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2/22/13 7:31 A

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You can only belong to one chapter but I believe you can attend another meeting for additional support. You can not weigh in at another chapter (except when you are traveling) and you can not participate in contests, etc other than at your own chapter.
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2/21/13 10:56 P

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I am looking into joining TOPS. I went to a meeting in my area that turned out to be very small and pretty boring. I am considering joining a much larger group in another area that has a reputation for being very good. My dilemma is that I want to meet people losing weight in my area but I also want to belong to a successful group. My question is: Can I join two different TOPS groups? That would work well for me and I REALLY could use the extra support of two meetings. Thanks for your help.

Wanting to go further in my weight loss journey than I've ever gone before. I want to lose the weight and KEEP IT OFF for good this time.


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1/6/12 7:02 P

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You can find a lot of info on the TOPS website (www.tops.org). If you have specific questions feel free to ask them here and I bet one of us will know the answer. Congratulations on joining and good luck with your weight loss journey.
Bev

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1/6/12 6:02 P

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Give it a chance; maybe you can run in the March elections for an office like secretary and help to get it better organized. THey may just need some good input!! Hang in there and do your best!! You are sooooooooooo worth it!!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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1/6/12 4:00 P

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I highly recommend checking out other chapters in your area.

Find a chapter you will love or else it will feel like a chore.


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HEALTHIERZOE Posts: 48
1/6/12 2:16 P

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Hi everyone
So i joined a local TOPS this morning, all good, except no very organized, and didnt have any newcomers info

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1/2/12 9:12 P

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Others have really covered much of what members like about TOPS
Our chapter is truly social average age of 11 member is probably 78 we enjoy each other and give encouragment and support we are two merged chapter and last year was the melding year looking forward to a less stressful year we meet at an American Legion and they are so good to us
One of the plus lies in the Pledge it expressed who you are
I am an intelligent person I will control my emotion
and not let my emotions control me
Everytime I am tempted to use food to satisfy
my frustrated desires or dull my senses
I will remember even though I eat in private
my excess poundage is their for all the world to see
I will take off pounds sensibly

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1/1/12 2:05 P

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I do like my TOPS group for support, but you need to keep in mind......it is YOU that holds the fork and makes the decisions of what you will eat, when ( if) you will exercise...it is not a magic pill. It takes time and commitment. I especially like my group because now we have 3 KOPS, of which I am one, and also the accountability at the scale is a HUGE deal for me. Remember, the motto...... I will not let food control my emotions. I will always be a TOPS member, and oh, yes, I've won close to $100.00 in contests that our group has!! It's great!!!

PS.....I am done giving food the power!!! I am in control! BELIEVE, that you can do it; join and let us know what you think, and oh, yes, you can visit one time for free and sign up the following week if you want. I know for me, when I went, I just HAD to sign up.....I had to help myself to better health!!! PTL!!!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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HEALTHIERZOE Posts: 48
12/31/11 12:32 P

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Thanks for all your answers, i have several TOPS loccations near me, but will check out one that is Thursday morning, and I need the accountability will weekly weigh ins...

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12/31/11 8:55 A

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If I am feeling bad about messing up my diet there is always a friend at TOPS to say look at how far you have come.. dont look back.. look forward .. the support is what keeps me coming back..

starting with todays weight: 244.25 (offical weigh in is mondays)



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12/31/11 4:06 A

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The good things about TOPS are low fees, accountability, new friends, activities, people aren't trying to sell you something you don't need.

You should definitely check out multiple chapters in your area. Some chapters have a lot of members. Others have less than 10.

Good luck!

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12/30/11 6:15 P

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There are lots of good reasons to join TOPS. First of all, it is very affordable, with membership at just $28 per year, plus weekly chapter dues that are usually $1 or $2 per week. The accountabilty of a weekly weigh-in is important for most people, and the support of other members is very helpful as well. The various contests and incentives at the local, state, and national level can be fun and inspiring.

On the negative side, some people don't feel it is structured enough. They want a plan that tells them exactly what to eat. There is an eating plan that TOPS suggests (the exchange system), but in many chapters it is not really discussed that much and members, with the help of their doctor, determine what type of eating plan is best for them.

TOPS chapters are run by members and many of the programs during meetings are presented by members. TOPS does provide material to be used for these programs, but chapters often use material from other sources as well. All chapters have a set of rules they need to follow, but those rules allow for a lot of flexibilty based on the wants and needs of the chapter members. Because of these things, there can be differences from one chapter to another. If there is more than one chapter near you I would suggest visiting more than one to see which one you like best before joining. You are allowed to visit with no obligation to join and at no cost to you. If you do join a chapter and find out it is not what you were looking for you can also transfer your membership to another chapter if you wish.

Good luck with your weight loss and I hope we hear more from you on this team!

Bev

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12/30/11 5:58 P

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good is the fees are cheaper
there is accountiblity reconization
you make many friends and have the opportunity to see go on retreats and conventions

You still have to be the one to do the work but they are there to help with advice support and there could be singing at some chapters

there are all different chapters all over and you have the opportunity to start your own chapter



Leslie Knudson
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12/30/11 3:26 P

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I am thinking about joining my local TOPS, tell me the good and bad about TOPS

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