By ncnurse1459 Latest Reply 2008-09-28 14:08:58 -0500
Started 2008-08-31 18:33:53 -0500

As a Diabetic person, I know I should be exercising daily, but being human, I am not always as compliant as I should be either. One week ago, I joined the CURVES program where I now go at least three times each week and exercise for at least 30 moinutes each visit on their equipment. CURVES is for ladies alone (sorry guys!) and their equipment is meant to tone up our parts. The exercise there is aerobic in nature, so you should check with your doctor first before beginning the program. Trained staff will measure everything before you begin: arms, bust/chest, waist, thighs, calves, hips, weight and height. They offer different programs: "cardio" is my program, since I also have hypertension and fibromyalgia. They also offer online support, weigh-ins, incentives and much needed support. I have seen a difference in my energy level just going there and working out, it has improved ! Hopefully, we will see other BIG improvements soon. If you're not exercising like you should and need that incentive and support from others, I recommend checking out your local CURVES program Ladies ! You can also get one free week to check them out before you buy into the program.

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ncnurse1459 2008-09-28 14:08:58 -0500 Report

Okay…time for my first monthly update from CURVES. I lost a total of 5 inches off my measurements and a total of 5 lbs off my weight during this first month of exercise ! Hallelujah, I am on the right track ! I love what my body is telling me now ! I feel more enthusiasm, and have more endurance, more flexibility and more belief in myself that what I am doing is helping me ! Also, I have found that I am NOT having to take regular sliding scale insulin with my main doses of insulin anymore ! MY FBS has been beween 68 and 110 daily these last few weeks and my randoms (before my dinner meals, actually)have been between 65 and 115 ! There are times when I have to eat first before taking my insulin, in fact ! I am pretty sure the doc will decrease my doses on my next visit. I can't wait to see what my A1C is.

GabbyPA 2008-09-03 08:32:08 -0500 Report

This is so true. I have been doing the "no excuse exercise" program in a discussion here, but I am soon going to be working into my 30 min routine, and I need more space and varity to do that, than I have at home. I like that curves offers so much one-on-one. Does that cost extra? What is an annual membership? I have a local gym where my husband and I go. He got his membership paid thru his part D medicare, but mine is $169 for 14 months. Good price, but I like the personal attention you mentioned.

ncnurse1459 2008-09-14 14:26:03 -0500 Report

Right now, the lifetime membership fee (one time only fee) is half off…was $199.00 , now it is $99.00. Then there is a monthly fee of $39.00 where I go due to the newest machines in the CURVES SMART program, I will go as long as I can, and for at least 6 months to see what happens. I assure you after 3 weeks now, 3 times each week, 30 m inutes of their workout is awesome. You are exercising to music on machines that monitor your heart rate and strength. If you are going too fast or too slow, it tells you to change your pattern, etc. And, the team managers there are wonderful (at least where I go). I am seeing a difference in how my clothes fit, but not allowed to weigh or measure just yet, until a month in the system, so ALL measurements are calculated effectively. And, that's okay too. I feel more refreshed and vibrant after my exercise routines. I highly recommend this program..too bad it's just for women only. Sorry guys ! Angie

GabbyPA 2008-09-15 04:48:02 -0500 Report

I am not in the best shape. Will I be able to keep up with a class? Do they offer at your own speed kind of things?

ncnurse1459 2008-09-15 13:43:59 -0500 Report

You always work at your own pace, the machines are set to your level…there is no competition between you and the others. They do have monthly contests to see who lost the most and/or lost the most inches though. They have anywhere from 10 to 12 machines that are computerized to your specific needs, and are adjustable as you improve.