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Friday, May 9th, 2008
12:30 pm
CurvesSmart and the stretching machines
But not in that order.
First, I love the stretching machines. When I was visiting my family in Louisville, KY, the Curves I went to on Preston Hwy had one and I stared at it in fascination the entire workout and then they showed me how to work it.


I mean, I thought I stretched, but....apparently not really. That machine helped me stretch out places I didn't even know I had. It felt awesome. I came home very depressed that we didn't have one. Then, this week, I was visiting the Cape, and the Curves there had it too, and CurvesSmart.

Between times, I'd spoken with our club owner (at least I think she's the owner) and they are getting CurvesSmart, (although if you ask me, it would be better to get the stretching machine, even if it means adjusting the entire club layout to find a place for it. The Curves in Falmouth has a dreadful layout, generally, but they manage to fit in everything and still have mostly enough room to get from machine to machine.

I'm not sure how I feel about CurvesSmart. It wasn't totally working at Falmouth. While I was getting my workout, one woman's card went wonky and needed to be reset. The club I go to on weekends (Sunday hours!), which is owned by the same woman who owns my home club, implemented CurvesSmart and it seems neat, but I'm not sure I see the 5$/month value add. I appreciate the value of paying for information, but, and maybe this is the part of me that hates change talking, I like Curves the way it was: the pauses to take your heart rate (which you don't do anymore because the steppers do heart rates), and the lack of focus on number of reps. CurvesSmart seems like it would focus attention on number of reps and distract people from their workout.


Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
2:57 pm
End of Month Update
Just thought I'd post my progress on the goal I set for myself for 2007.  My goal is to be at 200 workouts by the end of the year.  I started the year out with 50 workouts under my belt.  As of today I am at 66 workouts.  By my calculations, if I do 3 workouts a week for the rest of the year, I will make my goal.  Let's hope I can keep this up!!

How are you all doing?  Share your experiences!  Let's keep each other going!
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
2:14 pm
Back at it

I went back to Curves last night for the first time since September.  My husband and I went on vacation in mid September and when we got back I just couldn't get myself motivated again.  I was dreading going back because getting started is always the hardest part.  Let's hope I can get into a good routine this time that will last the whole year!

How are you all doing on your New Years goals?

Current Mood: hopeful
Tuesday, December 26th, 2006
1:56 pm
New Years Goals?
Hi there!

Anyone have any new years goals to share? Mine is to be at the 200 workout milestone by this time next year. I'm only at 50 workouts now, so I'm hoping to motivate myself to be more consistent next year.

Hope you all had a very happy holiday!

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
8:16 am
My Tuesday
So did really well yesterday. Ate Carrots, lots of carrots. I have been snaking on Kashi Go Lean, dry no milk. Gives me somthing crunchy to eat, when I am craving it, but they are Fiber twigs and Soy protine Grahams. Ummmm Healthy. I worked out at Curves yesterday ( 2 days in a row) then I walked for 30 min and then did some cardio last night. Last week I set it up with curves where they will call me every day to come work out ( except for sat and sun) and on Fridays to weigh in. Kind of holding me accountable. If I have that, then I am usually pretty good about doing things. You guys are more then welcome to chim in too if you see me slipping.

Before fat pictures. Will post more in a couple of weeks.
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
10:09 am
9 Week Weightloss Goal!
Ok I see that no one has posted for a while so I will:

I am trying to lose 30 pounds in 9 weeks. I know it is almost extreem but I am trying to do it right.

So far So Good. This weekend I ate exceptionaly well, excluding the one night I had a toco salad from Toco Bueno. I did go and work out yesterday. Yesterday I ate a McDonalds, but all I had there were 2 snack wraps. Then I had my carrots and my two Kashi Go Lean Granola Bars and My Kashi Go Lean Cereal. I am very proud of my self, last night I did not eat anything after 6 PM. Besides fast food, eating at night is one of my problems. I think this is going to go well. Wish me luck.
Saturday, September 16th, 2006
10:15 am
anyone home?
I see no one has posted for at least a month....is this community still active?
Friday, August 18th, 2006
7:57 am
100 workouts!!!!
Happened today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I only joined in March this year.
Friday, July 21st, 2006
3:28 pm
Hey everyone,

I thought that you all might be interested in this article: http://www.azstarnet.com/accent/137924

The article is about me, but I hope it inspires all of you! In the last 12 months, I've lost 55.5 pounds and 49.25 inches while working at Curves. I've lost 63 pounds since I was at my heaviest in 2004.

