F.O.C.U.S. Week


Praise God for my time at F.O.C.U.S. Week. I wish each First Place member could have the opportunity to attend. Try to imagine an entire week away from the normal routine and pressures of life, being able to focus on God, myself, and enjoy a week of physical activity.

At home, I walk early in the morning for exercise, but at F.O.C.U.S. Week, I participated in aerobics in the morning, walked in the afternoon, plus attended a strength training or Pilate’s class. I tremendously enjoyed a second helping of exercise each day, and realized that I was not putting an overload on my level of exercise at home. I have continued participating in a second helping of exercise each day. If you have hit a plateau in your weight loss, consider adding an extra exercise time five days a week and you will begin to see a weight loss each week.

Another great blessing for each of us is to have beautiful and delicious First Place meals placed before us each day! What a treat.! Lisa Lewis (Carole’s daughter in-law) from our First Place office and Lisa Cramer (Carole’s daughter) planned and prepared a fabulous week of meals. We were even treated to what I would consider a second helping each day, and that was a delicious First Place dessert at each meal. We have lots of great First Place dessert recipes, but I would never plan to eat two a day at home. I’m not recommending that we do that, but we were able to sample so many different recipes and see that desserts were possible, and with ample exercise we had great weight losses. Some samplings of the menus were:

  • Chicken Supreme with Mushroom Gravy (page 89, First Place Favorites Recipe Book)
  • Wild Rice
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Dinner Roll
  • Apple Crunch Bar


  • Tossed Salad
  • Stay Slim Lasagna (page 74, First Place Favorites Recipe Book)
  • Dinner Roll
  • Apple Dumplings


  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Pica de Gallo
  • Beans a la Juan (page 191 First Place Favorites Recipe Book)
  • Double Layer Chocolate Pie

Everyone enjoyed Saturday evening at the barn! Hamburgers were grilled on an open pit and the weather was gorgeous! We had a beautiful blue Texas sky with white puffy clouds! Cole slaw and banana pudding were served along with the hamburgers and all the trimmings. On Sunday, we had our traditional Sunday Lunch with Turkey, Cornbread Dressing, Gravy, Fresh Green Beans, Apple Jell-O Salad, and Pumpkin Soufflé for dessert.

Another great benefit to each F.O.C.U.S. Week participant was seeing a plate of food in the correct portion sizes. Our food was weighed and measured before it was served to us. It was easy to recognize by comparison that when we eat out, we often get a second helping automatically.

Start saving your money now. Attending a F.O.C.U.S. Week at Round Top will be the best gift you ever give yourself!

May God bless you and your family reunion this summer.

Kay Smith
First Place Associate Director

Kay is the associate national director of First Place and has been on the First Place staff since 1987.

Kay is a popular speaker at retreats, seminars, Conferences, FOCUS Weeks and Workshops across the country. Kay is the First Place food exchange expert and writes a monthly article in the First Place E-Newsletter on nutrition. She also was a contributing writer to the Today Is the First Day devotional book. Her delightful personality and love for people endears her to everyone she meets, and they quickly become her new best friend.

Kay and her husband, Joe, live in Roscoe, TX. They have two children and five grandchildren. Two of the young grandchildren are making a name for themselves on the golf circuit. Two of the young grandchildren are making a name for themselves on the golf circuit, and the three oldest grandsons are all involved in numerous sporting events, which Kay and Joe attend as often as possible.