Our women’s winner of our 6-Week New Year’s Challenge is Lori Perry! Lori lost 15 pounds of fat and gained 5.2 pounds of muscle, making a tremendous 6-week turnaround!
“It’s night and day. I sleep so well. I’ve had so much energy and I feel like myself again,” said Lori, who went from a vicious cycle of working 11-hour days – mostly out of her car – and eating fast food to becoming our challenge champion. “I’m a bubbly, energetic person and I really think I was borderline depressed because of the diet I was on. I had no energy. Making these fixes to your diet changes your outlook – everything goes in a positive direction and it feels awesome.”
In December, Lori was at what she called “rock-bottom” – she was eating too much junk food, and her long work days had her feeling too exhausted to exercise. One day, she and her daughter saw our flier for our challenge, and her daughter encouraged her to join. That was the beginning of Lori’s transformation. She came in, met with DJ, and got the meal plan, supplements (BCAAs, protein and a thermogenic fat burner) and advice to guide her along her path.
“DJ was so helpful, and so excited about the challenge – I felt like it was contagious!” Lori said. “I really got motivated to do it and I really looked forward to seeing my progress every week. I never liked the scale; now I love it.”
In the beginning, Lori’s progress was a bit slower – but she realized that her weight gain was actually a good thing, because she was putting on muscle, and also made the adjustment to a stimulant-free fat burner since she did her exercise in the afternoons. Her sleep improved vastly, and so did her results. Those fixes, paired with the support of her Nutrishop friends at the shop, had her on her way.
Lori had always gotten a decent amount of activity in, but nothing that she would consider real exercise. Once she started treated food as fuel, she found she had the energy to work in cardio and resistance training. Getting back to basics was a big step for Lori: more vegetables, better protein sources and a lot less junk food.
“They’re so motivating. They’re genuinely excited for everyone in there,” Lori said. “They’re so supportive. They never made me feel like any question was silly. They really helped me get back on schedule in my own life.”
Now that Lori’s established a routine, she can’t believe she did anything else before. She’s found that her meal prepping for the week makes things even easier than the drive-thru – and that’s not to mention it’s a whole lot healthier. Now she’s trying to get friends to join her so they can experience the same results.
“If I can do it, you can do it. It’s not rocket science,” she said. “You just need a little help getting started sometimes. I got mine from Nutrishop, and it’s been amazing.”
We’re pleased to announce the men’s winner of our Fall Transformation Challenge was Brett Harris! Brett Lost 35.9 pounds of fat to take home the prize — and the Harris household came close to a clean sweep!
Brett’s wife Karrie tied for second — with the two of them pushing each other, Brett and Karrie are great examples of what dedication and support can do for you.
Three major factors helped push Brett to get involved with our challenge: First, he wants to keep up with his young kids and raise them to know their dad as a healthy person — Brett saw a recent family photo and simply didn’t like the way he looked in it. He also got the news that his blood pressure was much too high, and “that was an eye-opener,” he said. And lastly, Brett wanted to be able to go hunting with his brother-in-law without getting fatigued too fast. All three motivations came together with the fact that he and Karrie could keep each other disciplined.
“My whole life, I’ve fought my weight,” Brett said, “But now, I’m the same weight now I was probably in ninth grade, so I feel like I’ve set the clock back a few years. I knew what it takes, but I’d never done it in this short amount of time. Nutrishop gave me the meal plan and supplements I needed to achieve the goals I’d set for myself.”
Brett found that he was surprised that the Nutrishop meal plan created for his specific goals held his hunger over. A reliance on clean proteins, including ForzaPro shakes regularly, curbed his hunger, and that was the first indication to Brett that he would be able to stick with his new diet plan.
“As my stomach shrank, I wouldn’t feel as hungry and it became a lot easier,” he said. “That first week, I lost 13 pounds, and I was right down to a T. I didn’t cheat at all, and we did everything we were supposed to to reach our goals.”
It wasn’t always easy for Brett. A limited-calorie diet, by the end of the challenge, definitely took its toll on his moods — “A grown man’s just gotta eat more than I was eating sometimes,” he said with a laugh. And Brett likes beer — cutting that out to avoid the calories was difficult, especially after long days hunting, when he’d go with friends to beer camp or just want to relax.
“It was a challenge, but I knew I’d have to answer to myself at the end of it,” Brett said.
He said he and Karrie will definitely be doing Nutrishop’s next challenge, even if the extremely impressive results they got this time aren’t going to necessarily be the goal then. Brett said that it’s not only a bonding experience for the two of them, but it also helps the build good habits and stay in shape together as part of a healthy lifestyle.
“I’ll be excited during hunting season to hike for miles and not be huffing and puffing and sucking wind,” he said.
