- Candy K
My struggles with weight began in my late twenties. A few years later when I moved to a new town, I found myself turning to food for comfort and my weight climbed to an all-time high of 200 pounds. My wakeup call came when my 5-year old daughter drew a stick figure of me wearing a giant muumuu. After looking at her picture, I knew it was time to make some healthy changes to feel better about myself. I’d seen a Curves Club in my area and decided to give it a try. Right from the first visit, I loved the camaraderie among the regular members and staff, and felt the 30-minute circuit would work with my schedule. I signed up for a membership on the spot and soon after joined Curves Complete to help me learn healthy eating habits and lose weight***. I didn’t want to overhaul my entire lifestyle. I knew I would have greater success by making small changes that would stick. I started by ordering a side of vegetables instead of fries with my favorite burger and eventually I started craving more fresh food and less junk. I recorded weight loss triumphs in a journal. It helped put setbacks in perspective and served as a reminder of how far I’d come. I became a regular at my Curves Club and relied on the support and encouragement from my coaches and the other club members to stick to my healthy lifestyle. If I was craving sweets and was about to overdo it on dessert, I’d call or text one of them. The quick tips I’d received such as, sprinkle cinnamon on apple slices!’ were more than enough to keep me on track. It was comforting to know that encouragement was always close at hand. I lost 69lbs*** and felt stronger and more confident than I had in a long time. After losing weight, I decided to open my own Curves. It is so rewarding to have the opportunity to bring women together in a supportive environment to improve their fitness, gain strength, manage their weight and build their confidence.
Weigth Loss 80 LBS***
Member of Curves, Roswell, GA
My struggles with weight began in childhood. I was always heavier than the other kids and was ridiculed and shunned because of it. Throughout the years, I’ve tried diet after diet with no lasting results. I first joined Curves after going through a really rough period in my life. Stress took a toll and I had essentially given up trying to lose weight. I was eating whatever I wanted and I hardly exercised. My cousin had joined Curves and had positive results so I decided to give Curves Fitness a try. I started working out 3 times per week and started seeing changes within a month**. I felt better and had more energy. I then added Curves Complete to help me lose weight. Within six months, I had lost 25 pounds***but shortly after that I became pregnant. During my pregnancy, I worked out at Curves. I started back slowly after my son was born and was on track to my pre-pregnancy weight when I suffered a traumatic injury to my foot that left me non-weight bearing for nearly three months. By the time I was able to go back to my Curves Center, I’d lost a great deal of my strength and was heavier than I had ever been at 211 lbs. I dreaded stepping on the scale and I was still wearing my maternity pants because I couldn’t find jeans and pants that would fit. I felt like I was constantly judged by those around me and was fully aware that people looked at me in disgust. I couldn’t get up and down stairs without pain in my knees. I was often out of breath. I struggled chasing after my son. Something had to change. I knew I needed to lose 50 lbs. or more, but I didn’t dare tell anyone that. I didn’t want the inevitable roll of eyes or doubters to start criticizing me before I had even started. I started cutting out unhealthy snacks at work and trips to the vending machine, and then went back to the Curves Complete program again. I was now ready and motivated to make the changes I needed to lose weight and get myself healthy and fit again. Curves Complete is more than a diet plan. It is a lifestyle change. I learned to eat healthy food in the right way to lose weight, dispelling the myth that you have to starve yourself. It is also ok to indulge in treats in moderation but I stay on track by monitoring my weight. If I go up a few pounds, I then go on phase 1 of Curves Complete and bring it back down.***
I stuck to the meal plan and worked out at Curves at least 3x per week and lost a total of 80 lbs.*** The workouts at Curves and the Curves Complete meal plan gave me the tools to succeed. I provided the motivation, dedication and the mindset to achieve my goals. My Curves’ coaches encouraged and guided me along the way. I am now stronger, healthier, and more confident than I have ever been in my life. I’ve continued to challenge myself physically by adding Curves’ Jillian Michaels† classes and started running 5k races. I am training for my first 10K. I can chase after my son and I no longer have pain in my joints. People I don’t even know in my office building have stopped me and told me how great I look. If I can do this, anyone can. You just have to believe in yourself and be ready to do the work.