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2010 Louisiana Royalty

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2010 Louisiana State

King & Queen

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2010 LOUISIANA STATE QUEEN

 


Joleen Melancon

TOPS® LA 376, Galliano

 

126.25 POUNDS LOST TO GOAL

Before                             After

I joined TOPS on April 2, 2006, and I’m so happy I did.  I really needed this journey in my life, and I treated it as a challenging journey the whole time.  I first realized I needed help when I actually looked at myself in a full length mirror one day and sadly exclaimed, “What happened to me!”  I was always overweight, but this was now out of control.  After having two children, experiencing high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy, and gaining 40 more pounds after giving birth, I knew I had to do something - but what?  My answer came to me one day at a church gathering when I saw a cousin of mine who was really looking good.  I asked her how she did it, and her answer was TOPS.  After talking more about TOPS, I asked, “How do you join?”

              I was there at TOPS the next Thursday, and I have never left since.  When I first started TOPS, I topped the scales at 321.25 pounds, and now I am 7 pounds under my goal weight of 195.  I love my TOPS family!  Without them I would not be here today.  I thank each and every one of them for my success, especially since the journey was not an easy one.  It started out easy, however.   I lost 10 pounds my first week, and that’s all it took to get me hooked.  I tackled my weight issue straight on my first year.   I lost 88.25 pounds and became a Division 1 first place winner.   I was so proud I was on this journey.  Thirteen months later down my path, I reached my 100 pounds loss, and I was now a Century Club winner.  At that time in my journey, that was my ultimate goal!  Then I hit a bump in the road.  It seemed my weight loss had reached its plateau, and I went one step forward and another step backward, another step forward and another step backward.  Imagine, only 7.50 pounds to my goal weight, and I just couldn’t reach it.

            But I didn’t give up, and, of course, my TOPS family wouldn’t let me do so either.  They would remind me that it was just a small bump in the road.  I would go to SRD and get all pumped up and start strong again.  In fact, I remember thinking at SRD one year that I had lost more weight than the winning Queen that year, but I wasn’t up there, because I hadn’t reached my goal weight.  It was now three years I had been on my journey and I was doing fine again.  In fact, I was elected as Chapter leader and served in that capacity for two years.  Then - Ouch!  Another bump - my husband had lost his job and I gained 21 pounds.  Once again I went to another SRD.  This time I said, “OK.  I can do this, and I will.”  It took all year, but on December 16, 2010, I finally reached my goal weight with the help of my chapter members who never gave up on me. I was so happy and so proud of myself.  I had never given up and I finally had done it.

            Less than one month later, I found myself at the doctor thinking I had a hernia in my abdomen.  To my shocking surprise, I hit a pothole in the road this time.  I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma.  Now when I had finally reached my goal weight, a bomb exploded along my journey’s path.  What do I do now?  This is where I realized just how much TOPS had done for me.  I turned to my TOPS family and said,  “I lost 126.25 pounds and I became your chapter queen, and to all of you , your new state queen; and, this is just another bump in the road.   I will do this.  I will overcome this, and you will never hear me say I give up.  This is all part of my journey.”  To each and every one of you out there, I offer you this advice - “Never give up, just pick up the pieces and start over.  This is your journey and you too can overcome all the bumps in the road.”

Your 2010 Louisiana TOP Queen

Joleen Melancon

 

 

 

 

 

2010 LOUISIANA STATE QUEEN RUNNER-UP

 
Sharon Shaffer

TOPS® LA 171, Haughton

 

74.5 POUNDS LOST TO GOAL

 

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Division Winners

Men

 

Division 1

 

1st Place
Gary Blanchard

TOPS®  LA 325, Houma

61.5 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Kevin Upshaw

TOPS®  LA 220, Oakdale

35.5 pound loss

Division 2

1st Place
Ross Guidry

TOPS®  LA 504, Cutoff

20 pound loss

 

Division 3

 

1st Place
Richard Machado

TOPS®  LA 209, Kenner

50.75 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Calvin Duet

TOPS®  LA 376, Galliano

21.5 pound loss

 

 

 

 

Women

 

Division 1

 

1st Place

Elaine Thibodaux

TOPS®  LA 493, Thibodaux

65 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Annette Smith

TOPS®  LA 325, Houma

60.5 pound loss

 

Division 2

 

1st Place
Danielle LaGrange

TOPS®  LA 522, Prairieville

66.5 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Shannon Mire

TOPS®  LA 393, Berwick

60.25 pound loss

 

Division 3

 

1st Place

Elizabeth Long

TOPS®  LA 325, Houma

60.25 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Joanne Maestri

TOPS®  LA 405, Pierre Part

59.5 pound loss

 

Division 4

1st Place
Melissa Buquet

TOPS®  LA 325, Houma

55.75 pound loss

 

2nd Place

Dianne Baillargeon

TOPS®  LA 393, Berwick

48.75 pound loss

 

Division 5

 

1st Place
Bonnie Everett

TOPS®  LA 276, Sulphur

26.5 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Doris Ellis

TOPS®  LA 520, Denham Springs

20 pound loss

 

Division 6

 

1st Place
Shirley Colver

TOPS®  LA 220, Oakdale

11.75 pound loss

 

 

Division 7

 

1st Place
Tiffany Beckwood

TOPS®  LA 51, Baton Rouge

61.5 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Carly Boyet

TOPS®  LA 51, Baton Rouge

39 pound loss

 

 

Division 9

 

1st Place
Sherry Edwards

TOPS®  LA 376, Galliano

141.25 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Christine Quatrevingt

TOPS®  LA 325, Houma

48 pound loss

 

 

 

 

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