It’s no secret that I like to work on my crafts and be creative. The next creative project that I am going to be working on is me! I have been having weight issues ever since I had my kids. I was always the skinny girl who could eat anything and never gain an ounce. Over the years my weight adjusted from being active in college to working behind a desk. I always felt comfortable with my weight even when it adjusted a bit as I got older. However, since I had the kids I cannot get rid of all of this extra belly weight I am carrying around. When I was pregnant and you saw me from the back I didn’t even look pregnant. I was ALL belly!
I went back to Weight Watchers but it wasn’t working for me this time. I just couldn’t keep up with keeping track of my points. As I have been doing some nutritional reading I see that I was not necessarily eating the correct foods and making the correct food choices so I ended up being hungry and feeling deprived and out of points.
I saw a nutritionalist who said that I needed to increase my daily vegetable intake and limit the bad foods and the extra snacking that I was doing and it worked alright but I didn’t stick to it. I lost my motivation. The more I thought about it the more I realized it was because I was losing weight alone without the support of other women going through the same thing as I was going through. I still didn’t have a clear understanding of how to combine the right amount of proteins, carbs, etc into each of my meals and snacks. So many of the diet programs have foods that I don’t like to eat or that I know my family won’t eat. I just could not figure out how to eat basic foods while still losing weight. What I would consider a healthy breakfast ended up being pretty much all carbs. I was getting very frustrated.
Enter Curves. My Husband’s Aunt lives out of state so I emailed her for her opinion because she owns a Curves. She told me the benefits of their new Complete weight loss program and their Smart program. I thought about it and I am now signed up!
I am so excited about this! I had been a member of Curves years ago when they had first opened in our area but stopped going after I got married and had the kids. Since that time they have come up with these great new programs. Our local Curves is very close to where we live and their hours work great with our schedule. I have now been assigned to a personal coach and I begin the weight loss program on Monday.
The weight loss program, Complete, has a fantastic website that you use for planning your meals. After completing your profile you are then given the first week’s meal plan…which contains regular food! If you don’t like something on it you just switch it for something that you do like on the list. You can also print out a grocery shopping list for that week based on your food choices. No points, carbs or calories to count.
I was also given a pedometer, starter set of vitamins and protein shake as well as a cute grocery shopping list to keep on the refrigerator.
I will work out 3-4 times a week at Curves with other women who are also trying to lose weight like me. I will be able to meet and go over everything with my very own personal coach. They have Zumba classes available. They have daily videos to watch that are only a few minutes and will help you on your weight loss journey. The Smart program gives me a card that I put into each machine as I am working out. It records my workout and shows me if I need to increase it. At the end of the program I can check the computer and view my workout and see how many calories I burned, etc.
This program is what I needed and what I have been looking for! A lot of one-on-one training and support with regular foods. This food plan is something that I actually want to stick to! I am so excited about getting started. It is a 90 day plan and my goal is to lose 20 pounds in those 90 days and right now I am very motivated. I am hoping that I will not lose that motivation since I will be going through this Complete program with so much support. I am so looking forward to recreating myself into a thinner, healthier and well-balanced woman and mother!