Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tops (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Last night I became a member of Tops (Take Off Pounds Sensibly.) I've been looking for something that is motivating and would hold me accountable. I have already tried the whole buddy system with family and friends with no luck. You need to want to be motivated and want to be held accountable. They just weren't so they weren't giving it back.

 I thought about joining weight watchers for the weekly meetings. I also thought a personal trainer may be the right person to motivate and hold me accountable. I was searching the web for other local programs when I came across Tops. This was just what I was looking for. Tops has the weekly meetings (accountability), weekly weigh ins, with small rewards (motivation), education (knowledge is power is always motivating), and the right price (28.00 to join, plus 3.00 a month.)

For $17.00 I purchased the book Real Life: The Hands-on Pounds-off Guide. Not required but I'm the kind of person that wants all the resources available.

Such a great group and I'm so happy I found Tops and that I joined.

About TOPS weight-loss support!

No quick fixes. No fad diets. 
No pills or magic potions.

No outrageous monthly fees.

TOPS Club, Inc. is the original, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Our program is scientifically proven and has helped millions over the last 60+ years. TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with "a hands-on pounds-off approach to weight loss®" that combines:
  1. healthy eating
  2. regular physical activity
  3. wellness information
  4. awards and recognition
  5. support from others at weekly chapter meetings
Weekly meetings provide a supportive, educational environment where people are encouraged and not judged. If face-to-face meetings aren’t your style or if you can’t find a meeting that fits your schedule, you can be an online member and still take advantage of our experts’ tips and our many print and online materials. Plus, you can choose to join a chapter at any time in the future or change chapters.

With thousands of chapters across the U.S. and Canada, each meeting is a little different, so you might want to visit a few meetings in your area to find the one that’s best for you.

The first visit to any chapter is free.

  1. Each meeting starts with a private Weigh-In, so you can stay accountable to the goals you’ve set for yourself.
  2. That’s often followed by Roll Call, which is a chance for members to share challenges, successes, or goals if they wish to.
  3. Many chapters hand out Awards each week or month and participate in the TOPS International Recognition program.
  4. TOPS experts on nutrition, fitness, and motivation share their best tips to Take Off Pounds Sensibly® in our brief, interactiveChapter Programs, presented by volunteer Leaders.
  5. The meeting closes with a Thought for the Week or other inspirational activity.
Visit Tops.org for more information.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Celebrity Diet and Fitness Secrets

Kim Cattrall
"As I get older, I find that cardio is less important to me. What I want to do more of is intense stretching." 

Kim's newest workout addiction is "Fizzy Yoga", a hybrid of yoga and physiotherapy that incorporates meditative breathing, physio adjustments and yoga poses.
(Via: Glamour)

Maria Menounos
"My Secret is to always be moving." 

Maria walks 10,000 steps daily.
(Via: Examiner)

'It's all about trying to eat healthy and be in the gym to feel better. If you look at it that way, and not like you're trying to lose weight, then it's more successful.' 

Rihanna's diet includes veggies, egg whites, and fruit as snacks, plus she drinks loads of water. No Carbs for her.
(Via: Marie Claire)

Gwen Stefani
“I’d like to have no rules and eat what I want." 

So Gwen can eat what she wants, she works out five days a week.
(Via: Glamour)

Sharon Stone
"I don't have a regular routine. When I notice things aren't quite where I want them to be, I step it up. You park further from the door, you take the stairs instead of the elevator."

Sharon follows a low-sugar diet of lean proteins, fruits, and whole grains. She avoids caffeine and too much alcohol. But she does splurge every once in a while.
(Via: Shape)

Ginnifer Godwin
"My mom always taught me to listen to my body." 

Ginnifer has been on Weight Watchers since she was 9 years old.

Kate Hudson
"It's important to be conscious of your health and not indulge too much in the things that are bad for you."

Kate stays active and she love of pilates. Kate enjoys a smart eating plan that includes a lot of sushi, and organic food wherever possible.
(Via: Fit Sugar)

Blake Lively
"I am terrible, I don't do any exercise.” 

Blake eats quinoa for a week when she's feeling she's gained some weight.

Rebecca Romijn
"I don't drink wine during the week - just on the weekends."

Cameron Diaz
“I’m very thoughtful about what I eat." 

Cameron lifts weights and stay clear of fried food.
(Via: Daily Mail)

Jennifer Lopez
“I work out because I have to.” 

Jennifer is a fan of Dukan diet and the Tracy Anderson dance fitness method.