50.25 lbs lost to goal
My name is Joseph Critney. I joined TOPS on July 30.2013. I joined to get healthier and so that I would be able to take care of my wife who was wheelchair bound.
I received a lot of encouragement from the ladies in my TOPS club. They helped keep me accountable with weigh-ins. I always look forward to going to the meetings and I love winning contests.
I have diabetes and when I lost weight the doctors had not adjusted my medication, so I was taking 2/3 more insulin than I needed. I ended up the hospital and now that I am on the right dosage, I am feeling much better.
By SRD time last year I had lost 42 pounds and was the Division 3 winner. I was able to bring my wife along to SRD and she saw me get my award. She even planned to join TOPS with me, but sadly, my Sophia passed away about a month after SRD. It was much appreciated that fellow TOPS members and Coordinator Connie Crane and Area Captain Ellen Ashcraft came to the funeral. In fact our TOPS group was saddened with the loss of two other spouses and a son during this past year. The members have been supportive and have helped keep us positive in our thinking.
I especially enjoy bringing laughter to the meetings. I’ve been known to wear silly hats or blinking sunglasses and I do enjoy being the only man in the group.
They tell me I am the second State King that IN#0210 Columbus has produced. That’s a great honor and I am encouraging more of our TOPS members to work hard to become a KOPS. I am living proof that it can be done. I’m glad that I stayed on course and lost the weight. I feel better now and my new goal is to maintain this weight and to become more active.
72.25 lbs lost to goal
Like so many us I joined TOPS to get healthier.
The ladies of my chapter really helped with useful information, programs, tips, friendly competition, rewards and contests to encourage and motivate me and the other members of my chapter.
Accountability and support is the key, knowing I would face the scale each week kept me focused. I wanted the number to keep going down. It worked!
Small frequent meals featuring fruits, veggies, protein and water kept satisfied. I added exercises and set small achievable goals each month. The weight came off. I reached my goal in months!
Now I’m learning to maintain the healthy habits I’ve learned and Keeping Off Pounds Sensibly
97.50 lbs lost to goal
I joined TOPS the first time in 2003 and during the course of four years I lost 80 pounds. I was 10 pounds from goal and my life circumstances began to change in a variety of ways. I began struggling to stay on my plan. I began to gain, although still trying to be healthy. Eventually I lost all motivation and gained back all that I had lost and more. I was embarrassed and terribly disappointed in myself for losing control. I stopped attending the TOPS meetings and of course continued to gain.
I rejoined TOPS in 2011, life was better and I needed to focus on losing again. I knew I needed the support from my TOPS family. My journey in weight-loss was still a struggle. I would lose weight, feel better, then I would lose motivation and would gain some back. All the while my Chapter was sending cards and calling with encouragement, I was back to being out of control.
My family had a series of losses and I was very depressed and just didn’t care about myself. It wasn’t worth the effort to fight the temptation or try to plan menus. I just was focused on what gave me comfort, and that was ice cream, chips, and anything else that was loaded with calories, sugar, and carbs. I still was attending meetings at our Chapter and trying to get back in the swing of healthy plans but as I would leave the meeting I would lose focus on the positive thinking and motivation that I was receiving in the meetings.
I found myself at the highest weight ever, and realized if I didn’t change things I would not live to see my grandchildren. All my blood work was out of limits and I was told if I didn’t change my lifestyle I would soon be diabetic, and also develop other diagnoses as well. I joined the YMCA and began to walk and ride a bike. I felt better after I exercised but I still was struggling to go on a regular basis. On days that I would go to the gym, I felt accomplished and thought I needed a reward for all my hard work. So I would treat myself to LIC’s Choco-Creams, the largest container that you can get. I would then drive around town until they were gone. Then I would beat myself up for caving yet again. No matter how I tried to improve my habits, I would fall on my face every time. So there I was ….again not worth the effort.
A friend I work with approached me on a Monday morning, after a long weekend. She was a bit apprehensive about asking me, but finally mentioned that she won a membership to Profile by Sanford at an open house, I accepted the gift and scheduled an appointment to meet with a coach. I shared my experience with weight –loss and explained that I am a TOPS member and that my goal was to become a KOPS. They encouraged my involvement at TOPS and told me I would be able to reach my goal in time. I received information about their program and thought I may as well give it a try, maybe it would work. The program consisted of a very structured meal plan. I wasn’t yet excepting that I would have to change my habits, but I knew God was giving me the opportunity to have a different way to achieve my goal. So about a week later I began the program, after I had lost 20 pounds I was feeling more in control and was feeling so much better. I enjoyed the TOPS meetings more and was able to incorporate what I was learning to my plan and was slowly but surely getting closer to my goal. I joined the gym again and began to exercise on a regular basis, and this time I didn’t get the Choco-Creams. That was a great accomplishment. I began to look at things differently and focus on being a KOPS.
With the structured meal plan and my TOPS family, I reached my KOPS goal in November 2016.
I am amazingly grateful to my TOPS chapter, my family and my friends for all the support they have continued to offer. I know that if I had given up and stopped attending again, I would not be where I am today. I encourage all of you to lean on your chapter for support and also to give support to others that are needing a nudge. We all know how important the calls, cards, and exercise partners are. So if you find yourself feeling like you are not worth the effort, STOP, and really access your situation. YOU ARE WORTH IT, remember you ARE intelligent and you CAN control your emotions. You can take off pounds sensibly.