Friends of Nutrishop: Elements Massage!

elements-massage-logo-fullWe love spreading the word about our amazing Transformation Challenge partner-sponsors!

Up today: Elements Massage!

Elements is offering a 90-minute massage to our first-place finisher, and a 60-minute massage to second place — THANK YOU, friends!

We really can’t overstate how much it means when you support locally owned businesses. Every dollar you spend here stays right here in the CDA area – help support our community!

Our Transformation Challenge Men’s Winner: Luke Dingman

IMG_0698Our men’s winner of our New Year’s Transformation Challenge is Luke Dingman! He lost 23.5lbs of fat and gained 1.3lbs of muscle.

“I’ve been wanting to get into shape for awhile. I planned a through-hike of the Wonderland Trail, and I don’t want to die when I do it.”

When Luke started, he set a goal to lose his pack weight – about 45 pounds – and that’s when his wife Emily told him about Nutrishop’s challenge. (Emily went on to tie for 9th place in the women’s category!)

“We went in and talked to DJ, and he’s awesome. He hooked us up with all the supplements and got us on the right foot. We followed the diet plan and it really worked out for me,” Luke said.

“I’m a horrible eater, but that’s changed. This is a new beginning for me. The first week I lost a ton of weight and after that it was steady all the way through.”

With Emily pushing him and vice versa, Luke was able to maintain consistent gains throughout the course of the challenge. It wasn’t without its trying moments – mostly in the form of temptation – but Luke resisted.

“We were both holding each other accountable. We’d both get home from the gym, look at each other and want to eat a piece of candy,” Luke said with a laugh. “There might’ve been a couple arguments here and there just because we were hungry, but really it was just a chance for us to support each other. We’d say, ‘We can do this, we don’t need McDonald’s or junk food.’ We really helped each other make smart choices and leaned on each other.”

Now that Luke has had such great success, he’s not going to slow down any time soon.

“It’s a life change for me, and I’m still trying to learn. I learn by doing, and I’m learning to become a better cook, learning how the body processes fuel,” Luke said. “It’s a huge thing – learning about macros and how the body works, it’s awesome. I can’t get enough of it and I still have a ton to learn.”

On top of the aesthetic and physical changes, Luke said he’s feeling better, “hands-down,” than he has in years. He has more energy and self-confidence, and he is in no rush to give it up.

“I don’t ever want to go back. I feel good,” he said. “I’m seeing results and it transfers to my family life. If I’m happy, the people around me are happy. That’s a great feeling.”

Our Transformation Challenge Women’s Winner: Lori Perry

IMG_0702Our 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.”


The Nutrishop CDA Summer Transformation Challenge Winner: Veronica Post!

unnamedOur 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!


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NUTRISHOP CDA customer Amanda Goulart was 21, and doing the kinds of things 21-year-olds like to do — partying, drinking and eating whatever she felt like eating. Not until the end of last year, though, did it hit her: She wasn’t healthy. She was overweight. And it was affecting her happiness.

“I was pretty closed off to the fitness world. I wasn’t interested in it,” Amanda says. “I was more consumed with eating and drinking, playing and having a good time. My body was not healthy, at all. I was 156 pounds and I decided I needed to change something and be healthier.”

That’s when Amanda met Toby at NUTRISHOP CDA through a business connection, and instantly, she had her motivation. A conversation later, and she was on board. She decided she wanted to do a fitness competition, with NUTRISHOP’s motivation and sponsorship behind her.

“Toby pushed me in the right direction, and I just said, ‘I’m ready to move forward,'” she says.

Starting in the middle of the summer, Amanda instantly began dieting and training, and didn’t stop. In the first couple months, she dropped 20 pounds and saw an instant change in her overall health. She says she “didn’t do anything but eat, work out and sleep,” and in the process, she learned a lot about herself.

“It was reallly hard. I was 21, and all of my friends were too, and all they do is party, go out, hang out in the summer sun, and I wasn’t doing any of it,” Amanda says. “I’d be running outside, running down trails, and if I wasn’t, I was resting or preparing food.”

At the time of the figure competition that Amanda was in on Sept. 28th, she was down to 124 pounds.

The work she put in is all hers, but she says the motivation came from Toby’s staff at NUTRISHOP.

“The teamwork there is amazing, with how much they invest in you. It’s awesome,” she says. “Once you have somebody on your team, helping you out, they don’t stop until you get where you want to go. I had a lot of accountability held, having it over me as good motivation.”

With a powerful supplementation regimen of Thermovex, Detoxin, BCAA, Nature’s Fuel and, of course, FORZA PRO protein powder, Amanda was armed to fight fat and transform her body and mindset. She learned how to make protein pancakes among other recipes, creating a whole new world of food for herself. Even when she wanted a cheat meal, she’d make sure it had protein in it. And the knowledge she gained from NUTRISHOP concerning her diet was a life-long lesson that she says she’ll have forever.

“I had no idea about how it worked. I didn’t realize the strategy behind meal planning and how to lose weight,” Amanda says. “It was interesting. I didn’t realize how unhealthy you can be when you don’t know anything about nutrition, and I didn’t realize how unhealthy I was.”

NUTRISHOP has helped give Amanda the knowledge to accomplish her fitness goals on her own, and she says it’s changed her life.

“I was very down on myself for how my body was,” she says. “Afterward, I felt on top of the world. My body looks amazing, I have so much more energy and I know I can motivate myself to do something when I want it bad.”