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2012 Louisiana Royalty

 

               

2012 Louisiana State

King & Queen

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2012 

LOUISIANA STATE KING

Steve French

TOPS® LA 171, Haughton

 

71.75 POUNDS LOST TO GOAL

 

At 266 plus pounds in March of 2012, I knew I was ready and truly determined to lose my weight.  I joined TOPS in October of 2010, yet stopped attending meetings twice.  Before returning for my third try, I dieted two weeks to see if my heart was in it.  After those two weeks, I knew I was ready.

 

My weight loss slowed within the first two months, so my exercising began.  I started with a stationary bike, but soon purchased a treadmill and dedicated myself to increasing my walking time and also added some treadmill running to my program.  I exercise no less than one hour per day, 5 to 6 days per week.

 

As far as my actual diet, I had to find out what was best for me.  Counting calories and journaling lead to my success. It is best if I eat light at night, so pizza after our Monday night TOPS meetings had to go.  If my weight loss slowed, I would change my diet slightly. Now my excess weight is gone and so is my high blood pressure.  Feeling healthy is worth the battle.  

 

I would like to thank my family and friends of TOPS LA 0171 Haughton for all the encouragement and for holding my feet to the fire that becoming TOPS Louisiana State King was possible. It is a great honor to be standing here as your State King and to be a part of this wonderful TOPS organization.  I have reached my goal, but the battle to keep it off still exists.  TOPS now is a part of my life and ensures my continued success.

2012 

LOUISIANA STATE QUEEN

Juanita Bienvenu

TOPS® LA 393, Berwick

 

129.75 POUNDS LOST TO GOAL

 

In May of 2010, I fell and broke my shoulder.  All 274.75 pounds of me had to be “picked up” by the thinnest Acadian Ambulance driver.  A former student had to try to put a sling on me.  Everybody had a harder job to do because of my weight.  I recuperated and went to therapy and I liked the movement.  I was able to see people who wanted to move more, but couldn’t because of their weight and I saw older people who could run rings around us younger people and I decided that was how I wanted to be.  I wanted to be able to move and do things.  I want to retire to travel and enjoy life, not watch other people live life.

 

My friend Julie told me she had joined TOPS and it was working for her.  I was so needy!  I didn’t get out of the car the first night until I knew she was on her way.  What a journey this wonderful path to good health has been.  I went from being totally dependent on others during my recoup time to a half marathon in eighteen months.  My doctors are actually proud of me; they tell me that I did it the right way!  

 

There are so many to thank, God, every member of my group, LA 0393 Berwick, my children, and my eightyish year old parents who have always been wonderful examples of healthy eating and exercise.   My family has been unbelievable through all of this.  Fast food is no longer an option, but all of the Subways know us by name.  By the way, my husband is the cook in the family; so literally, I could not have done this without him!

 

I am a teacher and the students respect the hard work that goes into who I am now.  The track coach told me last year that if his team worked as hard as I did…I didn’t even hear the rest of his comment because I was thinking about the person TOPS had allowed me to become.  A former student called me an athlete and that comment still brings tears to my eyes.  

 

 

 

 

2012 LOUISIANA STATE QUEEN RUNNER-UP

 


 

Chris Liner

TOPS® LA 325

 

92 POUNDS LOST TO GOAL

 

My Tops story began in June of 1995.  Yes I have been in Tops for seventeen years!  When I walked into that first meeting, I weighed in @ 244.25.  I was the biggest I had ever been and was miserable.  Everyone @ the meeting was so great, they were so supportive.  That’s when I met my own personal TOPS angel Ann Eschete.

 

I had done the diets; it seemed like all my adult life.  I lost and gained and always gained more.  Even with the unending love and support of my wonderful husband and family, no matter what I did I always seemed to regain the weight. This was not because of TOPS didn’t work, but because wasn’t working TOPS.

 

To be honest in December of 2011, I had all but decided to quit TOPS.  If it had not been for my Tops angels and my chapter, I would have quit.  Once again I found myself in the same place I was when I first joined TOPS.  I had gone to the doctor and other than a Vitamin D deficiency and being overweight, I was perfectly healthy.   Once again I was asking myself “what is wrong with me”?  Many people have so much riding against them, between health issues, family situations and meds that they’re on; it makes their weight loss battle so much harder than mine.  Why can’t I lose this weight?  I knew I had to do something while the odds where in my favor.

 

I weighed in at home on January 2, 2012 at 251lbs.  Here I go again.  I didn’t know how to get my focus back and get myself motivated.  But there were some things different this time.  I knew I needed to do something. So I got back on track with my exchange program and I got up and started exercising. I found it is really true when they say, “If you don’t use it you lose it”.  I then started losing weight again. Even though I hadn’t lost a lot of weight at that time, the little I ate and exercise I did, made such a big difference.  

 

Then one day I heard about an application that would track my exercise and would also allow me to journal my food.  I think I was just at a point where I needed something fresh and different than what I had been doing that would work for me.

 

As you all can see, this all worked for me. Portion control is the key factor.  When I eat try and make the better choices but most important is how much eat. Journaling, exercise and portion control is the key to my success. My goal was to walk across stage and graduate with my mom. Not only have I graduated with my mom but my niece also.

 

Having the tools to achieve your goals is so important.  Each and every one has to find what works for them.  Having the support from my TOPS angels and the rest of my chapter, LA 0325 Houma is most important to me.  I could not have loss my weight without all of my TOPS family.

 

 

 

 

 

Division Winners

Men

 

Division 1

 

1st Place
Dwayne Dupre

TOPS®  LA 325

16.75 pound loss

 

2nd Place

Henry Drabek

LA 523

12 pound loss

Division 2

1st Place
Steven French

LA 171

69.75 pound loss

 

2nd Place

Dale Riche

LA 422

45.25 pound loss

 

Division 3

 

1st Place
Marcus Blakeley

LA 509

36 pound loss

 

2nd Place

Timmy Boudreaux

LA 410

24 pound loss

 

Division 9

 

1st Place
Gary Blanchard

LA 325

168 pound loss

 

 

 

Women

 

Division 1

 

1st Place

Dianna Doucet

LA 369

59 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Kathlyn Lowe

 LA 220

45 pound loss

 

Division 2

 

1st Place
Joan Hill

LA 71

56 pound loss

 

2nd Place (tie)
Vivian Andrews

LA 523

27 pound loss

2nd Place (tie)
Becky Nix

LA 527

27 pound loss

 

Division 3

 

1st Place

Chris Liner

LA 325

85.50 pound loss

 

2nd Place
Juanita Bienvenu

LA 193

74.25 pound loss

 

Division 4

1st Place
Lynn Herbert

LA 325

34.75 pound loss

 

2nd Place

Barbara Bieber

LA 340

30 pound loss

 

Division 5

 

1st Place
Sheila Smith

LA 487

17 pound loss

 

Division 7

 

1st Place
Caryl Boyet

LA 51

12 pound loss

 

2nd Place

Caryl Boyet

LA 51

10 pound loss

 

 

Division 9

 

1st Place
Michele Lyman

LA 20

71.25 pound loss

 

2nd Place

Sue McLemore

LA 71

39 pound loss

 

 

 

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