Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Joined TOPS in 1999, but didn't get serious about weight loss until 2003. Took 11 months to reach her goal.
Volunteer area captain of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS); public speaker; member National Weight Control Registry
43 years old; married for 25 years; has 4 adult children
18 to 10
Drinking water throughout the day; learning to love spinach and Bosc pears
Peanut butter cookies
Unflattering photo of how she used to look
Microwave popcorn, especially caramel apple and kettle corn
Learning to make exercise a habit
Death of her grandmother from a heart attack; her younger brother's battle with kidney disease
For every five pounds lost, she celebrated by buying herself a small reward such as nail polish, a book or a magazine.
Feeling so much better