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2005 STATE ROYALTY
151.0 pound loss
To start with, I don’t
like the word obese. I’d rather be called fat. Obese sounds like a
dirty word. I had been overweight for many years. I was an over
the road truck driver. Fast Food was a way of life. When I was home,
my wife Marion ( a real good cook) fixed my favorite foods and I
slept a lot. I was very inactive. There were many things I could
not do with my family. Food was my God. When I retired in 1995 I
became more sedentary. I could not see how big I was!!!
Marion and I spend our
summers in Northern Michigan. In the summer of 2003 while shopping,
she had a flat tire and called me to come and change it. I just
couldn’t budge that tire. A lady came out of the store and she
changed the tire for us. You can never imagine how little I felt.
Upon returning home
two months later, I went to the Doctor for a routine check up. I was
using a walker; huffing and puffing, and had trouble breathing. The
Doctor ordered his nurse to do an oxygen level check. It was real
bad. When he weighed me in the scale said 391 pounds. WOW! Even I
was shocked. He just shook his head and didn’t say a word about
diet. I’m sure he figured it wouldn’t do any good. He had told me
that many times before and it seemed to fall on deaf ears. I do
have a thyroid problem and take a high dose of thyroid medicine. BUT
As we left his office,
I told Marion I was going to TOPS®with her. She was surprised as
she had tried over a number of years to get me to join TOPS®. She has
been in TOPS®since 1998, is Leader of TOPS®#MI 202, Jackson and has
been a KOPS®for two years with a loss of 95.50#.
I joined on October 13, 2003 and was
the Chapter’s best loser that year with a loss of Thirty-nine
pounds. Marion graduated as a KOPS®at SRD 2004. I was so proud of
her, that I presented her with a huge bouquet of red roses. Maybe
she wasn’t state Queen, but she was my Queen. Seeing Marion and all
the other winners, inspired me and made me more determined to lose!
The next year at SRD
in Port Huron I was honored for first place in Division One with a
loss of 97 pounds. Our Chapter also was the State’s Best Losing
Chapter with a average weight loss of 16.2 pounds per member.
TOPS®has taught me
that to succeed: you need to attend every meeting, especially if you
think you have a gain; keep a food chart; the importance of eating
healthy; to keep track of what’s in the foods we eat; to read
labels; watch the fats and sugars; and to drink lots of water. TOPS®has taught me the importance of exercise. I ride a stationary bike
one to three hours each day. TOPS®has helped me to understand that
sometimes when I think I’m hungry, I’m only bored.
My wife, Marion should
receive a lot of credit for my success. She made healthy meals and
encouraged good eating habits. She helped me to make lifestyle
changes. I now use sugar substitutes and I’m getting used to low fat
milk. I eat more fruit and vegetables. I have made a joke, that if I
blink while I’m eating–Marion makes my plate disappear.
I want to thank TOPS®INTERNATIONAL for all the tools that they have given the TOPS®Chapters...thus enabling them to help myself and all other members.
I also want to thank my chapter TOPS®#MI 202, Jackson and my
summertime chapter TOPS®#MI 1623, Mancelona for all their
encouragement. My Jackson chapter voted me Mr. Inspiration at our
Fall Fun Day in Eaton Rapids in October of last year. I like to
encourage everyone I meet, who might need help with their weight
loss to seek out TOPS®. It’s affordable–you are never made to feel
out of place and TOPS®is there for the long haul.
In December 2005 I
reached my goal weight. It’s hard for my Doctor to believe that I
have lost 151 pounds. All without the aid of pills or a special
diet. Just by cutting back on what I eat and exercising. I have
made a commitment to myself that one night a week is reserved for my
I couldn’t have done
it without my TOPS®family.
141.0 pound loss
I can’t believe
that I am standing in front of this group. I reached my goal weight
at 165 pounds and haven’t weighed so little since the age of 19 when
I was pregnant for my son.
I have struggled
with a weight problem all my life. Looking at myself in pictures and
mirrors as well as hearing ugly comments from people, really made me
depressed. When I shopped for clothes years ago, I found that they
didn’t make pretty clothes for fat people. I didn’t like myself and
when things happened in my life, I would use food as my comfort
I had back surgery
May 11th, 2000 and lost my Dad on July 17th, 2000 which was also my
daughter Theresa’s birthday. For medical reasons, I knew I had to
get serious about my weight problem.
