The lovely Allison
CURVES ... my journey
It was husband who was my incentive for my journey to healthy living. He said he had never seen anyone look as terrified as I did as I struggled for breath while in hospital wheezing my way through yet another asthma attack following another chest infection. There was no mention of my weight, with my BMI in the obese range as I was 90.5 kg.
I had turned a blind eye to my weight, avoiding the scales and hiding under large shirts and pants. It was my health that was the focus of our discussion, I was on medication for high blood pressure, seeing a chiropractor for chronic back pain and I was having repeated chest infections and had been recently diagnosed with asthma.
My husband convinced me to make an appointment with a GP, who was also an alternative practitioner, which was a challenge for me as a nurse. I commenced seeing this GP in 2007, and, with his regime, I made dramatic changes to my lifestyle.
As my health stabilised he spoke of "maintenance” and what to me at that stage, was a scary word exercise! My friend Julie had been going to Curves and had been trying to convince me to join with her but I was using the usual excuses "no time, too far way, too embarrassed" and then CURVES opened in Belgrave! No more excuses! I joined in October 2007 and I have enjoyed almost 1000 workouts!
As we all do, I have had my challenges, two stress fractures of my foot, the loss of my Father and my Aunt, the ups and downs of family life , illness and that feeling of "why bother"! I make the effort to pick myself up and get back to Curving.
What has Curves done for me? It has given me energy, a focus, strength, friends on the circuit and with the Belgrave Curves team, I have ceased my blood pressure medication, I have stabilised my asthma and I can Zumba!
The day I woke up and realised my wellbeing and health is a permanent “life time" lifestyle change and I am the only one responsible for this was my turning point! From 90.5 kg I am now 65.5 Kg, a weight I have maintained. I have now lost a total of 25 kg (some prior to starting Curves) and a total of 55 cm.
My personal highlight? In 2013, together with our daughter, my husband and I cycled in the South of France riding 45 kms a day for a week. This would have been physically impossible for me prior to becoming a committed Curves member.