May 2, 2009

Getting my curves back!

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , at 1:18 am by Jenn

Oprah does it again.  Yesterday I was watching Oprah and Kirstie Alley was the guest.  Now personally I think Kirstie is a train wreck, she just can never seem to “get it together” as far as I’m concerned.  As I was watching the piece about the gym in Kirstie’s house I recognized that the equipment was from Curves.

I had intended to rejoin Curves during my visit to the states when I found a two week free coupon in a magazine.  Of course I forgot the magazine in Baku.  When I went to the Curves website I found that they were conducting a Women’s Fitness Study and are offering 30 days for $30….sign me up!

Today I signed up to participate in the study and my mom will be signing up on Monday.  I really enjoyed working out at Curves when I lived in Maryland.  I would get up at 5:45am, be at Curves by 6:00am and back home in the shower and at work by 8:00 it was WONDERFUL and I looked and felt great!

When Scott and I moved to NC I transferred my membership to the Curves in Sneads Ferry, but the hours just didn’t work for me.  The center didn’t open til 8:00am and they closed at either 6 or 7pm.  That’s when I started to put the weight back on.  I like the Curves workout, it’s fast, it’s effective and it’s fun.  Better than any gym.  The women that surround you at Curves supportive and encouraging.  I love it!

So today I had my first of what I hope are many (I know for sure I’ll do the 30) Curves workouts during my visit to the US.  Best news of all is that there are Curves facilities in Chile too so I just may be able to whip my fat ass back in to shape once and for all!

When I stepped on the scale today I was SHOCKED!  I can’t believe how much weight I put on since we moved overseas, but of course I’m not too shocked because I pretty much did nothing but sit on my ass for the last 18 months.  Even though I was shocked by my weight and feeling a little down in the dumps about it, when my BMI measurement came up it was in the normal range – THANK GOD!  The Curves attendant actually remarked to me, “WOW, you are the first one that I’ve ever done that’s been normal!”.  Personally that made me feel great, professionally that made me feel ill.

So here’s my challenge to all of you women out there…if there is a Curves facility within 10 miles of your home I challenge you to join the Fitness Study.  Try it for 30 days and see what a difference 30 days of exercise makes to your body and the way you feel about yourself!  Let’s shed some fat and inches together!

Visit the Curves website to find a facility near you!


April 5, 2009

Starvation Study

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 12:33 pm by Jenn

It’s days like today that I wish my grandmother were still alive so that I could ask her questions, pick her brain about what she remembers about a certain time period or subject.

This week’s lecture in my Advanced Nutrition class is on starvation.  It’s a subject that I’ve read, lots and lots about, but today I read more about the “Starvation Study” that took place in the US during WW II.  I find this study to be facscinating, and being a real geek I’ll probably read more of the actual research but for now this piece from American Radio Works gives some great background information on the topic.

Now for me, back to the lecture and note taking.

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