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5/2/16 1:31 P

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Not sure if I posted when I joined thus group SO...
My name is Cyndi. I will be 57 at the end of the month. I have been in Tops since September. I went to my first retreat last November and loved it. Terri was the facilitator. I met the most wonderful group of ladies and was so excited about the exchange system. I made Kops on February 4th. I am in chapter FL-0237.
I try to get some kind of exercise at least 5-6 days a week and I have pretty healthy lifestyle. I am really looking forward to going to IRD in July. I will not walk this year but can't wait to cheer on the ones that will. My time will come next year in Arkansas.
By the way...the scales at my chapter weigh a few more pounds than mine at home so that is why I still have a few more to go on my ticker.

Edited by: CDGO4TH at: 5/2/2016 (13:32)
Hello From Beautiful Sunny Pensacola, Florida.
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2/17/16 11:38 A

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Hi, I am 65 years old. Married with 2 children and10 grandchildren. I joined TOPS just 3 weeks ago. On my own I have been weighing myself for over 2 years and the scale has not moved. I have been a member of Spark People since 2007. When I first joined I was also a member of weight loss Bible study at church. Back then I lost 24 pounds. I have since then gained it plus more back and find myself stuck on that number. A couple of women at the church I have been attending, for the past 4 year, told me about TOPS. I went home and looked up TOPS on the internet and found a group just 3 miles from my home. I went to the meeting on Thursday and within 15 minutes decided to join. I now have at least 9 new friends. I believe that having them to be accountable to and be encouraged by will be what I need to loose my 40 pounds. Glad I found and joined this group too.

Edited by: GRAMMAJANET at: 5/2/2016 (14:38)
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emoticon MRS.MIKE to our TOPS emoticon Team !

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emoticon Ellen,

Your in the right place joining Spark. We all can relate.

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9/8/15 11:35 P

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Hi all emoticon
I have been with TOPS 14 years. Started off great hit some health issues and put all back on plus some. I have been up and down ever since. Trying to do better this year. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February had lumpectomy and some lymph nodes removed in March followed by radiation. Thankfully it was caught early. As of now considered cancer free. There were some set backs in weight loss journey energy level was so low didn't want to do a thing. I am getting energy back slowly.
I have really been struggling (with myself and emotional eating) to get back on track. I have a long way to go to goal. My goal this year was 50 lbs but not looking good right now. I will be happy just to be out of the 300's by year's end.
I am with GA 107

SGLY (Smile God Loves You)
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BLPRETTYGIRL1's Photo BLPRETTYGIRL1 Posts: 9,497
8/24/15 11:35 A

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Hi,

Drop into 2015 TOPS Chat and join us. Loads of information among us to share. Were all in the same boat and have different experiences with TOPS and weight loss. We all have life challenges and probably why were trying to live healthier.


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Thank you

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8/23/15 8:14 P

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Hi

Go to MY TRACKERS orange strip above.

Scroll down to Nutrition

School down to bottom of the page

There will be about 8 different titles

Look for SHOW MEAL PLAN

It will give you menus to help you know what you should be eating for each meal and snacks. You can substitute different foods that are similar.

Enjoy, Debbie

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Hi Debbie,
I'm looking for easy-to-understand info on the exchange system. Tops website was hard to navigate on that. Do you have any suggestions?
Nice to meet you!

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8/22/15 12:10 P

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emoticon Healthier Me,

Been a TOPS/KOPS for 15 years. Been with Spark for at least 6 years. Spark makes it easier to eat and exercise correctly. It helps you keep track on what your doing. I found that TOPS was helpful but no eating plan to really
show you what to do. A trial and error approach until you find what works.


TOPS/ KOPS HUGS, Debbie, TOPS 92 Windham. ME.

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Am attending my first meeting on Monday. I have been reading the magazine and was glad to find a TOPS group on SP. Look forward to reading here and adding to the discussion.

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I have been with TOPS for 1 year and have ended up with a zero loss. I really need help with menu planning and need to exercise more.

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Hi Tops Friends, my name is Pam, and I just joined TOPS for the third time... I really like this chapter as they have many ways to keep you motivated. I'm glad to be on this team with you ladies, and looking forward to giving and getting support.

