2011 Massachusetts State Queen RU
Elaine Damigella

from MA 256 Brockton with a loss of 72.00#
Since the birth of my first son almost 26 years ago, I have struggled with my weight. I have tried many different diets without any long-range success, and continued to yo-yo my way through all those years. We're always looking for the quick, easy fix. It doesn't exist.

Finally in November of 1999, my close friend suggested we join TOPS Chapter 256, Brockton, to lose weight together. There were many times after I joined when my yo-yo dieting was so discouraging I wanted to give up. My TOPS friends wouldn't let that happen. It's such a wonderful feeling to know that week after week as you attend meetings you will always be welcomed with open arms.

Once I had decided to take back the power I had allowed food to have over my life, my determination and desire to live a healthier, happier life began. I started my plan for healthier eating and exercising on June 9, 2011 and continued to lose each week until goal. With the support, love, and encouragement of my biggest fan, my husband, as well as my TOPS friends, I reached my goal on October 25, 2011.

I have always felt that maintaining after reaching your goal would be so difficult. I was wrong. Maintenance for me is about awareness, continued commitment, and remembering how far I've come. The gratification you experience from food is so temporary. The gratification you experience from looking and feeling good is with you always.

This journey has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life! I know the saying "If I can do it, you can do it" has become cliché, but it's true. Each one of us has a thinner, healthier version of ourselves yearning to be set free.

With TOPS as your guide, spread your wings and fly!
State Queen RU - Elaine Damigella