My second chance in Living Life – Beverly Gorham This is the story of how I was successful in overcoming disability, death and morbid obesity. The following is a series of stories of how I overcame some of the obstacles in my life that limited me from achieving my goals – to feel whole again.
I had let myself expand to a size 2X-3X and, by the year 2005, ended up in the hospital with high blood pressure and 2 years later was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I remember feeling helpless and desperate to regain my health. I was able to lose 30 lbs. By simply changing my eating habits and walking my dog but this did not help me to maintain the weight loss.
It wasn't until Oct '10 when I attended a local political meeting that someone whose name will remain anonymous mentioned that they went to Curves to help prevent arthritis. I instantly inquired “Tell me about Curves” and her response was “I'll pick you up and take you with me tomorrow.” What an opportunity, I thought to myself and responded “Thank you”.
The hardest part of gong to Curves was when I initially walked through the door not knowing what to expect and I simply took a leap of faith. A kind woman named Diane greeted me and I immediately felt cared for as she showed me the gym and equipment. I wasn't totally confident in my abilities but thought to myself “I can do this”. I signed up the next day and the rest is history.
It was Nov 11, 2010 that changed my life forever. Not only did I sign up to be a member, but I joined the nutritional weight loss program and finally had some hope in regaining control of my life. It was slow going at first but I was able to master the use of the equipment and feel more comfortable eventually. I love a challenge and gradually saw the fruits of my labor – weight loss.
I got my life back when I walked through the door at Curves in Sycamore, IL. No longer was I held prisoner by the weight that threatened to take my life. It's been 2 years and 6 mo. Since I began my second life. I have lost 70 lbs. And over 60 inches. In 8 weeks, Aug 31, I will celebrate my 75th birthday and I feel 55 years old again. My goal is to have made my 700th workout on my birthday. A friend asked me “How long are you going to go to Curves?”. My answer was “For the rest of my life!”.
I called the owner, Diane whom I refer to as my Oprah, and thanked her for believing in me when I wasn't capable of believing in myself. I feel Curves has helped me regain control of my life and helped me in so many ways. It has become the social center and I look forward to attending without hesitancy everyday. I have met so many wonderful friends that I am eternally grateful for their encouragement on my journey.
My grandchildren, aged 20-30, tell me that they have never seen me in a pair of jeans. I didn't tell them that my sized 12 jeans will soon fit like a glove. My physicians are curious and proud of my progress and are frequently reminded that making healthy lifestyle choices, including exercise, can save lives like mine.
I have never been so proud of myself and felt so healthy and happy until I started loving who I am again. I thank Curves and the complete program for helping me engage in making those healthy lifestyle choices.