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Fitness update

Wii Fit Board

Wii Fit Board

I have not been to Curves since mid October because we were getting our bathrooms remodeled.

Then, hubby got a change in his pay structure. He was put on salary. He had been working a lot of overtime. Promotion plus salary equals less income coming into the house.

I needed to look for ways to decrease spending and Curves was the first on the list. I think that had we not had a Wii Fit, I would have had a more difficult time with this.

So, today, after a little over 2 months since I’ve last worked out, I got out the Wii Fit and did my body test, 10 minutes of yoga and 10 minutes of aerobics.

Because it had been 87 days(!!!!!) since my last Body Test, I set a more realistic goal of 2 lbs in 2 weeks. Of course I would like to do more, but I know me. So, we shall see. I wanted to be able to accomplish more, however, the aerobics were killing my thighs. I kept hearing, don’t overdo it or you won’t get back on tomorrow.

So, as I say goodbye to Curves, I am so thankful for the time I had with them. I learned that I could lose weight and get into shape as long as I stick to it. I also learned that it feels good to exercise, well, at least the results of exercising are exhilirating even if the process hurts. 🙂

I logged 20 minutes of workout time on the Wii today. Feels good to finally be able to accomplish some fitness finally.

Monthly cost of Curves

I’ve had some visitors come to my site searching for the monthly cost of Curves.

I cannot tell you how much it will cost to go to the Curves in your area, but I can tell you what I pay at my Curves. I pay $46.64 a month. That covers the Curves Smart which is $5 extra per month.

I do not know if all Curves are different in what they charge, and if you are just signing up, it may cost more than what members who have been going for years are paying. But I would think that it couldn’t be too much more than what I am currently paying a month. So, I hope this helps out those who are searching. But, call your local Curves to find out what they are charging. That would be best.

God bless you on your road to better health and wellness. 🙂

Update on my Cuves workout

I have not been working out on the Wii.  I really need to get back to doing that.  I’ve simply been too tired in the mornings to do it and then the day goes by and I’m just not interested.

However, I have been attending Curves almost regularly.  The past two weeks I only went two times during the week instead of three.  This week I went on Monday and Wednesday and will more than likely go tomorrow.

My clothes are fitting loose again and when hubby saw my photo on Facebook he said my face looked thinner.

I’ll be scheduled for weigh in/measure around the 15.  I guess I didn’t post about my last weigh in/measure.  I lost 2lbs and 2 inches, I believe.  The measurements were a little off, I think, because one person measured me in July and a different person measured me in August.  This month should be good because the same person who measured me in August will more than likely be measuring me this time.

Still working out using the Curves Smart system.  I keep getting decreased and can’t seem to catch up to the machines (not able to stay in the green as often as I’d like).  But because I’m noticing a change in my body, I’m not too worried.  I still support the Curves Smart system because it does help keep me “going for the green” and helps me not to slack off.  I also like that I can check my progress.

Me fit?

I’ve been using the Wii Fit for a week now. I’ve been spending anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes doing various exercises, mostly focusing on yoga and balance games.

Today I went through the yoga poses and thought I’d work on the strength training. Wow. Do I feel unfit. I could barely do the push ups. I thought I’d do ok because of the Curves training, however, the strength training on the Wii target different muscle groups, for sure. At the end of 1/2 hour, I was ready to be done for the morning. Not saying I won’t get back on this afternoon, but I was needing a rest.

Memorial Day Workout

Hm. I’m not very creative at titles. 🙂

My Curves is open today from 8am to 11am. I woke up at 6:45, which is the time I normally wake up every morning. I wanted to go back to sleep, but knew if I did, I wouldn’t want to work out when I woke back up. So, I woke up, dressed in my workout clothes, put my contacts in and brushed my teeth. I then worked on my Panda Cross-Stitch Afghan. I am really enjoying that and didn’t want to put it down. But, at 8, I mustered up enough will-power to get my shoes on and go. Before leaving I put Blue’s Clues on for the little ones and told Jodan, my now 10-year-old, to get them breakfast when he woke up.

It was a good workout. My heart rate was a bit higher than I wanted, but not over 85%.

I’m very happy Curves was open this morning and that I’ve gone.

Back to work on that panda blanket. 🙂

God bless those that serve and have served to keep our country safe. God also bless those in HIS army that put their lives on the line for the gospel – moving forward in faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Curvey day

🙂 Went to Curves this morning. I’m so glad I changed to morning workouts. I think this will make a difference. I have more energy while working out and all throughout the day.

I worked the machines hard, but my lungs were being naughty today, so a little after my first time around, I had to slow down. I thought I would have to stop completely. But I prayed and heard the Lord remind me to breath correctly. So, I breathed in through my nose and out through my mouth. Easy for most, but with my younger years of having sever orthodontic problems and breathing issues, I always breathe through my mouth. It takes concentration to do it the other way.

Well, that helped me tremendously. No only did my heart rate slow down (it was in the 80% and should be 60-70%) but my lungs became more obedient. I totally took it easy at the recovery stations and was able to work the machines hard. Felt like a good day. 🙂

They are open Monday from 8-11 and I’m very happy for that.

