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KAR73
06-10-2008, 01:21 PM
Hi All,
Just thought I would start the TOPS thread over again. Looking for some support from fellow TOPS members. Gained some weight last year and want to take it and more off in the coming year. I know that I can do it with my TOPS pals at my chapter and my on-line TOPS pals. Would love to get to know any fellow TOPS members out there? Please feel free to join me here.
I have new motivation to get to my goal weight this coming year or at least a little closer to it. My parents will be married 50 years come June 6,2009. We are having a family picture done and then a party for them. So I would like to not be the fat one in the family picture. If that makes sense. Looking forward to this new journey in my life with some on-line TOPS pals.
Have a great day!
Thanks,
Kerry


kaplods
06-10-2008, 04:33 PM
Fellow TOPS member here. Hubby and I joined in late August. We both ended up accepting nominations for office, and both won. I for co-leader, he for treasurer.

I love TOPS. It has all of the advantages of the expensive plans, and so many more advantages that the other plans just don't have. Flexibility, incentives, awards and other recognitions, more individual support.... just can't say enough good things about TOPS.

I get a little irked, when friends on WW tell me how much "better" WW is because "you get what you pay for," and won't even listen to what TOPS offers. Their loss, because as any bargain shopper knows, expensive isn't a guarantee of quality, and inexpensive isn't a guarantee against quality either. I think TOPS is one of the best bargains there is. Don't get me wrong, I think WW is a fine program, but even if the cost were the same, I think TOPS still has WW beat for social support, incentives, and recognition. TOPS gave out charm bracelet charms for weight loss decades before WW decided to hand out the 25lb magnet and the 10% keychain.

For each 10 lb loss, our chapter offers the choice between free monthly dues ($3 value) and a charm. I always pick the charm. When I was a member in the 90's, I wore that charm bracelet everywhere (I lost 60 lbs total, before I got a job in another city about 75 minutes away, and didn't like the new areas TOPS. Lame excuse, in hindsight). We had one lady in the group who had lost 200 and some odd pounds. She sewed her charms onto a girl scout's style sash, and wore that sash to every meeting. She could tell you each charm's story (which pounds lost or which special TOPS event each of those charms represented).

On June 30th, I'm leading the group program, and I'm going to do it on geocaching (that is if hubby finds our gps, otherwise I'll reschedule for when he does find it, or when we get it replaced. I thought I'd start looking in the second hand stores and on ebay). Did anyone see the article in the TOPS newsletter on geocaching from the lady in Alberta, Canada? It's so much fun. I wish the gps weren't so expensive. I think it would be neat for the club to buy one and lend it out to members, but we've got a pretty small club, so that probably might be practical. If I can get one on ebay cheaply enough, I might just donate one to our club (especialy if as I suspect the moment we buy a gps for ourselves, my husband will find the one he misplaced).

KAR73
06-10-2008, 05:22 PM
Hi Kaplods,
You are so right about TOPS. I have been a member since 4-1-2003. I had gotten down to 195 pounds, then with stress and having fincianal problems I went right back to eating poorly. So I gained what I lost and then some back. But now I am back on the losing streak. I really think it also has a lot to do with the members of my group are more motivated to lose their weight this time around. I just wish I could get more of my friends that say they need to lose weight come join us.
I love the idea of geocaching. I would love to get started with my dh and three stepkids. But you are right, the units are so expensive. Maybe if I sold more Avon and stopped buying stuff for myself from Avon, then I could save my profits and use that money. Or win the lottery. :) Your program sounds like it would be a lot of fun.
I guess one of these meetings, I have to give a program on the excerise bands. I use mine when I do the Lesile Sansone walking workouts.
We have a small chapter too. We have about 15-20 members. But only about 10-12 of us show up for the meetings on a regular basis. Maybe sometime we could do a challenge with each other's club. I think that would be neat.
Well I need to go put my dining room back together. I cleaned the kitchen and dining room's today really good and mopped the floors. Time to put them back to a semi order of normalize. Then I have to get ready to go to my TOPS meeting. I am hoping that I have a loss. But I am getting ready to start my TOM. So I hope that doesn't get in my way of a good number on the scales.
Well you have a nice evening! Look forward to getting to know you better. Glad that your dh and you are both members of TOPS. I wish mine would join. He has a little beer gut and thinks he doesn't have a problem. I think in couple of years, I will be able to get my stepdaughter to join with me. She is 12 and already close to 200 pounds. Her mom is very heavy too. So I just hope that I can spread my success their way for both their sakes.
Well I better go. I will chat with you later.
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry


