Curves anyone?

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Curves anyone?
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Thu, 01-05-2006 - 8:54am

Has anyone here every done curves or are you doing it right now?

I have an appt tomorrow morning to check it out and I want to sign up but I wanted to hear from others thier experience...A few questions:

1. Do you have to wait for machines?
2. Is it always crowded?
3. Are the women catty?
4. Are the hours flexible enough for your schedule (if you work full time)?
5. Are there all different sized women there?
6. Do you feel rushed?
7. Did you see results within 5 weeks? I have 6 weeks to lose 20 lbs and get firmer - can I do it at curves?

Thanks in advance!

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Thu, 01-05-2006 - 7:47pm

I used to go to one before we moved, most of the anwers pr'y depend on the location but I will answer anyway...


1. Do you have to wait for machines? I never did, it wasn't really that busy, you are only at each station for 30 seconds before you change to the next one

2. Is it always crowded? The one that I went to wasn't bad, you just have to see for yourself when most people come, like 4-5 was kinda busy because people were coming in after work

3. Are the women catty? Everyone was really nice at the one I went to

4. Are the hours flexible enough for your schedule (if you work full time)? I think the main office has a set of hours they want every Curves to use, like a minimum that they can be open. The one I went to was open 7-8 during the week and 9-12 on Saturday

5. Are there all different sized women there? Yes, TOTALLY...the skinny people made me want to PUKE though!

6. Do you feel rushed? Not at all, well I didn't anyway, you are moving from one thing to another every 30 seconds though so that might bother some people.

7. Did you see results within 5 weeks? I have 6 weeks to lose 20 lbs and get firmer - can I do it at curves? I saw results in the first month but NOTHING like what you are looking for, 20lbs in 6 weeks is kind of a lot. You will most likely have to do some serious dieting to get those kind of results.


Have fun tomorrow!

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Thu, 01-05-2006 - 8:35pm
If you buy $10 worth of Avon you get a pass good for 2 weeks... Let me know if you're interested. They have great stuff on sale too that has the Curves name - weightloss bands, Curves tennis shoes, socks, insoles, pedometer. Let me know. :-)











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Fri, 01-06-2006 - 9:44am

Neicy, thanks for the Avon offer - I have a friend that does Avon, you would have thought she'd have mentioned it to me, right? Anyway, I joined Curves this morning - it sounds like just the plan I need right now. Low pressure, easy hours, very comfortable with the description and location and only women! When I was there this morning, there were mostly older women, say in thier late 60's - mid 70's. I already have a pedometer, which is probably stuffed in some drawer someplace, hasn't seen the light of day in quite some time. LOL.

Julie, thanks for your answers, they were very helpful. I think I will likely go early mornings on M/W/F and perhaps if they aren't too too busy, after work one day a week or on Sat. The hours here are wierd: 6AM - 12 Noon & 3PM to 7PM.

The woman that I spoke with today said she thinks that at least 15 lbs will come off in my 6-8 week window, as I am watching what I eat as well as starting this exercise program. I only have about 20 lbs to lose at this point and it's more about getting in shape than about just losing weight for me. I am tired of feeling uncomfortable in my clothes and not treating my body with respect. I need to be able to climb stairs without feeling out of breath completely and I want to be able to wear a bathing suit that doesn't need to contain me, if you know what I mean. I want more energy and I want to be able to sleep better at night.

I'm glad you were honest about how you feel about skinny people. That was part of my fear. A few years ago when I joined a gym a woman in the changing room asked me why I was there. According to her, I wasn't 'fat enough' to warrant a gym membership!! Haha, I guess I hide it well, but I was and am now 20-25lbs overweight FOR ME - IOW, I don't feel comfortable at this weight but my weight might actually be someone else's goal. It's all a matter of perspective and comfort level, don't you think? For instance, my sister is 5'3" and weighs in at about 185. Her goal weight is 150. I weigh 153 at 5'5" and my goal weight is 130. We both have about 25-35 lbs to lose to reach out comfort level. When I see really thin people at the gym, I try to remember that maybe they weren't always skinny OR maybe they have a medical condition, such as heart disease, that requires them to work out and as a result they are skinny. My mother, who has always been overweight that I can remember, has always said that "inside every fat woman is a skinny woman screaming to get out"! I don't know if that's true, but I'm not so concerned with the number on the scale as I am about how comfortable my clothes fit and how happy I am with my reflection in the mirror. It's all about personal feelings for ourselves, right?

Thanks so much for the feedback - Anyway, I'm ready!

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Thu, 01-12-2006 - 5:02pm

I already have a pedometer, which is probably stuffed in some drawer someplace, hasn't seen the light of day in quite some time. LOL.


LOL. That is too funny. You need to talk to your friend b/c she can make some serious sales through you. You could take a couple of books to Curves for her. They have a Curves reflective vest and walking pants on sale. They have a cool Curves Carry All Bag for $14.99 (will be $19.99). They have a Curves Thermal Waist Trimmer for $9.99. They have cool Curves Arch Support for $9.99. They have Curves for Women Walking Shoes for $29.99. They are so cute - white and purple. They have Curves Fitness socks with a pocket for $9.99. I know, I'm sounding like a walking billboard, but I don't mean to.


Amphon (my friend) and I said that we would stay away from the scale until we noticed a difference in our clothes. I just don't want to get discouraged since I'm doing weight training also. I feel you on wanting to feel good and be able to walk stairs without passing out. :-)


You're doing a great job and hang in there.











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Fri, 01-13-2006 - 9:22am

I just found out this morning that Curves is affiliated with Avon, so that explains why they are selling all thier goods! Duh, I feel so stupid, it was kind of obvious, huh?

I am staying away from the scale, well, at least I am trying to stay away. They only weigh you and take your measurements once a month at Curves, so I think I should just let them track it and I should just focus on doing what I have to do.

I have to admit, the other day after my very first workout, I was so hungry all day! I just wanted to eat everything in sight. Unfortunately, I ate some things I shouldn't have, but now I feel like I'm back on track. I went again today and I feel good. I am going to do it 3 times next week, and go on a hike this weekend with my H, but then I might kick it up to 4 times a week - I really want to slim down before our cruise. One pair of pants already feels better. The pair I have on today is kind of snug, so that's a reminder at lunchtime to only order good things like a salad or soup.

It's great to be here and garner support from and for each other, isn't it?

Have a great weekend!

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Thu, 03-09-2006 - 10:27am

I just joined Curves last week, and so far I have been very Happy with the expoeriance.... Good Luck to you and your weight los...


 

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Thu, 03-09-2006 - 8:36pm
Hi Stephanie!

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Fri, 03-10-2006 - 11:30am

Actually if you sign up by tomorrow... Your joining fee is free if you bring in a bag of groceries... that promotion ends tomorrow the 11th


With that deal you pay Monthly by automatic witdrawl I think its 29 a month....


I would hurry and take advantage of the free joining fee, becuase the fee usually is like $100 or something like that...

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Fri, 03-10-2006 - 11:56am
Thanks for the information Stephanie!

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