Over the years I
have tried other diets and lost weight, only to put it right back
on. I knew I needed to do something different this time. I heard
about TOPS®through a friend and I joined in February 2002. Even
though I had made the decision to do something about my weight, I
still dreaded walking into that first meeting. I just knew all eyes
would be on me and no one there would be as fat as me. I just
wanted to crawl in a corner. However, I was greeted with love and
smiles and that made me feel welcome.
I couldn’t believe
it when the scales showed I weighed 306 pounds. It was the most I’d
ever weighed in my life. What an eye opener! I really needed TOPS®at this time in my life more than anything.
The first year I lost 77 pounds. I
continued to lose and at SRD 2005 in Port Huron, I received my
Century medallion for maintaining my 100 pound weight loss for one
year. Wow what an awesome honor. As I looked out into the
audience, what did I see but my TOPS®group holding up a banner and
shouting “Way to go Sandy”! They were so proud of me and made me
feel so honored to be a part of TOPS®. I felt so much love.
In October 2005 I
reached my goal weight. I wasn’t sure how I would handle the
pressure of maintaining my weight, so I waited a few weeks and I
then became a KOPS®on December 13th, 2005 with a loss of
141 pounds to goal.
By nature I was a
quiet and introverted person but now that I’ve lost weight and feel
good about myself I’m able to encourage and show love to others.
Who would have believed I would end up two years in a row as my
chapter division winner.
control and drinking 8 glasses of water a day was a big one for me.
I didn’t like water, but I’ve drank 8 glasses a day since joining
TOPS®. One big problem I have is, I don’t like but only four
vegetables.......so eating enough vegetables has been hard for me to
do. Eating the correct amount of fruit is very easy as I like most
Exercise is very
important. I take an arthritis class two to four days a week in
water aerobics. Pool therapy and walking are my two exercises.
After my back surgery, I started walking 15 minutes at a time and
now some days I can walk one to two miles depending on my back.
Pool therapy is my number one exercise.
I have a sister
Carrie, that would call me every week on Tuesday after our TOPS®meetings to see how I did and she would send me little gifts to
encourage me. I also had my husband, family, friends and especially
my TOPS®Buddies. I couldn’t have made it without each and everyone
of them and I’d like to thank them for all their love and support on
my journey to success.
My decision to join
TOPS®is one of the best choices I have made in my life!
2005 Michigan State
King & Queen Runner-Ups
131.50 pound loss
106.0 pound loss
DIVISION WINNERS -
Ernest Hall: 70.50 lost!
Chris Gleason: 53.75 lost!
Steve Paling: 67.50 lost!
George Livingston: 32.50 lost!
TOPS®#MI1492, Lake Orion
Robert Bush: 55.50 lost!
Tom Miles: 47.75 lost!
David Berlin: 25.00 lost!
John Werkema: 13.75 lost!
Karl Heinrich: 17.50 lost!
David Bohn: 13.50 lost!
Division 9 (surgical)
David Reynolds: 29.50 lost!
WINNERS - FEMALES
Janet Ellis: 84.75 lost!
Karen Wood: 71.00 lost!
TOPS®#MI1318, National City
Valerie Bayer: 70.50 lost!
Arlene Terrill: 52.75 lost!
Rebecca Jenkins: 72.25 lost!
Linda Nelson: 62.00 lost!
Laurie Paling: 52.00 lost!
Judith Volz: 50.00 lost!
Rita Green: 19.50 lost!
Diane Cupp: 18.00 lost!
Brittany Spangler: 32.25 lost!
Megan Dean: 14.00 lost!
Emily Bila: 54.00 lost!
Brenda Seiz: 32.25 lost!
Emily Philipp: 21.75 lost!
Division 9 (surgical)
Joy Gonyo: 120.00 lost!
TOPS®#MI1320, South Lyon
Lynn Sprague: 113.50 lost!
TOPS®#MI1667, Traverse City
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