Years of yo-yo dieting, menopause and gradual weight gain took control of my 60-year-old body. I had been a competitive cyclist and runner (albeit not the fastest runner in the world), but it had gotten to the point that every step I ran was painful. I had regressed to two-minute running/one-minute walking for my long-distance runs. Each of those running minutes was agony. In January, I “ran” my slowest half-marathon ever in just under three hours. On top of that, I had a closet full of clothes I could no longer wear. I was depressed, tired and feeling hopeless. I had hit my wall.
My wonderful practitioner had sent a postcard about SHAPE ReClaimed but, at the time, I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t ready to fail yet another “diet.” But eventually, I knew that I had to give it a try.
I started my SHAPE Program journey with a most-supportive husband at my side. Even though he was skeptical about the lack of carbs, I told him to not worry about it but to trust the plan. He was the family chef and was very careful to cook to the guidelines in the guidebook. I was so fortunate to have him on my team and not trying to sabotage my efforts. In just the first couple of weeks, I was feeling so good, I continued on and reached my goal. In my mind, it was a miracle.
The next January, I ran that same half marathon 34 pounds lighter and 29 minutes faster than a year earlier. That was a victory moment. This program has ingrained in me what I should be eating. This is not a diet, but a lifestyle. This is the ONLY time I have ever felt that way about a plan. I am happy to say that I have managed to stay within three pounds of my goal weight. It takes weighing/measuring and commitment to eat healthily, but it is worth it to have ReClaimed my SHAPE and my health again. I thank God that this program is available and that my wonderful practitioner, Dr. Shelley Radosta, made it available to us in Louisiana.
Some Non-Scale Victories (NSVs):
- I feel healthy and strong.
- I can RUN again!
- I don’t feel suffocated by my stomach pushing into my lungs when I sit.
- I can fit into clothes that I had in my attic that I never thought would fit me again.
- I can comfortably sit in airplane seats (as comfortable as anyone can)!
- My thighs don’t rub anymore.
- I don’t feel embarrassed when I see someone that I haven’t seen in a while.
- I have gained back the confidence to know that I can do it! I can!
Practitioner: Dr. Shelley Radosta