I am a 53-year-old mother to six beautiful daughters, and a Meme’ to four grandsons. I have been married to my soulmate, Mark, since 1984. For a very long time, I have been very unhappy with my weight, which was reaching dangerously close to 300 lb. On my 5′ 10″ frame, it wasn’t really noticeable, but I knew it!

My mom was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in her mid-50s, and I knew that I wanted to do whatever I could to stay/get as healthy as I could. I thought that I could deter my increasing weight by exercising, which had always worked for me in the past, but absolutely nothing worked!

I learned about SHAPE ReClaimed in 2013. I was not ready at that time (the cost was a big deterrent for me), and I knew that I would have to stop living the life that I had been accustomed to (lining up my mini-chocolate bars up like cord wood and my bags of low-salt chips — because they were “healthy”).

I have a very good friend who was doing the SHAPE Program and she was VERY successful. I was intrigued by her dedication, and after a time, I decided that I was ready to change my life. I was SO scared! I am not going to lie. When I had my phone conference with my practitioner before starting SHAPE, I was very depressed to know that my life would never be the same, as I need to stay away from dairy, grains AND sugar! YIKES!

I started the SHAPE Program on National Donut Day (I can’t make this up folks!), and initially I tried to track my success with a graph. I was shocked beyond belief to see the success that I was having with SHAPE! Thankfully my friend kept track of my success through pictures, or else I would have never believed it myself without the visual proof

My family was/is very supportive of me, and my 9-year-old will say that something “is not for you, Mommy.” Constantly, my family tells me just how proud they are of me. When school started in September, people didn’t recognize me! They thought I was a new staff member.

I thought my transformation was done, but NO! SHAPE wasn’t done with me! I continue to reshape, and I’ve actually had people go by me not realizing that it was me. I recently finished a play in which I played a nun (again, I can’t make this up), and people who would come to see the play remarked about how incredible I looked!

Thank you, SHAPE, for saving my life! I don’t get up with a feeling of dread or a droopy belly. I marvel at my continuing transformation. I have released a total of 80+ lbs., and I am not afraid to see Thanksgiving come. Bring it on!


Practitioner: Kathy Howitt, R.D.