KAR73
06-10-2008, 08:24 PM
I lost 1/4 of a pound at my meeting tonight. I was happy with the results. At least I didn't gain anything. I did get my chapter to agree to doing a new contest for the summer. It is called Touring the counties of Ohio. Each person will be given a map of the counties of Ohio and they get to color one of the 88 counties if they have a loss, stay the same, drink water, excerise, contact a TOPS member, or keep a food chart for the week. The first two people to get all their maps colored in will be the winners of a little goody bag. So I am looking forward to this contest.
So when does your TOPS group meet?
Well I need to close for now. I have some paper work that I have to take care of. I will check in with you tomorrow. Have a great evening!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

KAR73
06-16-2008, 11:50 PM
Hi,
It is a new week and I hope that you have a great weigh in! I am looking forward to seeing if I did okay going home over Father's Day to visit my family. I did excerise both days that I was home for 30 minutes each. Plus I tried to watch my portions and eat healthy. So I am hoping that it pays off on the scales tomorrow evening for me. Hope to chat with you soon. Have a great week!
Kerry

kaplods
06-17-2008, 12:30 AM
I turtled today. I was lazy and didn't journal. REALLY need to be getting back to that. Hubby (the King of horrid eating habits) confronted me today about my eating habits. He was compassionate and to his credit started off with acknowledging that he knows he has alot of work to do in that area himself, but he'd noticed and become concerned that I go on unhealthy "jags," and he's right. Rather than eat a balanced diet on a regular basis, I tend to spend a day or several in one food group and then move onto another food group. I overdo the veggies and then have an IBS attack and then eat mostly protein, and then I go through fruit stage, a grain stage, and even a fat or sugar day.

So, this week I am committing to journaling. I use a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 day-planner and I've printed journal pages (printed landscape, so I get 4 pages per sheet of printer paper) that have space to log the food, and boxes to check off the exchanges. Every day. All day, every bite.

For exercise, tomorrow or thursday we'll go to the warm water therapy pool.
And we're going to the Humane Society to fill out volunteer applications. Before I met my husband, I volunteered at an animal shelpter to walk dogs. I was still recovering from a herniated disk so I couldn't walk any dog that pulled, but it was good exercise and a good critter "fix" as I was living in a no-pet apartment at the time. I'm going to sign up to walk dogs and if I can get in better shape, I might volunteer to wash and groom pooches too.

And - I'm going to HELP hubby find our GPS. I really want to get back to geocaching as adds such a fun element to walking.

Something neat - Our group has a sign-up sheet so anyone can run a program if they're interested. The leader and I alternate weeks if no one else is interested. Our secretary ran a great program tonight. After weigh-in we broke into pairs, and she assigned us each a section of the grocery store (hubby and I got the meat department). We had a list of things to look for on nutrition labels per serving highest and lowest protein, fat, fiber, calories. Then we met up at a local grocery store (the store manager knew we were coming and was happy to have us). We then met together to deal with the snack aisle. Then we met in the grocery store's cafe area to report our findings and discuss.

It was a BLAST! Only a couple people decided not to participate, but everyone who did really enjoyed it. It was educational and entertaining.

Hubby and I went to dinner afterward. We chose my favorite, a thai restaurant and we both ordered the Pho ( pronounced fuh, a broth and noodle soup). It's a huge bowl of soup (about a quart). I only ate about one cup and took the rest home). No eggrolls! No appetizers of any kind!

Hubby teased me for only ever wanting to go to the thai restaurant, but as I told him, it's the only restaurant in town with many light options. The beef salad (laab) the green papaya salad (like a garlicky coleslaw) the vermicelli salad (light if you order it without the eggroll and don't eat all of the noodles) the Pho (as long as you don't down the whole bowl - or order the 3 quart king size bowl - I've only ever seen slim, young asian men ever order it). The spicy tilapia (if you don't order the sticky rice to dip in the sauce, the steamed tilapia. They've added a catfish curry that might be healthy. I have to add the owner how it's made. If there's coconut milk in it, it's probably not a good choice.

It's become our Monday night, post TOPS tradition. I generally choose a light option, but no matter how light, I can't go there less than three days from a weigh-in from the water-retention. Fish sauce and other asian condiments are low in calorie, but very high in sodium. I've already started drinking the extra water to compensate for the extra sodium.

Anyway, that's all the news from me.

