It’s been a while since I’ve written. A lot has been going on lately.
Since my last post I have attended the TN TOPS State Recognition Days. It was a fun event, as usual, to recognize accomplishments across the state. There was a before and after parade where you can show your old sized clothes. When it was my turn, imagine me just walking across holding my pants in front of me like I was a paper doll… NOT! I had the big size 30 red pants from my before picture folded and rolled up real tight. I stood on stage and let them unroll. With dramatic pause between each unfolding I opened them up completely. After stepping out of my shoes and hearing the roar and applaud of the crowd, I stepped into one pant leg, holding out the other. What an amazing feeling. The next day I was crowned TOPS TN State Queen! I received a crown and a scepter along with a sash, certificate and fabulous bouquet. It was a very humbling experience. I was recognized and presented the Century Award for losing over a hundred pounds and keeping it off for 52 consecutive weeks. I also graduated as a KOPS, Keep Off Pound Sensibly and as Queen, with the King, we started the Circle of Light. Congratulations Scott Thomas! it was a great weekend with old friends and even better with some new ones.
With this recognition and new title, there are some opportunities that are open to me now. I have applied for and gotten my passport! Why? Because the TOPS International Recognition Days this year is in….. (Drum roll….) Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am really beginning to like traveling and flying!
The recognition from being on The Doctors was mentioned several times and I even was interviewed again for another paper yesterday. I had to sign a few autographs too. Unfortunately an Uncle died and I had to go out of town. Numerous relatives, who had not seen me, yet had seen me on TV, complimented and praised me about my weight loss. It’s such an honor to be able to talk to people about what I have done and confirming what they know they need to do. It’s not an easy thing by any means but if someone can make healthy choices because of seeing or talking to me, what a blessing.
I have had people ask me about the surgery that Dr. Ordon has so generously offered for me. I have a surgery date! My schedule will be busy with lots of flying. I will be flying for IRD to Canada and have to turn around to fly to California for the procedure on July 22nd. Life is such a blessing.
I have recently returned from a work conference and have some new ideas and possible opportunities ahead to incorporate my new health-style and to encourage others to lead a more healthy life. It was suggested I even present a meeting at a national convention in a couple years. That would be awesome. Not only do we, as educators, try to build on skills and values in the youth with which we work, but we need to be physically and mentally healthy to present information and capable of being the examples for the youth of today and leaders of tomorrow.
God is blessing me daily. I am so proud to be able to share me story with you. Your story matters. Write it down for yourself as you go through the process so you can reflect on your journey as a reminder of what you went through. It’s a great tool for me and I am glad I have done it. There’s no way that I could go back and try to write what I was feeling each time that I was dedicated to write. It’s not been, and still isn’t, easy but I keep Doing It for Me! You can do it.
I have been having a lot of struggles lately. Trying to stay in control is not easy, facing temptations daily…..
If you are interested in reading what I consume daily, on a meal by meal basis, I am posting it on my Facebook page- Heather’s Healthy Habits, under Heather Shelton Gum.