Tops Chapter 9319 El Dorado Springs met in the United Methodist Church, 201 E Broadway on Thursday, Aug. 20, for their weekly weigh-in and meeting.

Carol led us in singing the song Jan picked out for us “Hey Look Me Over”.

We said our TOPS and KOPS Pledges

Susan led us in roll call. 23 weighed in today, the chapter had a 12.4 gain and a 19.2 loss resulting in a 6.8 net loss.

Best loser was Terri with a loss of 4.4 lbs. Other great losses were, Melissa 4.2, Susan 1.8, Laura 1.8, Linda C 1.4 and Linda H 1.0. Great job everyone. We were so happy Terri could stay for the meeting today.

Susan reminded us again, the summer contest ends with next week’s weigh-in. If you have not already please write down your thoughts on what TOPS means to you. Put it in an envelope with your name and chapter number on it and give to Susan. Also let her know if you lost between the last weigh in for June and last weigh in for August. She also needs to know if you exercised or not.

ARD information. If you have not given Sue your $20 deposit please do so by next week. Also, if you are wanting to order a t-shirt and or charm/pinnate please pay Sue for these items. They will be picked up at ARD on October 3rd. Deposit and t-shirt and pinnate money must be paid by the next meeting, Aug. 27.

There will be NO LUNCH served or available at ARD. Please bring a sack lunch. There will be 30 minutes allowed for lunch. There will be NO BEVERAGES of any kind available. Susan will bring an ice chest with ice and water bottles. Jean will bring a cooler as well for lunches and so on. Division winners are to have a speech prepared and before and now photos.

Our chapter has TWO Division winners for 2019 and three KOPS alumni will be honored. Three of the members attending are veterans and they will be honored.

We have 17 members signed up to attend this event.

Susan said we have 3 Real Life Books that have not been paid for and taken. They are available if anyone wants one. The cost is $17.72 each.

Warren presented the program today. He used the 2nd part of Chapter Two of the Real-Life book. His program focused on exchanges and he had a visual for to help explain it. We were asked to guess the ounces in each glass he had then he showed us a serving of fish should be about the size of a checkbook, a serving of meat about the size of a deck of cards, a serving of peanut butter the size of a golf ball, a serving of cheese the size of 4 dice, a serving of salad dressing the size of a shot glass. He then gave us a list of a day’s menu and asked us to guess the number of calories for the day. Our members are pretty good as many guessed very close to the right amount. If you do not want to use the exchange program, TOPS suggests “My Plate” you just fill your plate with 1⁄2 of plate fruits and veggies, 1⁄4 protein and 1⁄4 grains. You can have a 6. oz glass of milk as your dairy.

Thank you, Warren, you made the exchange system make sense.

With no other business meeting was adjourned with the thought of the day. “Everything changes with one good decision…or one bad one.

TOPS #MO 9319 meets each Thursday Morning in the Methodist Church at 201 E Broadway, El Dorado Springs. Weigh-in starts at 7:45 a.m. the meeting begins at 8:45 a.m. and is over by 10 a.m.

Are you ready to stop dieting and start making real changes? TOPS can help you reach your weight-loss goals by providing you with the tools, information, support, and accountability you need to be successful. After all, this has been a winning formula for TOPS members just like you for 70 years. We welcome women and men of all ages and couples are encouraged to join. We currently have two couples in our group who have found it fun and encouraging. We encourage healthy eating and offer support through our chapter and the National Chapter of TOPS. We have a lot of fun in our weight loss journey and make lifelong friendships. First visit is free with no obligation.

For more information, call Susan Sandel at 417 351 2388 or Linda Hall at 417 876 6467. Or TOPS toll-free number 1 800-932-8677 or you can find us on the web at

Come and join us.

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