Ok… We just finished the 2nd PHat PHysiques Body Transformation Challenge. This one was an 8 week challenge and I have picked 3 Winners!
Although you all looked great and made great changes… I’ve only chosen 3 of you as the top winners in the second “PHat PHysiques Body Challenge”. I chose you 3 because you were the ones that lost the highest percentage of weight out of everyone!
For the actual placings of first, second, and third… I used the highest percentage of weight loss to determine 1st place… the next lowest percentage from there for 2nd place and next lowest percentage from there for 3rd place.
We had all ladies this time in the Finals… and you all should be VERY proud of yourselves for making it through to the end of this challenge.
Our First Place winner is Nicole Augustine! This was Nicole’s second challenge and she has made awesome changes in both! She had a starting weight of 114 lbs. and an ending weight of 102.2 lbs. making her percentage of weight loss 10.35% Her and Yvette were soooo close and both look great! Nicole also entered her second Competition and placed 5th in the Bikini Open and Placed 2nd in the Sports Model Divisions at the INBA Nevada State! Good job, Nicole!
Our Second Place winner is Yvette Dix! Yvette even started the challenge late and still made great changes! She made her changes in 5 weeks and had a starting weight of 117.6 lbs. and got down to 105.5 lbs. making her percentage of weight loss… 10.29% Yvette is 45 years old and also entered her first Bikini Diva Competition and won the Masters Division at the INBA Nevada State. Way to go Yvette!
Our Third Place winner is Dona Hafalla! Dona has done soooo good during this challenge and is right up there with Yvette and Nicole. She surpassed her original goal of losing 20 lbs. by .5 lbs! Dona had a starting weight of 240 lbs. and an ending weight of 219.5 lbs. making her percentage of weight loss 8.54% I’m so proud of Dona because she accomplished what she set out to do! She made her goals and stuck to her plan and went passed what she was wanting to do! VERY good job, Dona! Keep up the good work! You could be the one to beat in the next challenge if you keep it up!
CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of you Ladies and also to EVERYONE else that did the challenge and finished the 8 week Commitment to Yourself to become Healthier and more Fit!!!
The 3rd PHat PHysiques Challenge has started and it’s still not too late to turn your photos in!
Thank you all and always remember to Believe in YOU!!!
Reno Personal Fitness Trainer
Reno Bootcamp Instructor (2 locations)
I’m an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder that retired from competing in 1996 after I won the USA Championships and turned Pro. Now… 14 years later… and at age 42… decided to compete again, but in Figure this time! I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get lean and tight again after a 4 year layoff and being older… but I did it! Yay!
Here’s a short clip of my first INBA Figure Competition. I placed 3rd in the Ms. Millennium and 1st in the Ms. Reno!
Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU who participated in the “1st PHAT Physiques Body Transformation Challenge”!!!!! I was very impressed with the changes that all of you made! Wow! Great job!
Just so you know… This has been a VERY HARD decision to make because you ALL have done a great job the past 16 weeks! I’ve gone over it and over it as to who should be the winner because the top 3 were VERY close! You all had one different thing that was equally a little better than the other. I even thought of a 3 way tie, but figured you would want to see 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th, huh? And I also figured… if you didn’t win this time… you have a chance to win the next challenge… and it will give you something to work and push for. 🙂
Out of the top 3… Each of you sent in all of your pictures, but I had one that didn’t join the challenge until half way through. So I thought, should I count off for that because this person didn’t go the full 16 weeks? But then this person and one other of the top 3 sent in goals and not only reached their goals, but made even new goals and went even farther than they thought they would! Then I had another person that had GREAT before and after photos, but the percentage of weight loss wasn’t quite as high as one of the others. Whew… what a decision!
So since the top 3 were that close… I decided to go with who had the highest percentage of weight loss.
The 4th and 5th place winners also made great changes as well and should be VERY PROUD of themselves. Part of the reason that they weren’t considered in the top 3 is that they didn’t send in all of their photos throughout the challenge, so although they made great changes… sending in photos during the challenge when they were due, counted as part of the judging.
Are you guys ready to see the Placings?????
The top winners in the first “PHat PHysiques Body Transformation Challenge” are….
1st Place… Nicole Augustine
Nicole is the one that didn’t come into the challenge until April, which was about half way through, but lost the highest percentage of weight in the shortest time! She reached her first set of goals and then had to change them and kept on going. She even enter her first Bikini Divas Contest before the challenge was over. She joined PHAT Camp in April and started with a weight of 121.2 lbs. and ended up at 107.8 lbs. That’s a 13.4 lb. loss, making her percentage of weight loss 11.06% ! Good job, Nicole!
