LOUISIANA STATE KING
LA 171, Haughton
POUNDS LOST TO GOAL
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOUISIANA STATE QUEEN
LA 393, Berwick
POUNDS LOST TO GOAL
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.
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
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
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