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BEFORE AND AFTER

Sunday, December 12, 2010



This is what I looked like before I decided to join TOPS on August 6, 1992.



I became a KOPS on June 3, 1993 with a weight loss of 82.25 lbs. to goal. I became ARD (Area Recognition Days) Queen for 1993.



Then, who knows what actually happened to my brain, but I dropped out of TOPS in August, 2000. Bet ya can't guess what happened then? Yup - gained all the weight back...plus MORE!!!

Finally woke up and re-joined TOPS on November 4, 2004. I became a KOPS once again on October 20, 2005 with a 112.50 lb. loss to goal. (My goal was still the same as before...but I told you I had gained more weight back, remember?)

This time I became Division 2 winner for the Northern IL area & 2nd place Division 2 winner for the State of Illinois...plus runner-up Queen for the Northern Illinois area!

  
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MOM4407 12/13/2010 8:35PM

    Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/12/2010 7:37PM

    I was thinking of also gong back to TOPS. I was a member from 81-about 2003 I think. My group just got too social and not weight conscious. The people were great but I need a motivational group if I'm to go back. I'll have to maybe look for another group.
It's a thought process anyway.

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STANDFAST 12/12/2010 12:38PM

    I love looking at before and after pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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DDOORN 12/12/2010 8:16AM

    Wonderful pics...! Amazing transformation!

Kudos to YOU most of ALL for MAINTAINING!

Don

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PJSTIME 12/12/2010 7:42AM

    I think you finally won the battle for life. Even though we all know it is a life style change and we can never go back to eating like we did.

Great job. emoticon

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CHERRIERUNS 12/12/2010 7:11AM

    congrats to you on your hard work. I had attended a TOP group for awhile in my area. I go to WW now but TOPS was just as helpful. Good for you!

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HOW TO GET SMARTER

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Walk 40 minutes 3 times a week to boost brainpower. emoticon

Researchers at the University of Illinois found that when couch potatoes incorporated that amount of exercise into their usual routine for a year, they experienced a significant increase in their brain connectivity. Over time, this can help fend off memory loss. A smart move: Skip the dinner out with friends and walk together instead! emoticon

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 12/11/2010 8:12AM

    Sounds like good advice to me. Sure hope it works

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DDOORN 12/11/2010 8:08AM

    It's great to have friends to share your cardio with!

Don

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Burn Notice

Friday, December 10, 2010

Trim the tree emoticon and your waistline.

2 hours of stringing, squatting and reaching blasts 376 calories.

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LKWQUILTER 12/10/2010 8:34AM

    I should burn that many today putting up our tree. Thanks for making me want to get at it. lol

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LLLAWSON 12/10/2010 7:35AM

    WooHoo. Tree is up and now I have the motivation to decorate it!

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DDOORN 12/10/2010 7:33AM

    THAT'S the holiday spirit! :-)

Don

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 12/10/2010 7:00AM

    WooHoo, what a way to get those calories off!

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LOGGING AND DRINKING

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Click to make weight loss stick. Successful dieters who recorded their eating habits online at least once a month for 2 years kept off 3 times more weight than did less frequent loggers.

Water Works. Downing 2 cups of water before meals helped people lose about 5 pounds more than those who said no to H2O. Water is filling, so sippers ate 75 to 90 calories less.

  
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LEANGRL42 12/9/2010 5:35PM

    AHHH, THE BENEFITS OF WATER! THANKS FOR THE TIPS. I'M MORE DETERMINED TO DRINK 1/2 MY BODY WEIGHT IN WATER EVERY DAY...CAN'T EMPHASIZE HOW IMPORTANT WATER REALLY IS TO OUR BODIES. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE COMMENT ON MY BLOG. YOU ARE A STEADY REMINDER OF SUCCESS AND MAINTAINING THAT SUCCESS. YOU INSPIRE ME EVERYDAY! emoticon

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DDOORN 12/9/2010 10:00AM

    Loving my H2O!

Need to do better with logging...

Don

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YOUCANDOITSUE 12/8/2010 8:21AM

  I am glad we are all headed in the right direction. emoticon emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/8/2010 7:26AM

    I get my 8 cups in each day but I'm going to try for more.

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WOMANCHEF 12/8/2010 7:18AM

    Thanks for the reminder! I have to admit your title made me curious - I wasn't sure what you would be blogging about. emoticon

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10 QUICK STRESS BUSTERS

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

When you're at the end of your rope, try one of these expert-approved tension-tamers.

1. TALK IT OUT. Sharing your feelings and concerns with a partner, work colleagues, clergy or mental-health professional provides a release and a fresh perspective. emoticon

2. TAKE UP A HOBBY. Whether it's as simple as planting flowers in a window box or as ambitious as woodworking, a hobby you truly enjoy helps dial down job-related stress. emoticon

3. TRY YOGA. In a recent study, hatha yoga (a gentle form of exercise that uses body postures and deep breathing) helped people recover from stress. emoticon

4. BREATHE! Inhale slowly through the nose then exhale slowly out the mouth as you say a relaxing word (like ca-a-a-lm). Pause, then repeat up to 15 times.

5. SAY NO. Some stressors are self-created-like overpromising at work or overcommitting your social life. Learn to identify them and back off.
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6. TURN OFF YOUR CELLPHONE. Even just 10 minutes of "me time" each day can refresh your mental outlook and slow down your body's stress response.

7. EAT RIGHT. Aim for at least 2 servings of fruit emoticon emoticon and three of veggies emoticon emoticon emoticon per day. One banana, for instance, is loaded with vitamin B6 to help the body create mood-boosting serotonin.

8. RELAX YOUR NECK AND SHOULDERS. emoticon Drop your head to one side, gently roll it around in a wide circle; repeat 3-5 times, then reverse directions. Repeat 5 times.

9. VISUALIZE PEACE. Spend 5 minutes imagining a peaceful scene such as a warm beach emoticon or a quiet spot in the woods. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, taste?

10. WALK! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon People who get the CDC's recommended 150 minutes of brisk activity every week see improved mental health.

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55WALKER 12/7/2010 7:38PM

    I particularly needed to read this this week. Thanks.

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LINDAW64 12/7/2010 6:48PM

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