~Pam~
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Hello TOPS Members, I have been with TOPS in BC, Canada for just a year, and am thankful to belong to a very supportive and caring Chapter. I look forward to following and getting to know other members in this group. Look forward to learning from each and everyone of you. Together, we can do it!

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8/25/14 9:17 P

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Hello TOPS friends, it a big shout out from NE0200, Wayne, NE. I have been in TOPS for 2 yrs and this year I am the secretary of my group. I am looking for someone to keep me accountable and for some true support. The group that I am in doesn't give much support. They are mostly ladies from 65-85 yrs and they just like to gab.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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Hello TOPS team I been a member of the club since 1996, in Ames, Iowa then in 2000 St. Cloud, MN I have been looking for this Team for awhile so we can keep each other motivated through the week. Now I can get off the slipper slope of after weigh-in splurges and day before meeting nerves of not wanting to step on scale! emoticon

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emoticon Peg, to TOPS Spark !

I am a 14 years member of TOPS 92, Windham, ME. Join the Chit Chat and we will all be waiting for you.


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7/13/14 2:23 P

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Hi, I am with TOPS FL 164 Melbourne and I am the Treasurer of the chapter. I have been with the group since 08/2012 and have lost a total of 41.50 lbs. This year I haven't been doing well with the losing, but think I am back on track now as I have come in with a loss for the last few weeks.
We have a very good and supportive group and meet on Thurs. mornings.
I was glad to see that TOPS has a team on SparkPeople.



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emoticon Candy to the team TOPS Friends.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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emoticon Candy from Debbie in ME.

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Hi, my name is Candy. I live in MN, have been with T.O.P.S. for 6 weeks and love it.
I have 2 children both grown, daughter is getting married in Aug up on the shore of lake Superior how nice, same place my son sis 2 years earlier.


Candy
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I am an intellingent person. I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me. Everytime I am tempted to use food to satisfy my frustrated desires, build up my enjured ego or dull my senses, I will remember...even though I overeat in private, my excess poundage is there for all the world to see.
I will take off pounds sensibly!


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5/27/14 6:38 P

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emoticon to the TOPS Friends team Darla.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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emoticon Darla to our team!

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Hello everyone :)

I'm Darla, a work at home single mom to 1 daughter age 7. I sell things on ebay & other sites for a living. When I'm not busy with that, I homeschool my daughter & do a little crafting. I live in San Antonio, TX. I'll be doing the TOPS Online only since our local meetings don't allow kids during the meeting.

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emoticon Pamapple to emoticon

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Some are introducing themselves but seems that no one but me welcomes them. Just go down the line and you will see several.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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5/23/14 7:07 A

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please add your introductions



Leslie
Area Captain TOPS ask me about it.
www.tops.org
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emoticon Sabrina

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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Hi All!!!

I rejoined the local TOPS Chapter a couple months ago. It worked for me before, but scheduling and finances made it not work for a while. I've also recently started back on Spark after a bit of a break. So, hoping to combine the two and be more successful than last time!

I'm a Stay at Home Mom to two girls, ages 11 and 8 and two furr-boys. My husband is a volunteer firefighter and works full time in Environmental Health and Safety and trains firefighters part time.

I love gardening, scrapbooking, card making, soap & lotion making, walking, biking. I love animals... but partial to dogs! LoL! I also love meeting new people! So, I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone!!!

Sabrina

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"Most barriers are man-made. And most often, you're the man that made them." ~Frank Tyger

"Life is like a coin; you can spend it any way you want, but you can only spend it once!" My little brother, Jason Southwick, 10/04/1984~2/25/2006


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Welcome Glenna. We are looking forward to knowing you better. I grew up with gardens, canning fresh produce a cow who gave enough mile for a family of 8 along with butter, cottage cheese, real whipped cream. That sure worked for its living.
Irene

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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Hi everyone,

I am Glenna from West Virginia. We live on a small farm with a milk cow, chickens, cats, dogs, and a garden. We also have fruit trees. so I can a lot of our own food.

