February 2018
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noticing more fitness thanks to Curves


I just went to Curves and I feel about 300 times better! all my cells feel awake. So far it has been less than a month and I already notice so many positive changes!

I have more energy, I feel more productive, I feel stronger and therefore more confident. I also have much more flexibility (to a shocking amount!), and my sciatic nerve has stopped bothering me (it used to get gradually worse throughout the day). I can feel muscles in my abdomen and arms! (and by that I mean I can feel them on the inside, not I can touch them with my hand and feel them) and best of all, last period I had NO CRAMPS. ZERO. Except for the obvious, I couldn't even tell I was menstruating! This after the month before when I had the worst I'd had in a year, probably. For me, working out my core muscles and drinking lots of water is just magic.

an odd side effect is that I'm more aware of the effect different foods/drinks have on my body. I love coffee, as you all know, but I can't stand to have it (or any sugary drink) sooner than 5 hours before or an hour after a workout. And if I don't have enough protein I feel dreadful after a workout (yay for odwalla & luna bars!). Also, I crave veggies more and greasy foods less -- even one fry will make me feel crappy, as I discovered the other day when Ben gave me one of his. It has no effect on my love of Mexican food though ;-)

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jumpinglegacy ══╣Body (Curvygirls!)╠══
That's so fantastic that Curves is working well for you! I know what you mean about feeling your muscles 'from the inside'. It's a good feeling- it makes you really feel present in your body.

My mom and I went to Curves for a few months or so when our local one opened, but the staff there were awful so we didn't really like going. Nothing says "live healthy and move your body" like a staff member sitting at the desk eating McDonalds take-out.
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
eeek. all the staff members at mine are positively hyper!
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
When I started a healthier lifestyle, I becamse acutely aware of how my body felt after eating certain foods. It's not fond of artificial colours or flavours and prefers to drink coffee only every so often. Coffee makes me jittery and gives me insomnia.

This all sounds very normal and very inspiring to me. Go you!
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
that's cool that it had the same effect on you!

thanks! :D
browneyedgirl65 ══╣╠══
Heh. I wish I got the no cramps side effect. But since I can often work out even on the worst day, I suppose it isn't that bad.

I know exactly what you mean about how foods feel. Out of curiosity, I started tracking my food intake b/c I was curious about the carb/fat/protein ratio. To my surprise, my fat intake doesn't get much above 25% most days. I always thought it was higher, simply because it's so hard to avoid fat in most foodstuffs.

Anyway, it's great how you're feeling :-)
belenen ══╣curious╠══
hm! I have no idea what my carb/fat/protein ratio is, but I think that if anything is out of balance it would be my sugar levels -- I eat a lot of fruits and drink a lot of sweet-creamy coffee. I'd be interested to learn my actual levels, but not interested enough to monitor everything, heh ;-)
aetheric ══╣╠══
I love that feeling after a good workout. :)
belenen ══╣powerful╠══
:D
darkpool ══╣╠══
That's great I've read before that the most effective way to get rid of cramps is to exercise the week before your period. I used to always get lots of nerve problems when I wouldn't exercise as well and they'd be so much better when I'd lift weights.
belenen ══╣powerful╠══
yep! that and hydrating well -- being dehydrated just KILLS me.
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