, and fish back into
my diet we prepared them in a more healthy fashion. This was such a
scare for me because I didn’t want to regain any weight that I lost. We
also began reading labels closer due to what TOPS had taught us.
Thompson, our Leader at the time, was very informative and helped me to
focus on keeping my food journal and exercising. It became a priority.
I finally reached my goal in May of 2017, 74 lbs lighter. It was a
dream come true. I enjoyed shopping and buying clothes. I had gone
from a 44/32 in pants and 2X shirts to 36/32 in pants and Large in
shirts. I had more energy and felt better.
2017 I was diagnosed with colon cancer and Charcot disease. It has been
a struggle getting my strength back, but I am so thankful for all the
support I have received from my wife and my TOPS Chapter. Every member
of my TOPS Family has truly stood by me in the good times and the bad
times and I could not have done this nor come through the struggle of
getting back to health without the love, prayers and support from each
one of them that supported me.
LOUISIANA STATE QUEEN
POUNDS LOST TO GOAL
In 1997 I
was invited by a TOPS member to join their Chapter. Knowing that I
needed to lose weight and wanted to lose weight I decided to give TOPS a
take me long to discover what TOPS was all about as I learned to walk
the talk. Through my years in TOPS I have made many friends that became
family to me and I’ve held every office position except Weight Recorder.
knowing that it would be a slow process, I was determined to continue my
journey until I reached my goal. My mind and heart kept me in TOPS
because I so wanted to be a healthier person and become a KOPS no matter
how long it would take or how old I’d become. Just like so many TOPS
members I struggled and had my share of discouragement along with the
many years of yo-yo weight loss. I had many obstacles that kept my eyes
off of me at times but the support of my family, friends and TOPS family
encouraged me to continue.
year of hardship was recently losing my husband of 64 years of marriage
in his battle to Alzheimer and just one month after my husband passed
away I also lost my sister who was in the same TOPS Chapter with me.
Yet, I never gave up. Being healthier was not an easy task but my
determination finally paid off after 20+ years.
At the age
of 84 years having 5-children, 21-grandchildren, and 4-great
grandchildren I have lost 70 pounds with TOPS by learning how to eat,
exercise, and drink plenty of water. Again, never knowing that it would
be this slow of a process, I was determined to continue my journey until
I reached my goal. I did it! I have finally become that honored KOPS.
Then, I received a letter in the mail. I could not believe that I not
only became a KOPS but also the State Queen. My excitement was beyond
words. That long journey to be healthier really paid off.
Now I have
another journey, keeping it off. With the same support as I have had to
take it off I know I can keep it off. I will continue to spread the
story of TOPS to everyone I meet so they can enjoy the support,
fellowship and love that this organization gives to its members. My
motto was, never give up. No matter how hard it seems there is always an
ending to the beginning as we reach our goal. My heartfelt wish for all
TOPS and KOPS, never give up.