KAR73
06-17-2008, 11:42 PM
Hi Kaplods, congrats on your turtle. Atleast you didn't gain anything with your bad eating habits. It is nice that you and your dh are doing this together. Mine is 50/50 right now. But I guess that is better than nothing. I use to get negative support from him. Now it is a little bit better. I lost 1 1/2 pounds last week. So I am pleased with my progress. Since I went home to visit my dad and family over the weekend. We had a graduation party to go to and I didn't get tempeted and over eat. I am proud that in the last three weeks, I have lost 5 1/4 pounds so far. I just hope that I can keep up this good roll that I am on. My goal is not to have a gain during the whole summer.
Your dinner last night sounds good. Atleast you know what the sodium does to your body and you make arrangements for it. Hope you have a great week! Your program sounds like it was a lot of fun. I wish my group would do more interesting programs like that one.
Well I need to go and fill in my Ohio counties map for our contest that is going on. I would really like to finally win one. I haven't ever won one of the contests that we have had.
I will check back in with you tomorrow. Have a great evening!
Take care,
Kerry

kaplods
06-18-2008, 12:36 AM
Today was great, not even up a pound from the soup. Only about two tenths. That'll be gone by tomorrow. I'm not sure I'll push it by eating the leftovers this week. It should freeze fine in the plastic container.

We did sign up at the humane society to volunteer. Hubby wasn't going to sign up, as he's afraid a dog might pull on the leash and he'd fall (he walks with a cane and has degenerative spine and joint issues). He decided to volunteer to brush and play with the kitties while I walk the dogs (there's a park right outside the shelter) though he might be able to come walk with me sometime, as long as he doesn't hold the leash.

We're going tomorrow for our first day. Journaled all day. I did well (but have to add my snack, can't forget that. I have a bad habit of forgetting to finish journaling after dinner).

I'm really excited about the dog walking. I may have to ask to walk one of the very tiny dogs, as I'm not sure that I have enough stamina to give a larger dog, even if he's a gentle walker enough exercise. Then again, I'm probably worrying over nothing. When I volunteered in IL, the first dog I was give to walk was Chip, a HUGE labrador/dalmation cross. He had the full-bodied shape of a lab and the markings of a dalmation (he even had a "spot" on the iris of his eye). He was a great dog. I was so afraid to start with such a large dog, but I was assured he was a gentle walker, and he really was. He pulled a bit, but very gently. It was almost like he knew I wasn't very stable on my feet, but wanted me to go as fast as I could. It was great physical therapy.

I told hubby I'm really comitted to us getting back into LIFE. This winter we both felt so yucky, we barely did anything, and if we don't become more active, it's going to get harder and harder to do anything. Hubby's especially at risk for losing functioning, because his joint condition is degenerative. Exercise isn't able to reverse any of the damage, but it can slow down the decline. I don't want to push him into anything he can't do, but noodging him into doing as much as he can is good for both of us.

KAR73
06-18-2008, 09:55 AM
Hi Kaplods,
Sounds like you are having a great week. Keep up the good work! I am sure that the humane society will give you a dog or dogs that you are able to walk without any strain on your body. I am sure that they are just glad to have people like you volunteering.
I know the feeling about being committed to making a postive change in your lifestyle for the better. I know that I am sick of feeling tired and run down all the time. My friends have noticed that my mood and personality have changed since I started to really watch my food intake and excerise more. I started this on May 30th. So I am hoping that by my birthday next May 15th, I am at or close to my goal weight.
Well I need to go and do the dishes. Then my stepdaughter who is 12 and I are going to go for a walk at the local lake. Have a fun day volunteering at the humane society!
Check back in with you later.
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
06-18-2008, 07:33 PM
Went to the humane society. I walked a fat rottie mix named Gracie. Two fat girls on a walk. Wow, did I get a workout. A short workout, but an intense one. Gracie is fat, but STRONG and even though I kept her leash short to try to encourage her to heel, she pulled me toward the nearby park.

It took all my strength to make her go at my pace (good resistance training - I had to switch arms several times to keep things "even"). But she definitely had her own "agenda" - as soon as she pooped, she was ready to head back. I tried to encourage her to keep going, but when I wouldn't turn around, she laid down and wouldn't budge (and while I outweighed her, she outmuscled me). So, I gave in and we headed back. I then gave her a good brushing (which was almost as much exercise as the walk).

I then went to check on hubby, and sat with him while he groomed cats. One of the cats he "made pretty" is going to be on the local news today to find a home. Apparently, I looked pretty horrible, as hubby was concerned that my face and chest were bright red and pouring sweat, but I felt great (I just get bright red when I exert myself, especially in the heat - I always have even as a kid). I'm going to be so sore tomorrow though I bet.

Anyway, this is Gracie.