I am doing TOPS online. I try to do the exchange system. I think it is a good plan. Gives some room to make personal choices, yet is healthy and balanced.

I look forward to meeting everyone and learning.



HOGWARTS Ms. Glenna
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Welcome to TOPS friends Kathy.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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Hi Everyone Just join this team today. I am the Leader for Our Chapter here in Georgia. I am glad i found this Team.

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emoticon to our team. TOPS will help keep accountability and Spark will be here for encouragement.
I have belong to a chapter for 14 years. Been with Spark for six.

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Welcome to the team Mrs Mike. You sound like you are serious about leading a healthy lifestyle. emoticon

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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4/17/14 4:52 P

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Hi, I just joined the team today and joined TOPS online too. I'm going to do the online version as my evenings are so busy. For now, poking around the Members area and trying to learn the exchange system. I signed up for a year membership and the book ($45).

Donna - Ontario, Canada
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Sadly, I can't access or print out anything until I get a membership number, and that could take a few weeks. Which is why I had to go on my own hunt and invent my own tracking sheet.

But I'm off to a great start and my home scale is showing lots of shifting downwards already! Yay!

This is not a journey to weight loss; it is a journey about choosing life one day at a time.


"Don't take a clock on this journey, take a compass. It's the direction you're moving in that matters, not the time it takes you to get there." - Anonymous



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Glad you are doing well now.
Irene

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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I don't know what they have online right now,
but last year when I signed up, I was able to
print out the exchange cards and several other things.

Glad you are feeling better.

MaryAnn
5% Challenge: (committed to 60 min.per week)
Week 1:
Fitness minutes (120 min. max)
Water (8 per day)

Week 2:
Track all food eaten (10 points, all or nothing)
Water tracking (8 per days)
Exercise: 120 min max)

Week 3:
Exercise (120 max)
Sleep (9 hr. max)
Nutrition (10 max)

Week 4:
Exercise (120 max)
Sleep: (9 hr. max)
Fiber: (35 pt. max)

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you


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Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome!

It's amazing what I was able to find online, for free, yesterday.... all sorts of great pdfs about the exchange system.

I developed my own tracking sheet, too, with boxes to "x" as I've eaten an exchange in a certain category. Further tweaked it to include tracking my pain level for the day, my water consumption, and 5 minute increments of exercise, too. And I count lots of things as exercise.... I also added a space where I can record my TOPS weight in, and then note if it's a loss or gain. And I can fold it up so that it fits into my pocket and yet I can access the column for the day to track everything, and just refold it for the next day's column. It's pretty awesome if I do say so myself.... emoticon

I'm doing really well today. Much better than yesterday, although yesterday was a grand improvement over most of the past 3 months.

I sure wish there was a way to track exchanges here on Spark!

I think I'll be fine without the book or the exchange cards. I feel much better prepared and informed today than I did yesterday. And I also feel that I'm off to a good start, finally. I just wish I wouldn't have wasted 2 days scrambling for the information I needed...... ah well. Glad to be here!


Edited by: KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 at: 3/28/2014 (18:08)
This is not a journey to weight loss; it is a journey about choosing life one day at a time.


"Don't take a clock on this journey, take a compass. It's the direction you're moving in that matters, not the time it takes you to get there." - Anonymous



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KNIT1 I have been very busy today and just now saying emoticon to you.
Hope you enjoy us and we are looking forward to hearing more from you.
Irene

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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Thanks for the welcome.

It's this waiting that is crushing me. Once I decide to do something, I want to get going. I want information. I want to study and apply. I don't want to wait 3 weeks to a month to get a number to gain access to the member resources..... and if I would've joined online, I would've had a membership number immediately as well as access to the member tools and I could've ordered the book..... and THEN I could've signed up with a local meeting afterwards with membership number in hand.

Ah well. I don't do waiting well, especially when there was an option to expedite, and I thought I was making a better choice. Turned out my better choice was just the slower route. emoticon I'm just hoping I can keep my interest and momentum up. I need information to feel like I'm making headway.

Thanks for the welcome. I just have to sit on my hands and wait wait wait.....

This is not a journey to weight loss; it is a journey about choosing life one day at a time.


