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Anyone have experience with TOPS

There is a local group and I am wondering if anyone has ever attended a TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) meeting?

Fri. Aug 4, 11:59am

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i sent for their brochure once but never attended. really interested, report back if you go OP!

Sunday, August 06, 2006, 5:10 PM

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OP here-thanks for replying. I will join in another month, once we move and kids get situated in school. Hopefully will make new friends and score a walking buddy or two along with the support to keep on track with eating.
I will report my experience later in the fall.

Monday, August 07, 2006, 12:40 PM

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I have gone to a meeting in my area. I liked the concept, but everyone in all the chapters were really old. 60's seemed the average.

Monday, August 07, 2006, 12:44 PM

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Blech. Cheesy, not "PT" at all.

Monday, August 07, 2006, 12:51 PM

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tp 12:51 poster

How did you articulate such a deep and informative response?

Brava............ Not

Monday, August 07, 2006, 3:55 PM

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I'm a TOPS member, just joined a few months ago. TOPS is a national organization of self-help clubs. Yeah, it's a little hokey at times, but I've found it to be a caring group of people - almost all women in my group, mostly thirties, forties and fifties. If I were in my 20s it would probably not appeal to me. It's very inexpensive, groups set their own dues - ours are just 5$ a month, some are more, some less. It's not for everyone but the groups vary quite a bit. I suggest trying several different groups if there's more than one in your area. Check out for more information and to find groups in your area. It's nice to have a real live group of people for support and encouragement. You can visit groups for free to see if you like it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006, 5:24 AM

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People come here for the truth/opinions and reviews. At least I do. TOPS is creepy. I don't like it, it's cheesy. Then again, I'm in my early 30's, feels old and even when I'm 65, I don't want to feel old. Why do I want to gather in a place that makes me feel old? Maybe that's why but it is NOT motivating in any way. Again, BLECH.


The poster above.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006, 10:17 AM

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"creepy" - please explain

Wednesday, August 09, 2006, 11:10 AM

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can we just assume that the poster who attended a meeting and found it creepy does not recommend this group and move on?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006, 11:37 AM

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Good for the 5:24 poster who found the help she needed. No program is perfect!!!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006, 12:46 PM

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i echo the opinion that not all groups work for all types of people! for example, i could not stand Curves For Women (talk about creepy!), but my aunt has had tremendous success with the program & facilities. (she has lost 58 lbs in 2 years, dropped from an 18/20 to a 8/10). while i would not endorse the place, i will support the idea that others may benefit even though i did not.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006, 12:54 PM

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Yeah, I don't understand the "creepy" part, but if you don't like it just don't go! It's not for everyone, but no harm to check it out and see if it could be of help to you. The first group I went to turned out to be just all members of the same family - I just didn't feel comfortable, I wanted variety, but I like the second group well enough to believe I might get some benefit.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 5:32 AM

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