Take Off Pounds Sensibly

SRD 2018 Runner up
Dianne Marshall, MA 224, East Falmouth

My mother mentioned her weight loss group many times over the span of a few years. It wasn’t for me. I knew what I needed to do, and besides, I wasn’t really looking in the mirror. Hair brushed, makeup on, I never saw the bulk below the neck. Then her life changed when her husband passed away in 2008. She asked me again to join her and I agreed to go to the next meeting.

On my first night at TOPS, I immediately saw how many supportive friends she had to lean on. Everyone was so friendly I wanted to go back the next week. The meetings were informative and fun, and some weeks I actually lost weight.

It was easy to lose in the beginning and then the first of many dreaded plateaus hit. As the years flew by it was evident that a plateau is a part of the weight loss cycle. I got a dog so I would go for a walk rain or shine. It worked, another 10 lb. slipped away. Then I started tracking my calories on an app on the computer and then a smart phone. I have weighed and measured my food everyday since 2010.

And I became a goal setter. Setting a goal is like looking out at the horizon, you see something in the distance, but it’s a long way off. Some days a bit hazy, sometimes crisp & clear. Setting smaller goals means you don’t see the horizon for weeks or years, for the path is not a straight nor a direct line to the main goal, but they are the important goals that must be followed daily.

A mini goal to weigh-in each week was made easier by holding positions in my Chapter. Things I learned at meetings, like shopping the perimeter of the grocery store, which we are told is the healthiest path, actually works. Saying no to processed foods and reducing sugar has changed my life.

Eight years, 11 months, 2 week’s worth of meetings and mini goals got me to the KOPS horizon. It took time to achieve, but I did it! 

If you need help to lose weight, you should check out www.TOPS.org for the tools to help you succeed.