"For the first time I felt invigorated. I felt this is for me."
Weight loss 100lbs***
For years I had been telling myself that it didn't matter that I was overweight. I was still the same person inside regardless of my size and convinced myself that I was okay. But, I wasn’t okay at all. I was physically out of breath, not able to walk far, had an aching back, hips, knees, etc., and constantly worried about my heart and the stress on it from my weight. My “aha!” moment finally came when I was in a dressing room at the local plus-sized clothing store, and I had to go up another size…again. I realized just how out of control I was and that I needed to change.
I spent the rest of that day soul searching and recalled a friend who works at a Curves in Arizona. I did some research and though I was very nervous, decided to take the plunge. I joined Curves that day and started my journey. I started seeing results almost instantly; I stuck to my meal plan and worked out 3-5 times a week. As I became stronger and more confident, I started trying new Curves classes and challenging myself further. After 2½ years at Curves, I’ve lost 100 pounds** and have never felt better.
The key to my success was realizing what I needed to achieve my goal. So, every day I would push myself harder and I would see more results. My Curves Coaches were there when I felt I couldn't push anymore. When I hit plateaus, they helped me and were there to guide me. Without the support of my Curves Coaches, I don’t think I would have had the motivation to keep going. I no longer get out of breath, have an aching back, knees or hips, and I am off of my high blood pressure medication.
This journey has been one of discovery, as I’ve learned to push myself to succeed. I am so proud to be healthy and strong. I owe my life to Curves and hope that my success serves as inspiration for others. If I can do this, anyone can!
"No more feeling like someone else is controlling my life. I'm controlling my life."
Weight Lost: 58lbs***
In March 2015, I went for a physical exam and my doctor told me that my blood pressure and cholesterol levels were very high, and my blood sugar levels put me in the pre-diabetic category. She wanted to put me on medication but agreed to give me six months to get things under control through diet and exercise. That scared me very much, and that night I went home and told my husband of 31 years about the changes I needed to make. Although it was heartbreaking to me that we were not on the same page, I realized this journey would be one that I’d need to make alone.I spiraled out of control and hit rock bottom in October 2015 when I went shopping for a pair of jeans and needed a bigger size. I was at my highest weight and now on medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol and acid reflux.
In December, I was told I needed a total hysterectomy. I realized what a long and painful recovery process this would be for me, with my extra weight adding to the list of complications I could face. It was in that moment that I vowed to take my life back. I started my journey by going to Curves and cut back on the unhealthy carbs which included bread, pasta and potatoes. I also stopped eating fried foods and the nightly dish of ice cream. The weight slowly started coming off and I even found myself going for walks only one week after my surgery with my doctor’s permission.
Through my transformation with Curves, I began living a life as a strong, confident woman. My weight loss and strengthening experience gave me the resolve to leave my marriage and turn over a new leaf as an independent, powerful woman. Upon return to my doctor just a few months later, I was down 40 pounds**, my blood pressure and cholesterol levels improved, and I was no longer taking medications, nor considered pre-diabetic.
I owe my life to Curves. Curves helped keep me accountable and challenged me – not only physically, but also emotionally to overcome obstacles in my way. I am proud to be a Curves member and part of the safe and supportive community for women. To date, after 16 months on Curves, I have lost a total of 58 pounds**, and my body fat percentage is down 6%. I still have 17 pounds to go to reach my goal weight, but I know that is not the end of my journey. I am still a work in process, not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well. I would not be where I am today without my faith, family, friends and Curves coaches. Today, I am a strong, independent woman and if my story inspires just one person no matter what struggle they are facing, then that is my true success.
"My favorite thing to do now? Exercise! It gives me more energy and makes me a more positive person."
Yorktown Heights, NY
Weight Lost: 85 lbs***
As a wife and working mother of two beautiful children, to say my life is hectic would be an understatement. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of life and forget about yourself – and I was a victim of that. I had always been aware of my size, but never really thought much of it – I was too busy focusing on my family. It wasn’t until one day that I bent down to tie my shoes and realized that I couldn’t breathe. My stomach was too big and I couldn’t bend over without gasping for air. This was a wakeup call for me to realize just how far I had let myself go. I knew I had to make a change. Being a size 3XL was limiting my life in so many ways; I didn’t want to spend time with my friends, I didn’t feel good about myself, and I felt negative about everything.
One day I drove past a Curves and turned right into the parking lot. I went inside and instantly made the decision that this would be the beginning of my new, healthier lifestyle. I was greeted by my Curves Coach, Donna, who explained the circuit and all that Curves has to offer. I started following the routine and began to slowly see the weight melt away. Once my friends and family began noticing and making positive comments about my progress, I felt my motivation increasing, making the journey a little easier.
One of the best choices I have made in my life was to take a chance on Curves. I was stuck in a place I didn’t think I was ever going to get out of no matter how hard I tried. I am proud to say that at 40 years old, I am stronger, healthier and wiser than I have ever been. After 3 years at Curves, I have lost over 85 pounds**. One of the best parts of this experience has been to witness how my results and new positive attitude have motivated other women to sign up and commit to make a change.
Curves is a place of support and motivation. I love Curves and I'm proud to have it play such a big role in my life. I hope my journey serves as an inspiration to anyone else out there who is facing a similar battle to mine.