Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Real Women Have Curves

I have one goal.

Well actually, I have quite a few goals. They include finding a job, moving out of my parent's house, and everything that goes with becoming a grown up. However, the goal that I am writing about today is a goal that girly girls have been trying to meet since the beginning of time.

I want to get skinny. More importantly, I want to get in shape.

This is obviously not me.
In an attempt to work off some extra poundage, and to feel better about ourselves, my momma and I joined Curves. This is a huge move for me, because I have never been a member of a gym before. My momma was a member many years ago and lost 20 pounds working out there after she had my little brother. So one day in August we jumped in the car and headed over to Curves in Siler City to sign up.

Curves is unique because it is only for women. It is for this reason that I enjoy working out there. I have no need to feel paranoid about huge muscle men thinking I am weak, or about creepy men that stare. I feel so much more comfortable during my work out because I don't have to worry about any members of the opposite sex.

This gym is the world's leader in women's fitness. The program is specifically designed for women. The machines target those problem areas that plague us females, like our thighs and stomachs.

Another perk is that the workout program offered easily fits into a busy schedule. It only takes 30 minutes to complete the circuit of machines. This is perfect since I work in tobacco with my family all day, and have little time to exercise.

The Curves Smart workout is also designed to keep women motivated to continue working out. When you join the gym, they take your measurements and your weight. Your measurements are then plugged into a computer system and you get your own key. There is a place in each of the machines to place your key. The machine computes how hard you are working and determines if you are meeting your goals. You are told to "Go for Green" because if the screen on the machine turns yellow, that means you are not working hard enough. I always try to keep the screen green, but sometimes I have a little yellow show up.

You weigh in and get measured once a month to track your progress. At my last weigh in, I had lost 3 pounds and 3 inches in my stomach. I was very excited. I am hoping that the next weigh in will have even better results.

Curves prides itself on motivating women. One of my favorite things about the gym, besides the lack of testosterone, is that I feel like the employees really care about me and want to see me succeed with my goals. There is always a smiling face there to greet me when I walk through the door. My name is even on the tree.

I really enjoy going to Curves. There is just something about women helping to motivate other women that makes me want to work harder. There is no yelling drill sergeant or someone standing there telling you that you are fat. It is just women that are there to support you and your fitness. I can finally say that I enjoy going to the gym. BELIEVE ME, these words have never come out of my mouth before.

I would like all of you girly girls to check out Curves if you are trying to get in shape. They have a facebook and a website. There are gym locations all over the world. If you have always wanted to work out, but have been putting it off, this is the place to start.

Now, I will leave you with two signs that are hanging up in the Curves I attend. They were so cute, I just had to share.