Curves helped me find myself again so that I could do this very
Weight Lost: 35.4
Waist Size Lost: 22.5
When I joined Curves again on Sept 11 th 2017, I was at the heaviest I had ever weighed in my
life. I was at 215lbs. I felt lethargic, ashamed, embarrassed and I was physically in a lot of pain.
This was not my first time at Curves or on the weight loss journey. In my last curves experience
May 2011, I was feeling pretty much the same way. I had lost almost 50lbs through another
weight loss program and strict meal plan in over 6 months; however the maintenance plan got
interrupted when I injured both my ankles within a year. My work out plan became almost
A few years went by and I stopped carrying about my weight, which was liberating in some
ways and exhausting at the same time. I work in film, theatre and education… I need to be able
to move and express myself, yet here I was in 2017 trapped within my own body. I spend a lot
of time with youth working as an artist educator in remote reserve Indigenous communities. I
needed to be a role model and Curves helped me find myself again so that I could do this very
important work. My Curves Complete coach was Beba again and she welcomed me back with
open arms. I told her how I was feeling and together we came up with a plan that suited my
I travel a lot for work so sticking to a meal plan was challenging as well as being in town to get
to the gym at least 3 days a week. We talked about healthy alternatives while on the road and
portion control. We talked about ways to stay active while I was away. We talked about my
emotions and how I might feel hungry, angry, or sad at times because of this journey. Beba
asked a lot of questions. She really cared about how I was feeling. She was so encouraging. All
of the coaches were very kind.
Whenever I was in town and my schedule worked out I would head to curves. Curves Lynn
Valley is a great place to work out. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive. Woman of all
ages come there and it is very inspiring. The coaches are excellent and Friendly. The music
rocks and I as I move around the stations I feel my power and strength coming back. My aches
and pains are gone. I have lost 35.4 lbs, 22.5” overall and 26.62 lbs of just fat. I am still
working out and my husband who is my biggest fan has also lost about 10lbs on this journey
with me. We loved making the Curves recipes together. I feel strong, beautiful and healthy. I
no longer dread going to the gym, I actually look forward to it. I finished Curves complete in
Feb 2017. I am still maintaining my weight and enjoying life. This year I turn 50 and I am
feeling fine. I am in the best shape that I have ever been in thanks to the Curves Complete
journey and the support of wonderful coaches.
"It was time to put all the pieces together."
Weight Lost: 26
Waist Size Lost: 11.5
In January, 2017 I decided to re-join
Curves North Vancouver because
I’d had little success when I tried to
commit to the gym program at my
local Recreation Centre. I realized
that I was missing the Curves
Circuit 30-minute workout and the
Curves Smart program.
I knew I needed to take control of
my weight and tness level and, sure
enough, when I went back through
the door of Curves in Lynn Valley, I
knew I was ‘home’.
Although I had been away for some
time, everyone greeted me as
though I’d never left.
No-one was surprised when I began
by trying to achieve all my goals at
once but Coach Beba advised me to
take things one step at a time.
For 5 months, I worked really hard to
meet my goals but still wasn’t willing
to go on a calorie restricted diet –
been there, done that.
So although I worked out 4-5 times
a week and did a lot of walking, I
never lost any weight because of my
poor food choices.
When she saw I was becoming
discouraged by the lack of progress,
my coach decided it was time to put
all the pieces together.
She had a plan! I just hoped it would
She told me I could do it. I had my
In June, I began the Curves
Complete Program – exercise,
meal plans and motivation.
Now - guess what? I’m hooked! I
have never felt hungry. The family-
friendly recipes are easy to follow
and the program allows you to track
your activity levels, the steps and the menus.
Yes, it’s a menu plan NOT a diet.
You are given a great selection of
tasty, healthy food choices, food
exchanges and recipes.
So, if you have been sitting
on the fence and wondering
whether you should join
Curves Complete - trust me!
I have never been happier. My
clothes fit again and I reached
my goal of losing 20 lbs. in time
for my wedding anniversary.
Now, just 10 weeks into the
program I have lost a total of 26
lbs, 11.5 inches overall and just
over 15 per cent of body fat!
Ann Bueschkens, August, 2017
"For the first time I felt invigorated. I felt this is for me."
Weight loss 100lbs***
For years I had been telling myself that it didn't matter that I was overweight. I was still the same person inside regardless of my size and convinced myself that I was okay. But, I wasn’t okay at all. I was physically out of breath, not able to walk far, had an aching back, hips, knees, etc., and constantly worried about my heart and the stress on it from my weight. My “aha!” moment finally came when I was in a dressing room at the local plus-sized clothing store, and I had to go up another size…again. I realized just how out of control I was and that I needed to change.
I spent the rest of that day soul searching and recalled a friend who works at a Curves in Arizona. I did some research and though I was very nervous, decided to take the plunge. I joined Curves that day and started my journey. I started seeing results almost instantly; I stuck to my meal plan and worked out 3-5 times a week. As I became stronger and more confident, I started trying new Curves classes and challenging myself further. After 2½ years at Curves, I’ve lost 100 pounds** and have never felt better.
The key to my success was realizing what I needed to achieve my goal. So, every day I would push myself harder and I would see more results. My Curves Coaches were there when I felt I couldn't push anymore. When I hit plateaus, they helped me and were there to guide me. Without the support of my Curves Coaches, I don’t think I would have had the motivation to keep going. I no longer get out of breath, have an aching back, knees or hips, and I am off of my high blood pressure medication.
This journey has been one of discovery, as I’ve learned to push myself to succeed. I am so proud to be healthy and strong. I owe my life to Curves and hope that my success serves as inspiration for others. If I can do this, anyone can!
***Curves Complete members can expect to lose, on average, 10 lbs. and 3 inches over 13 weeks.