KAR73
06-18-2008, 09:02 PM
Evening Kaplods,
Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Gracie is a cutie pie! Glad you felt great after your walk with Gracie. I know what you mean about getting red faced and stuff. The same thing happens to me when it is hot outside. Sounds like you have a win/win situation were the humane soceity is concerned.
My stepdaughter and I went to the local lake for a walk this morning. We got there at 11 and walked around the lake. Then decided to take the bike path that connects to the lake. Well we ended up taking it into town and back. When it was all said and done we walked a little over 5 miles. It took us 2 hours and 10 minutes to do. But boy did I feel great afterwards. So I think that would be great to do once a week.
Well I am tired and need to do a little more computer work before going to bed. I will check back in with you tomorrow. Have a great evening!
TOPS hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
06-19-2008, 11:25 AM
I am so sore today! Yikes, I feel like I've been hit by a truck, LOL. I knew I'd be achey, but aghh. Definitely might want to work with an easier to walk pooch next time. I think maybe tomorrow or friday. Today I want to go to the warm water pool.

Our area has a warm water therapy pool in the county aging & disability resources complex. It's heaven, and anyone with a doctor's referal can use it, and it's not very expensive, even though they recently doubled their prices. The pool is even wheelchair accessible and they have all sorts of flotation and water resistance equiptment (noodles and water bar bells), and even a couple sunk and bolted gymnastic bars. They also do arthritis and fibromyalgia exercise classes, though I've never gone.

Laps can be a bit of a challenge on busy days, but it's easy to get in a real workout anyway. If I lived closer, I would go every day. It's so nice to be able to get into the water with no temperature shock. I would live in the water if I could (I've said this so many times, I'm sure many people are tired of hearing it - I know my husband is).

KAR73
06-21-2008, 03:58 PM
So did you recover from your walking Gracie the other day? The therapy pool sounds like a nice pool to go to. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Mine weekend is going okay so far. Haven't really done much of anything. My bil and his two grandkids came over to visit for a little while today. Other than that it has been a lazy kind of day. I went to the city pool the last two mornings and helped my dh clean the pool. So I am hoping that tomorrow he will just go and do it by himself. Then I can get my workouts in in the mornings. Haven't done a good workout in two days, since I have had to help him.
Well I better go and get some housework done. Chat with you later. Have a nice weekend!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
06-21-2008, 05:11 PM
We didn't make it to the pool. We've done a lot of walking though - local famers' markets, lots of shopping and we went to Rainbow Valley Music Fest, it's an anual free Christian music concert our church holds every summer. It's the second largest free Christian music concert in the state.

I thought the food stands were going to be tough, but I did well. My thighs and calves are still very sore from walking Gracie. Thursday was the worst.

Tomorrow morning we'll be doing the animal shelter again, ans Tuesday the pool. There are also a couple free hours for local pools, I have to check those out too. Though unless the water is pretty warm, that might not work out well. With the fibromyalgia, my joints just don't "do" cold water.

KAR73
06-22-2008, 12:30 PM
Sounds like you have been getting in a lot of good excerise though. Keep up the good work! Way to go with the food booths too! I thought it would be hard too. I know that it was after I first made the committment to change my lifestyle. But now I think of it as I don't want to put that bad food in my body. I think of it like putting bad gas in your car and then how you have to repair your car more often.
I had a nice day yesterday. I didn't do much. But I did straighten up the house while my dh and stepkids were gone. Then I read for a little bit. Today I went and helped my dh clean the local city pool. We stopped at McDonald's for breakfast. I usually get the bagel meal with a med. oj. But today I ordered a fruit parfit, apple dippers and a white milk. I was so proud of myself for not giving into tempatation. plus the bagel meal doesn't sound good anymore. I am off to do a 30 minute workout, get a shower and get dressed to go to my sil's for a cookout this afternoon.
Hope you have a nice day!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
06-22-2008, 08:53 PM
Went to hubby's dad's today for a belated Father's Day celebration. They had pizza, and I had three pieces (cut in only 2" x 2" pieces, so it was like one normal piece).

The pizza was hard, not so much because I wanted it, but because everyone at the table (except my hubby, he gets special hubby points for that) kept pushing it in front of me after they would take a slice.

It was as if FIL, MIL, and SIL, noticed I wasn't "keeping up" with everyone, and were reminding me that it was "my turn."

I even passed on the chips and salsa a few hours later.