"Don't take a clock on this journey, take a compass. It's the direction you're moving in that matters, not the time it takes you to get there." - Anonymous



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Knit1,

Glad you joined TOPS, I think you will enjoy it.

On some of your questions:

Be sure and ask for a receipt. Different chapters
handle it differently, so just ask.

Your number: Is assigned by Headquarters,
so they (the chapter) can't give it to you.
It takes a little while.

Start out by keeping track of your food and
exercise on paper and in the trackers.

It's unfortunate that you hit the meeting
when some were gone, but it happens
some times.

Welcome to the team here and to your
new chapter!!

MaryAnn
5% Challenge: (committed to 60 min.per week)
Week 1:
Fitness minutes (120 min. max)
Water (8 per day)

Week 2:
Track all food eaten (10 points, all or nothing)
Water tracking (8 per days)
Exercise: 120 min max)

Week 3:
Exercise (120 max)
Sleep (9 hr. max)
Nutrition (10 max)

Week 4:
Exercise (120 max)
Sleep: (9 hr. max)
Fiber: (35 pt. max)

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you


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Hi,

Go back and the leader will take care of all the paper work and get you going in the right direction. Most chapters are like family and are quite supportive . They can be caring and won't judge you like some family members. I joined March 14, 2000. It helps to keep me accountable and my emoticon are always here to cheer us on.

TOPS HUGS, Debbie. 92, Windham, ME.

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Hi Team!

Yesterday I went to a local TOPS meeting, and joined. However, 2 or 3 of their top officers were absent, and they had a regional person as a speaker rather than their regular program, so it was a complete scramble as to what to do with a new person.

I loved everyone, how friendly and nice they were. Joined on the spot, once they found the form. However, even though I gave them the completed application and my $28, I didn't get any receipt, or the weigh-in booklet thingie, or even a membership number, so I can't even log in online at TOPS.org to get more info. And no one knew anything about the book and cards that a new member can get for $17, even though it was clearly marked on the application form.

So now I am eager to get started, but feel like I don't have quite enough information. So I'm surfing the web and finding some great free resources on the exchange system, (fortunately with which I am very familiar from years ago!), so I am beginning to feel a little better about beginning.

I am enthusiastic, and it's important to keep my forward momentum going, as I tend to lose interest when I start hitting brick walls. So at least this morning I am feeling better with all these great free pdfs I am finding about the exchange system.

I've been on Spark for awhile, and I know the exchange system really works very well for me, but needed some support to get back to it. Hence, my deciding to go to TOPS yesterday and join.

I'm looking forward at connecting with the Team here, too.

This is not a journey to weight loss; it is a journey about choosing life one day at a time.


"Don't take a clock on this journey, take a compass. It's the direction you're moving in that matters, not the time it takes you to get there." - Anonymous



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emoticon Mary, emoticon to emoticon TOPS.

I have been with my chapter for 14 years. I live in Maine.

TOPS Hugs, Debbie

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emoticon Mary. So glad you have such a nice chapter.
God bless you.
Irene

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Hi, My name is Mary and I'm from Nampa, Idaho. We have our annual awards this week and I'm feeling really excited. This is my first time attending this. I joined TOPS last June and I've lost 10 lbs. I'm feeling great and motivated! My TOPS chapter is wonderful and we're a big family. The support is greater than I ever imagined. I hope to share my support to all of you here as well.


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Hi Ginger. I live in south Texas just before you jump off into the Rio Grande River. Glad to have you on the TOPS team. I belong to the TOPS and the KOPS team both.
Irene


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IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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Hi, I am Ginger from East Texas. I attended my first TOPS meeting two weeks ago. I remember my best friends mom going to TOPS many years ago and decided to check if we had a chapter here and I found one four miles from my house! It seems like a small group 6-12 people but that will be nice to get to know people. I am working my way through Real Life.

Happy to be on this team!


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emoticon back Mary Anne,

You will find the love and support here at Sparks as you will get with your chapter. You can weigh in with your chapter and share all your concerns here. We are here for your losses and gains and your friends in the chapter will not have to hear/ see what you shared.