2nd Place… David Duyvejonck
David started the challenge from the beginning and sent in all his photos and made great changes in each set of photos that he turned in! I was very impressed with the difference from his first set of photos to his last set! David looks awesome and has good shape and ALOT of GREAT, quality muscle! He had a starting weight of 207 lbs. and ended with a weight of 185 lbs. That’s a 22 lb. loss, making his overall percentage of weight loss… 10.63% ! Great job, David!
(No before pictures for David, but he had an awesome transformation!)
3rd Place… Emily Eckstein
Emily is so INSPIRING and has worked so hard since I’ve known her. I met her in November when she first joined PHAT Camp and has lost over 30 lbs. since then! She had just started running a month or two before then and could barely make it 2 miles without having to walk. Since then she’s done several races, even including a Half Marathon! Her motivation is so contagious… I’ve done a couple races because of her example. She’ll be getting ready for her second Half Marathon next month and is now thinking of doing a Triathlon maybe next year! For this challenge… Emily had a starting weight of 183.4 lbs. and ended with a weight of 167 lbs. That is a 16.4 lb. loss, making her total weight loss percentage… 8.94%! Good job, Emily!!!
4th Place… Rachel Sanchez
Rachel is another very inspiring person who is also a runner and very active. I can’t believe all that she does… She Runs, Weight trains, & does my PHAT Camp every week! Rachel is also getting ready to do a Half Marathon in about a week! Running is just sooo easy for her. She has worked hard to get the results that she’s gotten in her before and after and should be very proud of herself. And… she’s even thinking about doing the next Bikini Divas Contest in August with “Team PHAT”! Rahcel had a starting weight of 144 lbs. and ended at 135 lbs. That’s a 9 lb. loss, making her total weight loss percentage 6.25% ! Good job, Rachel!
5th Place… LeAnne Quinn
LeAnne is an amazing woman that I met on YouTube! She saw the challenge on my YouTube Channel and wanted to join in. She was getting ready for the Nevada State Bikini Divas Competition that was held on June 5th. I went to the show to cheer her on and she looked soooo good! I don’t know her stats as to what her weight loss was, but I know she worked really hard and made some great changes! LeAnne is the one I haven’t heard from yet about her ending weight and if it’s ok to post her before pics, so I’m just going to post one of her after pictures that I’m sure she’s proud of. Good job, LeAnne!
I’d like to say… “CONGRATULATIONS to the rest of the Challengers! Thank You ALL for participating in the “1st PHAT Physiques Body Transformation Challenge”! You ALL did an Awesome job and should be PROUD for making a commitment to Yourselves, Sticking to it, and Changing your Physiques!
You all deserve a BIG… “Way to Go”!!!”
Clifta Coulter Perez of… PHAT Physiques
Reno Personal Fitness Trainer
Reno Bootcamp Instructor
Estrogen, cortisol, hormonal imbalance… Chances are you have heard these terms and they probably either confused or scared you. Estrogen is quite a word. To some it might mean femininity and signify the essence of being a woman. But to someone interested in getting in shape, it might mean something altogether different. Estrogen is not bad, but excessive estrogen can lead to fat gain, cause difficulty losing fat, water retention, mood swings, cravings….and the list goes on and on! Combine that with excessive cortisol—the STRESS hormone, and reaching your goals and feeling your best will be extremely difficult to do! In todays fast-paced, stressful world it is not uncommon for estrogen and cortisol levels to get out of whack, creating a hormonal imbalance. Knowing this, PGN Nutrition with the help of world renown fitness trainer Chuck Rudolph, MEd, RD, and Two-Time Miss Olympia and Miss Fitness International, Jen Hendershott, created the PERFECT supplement to help women control estrogen and cortisol to help achieve their goals and get the body they have always dreamed of! The future of the fitness-minded woman’s supplement is here, and it is PGN Estracort™. The FIRST supplement designed to specifically address this essential need!
PGN EstraCort – Estrogen and Cortisol Support for Women
Hormones are chemical messengers that signal the body to perform certain actions. For example, after you eat carbs, the hormone insulin is released to signal the body to absorb these carbs from the blood stream. The body releases various amounts of insulin depending on the type and amount of carbs you eat. Controlling insulin levels through smart diet choices is important since high levels of insulin lead to fat gain. Insulin is not the only hormone that contributes to controlling your weight, there are many. Of prime importance are the hormones estrogen and cortisol.