KAR73
06-22-2008, 09:25 PM
Kaplods good for you on your will power at your hubby's parents today. We went to my sil's for a cookout. I had a hamburger, a small spoonful of the following: pasta salad, potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw. Then later I had a small piece of homemade apple pie. They all were pigging out and kept saying to me that I needed to eat more since that little bit that I had couldn't have possibly filled me up. But I was very pleased with my will power today. In the past, I would pig out and then feel guilty about it later.
I think this coming week, I will try to go to the Y two or three times to work out. But I would really like to start a structured routine for when I go there. I guess I might have to meet my bil there one day and see what he has to suggest.
Glad your day went well! Any big plans for the coming week? I am going to try and get a few applications to fill out to get a part-time summer job. Just to get out of the house for a couple hours a day and also to have some extra money for new clothes when I go back to school in September. Hopefully they will be a smaller size. :)
Good Luck at your weigh in tomorrow night! I bet all your walking has payed off this past week and weekend!
Chat with you later. Have a nice evening!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
06-22-2008, 10:45 PM
I had such a great week I was hoping I'd see a big loss, but no such luck so far. Actually with insulin resistance, "big losses" really just aren't in the cards anymore (but I can still hope, remembering the days in my 20's when I could have a 9 lb loss week - really that's how badly I've screwed up my metabolism in the last three and a half decades of dieting).

Oh well, it's not just the weight loss, I know from the aching muscles that I'm actually building muscle, and over time building muscle will speed my metabolism.

I think I have spring fever, and so motivation is really high right now. I have to really take advantage of that while I can. For some reason, I was thinking that my TOPS program was due tomorrow, but it's due the 30th, so I think I'm going to do it on "sprouting." I'm going to bring in samples of sprouts I've grown (various sprouts, and stages) and show the group how to grow them, and bring in sample sprouting seeds for anyone to take some home if they want.

More animal shelter volunteering, swimming, and I think I'm going to check out either a local knitting and crochet club or a writers club. Both meet on Wednesdays at about the same time, so I have to choose one over the other.
Right now, I'm really into crocheting, but I've always wanted to write (and have several projects, including three novels "started").

KAR73
06-22-2008, 10:56 PM
Sounds like you are going to have a busy but wonderful week! Your program sounds like it would be a good one. I was wondering if maybe in the fall to motivate our groups for the holidays, we might want to do a challenge between the two groups. Maybe a walking from Wellston,Ohio to Wausau, Wisconsin contest. I know a couple years ago, I had contacted Leslie Sansone and she was willing to donate a Walk Away the Pounds Series of videos or dvds to the winning chapter. But then the group we were going to do it with backed out. Do you think your group might be willing to do it? It is 691.5 miles from my town to your town. Let me know what you think.
I know the feeling about being motivated. I can't seem to sit still for long periods of time anymore. I have been cleaning the house, taking care of some business, and working on promoting my Avon business during the summer months. That is usually my slow months because I am not at school where I get most of my customers.
Well it is almost time for me to go to bed. So I will close for now. I will chat with you more tomorrow.
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
06-22-2008, 11:09 PM
What a wonderful idea, Kerry

I'll bring it to my group tomorrow and see what they think. I think it would be a lot of fun.

Colleen

KAR73
06-23-2008, 09:58 AM
I will bring it up to my group and see what they say. Even if we can get Leslie Sansone to donate something, maybe we could think of something else to give the winning chapter. Maybe donate some money towards a charity in their area in their name or something. I look forward to hearing from your feed back on what your group says.
I plan on going shopping this morning with my stepdaughter this morning to get a few more summer clothes. Then I plan on coming home and push mowing the yard to get my excerise in for the day.
Hope you have a great weigh in and meeting this evening!
Have a great day!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
06-24-2008, 01:43 PM
Hey Kerry,

I brought it up to the group, and they seem interested. We'll be voting on it when "I" have the details worked out.

When our chapter does contests, the person suggesting the contest works out all the details and keeps all the records. So I guess I volunteered myself (which is fine, just funny).

So you and I (and anyone in your group that wants to) can help work out the details.

Oh - and I lost a pound (happy dance)!

KAR73
06-25-2008, 10:04 AM
Hi Kaplods,
Well I went to TOPS last night. I was up a pound. But I know what I did to gain the pound. I mowed the yard (push-mowed) about 2 hours before my meeting. So my muscles were not back to normal yet. Oh well, I learned my lesson.
I did bring up the walking contest. But it was only in the discussion phase. Our leader got sick on the way to the meeting and stopped at the hospital. So she wasn't there and then next week is a weigh in only. So I will bring it up again the second week of July and let you know.
Hope that your day is going well! I have to go do my workout and then get ready for the day. I have to go get 3 estimates on my van. I torn it up in the driveway last week. So those are my big plans for today! Hope you have a great day! Chat with you later.
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
06-25-2008, 04:02 PM
Ouch, Good luck with that. I hate the whole car repair stuff. Hubby and I just got our van fixed after a neighbor's guest ran into us last month in the apartment parking lot (not looking where he was going AND he had no insurance to boot).

