TOPS Leader Sue Mooney (standing) congratulates Nancy Leiter on her accomplishment as Mary Triska looks on.
On July 2, at the weekly meeting of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) OH 1487, the chapter honored one of their own, Nancy Leiter, for maintaining her weight loss of 23 pounds for five consecutive years. When a TOPS member reaches the goal set by the member and his/her doctor, they become a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) and are allowed a 10-pound leeway. A KOPS may weigh up to 3 pounds over his/her goal and 7 pounds under goal. Nancy rarely, if ever, exceeds her goal weight. She was awarded a pendant containing a ruby, a certificate, a dozen roses and a charm for her accomplishments.
When asked by leader Sue Mooney to what she attributes her success, Nancy responded that it is very important to attend chapter meetings and to always be vigilant about what she is eating. She explained that getting to goal is not the end of the story, but the beginning, as it is harder to keep the weight off than it was to lose it. She reports that she feels much healthier and is more energetic and is able to do more since she lost her weight.