I hope that you are all succeeding in your fitness journeys!
8:07 am
Because of all kinds of things happening the past couple months (a car accident being one) I have seriously slacked on going to curves. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do until I can make it back? Anything is appreciated. Thanks!
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
9:27 pm
Hi I have been a member of this group for a while now but I have never posted anything.  I weighed and mesured at my curves today and I have lost 6 more inches and 5 more pounds. I am so glad to have people to share this with.  Woo hoo.
Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
8:03 pm
I can't stand my body......
I tend not to look at myself naked..it is fucking depressing.

I joined Curves at the end of Feburary and started eating way better since then. Each month until June I had lost 1 1/2 inches overall.....but no actuall weight loss...but weight gain. On Friday I was weighed and measured...4 inches lost in my abs...but no weight loss.

The mirror scares me...everytime I see myself naked I start to cry.

Why is Curves not working? I go five days a week, eat healthy, don't smoke.

x-posted to curves4women and curves gym

Current Mood: crushed
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
3:02 pm
Weigh and Measure
I thought I'd drop my Weigh and Measure results by today.

Weight: 181
Breast: 42.5
Waist: 38
Abs: 47.5
Hips: 47
Thy: 24
Arm: 12
Body Fat: 39

I lost inches, weight, and body fat. Not bad considering I just came off the tail end of my period.

Over the span of a month, I lost a total of...

Weight: 4 lbs
Breast: 2.5 inches
Waist: 2 inches
Abs: gained 3.5 inches, but the coach said there was probably a measuring error lasttime.
Hips: 2 inches
Thy: 2 inches
arm: stayed the same
Body Fat: didin't actually know because we couldn't do it last time. But my original body fat was 40, so I lost 1 percent total.

So, there you have it.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, June 12th, 2006
3:51 pm
Hello ladies!

I just joined Curves, had my first work out on Friday and loved it. I just have two quick questions.

1) I would love to hear the results you ladies have obtained by being members.

2) Do the majority of you also diet, in conjunction with doing the Curves plan?

Thanks in advance!
12:37 pm
does anyone know if curves is doing any sort of discount? I want to join but I'm attempting to wait to get a deal
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
1:36 pm
Day three
I'm really proud of myself that I'm actually sticking to this lowered number of carbs. I am a huge carb fiend so it's been tough, but last night I did not give in to the wonderful looking seafood salad at the meeting, and Matt's been getting better about trying not to eat that stuff in front of me. It's still hard at work, but it's getting easier. I've discovered that chewing gum keeps me from wanting to put food in my mouth. Unfortunately, I don't like to drink water with gum in my mouth, but I don't always chew gum so I'm still getting my water in. This is day three of the lowered carb count. Now if only I could get a better night's sleep, I think I'd have more energy. I'm getting tired of writing everything down ... I know I need to though. It's just annoying. And I'm trying not to get too confident. We're going to my mom's house this weekend, and I know we'll be hanging out with friends and food is ALWAYS involved when we get together. Food and alcohol. Eek.
Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
7:34 pm
A question for anyone who is doing the Curves diet. Do you count total carbs or digestable carbs? I ask this because there are quite a few products (bars, yogurts, low carb pastas, the like) that have a certain number of total carbs but when you take out fiber/undigestable carbs like it says on the package, it ends up being a totally different number. So I'm trying to figure out which number to go by. Any suggestions are welcome.

My most recent measurment/weigh in did not go well at all. Although I knew going in that the numbers were at least going to be the same as they had been last month and possibly a tiny bit higher (due to TTOM and not watching what I should be eating), my weight was significantly higher than expected. So I am renewing my dieting efforts for the third time this year. So I have a feeling I'll be posting more often.... desperately needing support!!!