Curves – A Year Later

A little over a year ago, I joined Curves. I saw immediate results and had, in a couple of months, lost 14 pounds and 23 inches. I worked out three times a week and got weighed in and measured once a month – at the end of every month.

Curves is a place for women only. There are resistance machines and in between each machine is a “rest pad”. You use the resistance machine for 30 seconds and then you go to the pad. You do some sort of cardio move for 30 seconds and then move on to the next machine.

Then summer arrived. I’m very active at church. I attend regularly, every Friday and every Sunday, and during worship I dance. I found that during the first couple months of attending Curves, my dance was more energetic. During the month of July, our church is on sabbatical. We don’t have any services at all during July. So, my body was used to two extra workouts a week and with the July sabbatical, I didn’t do any extra workouts.

When I got weighed in and measured at the end of July, I found that I didn’t lose anything. I was discouraged. But I knew that my energy level probably decreased a bit and also, hubby and I were eating more on Sunday mornings, which made me want to eat more during the week.

But as the months progressed, I found no changes in my weight or measurements. This discouraged me even more and my attendance at Curves was not regular during November and December and I didn’t go at all during January. I started back again in February. I didn’t weigh in when I started back up because I knew that I had gained and I really didn’t want to know where I was at. When I did get weighed in at the end of February, I had found that my weight was higher than when I last weighed in and my measurements had also increased. Well, I had expected it, however, I was discouraged.

I attended Curves in March, three times a week. At the end of March I saw no change. Discouraged again, I stopped going.

Hubby asked me, at the end of April, if I was going and I said no. He encouraged me to start up again.

Starting last Monday (May 12), I started back again. I weighed myself this time and wrote down my weight. I calibrated my home scale with that of Curves. But I was scared that, again, there would be no change even after attending three times a week.

When I went to Curves on Friday, Kris, the manager, was there and told me she had missed seeing me. I admitted that I had been discouraged and stopped coming. She encouraged me to keep going and said that something was changing in Curves and when they had more information, she’d see if I was interested.

When I went into Curves this morning, the place had been decorated and they were advertising a new program called the Curves Smart workout. They will be fitting each machine with a computer of sorts. If you join the Curves Smart workout, you will fill out some paperwork, get weighed and measured and all this information will be put into the computer. You will choose from 4 different workouts – Fit and Trim (sets resistance to 65% of your strength), Muscle Size and Strength (sets resistance to 75%), Cardio (50% of your strength), Endurance. The Curves Smart program will design a program for each individual based on information entered and workout picked. There’s more to it, but it’s like having a personal trainer with you on every machine to make sure you’re getting the most out of the workout.

This, of course, costs extra. But I was excited to learn about it and talked it over with hubby. We agreed to go ahead and sign up for that.

It’s going to be a couple of weeks before it starts. The franchise I attend still has to get the machines fitted with the computers, the staff has to be educated on it. After that has taken place, they will start training the customers, one at a time. I’m 6th in line.

But I’m hoping that I will see more results with this new program.

🙂

Here’s a youtube video of the program that I watched, if you’re interested.

Living in the Supernatural

I have been a Christian all my life. I attended a Christian school from k – 8. And even though I’m aware that going to a Christian school and church does not make one a Christian, I did know that Jesus Christ is God and knew that He died on the cross for my sin and had no doubt that if I were to die, I would be in heaven. I, however, was unaware that I could have a relationship with Him. I just thought that He was some far away deity who really didn’t have time for our petty things.

But I have come to know better. I know that He DOES care about every aspect of our lives. Jesus said, as recorded in Matthew 6:25-34, that we shouldn’t worry about things. He takes care of the birds and the flowers, how much more will He care for us. And I have also been taught that we are to live a supernatural life while here on earth. Jesus said, as recorded in John 14:12, that we will, if we have faith in Him, do what He was doing (remember that Jesus walked on water, turned water into wine, multiplied food to feed thousands – and it wasn’t even a famine! – healed the sick, drive out demons, raised the dead and so much more) and that we would do even greater things than He had been doing. To me, that means, living a supernatural life.

I guess I have been bit by the poverty spirit. That is a spirit that would have us “look at our provision to help us determine our vision, and are therefore living within OUR means instead of HIS blessings.” (excerpt taken from The Supernatural Ways of Royalty written by Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton). And since I’m not walking on water I’m having a difficult time believing that God can use me to heal people or to be able to live supernaturally in other ways.

Well, I was at Curves this morning. I was very happy remembering my loss this past month. I looked around at the other women there. I wondered where some of these women were when they started Curves. I then started panicking, getting scared that I might, one day, stop losing when I still have so much further to go. Then I remember, Live Supernaturally. God told me to start going to a gym. He is the reason why I stopped drinking sodas and eating and drinking so much sugar. It’s totally Him. Yes, I have to wake up in the morning, get dressed and go to Curves, but even in doing that, it’s Him helping me all the way. God loves me. He has a plan for me and as long as I keep that plan in my vision, I can live supernaturally, and the pauper mentality of getting to a point of not losing more will vanish.

And I hope that I will be able to apply that to other areas of my life.