Curves Complete program... welp, I finished my 12 week round, took a month off and JUST started another round. I'm POSITIVE that this is the vehicle to get me to my goal and more importantly - keep me there. Let me tell you why. Let me share with you the greatest lesson I think I've ever learned (well, certainly, its in the top 5)!
I spent eleven weeks of the twelve week program losing weight consistently. Some weeks were better than others losing up to 4 pounds in a week other weeks weren't as good because, well, I'm a girl! Guys have NO IDEA what we go through every single month and it REALLY ruins an entire week ESPECIALLY if you're getting on a scale. But even with that, I lost EVERY week for 11 weeks. Then, at my LAST weigh in at the end of my 12th week, I gained 2 pounds! WHAT!?!? I worked every bit as hard as I had every week before! In fact, I even added another Zumba class that week so that I could boost my results as I was reaching the end of the program. Well you can imagine my surprise when my Curves Complete Coach (the totally awesome and wonderful Kim), seeing the tears well up in my eyes, puts her hand on my arm and with a big smile tells me its time for phase 3. PHASE THREE!!!! Was she nuts!?!? I just gained 2 pounds in one week and she wanted to increase my calorie intake by 500 calories A DAY?!?! That goes against everything I've ever learned about weight loss. Realizing very quickly that I've never gotten it right in the past, often losing big amounts of weight only to gain it back with a few more, I decided to shut my brain up and trust the process that has worked PERFECTLY for 11 weeks. I dove into phase three and my extra 3500 calories that week. I bet you all are dying to know what happened! This is where it gets good and that lesson that changes EVERYTHING comes into play.
Kim wanted me to come in the following week for a follow up weigh in. Oddly, I was not afraid of the scale. I could FEEL weight coming off during the week even though I was consuming calories like never before. Sure enough, not only did I lose the two pounds I had gained the week before, but I also lost 1.5 pounds more!!! AND I maintained my weight for the remaining weeks I was on phase three. This is what I learned:
The scale is not to be feared. It is the translator for the communication that you are having with your fat cells. I learned that eating GOOD FOOD in the right amounts and at the right intervals is the ONLY way to communicate to your body that food is plentiful. Once your body trusts that you won't need energy storage (fat), it lets it go. Yes, it goes against EVERYTHING we think we know about weight loss to actually eat, but it works. I've experienced it! The Curves Complete program taught me how to know WHEN those intervals occur for my body and how to actually USE the scale as the communication tool that it is. Once my coach saw that I was putting on weight after 11 weeks of consistent weight loss, she knew that my body was telling me it thought food was scarce and it was going to hold on to fat. It was then up to me to communicate to my fat cells that the opposite was true. Food is plentiful and it can let go of fat.... I could ONLY communicate that by eating. I'm just not the know it all I thought I was. SHHHHHHH! Don't tell my husband! LOL!
I would say wish me luck as I begin this next round of Curves Complete, but for the first time EVER, I'm confident that luck is no longer needed.