TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Posted August 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

TOPS Chapter 0319 El Dorado Springs met in the Church Of Christ sanctuary on Thursday, Aug. 22, for the weekly weigh-in and meeting.

Leader Dorothy, called the meeting to order. Kay led us in singing “TOPS Pals Go Marching Along”. We said our pledges and had roll call.

We welcomed another new member, Marasia, to our chapter.

Dorothy announced 33 members weighed in and the chapter had a net loss of 15.6 lbs.

There were some good losses. Nancy lost 3.4 lbs, Tammy 2.6, Denise 2.2, Sue 2.2, Margie 2 lb; Nikki 1.4 and Felicia lost 1lb. Our best loser for the week was Linda W (IIII) who lost 4.4 lbs.

Carol had the program today. She spoke on GOALS. She passed out sayings about goals and had each member read them. They said, “Don’t bunt, aim out of the ball park.” Take your goals seriously.

“If you don’t know where you are going you will get some place else.” Have a plan.

“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.” Set small goals.

Your goal should be just out of reach but not out of sight.

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement

In absence of clearly defined goals we become strangely loyal to performing acts of trivia.

Carol said we have choices in everything we do. What do you hope to achieve as a TOPS Member and what are you doing to reach your goal? As TOPS we aim to follow a sensible lifestyle. TOPS gives us the tools of meetings, regular weigh-in’s, support and encouragement. She said many success stories start with keeping a food journal. Write down everything you eat. Measure your food for portion control. Go to other TOPS events for motivation. Make your vision a reality.

She closed with a quote from Helen Keller “Where one door of happiness closes another opens but we often look at the closed door so long we do not see the open door.”

TOPS welcomes anyone who is interested in a healthier life style and wants to have fun and make new friends to join us at anytime. We meet each Thursday morning in the Church of Christ Meeting Room, 302 E. Hospital Rd., EI Dorado Springs.

Our weigh in is from 7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. The meeting is from 8:45 to 10 a.m. We welcome both men (we have four men in the club now) and women from all age groups. Our members range in age from 29 to 89.

For more information, call Robbie Chase at 417-876-0233or Juda at 876-4888. Or TOPS toll free number 1 800-932-8677 or you can find us on the web at

We would like to start an evening chapter for those who are unable to attend daytime meetings. Please call Robbie Chase at 417/876-0233 to discuss starting an evening chapter.