3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > Weight Loss Support

Weight Loss Support Give and get support here!

Thread Tools
Old 08-24-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
Junior Member
staypositive's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 8

Default Does Anyone Go to TOPS Meetings?

I posted this over on the Calorie Counters Forum but thinking maybe I should have posted here.

I was a Weight Watchers member on and off for years (in between all the other diets I've tried!)..., but with all the program changes, I have finally decided it's just not the plan for me anymore, aside from the fact their costs keep rising and calories are so much simpler than points.

I like belonging to a group and was wondering about TOPS. I learned there is a meeting in a church within walking distance from me.

Does anyone have any experience with TOPS meetings? Thanks.
staypositive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
outside is not inside
TamTam's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 1,000

S/C/G: Starting Weight:250/140

Height: 5'3"


I was in TOPS a few years back. It is a wonderful organization. They differ from weight watchers (from what I know of WW) is that they do not require you to follow a particular diet. They do have a book you can follow, has calories, diet plans, how many servings per food group, etc. There are meetings, weight ins, etc. I left because I got burned out, too big of a group, took on too many responsibilities, and I went from owning one business to owning 2 (and not I own 3). You can go as a guest and I recommend that. From what I remember it does not costs that much. Good luck and God bless!
"Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. (Romans 14:20a-NAB)
What you see on the outside does not define who I am on the inside!
TamTam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2012, 09:52 AM   #3
Junior Member
staypositive's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 8


Thank you Tammy. I was reading about them on their website, and it sounds perfect for me. Thanks again and God bless you too.
staypositive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 12:29 AM   #4
Senior Member
LaurieDawn's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 2,581

Height: 5'5"


I liked TOPS when I went. Kaplods is our resident TOPS expert. She posts about it often. You can probably search messages or pm her.
onederland in 2016
LaurieDawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 12:46 AM   #5
Senior Member
kaplods's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Wausau, WI
Posts: 13,383

S/C/G: SW:394/310/180

Height: 5'6"


Must've felt my ears burning. Yeah, I LOVE my TOPS group. Every chapter is run a bit differently, because while some national bylaws have to be followed, otherwise each chapter is self-governing voting on and creating their own bylaws and practices.

National dues are $28 per year ($14 for additional family members in the same household) and includes a nice magazine/newsletter that comes out almost every month (some months are combined).

Each chapter decides on their own monthly dues, but the average is around $5 (in my area, we have chapters that charge $2, $3, and $5).

My chapter runs a lot of contests, and a lot of ways to win money and prizes for weight loss (for example, if you lose any weight, even only 1/4 lb in any month, you don't have to pay the next month's dues).

And if you can't find or don't like any of the groups that meet in your area, you only need to find three more friends to create your own chapter.

It's definitely one of the best (if not THE best) value in the entire weightloss industry (of course TOPS really isn't a part of the weight loss industry per se, because it's a not-for-profit organization).

It's an awesome organization, and I can't say enough good things about it.

If you don't know much about nutrition, or don't know what kind of food plan to follow, I'd definitely recommend buying or borrowing the group's "bible," The Choice is Mine. Most chapters have a book they'll lend out (or a member willing to loan out their own copy).

Normally I follow an exchange plan, but not one exactly like the one in The Choice is Mine. My usual exchange plan is a reduced-carb exchange plan.

Right now I've been using "The Simple Diet," (3 shakes, 2 frozen meals, 5+ freggies, and 8 glasses of water).

It's the first time in a long time that I've done a non-counting (unless you count following the guidelines as counting) food plan, but that's what is so awesome about TOPS: you can change your foodplan every week if you want.
My Etsy shop (currently closed for the summer)

etsy link by permission from 3fc! Want to add yours? Ask them!
kaplods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 12:51 PM   #6
Lil' Old Chick
Me Too's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 320

S/C/G: 229/206/150

Height: 5'4"


Well how cool is this, I was just thinking about rejoining TOPS, there is a meeting tomorrow night just down the street from where I live. I was attending WW and lordy me I just couldn't do it. My mind doesn't count food that way.
I loved the exchange program i did a few years ago, so today I started my journaling and meal planing again.
Can't wait for the love and support of the group. Losing weight is one thing I can't do alone, I need all the help I can get.
Me Too is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 12:44 PM   #7
One with the Wind and Sky
Elladorine's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,965

S/C/G: 360/246/150

Height: 5' 8"


Kaplods covered all the bases (interestingly enough, the autocorrect on my phone tried to turn "kaplods" into "happier").

I was elected co-leader of my TOPS chapter this past year and am enjoying it immensely. The weekly meetings and weigh-ins help me stay accountable on my own plan, plus gives me a chance to share victories and frustrations with RL people. Highly recommended, and so much cheaper than other organizations.

★ Goal for 2017: Get down to 220 ★
★ Ultimate Goal: 150 ★
Elladorine is offline   Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does anyone else feel like the weight makes them Not who they REALLY are? milliondollarbbw 100 lb. Club 30 01-15-2011 02:19 PM
Does anyone do WW just for the meetings? sakurasky Weight Watchers 14 08-16-2009 02:40 PM
Has anyone ever tried TOPS???? dollyfinn LA Weight Loss 39 10-08-2008 09:58 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:14 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2