The time has come to announce our twelfth and final monthly winner for this year’s Ship Shape Challenge. We had so many incredible entries this month and the decision has never been more difficult. We truly hope to see those submissions again for next year’s Challenge because you guys have some truly amazing stories!
That being said, the August submission that edged out the others belongs to Annamarie Pearce. Here’s her amazing story in her own words.
I am 29 years old, a mother to 4 beautiful children, and a military wife. It seemed like with each child I hung on to more and more weight. But being a busy stay at home mom I just never made the time to take care of myself. I put my family first, and me last.
My wake up call came shortly after my sons first birthday while my husband and I were at the Marine Corps ball, when another wife thought I was expecting; I was crushed! I couldn’t believe I looked the way I did. I decided I needed a change. I started several different programs, but nothing seemed to be working and they were hard to stick to, so I gave up. I felt very discouraged, and my self-esteem plummeted. Then on top of struggling with losing the weight I’d put on from 2 back to back pregnancies, we found out we were expecting baby number 4.
I researched things while I was pregnant to help me shed the weight and get healthy once and for all. That’s when I found Ideal shape. I looked at the website and thought, this is it! This is what’s going to change me. Not only was I excited about the weight loss aspect of it, but the health benefits as well. I am hypoglycemic and when you don’t eat well you feel tired and moody not to mention the fainting spells. Before Ideal Shape I never felt good. I was exhausted all the time, my attitude was not very good because I felt awful about my self.
Since starting Ideal Shape I have not had one low blood sugar episode. My blood sugar stays steady all day. I wake up feeling good and ready for whatever the day may bring. I can run around with my kids, keep up with their activities, and maintain an exercise schedule of six days a week. I used to think that this was the body I had to live with because I was a mom, that it didn’t matter if I was unhealthy as long as my kids were healthy. But now I realize that in order to be a better mother and wife I need to be healthy too. This has been not only a lifestyle change for me, but for my family too. We are a healthier more active family.
I have lost 40 lbs since starting Ideal Shape at the end of January. My confidence is back, my self esteem is better than ever, and I’m living a healthy lifestyle.
Thank you, Ideal Shape, for changing my life!!!