B -- Begin your food planning at the supermarket. You can't eat at home what you don't buy at the store.
C -- Chewing longer gives your stomach more time to let your brain know it's getting full.
D -- Don't eat if you're not truly hungry.
E -- Make Exercise a habit in your life by engaging in physical activities that you enjoy and won't dread doing. Consider walking, hiking, bicycling, swimming or dancing.
F -- Find a hobby. Busy hands are less likely to reach for food.
G -- Buy yourself a small, non-food gift when the going gets tough and your spirits are low.
H -- H is for the good Health you will enjoy as you eat sensibly.
I -- I is for the Inches that fall off as the pounds drop away.
J -- Jazz up your life with something great: a new outfit, new walking shoes, new book or even a new hairstyle.
K -- Have an appetite Killer at hand. Consider fresh fruit, crisp raw vegetables or a glass of refreshing ice water with lemon to curb cravings.
L -- Learn healthful eating habits and familiarize yourself with nutrition facts.
M -- Make up your mind that you really want to lose weight. You can fool yourself, but you can't fool the scales.
N -- Nobody can lose weight for you. TOPS can open the door.
O -- TOPS provides the Opportunity to learn new tips about sensible eating.
P -- Plant your new image firmly in your mind.
Q -- Quiz yourself on your eating habits. Don't let day-to-day problems and emotions control your diet.
R -- Reward yourself with a meaningful, non-food item or activity as you "take off pounds sensibly." Keep thinking thin.
S -- Simmer a bowl of broth-based soup on the stove. It's a filling and inexpensive way to control your appetite.
T -- Top your table with attractive dishes to make nutritious meals even more enjoyable.
U -- Understand that you are what you eat. Be the person you really want to be.
V -- Wave the flag of Victory, but keep your nose to the grindstone. Reaching out to a friend for support may be just what you need to keep you on the right track.
W -- Watch out for temptation.
X -- Cross your fingers -- especially when eating out. Decide in advance the foods you can order that will work best in keeping you on your healthy lifestyle plan.
Y -- Yell, "Hooray!" When you lose weight, be proud. When you gain weight, be proud that you are doing something to remedy it.
Z -- Zip into your new, healthier life.
To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.
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