Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Owner of West Bend Curves shares motivation

I, Mary Hill, am making women stronger by being a proud owner of a Curves franchise in West Bend that is staffed by amazing employees and attended by remarkable members. I started my Curves journey as a manager of my local Curves and loved it so much that I decided to buy my own Curves in my hometown, West Bend. This town has given to me since I was a child, so it was natural to give something back. I attended Decorah Elementary, Badger Middle, and West Bend East High School. I then went on to graduate from my father's almamater, UW-Whitewater, with a BSE. This is where I met my husband. We were married in 1995 and wanted to start a family right away. God's plan was a little different, after many years of doctors, hospitals, and miscarriages; we found out in 2006 that I have a medical issue. It would cost even more money then we have already spent on infertility treatments to have a baby, and then the economy took a down turn. I have struggled many years with depression and weight, but since 2006, I started to look at life a little differently. I may not be able to have my own child, but I am helping lots of other women live longer to take care of their own children. By having this mind set, doing for others, I know I will be with my children in heaven someday and living in eternity with them is much more important than being depressed now. When I am working out at Curves, I see it as my family, watching my employees and my members become stronger women; while making a stronger community and hopefully achieving a personal goal of making a difference in this world. Oh and by the way, I also lost 30 pounds to date. Thank you for letting me share, and lets all get “Stronger Together!!"
Curves is only a 30 minute workout specially designed for women. Curves is designed to help women who want to be healthy, lose weight, tone and firm or even for those who want to gain muscle. We also feature the most advanced technology in the world, Curves Smart. Curves Smart is a personal coaching system that will ensure you get the best workout every time you come in based on your specific fitness level. Curves has helped many women in this community lower their medication or even eliminate medication altogether. We have also helped women slow or even reverse osteoporosis. Members have been able to accomplish these things by working out a minimum of three times a week and checking in with their circuit coach once a month.
urves also offers a free weight management program that is simple to use. Our program teaches you how to change your lifestyle and stop the yo-yo dieting. The Curves weight management class is offered the second Saturday of the month. We offer three classes every month. The first one is our Start Up class, which teaches you how to get started with our weight management program. Class two is a Special Topic class. This class changes topics every month. March’s topic is on reading food labels. Then, the third class is on Phase III. Phase III is the part of our program that teaches us how to raise our metabolism safely without gaining weight back that we’ve lost. All three of these classes are FREE to members and non-members.
Our mission, at Curves, is to make the world one million women stronger in 2010. Every year, millions of women suffer from preventable diseases. If you take it upon yourself to make your own health a priority, you can live better. Live longer, healthier, and with more confidence. And if one woman can affect another . . . who can affect another . . . we can be a part of something huge. Together we can improve the lives of one million women. Visit our new Stronger Together website at Here you can “join the chain” and find a lot of useful tools to keep your resolutions this year. Stop in to see what we are all about! You won’t regret it!  Curves is located at 1640 S. Main St.,  between Shopko and Kohl‘s, in the Paradise Pavilion. The phone number is 262-306-1965. The following recipes are from the Curves diet program – including the Smores!
Asian Shrimp Pilaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Number of Servings: 6 Special Notes: Substitute plain brown rice for rice pilaf to save 400 mg or more of sodium per serving.
1 6-oz. pkg. rice pilaf mix
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. minced garlic (about 1 clove; consider cooking garlic for 30 seconds first if you don’t like raw garlic)
1/2 cup diced or shredded carrots (about 1 large
carrot or 8 baby carrots)
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper (about 1/2 pepper)
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1. Prepare rice per package directions, omitting the butter or oil. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for shrimp.
2. In a small bowl, combine sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, and garlic. Put carrots, bell pepper, scallions, and peanuts in a medium bowl. When rice is cooked, stir it into vegetables, and add soy sauce mixture.
3. Meanwhile, drop shrimp in the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it is pink and opaque. Drain well and add to the rice mixture.
Nutrition Info:
Calories: 250; Fat: 6.0g; Saturated Fat: 1.0g; Protein: 20g; Carbohydrates: 29g; Fiber: 2g; Cholesterol: 55Mg; Sodium: 700Mg
Smores Bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 1/16 of recipe
Number of Servings: 16 Ingredients:
8 whole graham crackers
6 Tbls. extra light olive oil
1/4 cup sugar
4-oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups miniature marshmallows
Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 375° F. Use heavy-duty foil to line the bottom and long sides of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Spray pan bottom with vegetable cooking spray, then line with crackers, breaking as necessary to fit in the pan. Mix oil and sugar. Pour over graham crackers and spread evenly. Bake 7 minutes. Let cool until sugar hardens, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat chocolate and condensed milk in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat until chocolate has melted. Stir in vanilla extract. Spread chocolate mixture over the graham crackers; sprinkle with marshmallows. Return to oven; bake until marshmallows turn golden brown, about 7 minutes longer. Let cool, then lift bars from pan using foil lining. Cut into bars with a knife coated with vegetable cooking spray. Serve.
Nutrition Info:
Calories: 220; Fat: 12.0g; Saturated Fat: 4.4g; Protein: 3g; Carbohydrates: 28g; Fiber: 1g; Cholesterol: 10Mg; Sodium: 75Mg

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