Wellness Notes: Fitter after five years
- Susan Wagner, Guest Columnist
- Estacada News - Features
Women's fitness center celebrates a milestone
We started Curves with one thing in mind: to help women help themselves.
Diabetes and obesity run in my family. I joined Curves in January 2004, to help myself with weight and exercise. It did not take me long to realize that Curves needed to come to Estacada. With the love and support of my family, it started on July 26, 2004.
Now, Estacada Curves is celebrating a major milestone in the community, thanks to hard work, a dedicated staff and wonderful members. We have accomplished a big goal by being in business for five years in Estacada. This milestone is not only cause for celebration for the facility, but also acts as a great example for its members.
We think that this proves that no matter what your goal is - whether it's losing 10 or 100 pounds, or realizing your fitness goals - everything can be accomplished with small, reasonable steps and perseverance. Each and every member is special and has her own story to share. Let me tell you about a few of their accomplishments.
Lori Kleiss signed up in 2007 and lost 22 pounds in four months. She also lost 3 percent body fat. The great thing was that she changed her eating habits, exercised every day, lost the weight and became a lot healthier. But the real surprise was when Lori became pregnant with twins. The doctors were very impressed with Lori. With her first pregnancy, she was not healthy, had gestational diabetes and was overweight. On Feb. 20, Lori delivered her twins, and they were over 5 pounds each. She was back in the gym three weeks later, healthy and happy to be back. Lori is working hard to lose her baby weight, and she is doing it with the support of Curves. Lori will be back to her pre-pregnancy weight in no time.
Teresa Schulz joined us in 2005. She exercised at Curves for three months. Then she and her husband were in a terrible motorcycle accident and were rushed to the hospital. They both survived, but it wasn't known if Teresa would ever walk again. But after many months in the hospital and in physical therapy, on Feb. 20, 2009, Teresa walked back into Curves. It was wonderful to see her walking and laughing once again. Since she returned, she has lost weight, inches and body fat. Most of all, she is stronger and has given us all something to smile about.
Susie Copp came to us in 2006. She worked out only a few times and then we did not see her for quite a while. She was like most of us: We start and stop with exercise, diet - you name it. For Susie, there came a phone call. We called her and told her we had not seen her at the club for quite some time. She needed to hear that someone cared about her exercising, and that motivated her to take care of herself. Susie came back and did so with style, losing 30 pounds, 28 inches and 10 percent body fat. Over time, Susie has gained and lost her weight, but her support has always been here and she knows it.
Paige Goble started with us in 2005. She came in quite a bit and was pretty consistent with her workouts. She had her ups and downs with her weight. Then, a family member's passing convinced her it was time to get in gear. Paige started exercising just about every day and made small, consistent changes to her diet. Little by little, she started to lose her weight: 33 pounds, 22 inches, and 10 percent of her body fat. Several pant and shirt sizes and a new haircut later, Paige looks and feels wonderful. She did it. She still continues to, and we're here for her all the way.
We are very lucky to have members like these ladies. All our members have their stories; these are just a few. They are all very special, hardworking ladies who are committed to being healthy and fit.
In the five years we have been here, they've lost 5,000 pounds and 7,000 inches. That's 1,000 pounds a year. We are looking forward to another five years of service in the Estacada community.