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Questions! [Jan. 8th, 2008|09:57 pm]


I know these questions probably have been asked before, but... I'd love to know any and all opinions on the matter:

I am getting married in May 2008 and then promptly going to Hawaii... My mom and I want to join curves and work out together. I am severely obese (or so says the doctor). I am not shy to admit it but I am five foot four at 240lbs. I would LOVE to lose at least 20 to 30 pounds before May, though I understand that inches are far easier to lose than pounds -- my body typically creates muscle pretty easily with my hormone problem (which of course weighs more than fat). I once was a member of the YMCA nearby and I did an aerobics work out every other day and then swam up to 36+ laps after each aerobic class -- though I swam EVERY day for two months only losing ten pounds (again, PCOS makes me slow at losing weight, even with a diet and a consistent work out).

My question is: to get back on the "horse" so to speak, is Curves right for me? I would like to do the YMCA again to swim (my favorite thing to do, I used to swim when I was younger for YMCA), but at my weight I will say I am quite ashamed to get into a bathing suit again and swim... at least not until I can lose some first.

I want to go to a place where women are the only members. I absolutely feel ashamed to go to a co-ed gym right now... I know that sounds silly, but I feel much more comfy around women until I lose some weight.

[User Picture]From: lonejedi
2008-01-09 05:41 am (UTC)
I think you'll find that the circuit at Curves is a lot more mindless than swimming is, so that might be an adjustment. Otherwise, the machines use resistance training which is low impact, and there are a variety of muscles that get a workout at each station.

I personally found Curves to be helpful for a lot of reasons. I found it to be a place where I could empower myself to continue in whatever other activities I love to do, but I also feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish a workout whether I lose pounds/inches or not.

I think Curves is right for anyone so long as there are no serious health complications that add extraordinary adversity to working out, but it's one of those things that you have to make work for yourself. In other words, if you find a positive reason to go, you will and it'll work. If you find no joy in it, than you won't go and it won't work for you. Does that make sense?
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[User Picture]From: kristinized
2008-01-09 06:28 pm (UTC)
I think you would like Curves - you certainly will build muscle and lose inches that way.
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[User Picture]From: deathintears
2008-01-10 11:22 pm (UTC)
I think that Curves would be perfect for you! Though, I'd like to say, I've found that food is the bigger factor in determining one's weight. I lost 30 pounds within about 2 months by eating less and counting my calories. But, when I was younger, I tried to lose weight by going to the gym every day for around 3 hours.. and I lost no weight. People said I looked better, but my pants were still just as tight, you know? So..yeah.. CaloriesPerHour.com is a great site for caloric information.
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