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emoticon Mary Ann. Come on in and join us.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Hello!! just rejoined (last Mon) a local TOPS group after about 9 mo. being gone.

I have been a member of TOPS off and on since 1986. I lost 50
pounds and kept it off (KOPS) for 2.5 years. I was put on prednisone,
lost my status and have been fighting it ever since.

I now have 83 pounds to lose, 15 of which I have lost since Jan 1, 2014.
I think I have reached a plateau, but I lost a pound yesterday (it was back this morning}

My goals for 2014 are:
Lose at least 1 pound per week
Exercise minimum of 15 min on treadmill per day, 5 days per week
Steps per day: 2500, build to 10, 000 if my knees let me

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MaryAnn
5% Challenge: (committed to 60 min.per week)
Week 1:
Fitness minutes (120 min. max)
Water (8 per day)

Week 2:
Track all food eaten (10 points, all or nothing)
Water tracking (8 per days)
Exercise: 120 min max)

Week 3:
Exercise (120 max)
Sleep (9 hr. max)
Nutrition (10 max)

Week 4:
Exercise (120 max)
Sleep: (9 hr. max)
Fiber: (35 pt. max)

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD,
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Debbie for awhile I drove almost a 50 round trip to go to TOPS but then my knee hurt so bad and t he traffic was bad as we let out just when the traffic was beginning to home from work.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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welcome to all our new members here.

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Debbie, I am 82, and don't see well at night. I used to when younger, but I feel it better that I don't drive at night anymore. I would say you are a dedicated member of that chapter, and they can be proud that you are a member there.

Marsha


Remember if you continue to do what is not working for you, you will not achieve your goal. Always be open to new ideas.

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I have to drive in cold weather to TOPS at night. When I join, I was only 2 miles away. I moved a few years ago and now at least 10 miles away now. I have to drive with the on come traffic of cars coming home from work. With ice and snow and country roads is no fun. The nearest chapter is where I attend. Been with them for 14 years. Been with Spark quite awhile too. The BL in my name is Best Life and I join with a group who came to Spark. Irene is also one of the members who are on the private team.

Hugs, Debbie in the cold state of Maine.

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Yes, I don't blame your Mother for not wanting to drive in the dark. I might find something out tomorrow night when I go and weighin. I am afraid of a gain, but I will get back on program.
I won't stay for the meeting.

Marsha


Remember if you continue to do what is not working for you, you will not achieve your goal. Always be open to new ideas.

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Hi Marsha! We lost alot of our members to a morning group. People in our area prefer mornings, I hope you are able to start a morning chapter. My Mom is 82 and we ride together to our meetings, otherwise she wouldn't go because she doesn't drive at nights anymore.

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Thanks Irene, and you are proof that it can be done. Have a great evening.

Marsha


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I see I have not been on here to see new comers. I'm sorry about that but have received no notices that someone has joined.

I am Marsha's Spark friend who invited her. She Is an active lady and will be a blessing to this team as we encourage her along the way.

All of the rest of you I see on here that I didn't invite I also want to say emoticon and we can all emoticon together.

Irene

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Thank you for the welcome. It means a lot when you are a newbie.

Marsha


Remember if you continue to do what is not working for you, you will not achieve your goal. Always be open to new ideas.

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emoticon Pam & Marsha emoticon

TOPS emoticon from Maine

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You are welcome Marsha. I prefer to weigh in the mornings too but we don't have enough to make another group--too many work.

Trust God, believe in yourself, and keep looking forward. You can't change the past. You are always special.

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Linda, no one lives near me, or passes close to where I live. I was hoping someone would offer, but just out of the way. I am really hoping that the morning group does get started I prefer to weighin in the morning anyways.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Marsha


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Welcome Marsha. Maybe there is another member that lives near you that you could ride to and from the meetings. I don't drive at night so my dh takes me and I catch a ride home afterwards during the winter months. I do ok in the summer.

Trust God, believe in yourself, and keep looking forward. You can't change the past. You are always special.

