Like three-quarters of the
population, I have spent a large part of my life on one
fad diet after another. Each worked reasonably well in
the short term because I actually would lose weight.
Fifteen to 20 pounds were “easy” to shed. What ended up
being difficult was maintaining the loss. Almost
immediately after attaining my goal, I would “reward” my
body with food. How ridiculous!
Our chapter, TOPS ON 5327 Thunder
Bay, was formed in July 2007. The first week, after
alternately fasting and feasting, I had lost a
whopping…half-pound. “TOPS is not working!” I declared
to myself. What I should have realized was that I wasn’t
working TOPS. What I had been doing was taking off
pounds un-sensibly. I remembered a quotation from my
years of training as a Watkins manager:
“Success is the sum of efforts
repeated day in and day out.”
I started reading TOPS’
jump-start guide, My Day One. I started reading the
recipes in our chapter’s copy of TOPS’ lifestyle guide,
The Choice Is Mine. Then I realized that if it’s meant
to be, it’s definitely up to me.
No one else could be held
accountable if I had poor success one week. I made the
choice to “overeat in private” and I paid the price. On
week two, with my new attitude, I recorded a great loss.
My journey had begun.
I cannot overstress the great
importance of maintaining weekly attendance at meetings.
Those who stayed each week after weighing in learned
from the programs presented and tended to record
substantially better results. Our chapter presents a
Best Loser gift each week. I have a veritable treasure
shelf of gifts, as well as scrolls, pins, and so on that
I received at ARD.
We all want to bask in the
limelight of public recognition, if only for one, brief
moment. For me, the limelight has yet to fade. Daily, I
have people commenting, “You look so good.” I always
“I feel phenomenal. I go to TOPS.”
I know that next year I will be on
stage as a KOPS. That really is what makes TOPS so
special: the safety valve of needing to maintain our
goal weight for the rest of our lives. This is not, in
any way, a yo-yo system whereby we lose weight and then
put it back on when our “special occasion” passes. We are in this for the long haul: a long,