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Date Posted: 00:58:32 11/08/03 Sat
Author: Coli
Subject: Re: sorta new (rather long-winded)
In reply to: cori 's message, "sorta new (rather long-winded)" on 17:21:40 11/07/03 Fri

WELCOME!

I'm in King Country, Issaquah to be exact....whereabouts are you?

Sorry to hear about your medical troubles, but it's GREAT that you've found Curves and that it's working to keep you going.

What's kept me honest is getting to know the workers at my club and eventually becoming one on a part-time basis and thus getting to know a lot of the members who keep me in check ;) Seeing the same people each time you go workout makes ME feel almost obligated to show up and workout....that and they all seem to notice when I've been losing and getting that kind of attention and support is great motivation for me.

All those things and I know it's only 30 minutes...so unless I'm REALLY late at work and don't get out until after 7pm (rare) I Can fit it in at least 3 times a week....there are only a few people I know that can't fit in 90 minutes a week to get in a great workout!

Hope that helps and oh, I have a friend who works out in Northgate. She's very athletic but still overweight and I never really suggested it to her because she plays sports and has trained with regular gym equipment, but she likes it, when she goes (her job is really quite horrid, mentally draining that is)....and my mother in law is a member too and she LOVES it (took a while for me to get her to join down in Oregon, but once she joined, I knew she would be hooked!). It's a really addictive workout, in my opinion....I NEEDED To go for the first few months and so I started going more often, and after seeing the same results as 3 times a week, cut back, but I missed going on those other days....but 3 times a week works much better for me all around.

Ok, I've gone on long enough :)
Have a GREAT workout!
Coli

>Well, I'm new and not so new. I actually joined my
>local
>Curves last spring and really enjoyed it. I have
>Crohn's
>Disease and the exercise level at Curves is just
>perfect---
>nothing high impact. Some of my hobbies have to do
>with
>endurance type stuff, so the machines are like they
>were
>designed just for me! I don't really have a
>weight-loss
>goal, per se, but I know by getting some tone I can
>smooth
>out the lumps and bumps. And just common sense would
>say
>that by getting in shape, some weight will come off
>and
>sizes will go down.
>
>Anyway, not long after I joined I discovered I had a
>ventral hernia (an area from a long-ago surgery for
>Crohn's
>had corrupted itself--it's not the type of hernia you
>get
>from straining, but straining does absolutely nothing
>to
>help out). I had to put my membership on medical
>leave
>temporarily. I have to say, my Curves handled the
>whole
>thing admirably. At the same time, I was also still a
>member at my local YMCA, as we get a benefit through
>my job
>of having our intitiation fee waived and the
>facilities are
>sooo close to my office. The Y was nearly $20 more a
>month
>and they weren't so easy to coordinate with when I
>inquired
>about putting my membership on hold. After I saw how
>easy
>it was at Curves, I just simply quit the Y.
>
>Now I'm in a good enough position to start up again.
>My
>surgery was September 8th and I have a big ol' green
>light
>to get some exercise going again. I am waaaay out of
>shape, I haven't been this soft in over 3 years. I
>made an
>appointment to go in first thing this morning to my
>Curves
>and get weighed and measured, and to go through the
>circuit
>once to make sure I wasn't going to do anything silly.
>
>There will be a couple of machines I won't use right
>away,
>I'm not 100% of my old self yet and won't be until the
>end
>of the year, probably, and I'm fine with that. Better
>safe
>than sorry! :)
>
>Well, the big fat shocker for me was that I've lost
>size
>and weight since having to stop exercising! I don't
>know
>how or why, but I'll take whatever. :) The weight was
>only a pound, but all measurements, including body fat
>went
>down. I didn't look super close at the numbers
>because I
>really don't want to get into over-analyzing, but it
>was
>very unexpected. I know I've made no effort in
>cutting
>back on food intake, and I know I'm out of shape
>because I
>feel it when I take the stairs. ack. I also still
>have a
>bit of swelling from the surgery, that will take a few
>months to even out.
>
>I went once around the circuit this morning and
>currently
>that's my goal: just once around, 3 times a week,
>avoiding
>the abdominal machines for a little while. I'm also
>starting my walking program back up again tomorrow am.
> And
>I really want to stick with this! It's so easy for me
>to
>get really motivated and come up with a zillion great
>ideas
>and do well for a few weeks and then poof....
>
>That's where I might be able to use your help.
>Accountability. Sure, I could get a work-out buddy,
>but
>I'm not that type (unless there's somebody here who is
>looking for a partner in King County, Washington). In
>fact,
>in the past I've sometimes done worse with scheduled
>activities with others than just doing it. Hopefully
>just
>by touching base with others who are in this for the
>same
>reason I am, I can stay on track. Yes, I have lots of
>girlfriends, but it just never works out to have them
>help
>me out with support. The majority are trying to lose
>a lot
>of weight and it gets hard to talk about my successes
>when
>they're in a different place. Or someone is always
>trying
>to talk me into something that works for them. You
>know the
>story. I love them all, don't get me wrong.
>
>So, my goal is currently just to go. Go and do it. I
>won't be doing any diet changes right now as I'm
>having a
>minor Crohn's relapse from the surgery and I prefer
>not to
>tinker with my food when I'm trying to get things back
>to
>normal. Any suggestions to help keep me "honest"?
>Not that I'm capable of fibbing to myself, just
>wondering
>if there's someone else out there with similar
>motivational
>considerations?
>
>Thanks!
>Cori

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