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A friend told me about this TOPS group. I live in Tampa, Fl. Was a KOPS, but lost my status when I couldn't go because I was a caregiver for my late husband. I have gone back to my meetings to weighin, but can't stay for the meeting as I don't like to drive after dark. My leader called me this week and said that she is trying to get a morning group started and wanted to know if I woud be interested, I said YES. :) I go on Monday eveing to weighin and come home, but I love to stay for the meetings. I am hoping that she can get enough people to start the morning one. Thought I would check this group out. I need all the support I an get. I am 82 years young, have 1 wonderful Son, and 2 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren. My Son comes and keeps my yard up, and other little jobs I need done since the passing of my DH. Without my family, friends and Church family I am will taken care of.

Will post later. Went to church this morning, stayed for coffee hour, then to Walgreens and home. Have to change clothes. Usually take a little name around 3:00.

Marsha
Tampa, FL


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Pam, you can do it. Welcome from South GA.

Trust God, believe in yourself, and keep looking forward. You can't change the past. You are always special.

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I busy moving but wanted to welcome you
I know you will succeed. any questions just ask

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Good afternoon all! I have been around Spark b4 (twice) - I'm embarassed to admit that. I have tried self determination, deprivation, kicking my own rear end, and just can't seem to find the motivation to make something happen. I was in a local TOPS group about 10-12 years ago & had success. I hit my goal!! Then, life got busy with my daughter (a teenager at the time) and I didn't have the time needed to dedicate to TOPS & made every excuse in the book for letting myself go again. I got bigger than the first time I ever started TOPS! emoticon I started in a new TOPS group 3 years ago with renewed umph & lost 18 lbs in the first year. I even became a division winner for our group! Then, the lazies hit again. I can't seem to convince myself this is a LIFESTYLE change & go right back to the old habits. This past Monday I stepped on the scale in total embarassment. I weighed in 3 lbs HEAVIER than my starting weight in Feb 2011 & I cried. Unbelievable. I have a new grandbaby due in March & I want to be around for him. I want to be active & have fun with this little guy & not be that fat, boring, sedentary grandma that is so out of shape we can't go outside to play on the swingset. So here I go again! I know I can, I know I can!!
emoticon Looking forward to getting to know everyone! Pam

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Welcome
I am from Minnesota.

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Hello, my name is Andrea and I have been in TOPS for one year. While my first year wasn't great (I was actually up 5lbs) it could have been so much worse if it wasn't for TOPS. I'm from Ontario Canada and this winter has been... very white. I look forward to meeting you!

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That is the way to do it. From personal experience. if it wasn't for TOPS. I hate to think what I would weigh now. I didn't gain a lot every year but I just kept gaining 4 to 6 lbs. per year and it does add up.

Trust God, believe in yourself, and keep looking forward. You can't change the past. You are always special.

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Hey. Nice to meet all of you. My name is Lisa and I have been in TOPS a while. emoticon My highest weight was 270 and although I am nowhere near goal weight, if it weren't for TOPS I would probably be over 300 by now. We have a very small chapter, technically I am a co-leader but since I don't do much I hesitate to claim the title! Slowly but surely I am going to take off this weight sensibly in 2014,

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Thanks.

Trust God, believe in yourself, and keep looking forward. You can't change the past. You are always special.

Linda Kay


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You can do it

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I am Linda, GA 279 Douglas, and Treasurer. I have been in TOPS since August 2007 and feel like it is the best thing I have ever joined. 2007 and 2008 I did really well, losing 40+ pounds but 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, I did not do good, gaining a few pounds each year. Now 2013 I did better and lost 8 pounds for the year. I still have 26 pounds to get to my goal and plan to at least lose 12 pounds 2014. Another goal is to be consistent with weight loss and not yoyo so much.

Trust God, believe in yourself, and keep looking forward. You can't change the past. You are always special.

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Hi I'm Bonnie secretary of my TOPS club in Wilmore KY. I've been in TOPS for 5 years I keep loseing and finding the same 10 lbs. I want to get back to loosing

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You can do it. emoticon

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I'm Barb, and the leader of a TOPS group in Macomb County, Michigan. I've been with TOPS for 2 years, and lost 30 lbs so far. I would like to become a KOPS this year; I have to lose 24 pounds to get there.

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Please if you post a brief intro about you and also your goals for 2014

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