We actually had minor whiplash from the event, he hit us so hard. David's hat flew off his head and hit the rear window. Our necks and shoulders were sore for three or four days. Without the headrests I bet we would have REALLY been hurting.

KAR73
06-25-2008, 04:12 PM
Well just got back from the three body shops. Came home with two estimates in my hand. One is for $864 and the other is for $1,175. I was very surprised that little bit of damage cost that much. I think I will go take me a nap right now. My mind is just a little overtired right now.
Hope that you are having a great day and staying on plan.
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

KAR73
06-27-2008, 09:50 PM
Sorry I haven't been on for a couple days. I had a nose bleed on Wednesday night with a nasty headache. Then this morning I woke up with another nose bleed. So I went to the hospital this morning. They think that is related to allergies. They took a cat scan of my head to see if there was anything out of the normal. They gave me a shot and I came home and slept for 3 hours. So I am waiting before take another pill from the prescription the doctor gave me. So that is what is new with me. Even through all of this mess, I have still managed to eat healthy. So I am pleased with myself on that factor.
So how has your week been? I hope that things are going go for you.
Well I am going to go read for a little bit before I go to bed. Chat with you soon. Have a great weekend!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
06-27-2008, 10:05 PM
Good week so far, except today. We went to a cajun restaurant with a friend, and I did overeat. I don't think it was enough to do too much damage, but I could have made better choices (but, Oh the crawfish gumbo was good).

I don't think that the calories did me in, but the sodium may be a bit of an issue. Just need to drink some extra water.

I'm working on my sprouting program for Monday's TOPS group. I put together little "sprouting kits" for everyone - just a plastic water glass, a piece of cheesecloth, a rubber band and a ziploc baggie with a tablespoon of sprouting salad mix (alfalfa, clover, lentils, fenugreek, radish, and possibly broccoli and others). I'm growing the salad mix, broccoli, and radish in three different jars, so I'll have sprouts to pass for a taste test.

Our printer cartridge is out, so we've got to get them filled this weekend, so I can print out some instructions for everybody.

It's been fun, and I hope everyone likes the program.

I also bought a $5 pedometer from Walmart for the dirty sneaker contest. As the winner this month, I had to buy the prize for the July drawing (the club will reimburse). I think if I have time, I might buy or make a small handmade walking journal to include with the pedometer.

KAR73
07-02-2008, 08:44 PM
Hi Kaplods,
So how did your program go on Monday? I hope that it was a huge success!
How did your wi go? I gained 1.25 this week. I really think it is from the pain med. that I am on and not being able to workout for 3 days. But I am trying very hard to work out every day this week and really watch what goes in my mouth. Pushed mowed the lawn today, so that was a great workout. So do you have any big plans for the 4th? I think we are invited to 2 or 3 friend's houses for cookouts. So I just have to be extra careful on what I put in my mouth. Well I better get off of the computer and go do some dishes. Plus make my shake for in the morning. Chat with you later. Have a great evening! What is the dirty sneaker contest?
TOPS HUGS,
Kerry

KAR73
07-07-2008, 11:58 AM
Hi Kaplods,
Hope that your weekend was a nice one! Good luck this evening when you weigh in! I am curicous to see how my weigh in goes tomorrow. I have worked out every day except Friday and Saturday. But I have put in a little extra time on Sunday and Monday's workouts. So hopefully it all balances out in the end.
Have a great week!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
07-07-2008, 02:55 PM
Lost track of this thread, sorry (I always forget to subscribe to them).

The program went GREAT. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and most of the members took the little sprouting kit I had made for them (a plastic drinking glass, a piece of cheesecloth, a rubberband, a tiny ziploc bag of seeds and a set of instructions). I brought out the sprouts for a tasting (radish, broccoli, and a salad mix of alfalfa, clover, fenugreek, radish, and lentils). The salad mix was the one that I put in everyones kit.

Our group isn't meeting today, so our next meeting is next Monday. Good thing for me, since I'm a little puffy from chinese food this weekend.

On the fourth, we visited hubby's mom for a cook out. She asked me to bring a pasta salad, but instead I made veggie salad (mixed frozen veggies, low fat balsamic dressing, onion, and artichokes).

