Chapman: 'Going to the gym... made me very uncomfortable'

Jan 2, 2013

A New Year, A New You!"  How many times have we all heard that?  For myself, I would have to say just about every year of my adult life, but for the first time ever, I think I truly believe it.      

Dec. 29 was our first meeting for the FIT Challenge, and after surviving the trek up the stairs, I must admit I am very excited!  

Seeing the former contestants and how far they have come was so encouraging.  Also, it was nice to be in a room full of other people who essentially want the same thing I  do.  We may all have different reasons for wanting to be healthier, but we all have the same goal.  

I am so pumped about having a membership to Curves in Norwalk.  I am a very outgoing person for the most part, but I must admit, going to the gym is something that made me very uncomfortable.  

It seems like every time I think about going to a gym, I envision people there with perfect bodies wearing spandex doing this intense workout, yet not sweating.  I just freak out in my mind and can't walk through the doors.  I feel like all eyes would be on me ... the new ... the unfit ... the fat girl in the corner who can't keep up.  Just thinking about it makes me sweat!  

I must admit, I was even nervous about meeting my trainer Tracy Krueger, and Curves owner Cindy McLeod.  Call me a control freak, but it was more a fear of the unknown.  I didn't want to stand on that scale.  I didn't want the tape measure to come out.  I didn't even know if I could make it through a workout, but guess what? I did make it.  I did stand on the scale, and yes, the tape measure even came out.  

You know what else?  It sucked!  It was just as bad as I expected, and now I am over it.  The girls at Curves were not judgmental at all; they just said "we have a starting point, and we will do this!"  Everyone there has been very friendly and encouraging, and seeing the other women come in and hearing their success stories has me excited to be the next one!



A picture is worth a thousand words.

Alan Furey

Good luck Heather!


OMG...Really..Grow Up! We all cant be 110pounds size 0 like you must be to make such a comment about someone trying to make a life change. You give the rest of us a bad name. Anyways, Good Luck Heather ! I think you can do it and so does your family and friends, girl.

Curves Works

Welcome to Curves, Heather! We are with you!


Good luck, Heather!