Losing weight is something I have struggled with all my life. From fad diets, dangerous diet pills and even deciding to stop eating all together. I grew up not understanding the importance of a healthy lifestyle. I was bullied daily so I would dread going to school because of all the mean things that were said to me.
I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) when I was just 16 years old. The doctor told me it would be very hard for me to lose weight and also to get pregnant. I used those words as a crutch to continue leading my unhealthy life and I constantly blamed my syndrome for my awful appearance.
Tipping the scales at 324 lbs., I knew it was time for a change. I was consuming around 4,000 calories per day. Most of those calories consisted of soda and sweets, loaded with bad carbs. I was busting out of my fat jeans and refused to go up another size. I was so sure I was too far gone and that there was no way I could get my life under control.
However, everything changed when I walked into Curves for the very first time. My first coaching session really opened my eyes to just how much I had neglected my body and my health. After my first amazing workout, I was excited to start coming every day and with every workout, I started feeling better and better. It's now my favorite 30 minutes of my day. I have decreased my calorie intake to 1200 – 1500 a day, drink lots of water, walk and workout. I haven’t had any soda since my first day with Curves.
I feel more confident now than I have ever felt in my entire life. I feel like I am looking better in the clothes I wear and I am falling in love with the woman I see every morning in the mirror. If you would have told me that I was going to participate in a 5K, I would have laughed and said you were crazy. I signed up for my very first 5K in August and finished in 59 minutes. I was so proud when I jogged across the finish line that I just stood there and cried. I had never done anything like that before.
I just can’t believe how much my life has transformed since joining Curves. After 3 months, I was off all blood pressure medications and I lost 30 pounds.*** Curves is truly the best thing I could have ever done for myself. I have gained my life back; a life I didn’t know I had.