Our dirty sneaker contest (I'm not exactly sure why they chose the name) our club does every summer. Everyone is given a xeroxed sheet containing squares with a sketch of a sneaker in each square. For every day you exercise at least 20 minutes, you can sign your name to a back of the square, cut it out, and drop it into the can each meeting (so you can put in up to 7 per week). First meeting of the month, we draw from the can, and the winner gets a $5 prize.

I won last month and received handmade stationery and a hershey's bar. I thought the candy bar was a bit (considering it's a weight loss group) odd, but so is the woman who provided the gift. As the winner, I had to buy the next $5 gift (and the club reimburses me from the treasury). I chose to buy a cheap Walmart pedometer.

Hugs,

KAR73
07-08-2008, 10:43 PM
Hi Kaplods,
Hope that your week is going great! Sounds like you had a nice 4th. I like your dirty sneaker contest. I might have to bring it up to my group. I didn't get a chance to bring up the walking idea tonight at our meeting, because a lot of our members where not there due to working or on vacation. Then next week is our county fair, so we are only having a weigh-in. But the following week I will bring it up again to them. I did loss 3.25 pounds this week and was our weekly winner. So I am happy with that! Nothing new and exciting going on with me. I did go to the doctor yesterday and he told me that my headaches were migranie and gave me some sample meds. to try. So far they have worked. So I have to go seem him on Monday. I might just ask him to prescribe me the meds. for when I do get really bad headaches. Well I am off of here. I have an early day tomorrow. I have a dentist appointment at 8:30 a.m. I want to get my excerise in before going. So I am heading off to bed early. Hope you have a nice evening!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

KAR73
07-10-2008, 01:59 PM
Hi Kaplods,
Hope your week is going well! My week is okay. I have been very good about getting my workouts in everyday. I have varied them from 30,45 to 60 minutes a day. So maybe that will help me lose my weight and not be at a stay still or gaining weight. My eating has been good as of late. Knock on wood.
Well just wanted to say hi! How is the animal shelter volunteering going?
Take care!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
07-10-2008, 05:58 PM
We didn't make it to the shelter yesterday, because I wasn't feeling well. But we're going to aim for tomorrow again. Today, we had a medicare class. Learned alot.

For some reason, I'm really feeling lousy his week. Completely wiped out, and exhausted, every square inch of my body hurting (It's just a flare of the fibro, so if I keep to a good sleep schedule, I'll be fine in a couple days).

I hate the fibro, not so much for the symptoms, but for the unpredictabilty of the symptoms and how regimented I need to keep my life to keep the symptoms under control. Burning the candle at both ends, even for a day or two just isn't an option, and I'm kind of stubborn, so sometimes I want to push myself beyond what I know I "should." But if I do, then I'm wiped. So, it's a matter of learning when to rest or my body will take it out of my hands and I'll end up sleeping for 15 hours.

The weather isn't helping either. It's pouring now, which at least explains why I felt so lousy this morning (the fibro makes me a human barometer, when ever there's a sudden change iminent, I feel horrible). My MIL doesn't understand that it's not psychosomatic, so she doesn't understand why I feel just as sick on days when the weather suddently gets "better," as on days where the weather suddenly gets "worse." It isn't necessarily the weather that affects my body, it's the "change" in the weather. Even with cold and damp weather - the cold and damp does make the arthritis hurt, but it's easier to manage than dealing with frequently changing weather, which we've been having a lot here, lately. Hubby and I have talked about moving somewhere with more stable weather, but of course the affordable places with consistent weather tend to be pretty hot, and as much as I hate winter, I'm not sure mostly hot is that much of an improvement.

Eating/weight wise, I'm doing great so far, and can't wait until weigh-in.

I was thinking that maybe we should switch to PMing since we're the only ones talking here, though I'd love to attract more TOPS members to this thread. Maybe a new thread would help? What do you think?

