TOPs Speech


My name is Katie Otteson and I live in Miller, South Dakota. I am a stay at home mom of two young children, Hans (age 5) and Gwen (age 3). My husband, Collin, of 8 years is the band director in the Miller school district. I have belonged to TOPs chapter SD #385 for just over a year. I learned about TOPs through a woman, Teresa, who is the current Leader of our group. She and I were brought together by a social media page where I originally learned about the Ketogenic diet.

I began the Ketogenic diet when keeping up with my children started to seem like an impossible task. I set small goals for myself such as walking laps at the park while my children played and later hiking the trails in a state park. I knew I had to set a better example for my family and it all started with the Ketogenic diet. In January of 2017 I began the Ketogenic way of eating. Keto limits the amount of carbohydrates taken in which puts the body into a state of ketosis. Once a person is in ketosis the body burns fat for fuel instead of carbs. It is a natural way to lose weight. I joined TOPs in February of 2017. By this time I had already lost 30lbs but I knew that in order to continue to be successful I would need outside support and accountability. TOPs is a great solution because it allows every person to make their own diet and lifestyle choices. My group welcomed me immediately. Miller’s TOPs chapter have been my biggest cheerleaders from the beginning. I reached my prescribed goal this month allowing me to achieve KOPs status! As I prepare to turn 30 this year, I am so thankful for my final year of my 20’s. I have been introduced to a great group of women who have become friends for life. My family and I are excited to have an active summer and I am ready to move into the stage of maintaining my weight loss with the support of my family and TOPs.


Weekly Vlogging // Week 2

Recording our second “weekly vlog” was slightly less awkward this week. We started the week, the Monday following Easter, at the shrine circus in Huron. The kids had a blast and Dad showered them in all the flashy light up toys they could dream of (:

Hans also had dance practice on Monday, a private dance lesson on Tuesday and tumble class on Thursday. The dance studio had professional photos scheduled on Friday for individuals and each team. I am excited to see the results and get a button of Hans’ face so I can be “dance mom” official.
Hans did so well at the recital, everything ran very smoothly. He performed four times, two separate dances per show. I am SO proud of him, he never showed any fear of getting on that stage and performing!

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Weekly Vlogging // Week 1

Our family made the decision to begin recording a weekly vlog for the month of April. If it goes well, we will continue into May. I just posted our first weekly vlog onto youtube and I will admit that it was a bit of a challenge. Making sure that the video flows and hits all the high points of our week was a bit of a challenge. I imagine that it will be easier (and less awkward) as the weeks continue. I am so thankful for all of the youtubers that create content and share their experience, it is very inspiring!
The decision to vlog has been on my mind for YEARS! I remember wanting to start around Christmas in 2012 after Hans was born. In fact, we have footage that we filmed but never got put together. Maybe someday I will upload it.. I know Hans would think it is fun to watch himself as a little baby on his first Christmas.

Our goal is to create easy to watch memories for our family by consolidating the video clips we take on a day to day basis. We also want to allow our extended family a peek into our daily lives.

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1 Second Per Day // February 2018

Special Mentions:

February 13: Hans’ first dance performance at halftime of a Miller Rustler basketball game.
February 16: Hans and I visited the Nath’s in Luverne, MN.
February 17: Visited the County Fair in Brandon, SD and enjoyed bouncy houses and arcade games!
February 23: Suprised Collin with his band singing ‘Happy Birthday’ at pep band followed by cupcakes and icecream for his 30th birthday.

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