“Overall I feel great. I feel more confident. My clothes fit, some shirts I’ve left tags on for awhile because I couldn’t fit into them, I fit into them. I look and feel a lot better. I feel like I can keep up with my kids and I’m not a burden to my brother-in-law while we’re hunting.”
We can’t wait to see what Brett and Karrie do next — way to go, guys!
Our women’s winner for the Summer Transformation Challenge is Veronica Post! Veronica lost 26 pounds of fat, gained 10.1 pounds of muscle and cut her body fat percentage down bv 11.8% for a total of 47 points!
Veronica dominated our challenge – one common struggle we hear frequently is that middle-aged women have more trouble losing weight than men do, but she even beat out the men for fat loss. At 55, Veronica says she’s as confident and happy as she’s been in a long time.
“I feel better than I have in I don’t know how long – maybe 15 years,” she said. “I feel like I did when I was 40. I can breathe better, I have way more energy, I have more self-confidence and self-esteem and I just feel better about myself.”
Veronica admits she didn’t know what she was getting into when she started our challenge – she simply saw a motivation to get her body back to how she felt it should be. But as she continued to eat right and exercise, she saw an opportunity for more.
“I really didn’t understand what I was doing until I saw it on paper, in the numbers. I thought it would take me forever, at 55, and that just wasn’t the case,” she said. “I tell everybody I can that they can do it if I can, because I’ve always felt like I would love to be an inspiration to kids and even people my own age.”
Veronica is a middle school employee, so she’s already involved with helping shape the lives of others. She decided to further that cause by setting a great example. Throughout the whole process, she never stepped foot into a gym – she did all her workouts with kettlebells, free weights and weight balls in the school’s band room before she started work, then rode her bike afterward. She also put a 3-pound hula hoop to work several times a week for 40 minutes.
“Not everybody can really afford a gym membership, or they get intimidated when they see these big bodybuilders and everything,” she said. “But that didn’t stop me and it shouldn’t stop anyone else. You don’t have to get muscled or lose fat by going to the gym. You can do it outside.”
Veronica said she’s struggled her whole life with her weight – while she’s always been athletic, her body image has been an issue for her. With her hard work, Nutrishop’s guidance and some motivation from within – “I couldn’t have done this without Jesus,” she said – all that is behind her now.
“I can’t express enough how good I feel. And it makes me feel even better to think that I might be motivating someone else to do the same thing.”
Congrats Veronica, and keep up the great work!
We are pleased to announce that Jeff Walther and Veronica Post have won our Summer Transformation Challenge!
We are thrilled to share their great results with you, so stay tuned – we’ll update you this weekend on their amazing stories. We also want to share our runners up – a lot of people challenged themselves to achieve success, and they did it! We’re proud of all of you.
Congratulations to Jesse Ebert, our overall winner of our Fall Weight Loss & Muscle Gain Challenge! Jesse put on 12.05 pounds of muscle and lost 7.85 pounds of fat, for a total swing of 19.9 pounds – impressive! For his great results, he wins a year’s supply of protein!
“I got so tired of being skinny all the time,” Jesse said. “I was motivated from the beginning, but after my first weigh-in, I realized, ‘Holy crap, something’s happening.’ That really motivated me to push harder and I could see the numbers and evidence to prove it was working.”
A year ago, Jesse started his gym membership, but he didn’t really have much direction – he would go to the gym and work out, trying to figure things out on his own. A friend told him about the Challenge, and he decided to go for it. Then he started taking things seriously, doing research on power-lifting workouts that would get him stronger and bigger, and working with Josh at NUTRISHOP to get his diet and supplements on point.
“It was all pretty new. I’d never even done squats before – I thought about it, maybe walked over to the bar a couple times,” Jesse said. “Starting this challenge encouraged me to talk myself into it. Once I started challenging myself, that’s when I started seeing muscle mass.”
Paired with an introduction to protein and BCAAs and full-body, compound lifts, Jesse saw results right away. He started off eating salads and watching his calories, and he dropped 5 percent body fat over four weeks. He soon discovered he needed to eat as much quality food as he could get, and that’s where Josh fit in. They worked together on what Jesse should eat and when, and Jesse took it to heart.
“Everybody at NUTRISHOP has been great – any questions I’ve had, they’ve answered, and they always give tips that actually help,” Jesse said. “There’s always a fear when you’re trying something new that someone is just trying to sell you something, but I always felt like they were being genuine and really wanted to help me.”
Jesse’s goals for 2016 are to keep on the same track – if he can gain 12 pounds of muscle in two months, he said, imagine what he can do in a year.
“I feel great – I’ve got a positive attitude and a lot more self-confidence,” Jesse said. “There’s no way I’m going to stop now, right when I’ve got it figured out.”