AN SSBBWs WORLD
Information and rants about living in the real world as an SSBBW
As SSBBWs, we live in a world built for smaller people. Each day we face challenges to fit in, or even to just fit. While education and information are powerful tools, our best resource is each other. Let us know your tips or rants about this subject at email@example.com.
Each month we try to profile an SSBBW to help inspire those SSBBWs who haven't yet gotten that they are wonderful, caring, sexy, special people. We are always looking for more great and wonderful SSBBWs that feel they can be an inspiration to others to be profiled. Send us a mail if you are interested!!This month we are profile our first woman from the UK. Click here to read her profile.
Sister Bertha Bigger Than You
She's here! We searched high and low for the perfect advice columist and we finally found her. Dishing out great advice and wisdom and sharing our unique sense of humor, we introduce to you ... Sister Bertha Bigger Than You. Click here to read this months column. And as soon as she sits down and keeps quiet long enough we'll have our resident artist, Michael, to do her portrait.
Curves - 30 Minutes of Fitness and Fun
Curves. You've heard of them. You've seen their commercials on tv. Women smiling and exercising and apparently enjoying it.
Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world with 10,000 locations worldwide. Curves Clubs can be found in 55 countries, including the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, The Caribbean, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and are're still growing. They are the first fitness and weight loss facility dedicated to providing affordable, one-stop exercise and nutritional information for women.
So? Why am I telling you this? Because last month I signed up! And when I mentioned this to a SSBBW friend she said that she had been thinking of going but didn't want to go alone so she decided to sign up and go with me.
My initial concerns when I first went to check them out were :
- would the machines hold me
- could I get on and off of the machines easily
- what was the atmosphere like
- what were the people like
- how accommodating were they
I am happy to report that the answers I got to these questions were just what I wanted/needed:
- the machines, I was told, have a weight limit of 450 lbs (I'm 455lbs and haven't broken one yet!)
- I can't get on all the machines (yet) but most of them I can get on and off easily although perhaps a bit slowly
- the atmosphere is fun and vibrant
- the people, both the trainers and other members that I've met are wonderful and very supportive (I mentioned to one member that I couldn't use all of the machines and she said "yea but you are here")
- they are extremely accommodating - if you can't use every machine then use what you can (I won't wear shorts in public and asked if I could wear my skirt and was told to wear whatever I felt comfortable in)
How Does It Work
The machines are placed in a circle with a recovery board between each. You change "stations" every 60 seconds going from machine to recovery board to machine around the circle. You complete the circuit twice and then do some stretching to cool down. At the end of each circuit you check your heart rate. The recovery board is used to jog in place, walk in place or just move your arms and boogie if that's all you can do. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes. You may think that changing stations every 60 seconds isn't going to give you any kind of work out but trust me it does.
Curves also has online resources such as their Curves Complete. It offers a fully personalized fitness and nutrition plan, you'll have access to hundreds of delicious, healthy recipes as well as tools that help track your progress and maximize your exercise! Plus, you'll be part of an online community of women dedicated to the same weight loss and lifestyle goals as yourself.
They also have a printed magazine called Diane that is available for Curves members at participating locations. The magazine offers health, nutrition and fitness articles.
A number of providers currently offer compensation for Curves memberships. You can find a list here that provides the states where the insurance carrier/organization has the largest numbers of eligible members, however members in other states may also be eligible. Patients should contact their insurance providers directly to learn more about eligibility and requirements.
Also, members of AARP are eligible for a special promotion. Visit http://www.aarpfitness.com/ for more information.
There is a Got Milk? promotion in the US only - From March 17th through July 17th, 2008, get 3 Weeks free at Curves when you bring in 3 Milk Caps to a participating Curves club. Offer valid with 3 milk caps from any 3 fluid milk containers. Three free weeks must be redeemed on first visit or exchanged for special membership discount. Visit http://www.curves.com/about_curves/sponsorship.php for more information on this.
Be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study: THE LARGEST FITNESS STUDY FOR WOMEN EVER! Curves fitness salons in the U.S. and Canada are participating in a national 30-day fitness study. The folks at Curves want participants to exercise three times a week for 30 days. They'll get a fitness assessment at the beginning and end of the process and have access to an online fitness component and supervised training from a Curves trainer. The information will be evaluated by experts at Baylor University. Participation in the study, which begins May 5, costs $30. This $30 can then be applied to a membership fee.
So my friend and I have been going for a month and although I haven't lost weight yet I can honestly say that I am noticing a difference. I have more energy, I am sleeping better and I feel great about myself. It was a big step for me and took me out of my box but I am glad that I did it. Perhaps it's something you've been thinking about but wasn't sure what to expect. I hope this helps you make a decision.
For more information about Curves and to find a location near you, check out their website at www.curves.com.
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