TOPS-TORTOISE
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The difference beteween a winner and a loser is a 'hare'




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My inspiration comes from the story of The Tortiose and the Hare. "Slow and steady wins the race." The hare wants a quick fix to lose weight. He goes on a crash diet and only has 800-1000 calories per day. The major food groups for him are celery, grapefruit, and cottage cheese. He expects to lose 5 pounds a week, and get's upset when he doesn't. He doesn't think that exercise is important to lose weight. He thinks he should be able to do it solely by reducing his calories. He is desperate and he will try anything. He is vulnerable and easily mislead by all of the false claims of weight loss schemes like fad diets, weight loss pills, and protien shakes. He has tried them all believing that this one will work for him. Nothing works. He can't stay on a diet for more than two weeks, the pills make him nervous, and the protein shakes taste like chalk. He finally gets discouraged and gives up. It's no wonder that the hare falls by the wayside. His goals and expectations are not realistic and impossible to maintain consistantly.

The tortoise, on the other hand, views it as a lifestyle change. D-I-E-T is a four letter word in his world. He diligently tracks calories. He is honest with himself about what he eats and measures portions. He can still enjoy foods that he likes, just less of them, and even indulges in a treat now and then. He realizes the importance of exercise as a part of his lifestyle change and goes to the gym regularly. He knows that cardio exercise, and toning and building muscle will help to boost his metabolism and help him lose weight. He does not get upset if he only loses a small amount as long as the scale is moving in the right direction. He is not swayed by empty promises of weight loss schemes. He sets realistic goals that he can maintain for life. The tortoise just keeps trudging along at his slow pace until he passes the hare who has long since given up and lays by the wayside. The tortoise has not set himself up for failure like the hare.

In China 2011 is the year of the hare, but in my world, it is the year of the tortoise.

TOPS Pledge

I am an intelligent person.
I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me.
Every time I am tempted to use food to
satisfy my frustrated desires,
build up my injured ego,
or dull my senses,
I will remember that even though I eat in private
my excess poundage is there for all the world to see.
I will Take Off Pounds Sensibly.


Member Since: 1/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,629

My Goals:
My goal is to lose 100 pounds by the end of August in 2015. If I lose about 2 pounds a week I can reach my goal by that date. I plan to do this by tracking calories daily staying within my recommended range, and exercising for at least 30 minutes 3 times per week, or more. If I diligently do these things I'll see the pounds slowly melt away like an icicle on a warm spring day.

No more messing around losing and gaining the same 10 pounds. I want off this roller coaster. It's time to get serious about living a healthier lifestyle. I know that I am the only one that can do it. I have to dig down deep inside myself and find the drive, dedication and determination I need to do it.

Everyone has a dream. Mine is to save money for a Hawaiian Island cruise when I reach my goal. That's a fitting reward for such an accomplishment. I can't imagine anything more fun than going island hopping on a cruise ship, so, it's Hawaii or bust.


My Program:
I weigh-in at my TOPS meeting every week which gives me some accountability and support from TOPS friends. I plan to eat less and move more. I will make healthier choices and eat more fruits and vegetables. I will measure and weigh portions and track calories daily to stay within my recommended range. I will do some sort of cardio exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes.



Personal Information:
I am from Minnesota, the Twin cities metro area, southeast suburbs.


Other Information:
A few of my favorite things;

Crocheting
cake decorating
beading snowflakes
spending time with friends and family
watching a thunderstorm
big fluffy snowflakes
stale cheese puffs
gazing at a full moon
relaxing by a fire

Movies:

Life As We Know It
Letters To Juliet
The Notebook
A Walk In The Clouds
Under The Tuscan Sun
Return To Me
A Christmas Story
Now And Then
Radio
Remember The Titans
The Sandlot
Raising Helen
A Dolphin Tale
The Blind Side




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  • v MAYBER
    Thanks for the offer live in north Mpls near Robbinsdale would appreciate some support
    My DH went to his heavenly reward in March 2015
    Since then have gain 15 pounds
    Need to get back on track everyone tells me give yourself time
    Well do not want weight to keep rising so would appreciate encouragement
    One day at a time Love Prayers Peace
    Bernice
    269 days ago
  • v TOPS-TORTOISE
    Any TOPS friends want to form a texting support group. KOPS can be mentors too. We can check in with each other every day. We can share what we are eating and get ideas for new things to try. We can encourage each other to exercise when we'd rather just sit around and be a lump. We can send an urgent text to the group when we need some extra support. Someone could talk you off the ledge before you eat half a chocolate cake, or a whole bag of chips. If you are interested send me your contact info in a Spark Mail. I hope we can get a texting group going. It would be helpful.
    355 days ago
  • v LKWQUILTER
    Thanks so much for the info on the ball game. ((HUGS)) Linda Kay
    442 days ago
  • v PANFRIEDTROUT

    thought I'd stop by & say "gratz" on your 250 Monthly Fitness minutes! while I was here, I noticed your cute puppy ~ what is his/her name and do you go on walks together?

    I was also looking at emoticon you like ~ I really

    enjoyed "The Blind Side". Hope you're having a great week!

    Neon Ninja Marie
    455 days ago
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    Happy Easter!

    Neon Ninja Marie
    481 days ago
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