2011 MA Division 9 1st Place Female
Cathy Strum

from MA 50 Malden with a loss of 62.50#
After joining and quitting many of the diet groups out there, I joined TOPS.  The welcome and caring of MA 50 Malden was so overwhelming I had to stay.  They made me feel so welcomed.

In some respects I felt like I joined the Army. I battled and battled and just couldn’t leave.  I knew I needed to be there.  The battle continued for 20 years.  I lost 20 lbs. when I started then I seemed to be on the maintenance program.

Finally after much hesitation, I decided to get Lap band surgery.  I thought I was looking for the easy fix.  Let me tell you, it was not easy.  I still have to portion my meals and watch what I eat.  It is just as tough.

I still have a ways to go.  I will win this battle with the help of my TOPS Club.   They rock!!!