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2004 Louisiana Royalty

Dale Riche & Joanette Gullotto

 

2004 LOUISIANA STATE QUEEN
Joanette Gullotto

TOPS®#LA416, Brusly

 

77.75 Pounds Lost to Goal

SUCCESS STORY

When I joined TOPS® in June 2001 I knew right away this was the program I'd been searching for.  I lost my weight slowly with few gains and some turtles.  Through eating sensibly, exercising regularly and with the love and support of fellow members I reached my goal two years and eleven months later.
 
My appearance and overall health have improved tremendously.  I honestly feel better today than I did twenty years ago.
 
What I love most about TOPS® and it's wonderful support is that I can remain a member for life and maintain my goal weight.
 
TOPS® has changed my life forever.

 

 

 

 

2004 LOUISIANA STATE KING
Dale Riche

TOPS® #LA 422, Prairieville

 

85.50 Pounds Lost to Goal

SUCCESS STORY

 

 

 

 

2004 Louisiana State

King & Queen Runner-Ups

2004 Louisiana King Runner-Up: Ronnie Rushing

37 Pounds Lost to Goal

2004 Louisiana Queen Runner-Up: Patty Bond

 

Success Story

Ronnie Rushing

In the latter part of March 2004 I was diagnosed with a minor heart problem, and other health related problems. At that time I weighed 227 pounds, and my doctor told me that I was out of shape and over weight for my age. Like most of us, I thought that I was just a little over weight, and in good shape .Unlike  most of us, after getting the diagnosis, I decided to do something about it.
 
My wife, Frances, is the current Leader of the chapter TOPS® LA, 432  in Winnfield. She is also the Louisiana State Queen of TOPS® 2003.
I have watched her go off to TOPS® meetings every Tuesday night for years. I saw her efforts to lose her weight and maintain her goal and become a KOPS®, but I had never really thought much about it.
 

That all changed when I attended the State Recognition Day in Bossier City La to watch Frances receive her crown. After watching hundreds of men and women supporting each other, and cheering each other at the convention , I began to feel the excitement that TOPS® members feel when their members lose weight.
 
My wife encouraged me to join her TOPS® chapter and taught me how to eat sensibly . Knowing that she had been down the same road that I was traveling, and had succeeded helped me make my decision.
I joined TOPS® LA432 of Winnfield in May 2004. I began attending  meetings, walking eight miles a day, dieting, and drinking eight glasses of water a day. The pounds began to drop and in five weeks, I had lost nineteen pounds. This made me want to work even harder to reach my goal weight which was only eighteen pounds away.
 
I continued to walk, drink lots of water and eat smaller portions, and just fifteen weeks after joining TOPS® I had lost Thirty  Seven  pounds and reached my goal.
On August 24, 2004 I was able to stand and recite the KOPS® pledge to “Keep Off Pounds Sensibly” along with my  wife, I was voted Chapter Angel and also became our chapters first King that was sure a great honor for me.
 
I am loving TOPS®! It has helped me to lose the weight that I set out to lose and has changed my life completely. I feel better about myself now. I am happier, I have more self esteem ,and my health has improved.
Thanks to my wife, and all of my friends at TOPS® LA,432 for all of their support. To others who may want to lose weight, but are hesitant to try, I say  JUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND YOU CAN LOSE THE POUNDS!   I am very proud of myself, but I give all the credit to my wife and to all my friends at TOPS® for support. Without them I could not have done it.
THANK YOU TOPS®!
                                       Ronnie Rushing

 

 

 

2004 INTERNATIONAL WINNER

1st Place Women's Division 4

Evelyn Vander

 

2004 INTERNATIONAL

1st PLACE WOMEN'S DIVISION 4


Evelyn Vander

TOPS®#LA71, Pineville   

 

70.50 Pounds

SUCCESS STORY

I joined TOPS®#LA71, Pineville in 1998.  With support and encouragement from chapter members, I lost the weight and was chapter queen for 1999.  Then I got sick.  I laid around and ate, going back up to 197.50 pounds.  I still continued in TOPS®, but I  now knew the frustration of just not being able to lose the weight.  My sister called from Washington and asked me to go on a healthy lifestyle plan - I did.  With an eating plan and walking two miles a day, I got down to my goal weight of 125 pounds.  I now wear a size 4 petite.  Thanks to weekly weigh-ins and the support of my chapter, I am an International winner.

 

 

 

2004 INTERNATIONAL WINNER

1st Place Men's Division 5

Pershing Wade

 

 

2004 INTERNATIONAL

1st PLACE MEN'S DIVISION 5


Pershing Wade

TOPS®#LA376, Galliano   

 

14.50 Pounds

SUCCESS STORY

Pershing joined TOPS® in 1998, since his mother and then his father joined.  Pershing has to maintain his weight to keep his small frame in balance, since any weight gain can present a problem.  Being epileptic and in a wheelchair is no fun, so Pershing works had at portion control.  Pershing is developmentally delayed, and that alone gives Pershing a wonderful outlook on life.  He is always cheerful and enjoys the Helping Hand Pledge.  With the support of his TOPS® family, especially TOPS®#LA376, Galliono, Peshing will stay fit and trim.

 

 

 

 

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