Before I started the Omaha Challenge, I was fat, lazy, embarrassed by my appearance, and always tired! I had a closet full of clothes that no longer fit, I sat on the couch watching TV, could barely reach down to tie my own shoes, and never had the energy to go out and do anything. In January of this year, we took a family vacation to Disney and Universal Studios in Florida. As I stood in line with my daughter for one of the rides, an employee asked me to step aside. She then asked me to sit in one of their test seats to make sure I would fit and could be strapped in. I made it, but it was incredibly embarrassing having this done in front of my daughter and a crowd of strangers. It wasn’t long after we returned home from that trip that I first saw a post about The Omaha Challenge on Facebook. Perfect timing! That made two signs that I needed to do something about this now. As I began The Omaha Challenge, I met with Nick at the Legacy Nutrishop to discuss my areas of concern and get some nutrition advice. He recommended Hypercor, Lipocor, and Detoxin. We then discussed my food intake. I have always had portion control issues so my family decided to start meal prepping on Sundays for the following week. This kept us from the late night fast food drive thru when we didn’t feel like cooking.
First week’s weigh in I was down 11 pounds and lost 3 inches around my waist! At that moment, I knew I was hooked. I couldn’t wait for the next Monday to see how much weight or how many inches I had lost. Taking pictures and entering my measurements into The Omaha Challenge helped keep me motivated and reminded me that there was a change each and every week. I could feel that my lifestyle was completely changing. Since I work the night shift, I work out in the mornings. I come home after my workout and usually end up cleaning house, working out in the yard, cooking meals for the family, or some other form of “active” activity. Before this all started I would usually wake up late, eat pop tarts or ho hos for breakfast, and then watch TV until it was time to go to work. Now on the weekends I am usually the one begging the kids to go outside for some type of activity with me.
Mid-April the wife and I celebrated our anniversary and decided to go out for dinner. In the past, getting dressed up for an occasion meant at least an hour of trying to find something that would fasten, button up, or just cover in general. That night, I was able to wear anything I wanted in my closet and I felt great in it! That meant I had accomplished my biggest goal; to be comfortable and look good in my clothes. No bulges, no clinging, no sucked in gut and no popped buttons!
Honestly, at this point, I’m so happy with my results and how I look that I rarely even wear a shirt when I’m at home. The Omaha Challenge may be coming to an end, but the lifestyle change that my family and I have made will continue on. We’ve been sharing our meal prepping pictures and recipes on Facebook and some of our friends and family are now incorporating the concept into their lives. I have a great respect for the knowledge shared by Todd and Nick at Nutrishop and plan to continue using the products they recommend. So many times in the past we’ve told our friends and family, “Hey, we are starting this great new diet!”. They heard it so much that they finally started telling us to get back to them when we could show them that it worked. Historically, that was never. There was always failure. But today, as I take my final pictures and measurements with The Omaha Challenge, I can’t wait to reach out to those same people and show them some real results.