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Weight Loss Wednesday: Tops support group helps woman lose 92 pounds over 26 years



  • Steinbach woman honoured for weight loss
    'Barb Dubois will be the first to explain that attempting to achieve weight loss has been a life-time journey. But as the 68-year-old donned the sash that represented her crowning as provincial queen by the TOPS organization, she also celebrated a major milestone.'
  • TOPS Philipsburg Chapter members win regional and state awards
    'Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 1036 of Philipsburg has congratulated its winners for 2022 at the ARD regional awards ceremony held in Altoona April 28.'


  • Buffalo Township woman crowned queen of weight loss
    'Michele Malkowiak loves being called a loser. The Buffalo Township grandmother and homemaker shed more than 100 pounds over a two-year period during the pandemic. As a result, she is Pennsylvania’s reigning 2021-22 Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) queen.'
  • Las Vegan’s secret to shedding 59 pounds in a year: ‘No secret at all’
    'Ellie Thomas has spent most of her life trying to lose weight. The 62-year-old Las Vegan figures that she has sampled just about every fad diet, weight-loss program and body-slimming regimen introduced over the past several decades, but none of them ever brought lasting results.'


  • Colson crowned TOPS queen after 88-pound weight loss
    'Connie Colson of Aurora was crowned this year’s TOPS queen, following an impressive weight loss of 88 pounds over the course of 2021-22. She was recognized during TOPS' state recognition day in Bowling Green, Kentucky last June for her achievements.'



  • A queen among us
    'There is a royal among us — a queen who earned her crown by conquering weight loss. Jeanette Langlois was given her crown by Take Off Pounds Sensibly. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping members overcome health and weight issues with education, group support and an individually based approach'
  • Giving: Floyd County woman named weight-loss group's Virginia Queen
    'When Margaret Spangler joined TOPS 47 years ago, she wasn’t seeking any recognition. But her tenacity for losing weight and maintaining her goal over the years earned the 87-year-old Floyd widow the title of 2021 TOPS Virginia Queen.'
  • King of SC: Johns Island man loses nearly 50 lbs, meets weight goal
    'A man from Johns Island was named King of South Carolina after losing 46.8 lbs. through nonprofit weight-loss program TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly).'



  • Kaysville woman named TOPS Queen after losing 84 pounds
    'Cleone Kynaston weighed 117 pounds when she got married in 1952. By 1999 she weighed 240 pounds. The Kaysville woman knew she needed to do something about her weight. She found TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) a nonprofit weight loss support organization in the late 1960s and joined a local chapter in Farmington.'
  • Crowned top queen: Alvin resident wins weight loss honor in Texas
    'Margaret Loewen of Alvin is starting her new year off on top of her health goals. Loewen is the 2021 Texas Queen of the Take Off Pounds Sensibly program — or TOPS — for losing more than 45 pounds last year.'
  • Midland TOPS club members dedicated to helping one another lose weight
    'The TOPS club in Midland is a support group for people in the area trying to lose weight but the club doesn’t make you follow a diet plan. Members are simply there for one another, helping each other with their individual goals.'
  • Couple discover that less can be more
    'Pam Fich first joined TOPS 28 years ago, looking for a new way to approach weight loss. A few years later, in 1996, George joined his wife in her TOPS group.'
  • Floyd native named 2021 TOPS Queen
    'Floyd’s Margaret Spangler is the 2021 Virginia TOPS Queen for losing 75.5 pounds while involved with the nonprofit weight-loss organization.'




  • 'They check on each other'
    'Every Friday morning, a dozen or so folks from all across the area file into the Hilltop community center in West Cullman. Men and women, old and young, they show up to the unassuming, small brick building not only to lend each other some support — but to receive a little support in kind.'
  • Clinton woman honored for weight loss success
    'Kathy Cliché of Clinton, who lost 85.4 pounds, and Larry Faber of Mason City who lost 102 pounds, are the 2021 Iowa Queen and King. They were recently honored at the Iowa recognition events.'
  • Ludington’s Brett Vanderwater earns TOPS honor
    'Brett Vanderwater, of Ludington, was honored by TOPS for his 76.6-pound weight loss at the Michigan recognition held in Mount Pleasant in May.'
  • 88-year-old Claresholm woman celebrated for losing 122 lbs
    'Alberta’s biggest 'losers' are being recognized. TOPS Club has announced its members who lost the most weight by the end of 2021, regardless of how long it took them to shed those pounds. Velda Weisensel, 88, of Claresholm has been named the 2021 Alberta Queen, losing a total of 122.75 lbs.'
  • Lincolnville woman recognized as a leading ‘loser’ for 2021
    'Cynthia Rainfrette-Barlow, of Lincolnville, who lost 51 pounds, is the 2021 Maine Queen. She was honored May 14 at the Maine recognition event.'
  • Local Man is Crowned TOPS Iowa King
    'Weight loss, for some, is a concept. For others, like Mason City's Larry Faber, it is not only achievable, but it also actually happened. Larry was recently crowned TOPS Iowa King for his weight loss success.'
  • QC woman is weight-loss royalty (wait until you see her now!)
    'TOPS provides an individual approach to weight loss and overall wellness. Consistent group support, health education, and recognition are all key components to successful weight management. Iowa has an adult obesity rate of 36.5%, eighth highest in the United States.'
  • Claresholm woman is the weight loss queen of Alberta
    'Although Velda Weisensel had lost an impressive 122.75 pounds, she did not think she would be the 2021 queen of Alberta, because that title was going to someone in Lethbridge. However, when the final numbers were tallied, Weisensel was in fact the TOPS 2021 Alberta Queen.'




  • Muskogee residents recognized internationally for weight loss
    'Muskogee residents Ed Harmon, Erika Self, and Daryl Collins, as well as several other Muskogee TOPS members, were recognized for their weight loss success at the Oklahoma TOPS State Recognition Days recently in Tulsa. Together, this group has lost more than 400 pounds.'
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