Meet our August winner for the Ship Shape Contest: Kim Ratliff! Approaching her 40th birthday, Kim has achieved a goal that few of her peers can boast: she just bought her first bikini ever!
This North Carolina mom of two kids (ages 11 and 5) and army wife of 19 years is now in the best shape of her life… but not long ago that wasn’t the case. After a difficult second pregnancy, she gained extra weight and her health suffered, triggering a downward spiral.
Finally deciding enough was enough, Kim launched a nutrition plan at the beginning of this year that included a daily IdealShake. This enabled her to lose enough weight to get back on track with her fitness regimen.
Six months later Kim had shed more than 60 pounds, and says she feels “young and vibrant and alive again” — just in time to make 40 an epic year!
Today Kim is keeping up her healthy new lifestyle, having a vanilla IdealShake for breakfast or lunch every day and training for a half-marathon this September!
IN HER WORDS…
“I am so excited to say that I am in the best shape of my life! I have always been physically active and ran half marathons despite being 200 pounds. I had gained a ton of weight after being placed on bed rest with my second baby, who was born in 2009. After my health battle with preeclampsia, I often used the excuse of pregnancy to avoid making healthy lifestyle choices.
Although I was exercising regularly, I needed to make changes to my diet. It was a struggle to get through my workouts being so overweight and that is when I started searching for something to help me lose the pounds once and for all. I researched meal replacement shakes and stumbled upon IdealShape. I ordered the Vanilla and Chocolate and started using it at least once a day and occasionally twice per day. This change in my eating habits helped me lose over 50 pounds in only 6 months!
I went from a size 18 to a size 6 in a short period of time. I haven’t worn a bathing suit in years and actually just purchased my first ever bikini! IdealShape shakes and my fitness routine have also led to a personal record at the Mike to Mike Half Marathon from Fayetteville to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I beat my record from the year before at the Nike Half Marathon in Washington, DC by over 40 minutes! Thank you IdealShape for helping me get my life back! I will be approaching 40 in the best shape ever!”
Kim kicked off 2014 with a resolution to get healthy and she stuck with it! Will her friends be throwing her a “40th birthday wake”? We think not!
By Chelsea Ratcliff