In March 2015, I went for a physical exam and my doctor told me that my blood pressure and cholesterol levels were very high, and my blood sugar levels put me in the pre-diabetic category. She wanted to put me on medication but agreed to give me six months to get things under control through diet and exercise. That scared me very much, and that night I went home and told my husband of 31 years about the changes I needed to make. Although it was heartbreaking to me that we were not on the same page, I realized this journey would be one that I’d need to make alone.I spiraled out of control and hit rock bottom in October 2015 when I went shopping for a pair of jeans and needed a bigger size. I was at my highest weight and now on medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol and acid reflux.
In December, I was told I needed a total hysterectomy. I realized what a long and painful recovery process this would be for me, with my extra weight adding to the list of complications I could face. It was in that moment that I vowed to take my life back. I started my journey by going to Curves and cut back on the unhealthy carbs which included bread, pasta and potatoes. I also stopped eating fried foods and the nightly dish of ice cream. The weight slowly started coming off and I even found myself going for walks only one week after my surgery with my doctor’s permission.
Through my transformation with Curves, I began living a life as a strong, confident woman. My weight loss and strengthening experience gave me the resolve to leave my marriage and turn over a new leaf as an independent, powerful woman. Upon return to my doctor just a few months later, I was down 40 pounds**, my blood pressure and cholesterol levels improved, and I was no longer taking medications, nor considered pre-diabetic.
I owe my life to Curves. Curves helped keep me accountable and challenged me – not only physically, but also emotionally to overcome obstacles in my way. I am proud to be a Curves member and part of the safe and supportive community for women. To date, after 16 months on Curves, I have lost a total of 58 pounds**, and my body fat percentage is down 6%. I still have 17 pounds to go to reach my goal weight, but I know that is not the end of my journey. I am still a work in process, not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well. I would not be where I am today without my faith, family, friends and Curves coaches. Today, I am a strong, independent woman and if my story inspires just one person no matter what struggle they are facing, then that is my true success.