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T.O.P.S. was called to order by Sharon at 3:45 on May 13, 2014. There was a combined weight loss of 16.7 pounds with 17 weighing in. Billy was the highest loser. Vince was given a ribbon and certificate for most miles walked since the first of the year—4400 miles.

Judy provided a lively game for our lesson. She had us list words starting with letters that ultimately spelled out “Enthusiasm.” All the words were related to weight loss or control. Example, Energy, Eat smart; Nutrition, Nuts, Never say diet; TOPS, Take care of yourself; Tea; Help, Hope, Humor; Understand, United, Undertaking; Sleep, Salad, Sensible; Invincible, Ingenious, Intervention; Action, Attendance, Accountability; Smart, Satisfied, Savvy; and Method, Makeover, and Mind matters. The best part was the discussions about some of these words and what they meant personally to our members.

T.O.P.S. was called to order by Sharon at 3:45 on May 20, 2014. There was a combined weight loss of 7.6 pounds with 14 weighing in. Evelyn was the highest loser. Sharon presented the Summer Contest which is called Anchors “Aweigh” To Goal. We’ll be getting points for each pound or part of a pound lost this summer; a point for each week’s food journal; and 1 point for each ½ hour exercise session a day up to 4 points a week. We’re all excited and with a contest like that, just imagine the pounds melting “aweigh”!

Today, Margaret L taught some sensible songs like “Write it Down” (to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It.) If you think you’re going to eat it, write it down/If you think you’re going to eat it, write it down/ If you don’t want to write it, then don’t you dare bite it/Just be glad you will not have to write it down! (This really helps when passing the fridge.)

Our game was finding people with unusual talents or histories: Louise has been to Saudi Arabia; one member has eaten worms (as a very young child); Liz is fluent in Spanish; Billy has been a TOPS member longest (15 years), and all of us fit into one or another of the categories in the game. It was a good time just to have fun together!

T.O.P.S (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a non profit international weight loss support group open to anyone 7 years of age or older. T.O.P.S meets from 3 pm to 4:30 pm in the basement of the courthouse. Come and visit us to find out more about T.O.P.S. We welcome anyone looking to get and stay healthy.

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