I did find a website: Low Carb Cafe that has lots of low carb recipes. I'm going to be making low carb tortillas later tonight and I'm going to try to make some low carb bread. That's what really gets me when I try to go low carb: living without bread. So hopefully this time will really work, and I'll be able to stick with it. I tried doing the Curves diet last Sept./Oct. and it did work, but then I had to stop because I worried about losing too fast between my last fitting and my wedding. One of my friends accidentally lost several pounds between her final fitting and her wedding, and spent most of her wedding day trying to keep her wedding dress on. It was a two-piece thing with the top and the skirt, and she actually had to use a safety pin to tighten the waist of her dress. So I didn't want to have that problem... Also I just got too busy in those last few weeks!! It's hard to plan a wedding from seven hours away!!

Anyway, off to bake bread and eat cashew chicken salad.

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
8:40 pm
Weighing In
I went to Curves today. It was closed on Monday, so I couldn't go. Well, anyway, I weighed and measured today, and I've got some great results. They are as follows:

Weight: 185 (lost 5 lbs)
Breast: 43 (lost 1 inch)
Middle: 39 (lost .5 inches)
Abs: 44 (lost 5 inches)
Hips: 49 (gained .5 inches)
Thy: 26 (gained 1 inch)
Arm: 12 ((lost .5 inches)
Body Fat: 38 (lost about 2% body fat.

I wonder if the gain in hips and thies had to do more with muscle building? The body fat percentage was actually an estimate because our little machine wasn't working today, and I just looked at my past records to figure out about how much various measurements and weights affect my body fat. So there you have it. Over all, I'd say I lost quite a bit over the past two weeks or so. Honestly, I don't really feel it because I just don't. And the girl who measured me was new, so I wonder if she did the measurements right. I double checked her on a couple of occasions, and I double checked the weight, which was less, so no matter what, I'm still doing something right.

I've been kind of weighing in on another subject that I feel is important to talk about in this community. My room mate is also trying to lose weight. He just joined weight watchers and is having excellent success. Anyway, weight loss has become a hot topic around my household. Being that there's equal representation of both sexes in my house, I've done a lot of thinking about the end goals of weight loss and how they affect us. My room mate says he wants to lose weight because it'll allow him to be fit enough to exercise properly and to bulk up so he can participate in things like Martial Arts, and he just wants to live well. Being "attractive" is somewhat secondary to him. He feels that if he takes good care of himself, he'll have an easier time finding a woman who takes good care of herself. When I look at why I want to lose weight, I'm startled by the results of my reflection, and I think it speaks volumes to how society shapes us. I'll be honest and tell you that I feel that if I lose weight, I'll be more desireable to a member of the opposite sex. Frankly, I don't think I'm alone here. I think that by in large, the average male wants to be fit for reasons of sport and activity, and females hope to lose weight to be desireable to men. Honestly guys, that really concerns me for a lot of reasons including psychological health, and social and political empowerment. When I was a kid, I never worried about being desireable, and I never worried too much about weight. And, for the most part, I didn't really have a weight problem. Then, one day, it's like all of those blasted media messages just came crashing down on my head, and I'm definitely feeling the strain of them now. In short, I think that this needs to be addressed in our community as well as at our local Curves branches. Women are obviously so much more than attractive figurines for men. And, if our reasons for losing weight stem from social related issues and a desire for activity, we're so much more than that, too. I'm not sure if there's a correct reason for losing weight except that being healthy, and notice I don't say thin, allows us to live longer and better lives and to ultimately have better self-esteems because we're living well. In closing, here's a line from a song that kind of caught my attention this morning. "I hear you're losing weight again, Mary Jane. You ever wonder who you're losing it for?"

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
7:33 am
End of Phase I

I have just celebrated the end of Phase I with a bowel of cereal. And the final weightloss for this phase is...

... 12lb!

I guess I'm a bit worried now that on Phase II I'll put on weight...

Hmm. In the mean time I'm just happy to have lost what I have. Another 3lb and I'll be halfway!


It's no use tiptoeing up to the bathroom scales dear, they hear you coming. - Pam Brown

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
8:19 pm
Hello Everyone
I am new to this website and I just wanted to say hello. I was previously a member of Curves over a year ago and quit going. Since I moved back to Texas and am in the middle of a divorce and have decided to go back. My two biggest problems are staying motivated and eating fast food. I have acutally been to curve 3 times this week and tonight instead of eating out I had baked chicken breast with veggies. If I can conqure the fast food issue then I think I will do well this time.
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