Sue Williams, member at Curves of Tacoma Northwest (Westgate) has a compelling story to tell about her bout with breast cancer and her path to a healthier and happier lifestyle. In her own words, here is what Sue sent to us about her experience:
I have been a member of Curves for many years, but was not committed to it or to exercise until after my diagnosis of breast cancer in March 2010. After completing treatment and talking to my oncologist, I realized how important daily exercise is to help keep cancer from recurring. But even with this realization, while I became a better “exerciser” at 3 days a week, I also continued to be a yo-yo dieter. When I talked to my Curves staff at the Westgate Curves in Tacoma WA about the 90 day program, I decided to go with it – and it has been the best program I have ever done, and the best dollars I have ever spent.
I am really proud of what I was able to accomplish in these 90 days. I lost 14 pounds (13 pounds, 10 ounces in body fat!), and 11 1/2 inches. I have not met my weight loss goal yet, but I feel so much better than I ever have. Not only am I looking better, my health has improved as well. When I had my Well-Woman check in April, my cholesterol levels, for which I have been taking medication for several years, were all within normal levels. While I continue to take these meds, my doctor has expressed her delight in me in reducing the “bad” cholesterol, and has asked me to continue with diet and exercise. I am hoping that there may come a time when I no longer need to take the meds at all.
How do you place a value on a 90 day experience such as Curves offers? The staff made it easy for me to come in and workout – they are caring, knowledgeable and always there to offer assistance, and the weekly coaching was tremendous. If I didn’t quite make my goal for the week, that was okay. If I beat my goal for the week, they celebrated with me. They made (and make) the workout fun – it’s a rare day if the room isn’t ringing with laughter. They have cheered me on with much encouragement, and my workout has become a part of my daily life which I hate to miss. The research behind the 90 day program is impeccable, and I have learned more about nutrition than in any other time. The ability to make menus which fit with our hectic lives was incredible, and I loved knowing that the food my husband and I were eating was “real food” and not a special formula that other diet programs have had. Remembering to put protein first, steadily increasing the steps I was taking each week, while hard at first, gradually became much easier as the weeks progressed. But I also knew that for me to make this program first my head needed to be in it; that is, I had to believe in myself that I could – and would – do it.
I am continuing on with the program because I’m not yet where I want to be. I feel confident that I know what to do and how to do it to make my new lifestyle permanent. My Curves staff and the Curves program is indeed exceptional, and I thank all of you for your knowledge, expertise and caring.
Curves of Tacoma Northwest (Westgate) is a Curves Complete Club, and we have many more testimonials about how this is the best thing our members have ever done for their health. This is NOT A DIET. It is a nutrition course and we teach you how to eat nutritionally sound meals and you reap the benefit of weight loss and less body fat. You will live longer and have a happier, healthier life!