Monica T. - Lost 200.25 lb. - 2015 International Queen
Height: 5' 7½" Achievement: 200.25 lb. lost with TOPS Chapter: NC 0407 Gastonia
Most of my life, I have hidden and ignored my true self. A few years ago, I came to a point when I realized that the pain of being unhealthy was greater than the pain of making the changes to get healthy! I was turning 40 and already showing signs of health problems. I lost my health and happiness. My choices were centered on how hidden I could stay. I realized that this one life I have is now, and I want it to be more. I had just gotten married and had a future to look forward to.
I was introduced to TOPS by a family friend and had success that first year. I lost quite a bit and was a Division Winner. In the beginning of 2013, I made some additional shifts in my approach. I spent some focused time on my eating habits and on gathering what my body needs. I had to take all I had learned in my life and tailor it to what would work best for me. I began to implement ideas, and kept them up as they worked and shifted others. I addressed how refined carbs affected my body and made the decision to limit them in my diet. I also added a regular exercise plan. Eventually, I also added a passionate love for vegetables. I dropped most of my weight at that time. I moved from: Can I do it? Will I do it? Should I do it, to: It is done! I became more aware of my intentions, aligning my choices with what I really want and decided that I am worth my life.
I have worked on keeping off what I had already lost and continuing to lose to my goal. I work hard every day to learn and grow healthier. Being honored like this is a great gift and a wonderful milestone in my life.
I am queen because I lost a lot of weight. But the truth is, we are all royalty. Every time we make a choice toward health, we are winning. I look forward to continuing to learn and make healthy choices every day.
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