Lisa Schofield holds the latest edition of the international TOPS News magazine. Schofield was asked to share her weight loss story after shedding 100 pounds, and keeping the weight off for more than a year.
ALDERSHOT - No more excuses.
Lisa Schofield adopted this mantra the day she stepped on the scale and decided enough was enough.
That moment was 100.5 pounds ago.
Schofield joined Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter 5292 in Kentville in July 2013. One year later and 100 pounds lighter, she reached her goal weight with the help of her support system at TOPS.
“It’s bigger than just the numbers,” she says.
“The people are incredible. We laugh together. We cry together. We have been there for each other, thick and thin.”
Schofield’s approaching the end of her one-year reign as Nova Scotia’s provincial TOPS queen, an honour that earned her an all expenses paid trip to Reno, Nevadain the summer for an international TOPS recognition celebration.
“There were people there that blew me away number wise,” the 48-year-old recalls, listing an elderly woman from Texas who lost 216 pounds as an example.
Schofield was selected to appear on the cover of the latest edition of the international TOPS News magazine for a “5 Sassy Ladies Who Lost Weight With Style” feature.
It all seemed surreal after 40 years of struggling with obesity. Schofield vowed to continue eating better, moving more and attending TOPS.
“It’s too easy to fall back into old habits,” she says.
“It takes a toll on you carrying that weight.”
Mark McLaughlin, a media relations representative for TOPS, says many people are now struggling with keeping weight loss resolutions set in January.
“The trouble is most resolutions involve diets and diets often fail. They're temporary. When people reach the end of a diet, they frequently go back to their old eating habits and the pounds return,” he says.
“This is why it's important to note that TOPS is not a diet. It's a lifestyle change for a lifetime.”
Through TOPS, Schofield learned how to juggle exercise with a busy work life, track the food she eats and be mindful of the portions on her plate.
She hopes others struggling with their weight will reach out to a local TOPS chapter for support, and find the information and motivation they need. If the big picture seems too overwhelming, Schofield recommends taking it day-by-day, one pound at a time.
“There’s no magic pill. There’s no special food. There’s now quick way about it,” she says. “You need to make yourself a priority.”
To learn more about Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), visit www.tops.org.