“I didn’t realize it at the time, but I really started isolating myself when my mom passed away.” Justin told me when I talked to him about his amazing weight loss journey. “I realized that one of her best qualities was that she was an immediate friend for life to anyone she met. I wanted to be more like her in that way.”
Justin Meinecke is our January Ship Shape Challenge winner. He has lost an incredible 100 lbs since April of 2012.
“I always had trouble with being overweight when I was growing up. I heard the names and noticed the glances from my peers, but I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t believe I could change it.”
At the end of his freshman year in high school his father was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. When his dad changed up his diet and began to lose weight, Justin joined him. They lost weight together and over the next four years they were able to maintain it. He felt like a new person.
Nevertheless, a major life event turned Justin’s world upside down.
“It was right after my freshman year in college; my mom lost her courageous battle against ovarian cancer. I had spent the month leading to her passing by her side, and I was looking for a job. A week after she passed I got 2 job offers and took them both. Working 60-70 hours a week helped keep my mind off of things, and my father and my sister and I drew closer together. I completely disregarded my diet and ate food to comfort me”
Over the next five years he slowly gained the weight back and then surpassed it for a new high.
“I started hearing those names and seeing the glances all over again.”
In April of 2012 he decided to live healthier again. Before, he had only watched portion sizes, but this time he got a membership to the local gym. He started lifting weights and incorporating softball, basketball, and volleyball into his healthy lifestyle.
“I vowed to make my mom proud of me and realized that I could do that by just being the best me I could be. I had a plan and was ready to execute. However, my biggest hurdle was what to eat for lunch. The meal replacement shakes were a missing piece to the puzzle. The IdealShape shakes were perfect because they were easy, affordable, tasty, and portable.“
This new plan seems to be working awesome for Justin. He has dropped 100 pounds in the last 9 months and is living a lot healthier.
“I started my new lifestyle on April 1, 2012 at 325 pounds. I stopped drinking soda, eating fast food, snacking on candy, and sitting in front of the television for hours every night. Instead, I started drinking nothing but water, cooking healthy meals, eating wholesome snacks, exercising daily, and using IdealShape. As of December 31, 2012, I have lost 100 pounds. I’m healthier, happier, and feeling extremely positive about my life now. As I enter 2013 at 225 pounds, I’m very excited to see what this next year has in store for me by just being the best me I can be.”
Congratulations to Justin, we can’t wait to see you in Park City with our other contestants. If you’d like to share your story with us for a chance at a Park City trip and a 7-day cruise through the Caribbean, head on over to the Ship Shape Challenge page to enter.
Keep up the great work I-Shapers, you guys are an inspiration to everyone here.
Show off your weight loss! Enter our ship shape challenge and you will be eligible to win a Caribbean cruise for two.