KAR73
07-11-2008, 02:09 PM
Hi Kaplods,
I am sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well. I hope that today is a better day for you. I know several people who have said that their fibro has been flaring up on them here recently. Glad that your eating and excerising have been good here lately. I hope that your hard work pays off when you go to your weigh in on Monday. I was thinking the same thing about wanting to attract more TOPS members to join in on our chat. I know that there were quite a few a year or two ago. What would we title the forum thread?
My day is going better than yesterday. I was in a bad mood all day yesterday. I just didn't feel like doing anything or going anywhere. Then this morning it hit me why. My AF decided to make her monthly visit this morning. So I am just hoping that this visit she doesn't give me the chocolate, ice cream and junk food cravings. I have been doing good on my eating and excerising. So I want to keep it up.
Think about a title for the fourm thread and I will start a new one. Would we want to name it like T.O.P.S Support Group or some thing like that? Then just give a brief description of what TOPS is. Let me know.
I get my van fixed on Tuesday. So I am happy about that. The insurance company is going to even pay for me to have a rental car for a few days. So that will be nice to have a car and not just rely on sharing my dh's truck.
Well I better go do the dishes. This evening my dh and I are going to the harness racing at the local fairgrounds. So I am looking forward to that. We are planning on eating at home too, so the fair food doesn't tempt us. LOL :)
Have a great weekend!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
07-11-2008, 03:17 PM
I'm beginning to think that fibro isn't a disease as much as a set of symptoms that are "triggered" by something. It's like your body falls into a pain and fatigue "loop" that's difficult to get out of. Many people with fibro can identify an "event" of change or trama that they suspect triggered (or at lease closely preceeded) the fibro. Car accidents, illnesses, injuries, vaccinations, surgery.....

I even see signs of it in my hubby (he has diabetic neuropathy and a painful bone and joint disease he inherited from his mother). His pain flares often coincide with my own (he's also becoming weather-sensitive). I think it would be interesting to see if there is any correlation between the flares of people living in the same area (do we all tend to spike because of weather/temperature/environmental conditions like pollen or pollution?).

Anyway, I am feeling better today.

Hormonal hunger is the worst, isn't it? Mine is so extreme I so often told doctors that I really felt I had less control over what I ate "that week" and so much so that it took me two weeks of conscious dieting to get the weight off, and so I only had one week "window of opportunity" to lose weight. I asked about the bc that allows you to miss or shorten periods, but until last year hadn't met a doctor (a woman doctor, probably makes a huge difference in the perspective) who thought it was worth a try. I can't believe the difference it has made.

My husband used to refer to it as "meat week," and would tease that he had to throw a burger and a chocolate bar into the apartment to "distract me" so that it was safe to enter the apartment. Sadly, he wasn't too far from wrong. He's very lucky I didn't kill him some of those weeks. Now he tended to see it as a week in which I was being irrational. I tended to see it (especially in the middle of that week) as I was just usually so incredibly patient with him the rest of the month, that giving him what he "truly" deserved just "seemed" irrational.

I'm thinking of ways to attract new members to the thread, with an exciting or even a bit controversial title. "Weight Watcher's sucks, come to TOPS," probably would have to be closed down (just kidding of course, if WW members see this - I don't mean this REALLY).

But maybe something like "Check TOPS out, it's really Cool" Or "If you're interested in a cheap, fun weight loss club..... Something to draw people in who might not currently be TOPS members, but would learn about it, and talk about it in the thread, and maybe join.

I have to say that I love TOPS so much, I'm seriously considering ways to expand or even form a new group. We had a young college student come to a meeting and she never returned. My impression was that she felt that she wasn't old enough or fat enough to fit in. It's too bad, because TOPS groups can be started anywhere by anybody. I may talk to our church/school nurse, about ways to get a group or two started, not just for the older adults, but for the younger adults and even teens. I just want to spread the word, because I can't believe so few people know about how great this group is (or can be, even in a low-energy group, people don't always know that they could create a group more to their liking if they find people who have the same opinions about what the group "should be"). In our group, alot of people are complaining about what the group "should be," and there seems to be some dissention about how much we want to put in and get out of the group. I'm really seeing that it might be time for the group to split, with the people who want to be very active can split off and draw new members, and the people who want a very business-like, minimal meeting with little to no program or chatting, well they can have what they want too.

It seems like we're split between wanting weigh-in and a 10 minute meeting, with minimal interaction, and those that want a full program and maybe even group activities, like a walking group or bicycle club. I guess it's the difference between the highly social and the the solitary personalities.

But that's what's so great about TOPS, we really can have both kinds of groups (though the TOPS national guidelines recommends against having anything shorter than I think a 30 minute meeting).

KAR73
07-11-2008, 04:43 PM
I like your ideas about the thread. Let me think about it some more and then I will post a new thread perhaps tomorrow or Sunday. Then you can add on to it. How does that sound?
I know what you mean about the group. My group has the serious dieters and go getters and then we have the older social butterfly ladies who think that their weight should fall off without any effort. I would love to get a group started at my school. I might have to check into it sometime.
Well I need to go and help fix dinner. Chat with you later!
TOPS Hugs,
Kerry

kaplods
07-11-2008, 05:07 PM
That sounds great!