National Get on the Scales Day: Make it Better in ’14

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Delaware County residents have lots of options when it comes to shedding those unwanted pounds in 2014. [Julia Freeman-Woolpert / stock.xchng]

Lots of Places in Delaware County to Drop Those Pounds!

That’s right folks, today is National Get on the Scales Day.

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Delaware County residents have lots of options when it comes to shedding those unwanted pounds in 2014. [Julia Freeman-Woolpert / stock.xchng]

Well to make this day a little better when it rolls around in 2014 or to get an early jump on those 2014 weigh-loss goals, Howard Hanna RealCom Realty’s Toby Boyce presents Delaware, Ohio’s options for losing weight. (Know of another place? Please leave a comment with Group, Meeting Day, Time, Location, and cost and we’ll be glad to include.)

Ohio Healthy Living

Opened by Dr. Bruce Barker, a board-certified family doctor, in 2007 the Ohio Healthy Living program is part of the Ohio Health Smith Clinic on Delaware’s west side. Dr. Barker, along with his team of health care professionals, will help teach you how to plan and prepare balanced, healthful meals. They will help you deal effectively with the stresses of weight management and incorporating exercise into your daily healthy living lifestyle. They will give you that extra dose of motivation and encouragement that you sometimes need. (Source: Ohio Healthy Living Web site)

  • Appointments Only, 740-368-7181, 6 Lexington Boulevard, Delaware, Web site.

Toby’s Take: I have heard very good things about this program, mostly from Transitions Counseling’s Lucy Hunter, and just this A.M. sent an e-mail requesting an appointment to sit down and see if it will work for me and get this weight off once and for all.

Weight Watchers International

One of the nation’s best-known weight-loss groups in existence it also has one of the largest networks in greater Delaware County with more than 25 meetings in communities throughout the area available seven days a week and at no point in the county are you more than 10 miles from a meeting – and if you don’t like meetings the organization has an entire program set up for online weight loss – learn more online about these programs. However, the traditional meeting programs work based traditionally on a point based system that works on a simple system. Every food is assigned a point count and you get a point count for each day. Run out of points, you are done eating. It has been adjusted and the meetings are great in that they provide accountability, are led by people that have succeeded in the this program already, and give you incentive to keep going.

  • Sunday, 4:30 p.m., Worthington/Polaris Weight Watchers Center, 655 Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus
  • Monday, 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 311 East 6th Street, Marysville
  • Monday, 7 p.m., Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Drive, Dublin; Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Tuesday, 10 a.m., Buehler’s Fresh Foods, 800 West Central Avenue, Delaware
  • Tuesday, 6 p.m., Buehler’s Fresh Foods, 800 West Central Avenue, Delaware; Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 West Cherry Street, Sunbury; Mount Gilead Baptist Church; 600 North Main Street, Mount Gilead
  • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., St. Andrews Christian Church, 1985 Swansford Drive, Dublin; Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Powell New Start Community Church, 168 East Olentangy Street, Powell
  • Wednesday, Noon, Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Drive, Dublin; Community Gatherings of Marion Ohio, 409 Marion Cardington Road West, Marion
  • Thursday, 10 a.m., Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Thursday, Noon, Worthington/Polaris Weight Watchers Center, 655 Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus
  • Thursday, 6 p.m., Council for Older Adults of Delaware County, 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware; Worthington/Polaris Weight Watchers Center, 655 Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 311 East 6th Street, Marysville
  • Saturday, 9 a.m., Willowbrook Christian Village, 100 Willow Brook Way South, Delaware; Kinsale Golf and Fitness, 3737 Village Club Drive, Powell; Worthington/Polaris Weight Watchers Center, 655 Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus; Community Gatherings of Marion Ohio, 409 Marion Cardington Road West, Marion
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville

Toby’s Take: I’ve never “officially” been on Weight Watchers but have used the points system and books while my mother-in-law was in the program several years ago. I found the program to be very solid and for someone that struggles with details the points was great — you only focus on it and not the other numbers ingrediants list. The biggest challenge I have with the program is that it is relatively expensive when compared to other options available on the market.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Take Off Pounds Sensibly – or more commonly known as TOPS – is a non-profit community-based weight loss group that has been around for more than sixty years. I call it community-based in that the groups are more hetrogenius than you’ll find with Weight Watchers as they are led, organized, and discussion groups come from the members in the group. This can create a really strong group push for more weight loss, but sadly when a group doesn’t have strong leadership it can flounder and struggle.

  • Monday, 9:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 200 East Water Street Fellowship Hall, Prospect
  • Monday, 5:15 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 East High Street, Mount Gilead
  • Monday, 6:15 p.m., Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 41 Hodges Road, Delaware
  • Monday, 7 p.m., Worthington Christian Church, 8145 North High Street Room 184, Worthington
  • Monday, 7:15 p.m., Westerville Alliance Church, 75 East Schrock Road, Westerville
  • Wednesday, 5 p.m., Marion General Hospital, 1000 McKinely Park Drive, Marion
  • Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Richwood North Union Public Library, 4 East Ottawa Street, Richwood
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m., William Street United Methodist Church, 28 West William Street Room 18, Delaware

Toby’s Take: We spent several years as members of a group and had good success and then went lost momentum. It wasn’t the group’s fault, but there also wasn’t a ton of support for keeping on track and meetings are run by the members which I struggled with. You have a group of overweight people teaching each other how to get skinnier — it just often felt like we were chasing our tails. A strength was that the organization is relatively cheap which is in part you get what you pay for.

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Toby Boyce, president and broker for C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co., began his career as professional writer and winning influence with folks. He continues to do just that working with buyer and sellers throughout greater Delaware County. Toby has been a professional real estate agent since 2006 working mostly within residential real estate while doing some commercial and rental management as well. Toby grew up in Danville, Ohio, learning the lessons of hard-work and the value of a hand shake. He continued his education at Mount Union College (Bachelor's of Arts) and Heidelberg College (Master's of Business Administration) in business.