Thursday, July 17, 2014
TOPS is for Take Off Pounds Sensibly. IRD is for International Recognition Days. There are interesting seminars by educated people, ceremonies where TOPS members are recognized for their weight loss successes, and some fun activities. I attended my first IRD this year. It was in Milwaukee so it was close enough to drive there. It was a great experience to be around so many other TOPS members and to hear success stories about members who have lost weight to reach their goal, what motivated them, and how they did it.
We stayed at the Hilton Hotel downtown. It is a historic building in the process of being renovated. It was nice enough, but I wasn't very impressed with it. As much as you pay for a room you would think there would be a microwave and a refrigerator, not.
The seminars were good. We missed the one on Friday afternoon because we were at the theatre setting up and getting ready for Friday night. A KOPS from our chapter was in charge of the KOPS Alumni Parade and KOPS Circle Of Lights Ceremony. She did all of the preparation ahead of time, we just made it happen.
KOPS is for Keep Off Pounds Sensibly. When you reach your goal weight you become a KOPS. You have to stay within a certain range above or below your goal to keep your KOPS status, so there is a little wiggle room.
The Alumni parade across the stage in order by the number of years they have stayed at their goal weight. There was one member who has been a KOPS for 53 years, awesome. Our job was to get them seated in order by years, and get them back stage in a timely manner for the parade. They are given a little light as they come off the stage. Then all of the KOPS form a circle around the theatre. The house lights are turned off and there is a song while the KOPS wave their little lights. It's very inspiring to see all of those lights in the circle. There were over 300.
I think it went amazingly well considering we didn't have much experience. We did the KOPS Alumni and Circle Of Lights at our SRD this year. SRD is for State Recognition Days. It's like IRD except it's only TOPS members from your state. IRD is TOPS members from all over the US and Canada so it is on a much grander scale. It was a great experience, except next time I go to IRD I don't want to work. I just want to go to have fun.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
We had our monthly celebration night at TOPS where the Queen of the month is crowned. We sing a couple of songs from the TOPS song book while the person who is doing the crowning walks around the room with the crown. At the end of the song the Queen is crowned. When the crown was put on my head I said; "Ok, April Fools, now who's really the Queen?" The joke was on me. Turns out I am really the Queen. That was a nice surprise. I didn't think it was possible since I had two gains this month totaling 1-3/4lbs. I didn't realize I had lost 6-1/2lbs. in spite of that. I am happy with my progress. I'm getting off to a good start. Now I just have to keep myself inspired to keep the momentum going. It's good to be Queen.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
I've been a fan of HG for awhile now. I get the daily newsletter, and I have a few recipe books. A lot of the recipes look good and easy enough to make. I've tried some things, and I especially like the egg mug recipes.
I pre ordered the HG Diet Book and got it on Friday. I spent the weekend looking trough the book, and planning meals for this week. The first week looks pretty easy. There aren't very many meals to choose from so I picked two recipes from each meal category that sound good. That way I can just alternate days so that all of the veggies and meat will be used.
I tried using the iPhone companion app for the book to create a grocery list, but I didn't like some things about how it works. It just listed a certain amount of high fiber veggies, and a certain amount of high volume veggies instead of listing specific veggies that are used in the recipes. So, after all that I ended up making my own list anyway. Once I get started and I have a few weeks of tracking meals I can choose a week that I want and create a grocery list right here on SP. That will be easier.
I'm excited about getting started. Maybe this will amp up my motivation level. I like the general idea of this eating plan with 3 meals from 300-350 calories each and 3 snacks from 100-150 calories each. I shouldn't be hungry at all because I will be eating something about every 3 hours, and if I'm eating lean protein and lots of veggies I should feel very satisfied.
There are hundreds of HG recipes for meals, snacks, ad desserts. I should be able to find a variety of things that I like to make this plan interesting so I won't feel like I'm eating the same things all of the time and get bored with it.
I can make this work for me, so Ready, set, go HG Diet!
Friday, July 12, 2013
Everyone loves a hot dog once in a while. It's a favorite pic nic cook out food in the summer. Hot dogs are as american as baseball, apple pie, and chevrolet. My favorite hot dog is Hebrew National. The regular hot dog has 150 calories, and the big dinner size hot dog has a whopping 270 calories. Hot dogs are kind of like Lays chips, no one can eat just one. I usually have 2 hot dogs. If I have just one I feel deprived and I'm still hungry. If I include the buns, and some slaw, I'm easily looking at half a days worth of calories. UGH! I can't justify that.
I found a hot dog that I really like. It tastes great and I don't have to stop and think about whether It's really worth spending my calories for. I saw a commercial recently about some kind of new Hebrew National Hot Dog, but I've never looked for it before. While browsing nutrition labels at the grocery store I discovered that they do indeed have a new hot dog. It is 97% fat free with only 45 calories per dog, and it's not a pitiful scrawny little thing, it's a nice bun length dog. I also discovered that Sara Lee has wheat buns that only have 80 calories per bun. So, when I do the math, I can have 2 hot dogs and buns with 4 tsp. dijon mustard, and 1.5 cups of broccoli slaw with 2 Tbs. of Newmans Own Lite Honey Mustard Dressing for a grand total of 378 calories. The best thing is that it's very satisfying, I don't feel deprived, and I'm not blowing half a days worth of calories for one meal. That's one of the keys to success.
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