Estrogen is the primary female hormone (comparable to testosterone in men). Estrogen gives women their feminine characteristics and testosterone gives men their masculine characteristics. Estrogen has numerous actions in the body. Estrogen is needed for normal functioning of the body but too much or the wrong types of estrogens can have negative effects on your body. The same holds true for another hormone called cortisol.
Cortisol is called the “stress hormone” because it is released in response to stress and anxiety. When released at a normal level cortisol helps restore homeostasis after stressful events. But, like estrogen, when too much cortisol is released or cortisol levels are elevated for too long negative affects arise.
Knowing all of this PGN has created a formula to control estrogen and cortisol levels, leading to increased fat loss, less water retention and an overall leaner figure.
Summary Of EstraCort Ingredients:
- 250mg DIM (Diindolylmethane)
- 200mg Calcium d Glucarate
- 500mg PhosphatidylSerine (250mg)
- 500mg Green Tea (50% EGCG/95% PE)
DIM, a phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, is an estrogen metabolism modulator, meaning it favorably shifts estrogen metabolism. Estrogen is not a bad hormone, it is needed for normal functioning of the body, but certain metabolites of estrogen have more positive actions while other metabolites have more negative actions. DIM increases the amount of “good” estrogens (2-hydroxy) and decreases the amount of “bad” estrogens (4-hydroxy and 16-hydroxy). The good estrogens protect the brain and heart due to potent anti-oxidant activity, along with other positive actions, while the bad estrogens promote weight gain and are linked to cancer (breast and uterine). By supplementing with DIM your body’s natural estrogen metabolism becomes primed to create more of the good and less of the bad estrogens, leading to a health-promoting estrogen balance.
Calcium D Glucarate
Calcium D Glucarate is a botanical extract found in fruits and vegetables that promotes the removal of toxins and excess estrogens from the body. Calcium D Glucarate helps detoxify the body through a process called glucuronidation. The body naturally tries to removes toxins and excess estrogens through glucouronidation, but this process can become reversed by the enzyme beta-glucuronidase, which releases the toxins back into the body. Calcium D Glucarate increases the detoxification process by inhibiting the beta-glucuronidase enzyme, allowing the glucouronidation detoxification process to work its magic. Supplementing with Calcium D Glucarate increases the elimination of cancer-promoting toxins and estrogens.
Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid found in the membrane of all cells, particularly in the brain. Phosphatidylserine keeps cells flexible and primed for nutrient absorptive. Supplementing with phosphatidylserine has been shown to improve cognition, memory, and mood and decrease blood concentrations of cortisol. Excessive cortisol levels can lead to suppression of the immune system and the accumulation of abdominal fat. Supplementing with Phosphatidylserine not only will improve brain functioning but will also help control cortisol levels.
Green tea is a type of tea leaf (black and oolong are other types of teas). Green tea has been used by the Chinese to treat a variety of disorders for years. Green Tea has powerful antioxidant properties, specifically from the active EGCG, and has been shown to help protect against various cancers. EGCG has thermogenic effects and has been shown to assist in weight loss by decreasing dietary fat absorption, appetite suppression, and catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT) inhibition. COMT is involved in the breakdown of catecholamines (i.e. NE). By inhibiting COMT, NE breakdown is slowed and it is able to activate the adrenergic receptors to a greater degree and enhance lipolysis (fat breakdown). Supplementing with green tea extract improves overall health and helps promote fat loss.
- DIM positively shifts estrogen metabolism to produce more good estrogens and less bad estrogens.
- Calcium D Glucarate increases the elimination of cancer-promoting toxins and estrogens.
- Phosphatidylserine not only will improve brain functioning but will also help control cortisol levels.
- Green tea improves overall health and promotes fat loss.
Supplementing with DIM, Calcium D Glucarate, Phosphatidylserine, and Green Tea together will optimize a women’s hormone levels, promoting a leaner, more healthy figure.
Not only will Estracort support your overall health, but it might just be exactly what you need to shift your body into the DREAM ZONE – obtaining the body you have always dreamed of having! So stop wasting time and letting estrogen and cortisol spoil your results. Get the body you have always wanted with Estracort today!
Clifta Coulter Perez of PHAT Physiques
Reno Personal Fitness Trainer
Reno Bootcamp Instructor
Want to get in the best shape of your Life??? Whether you want to get ready for a competition or just want to fit into the sexy bikini… I can help!
Below is a clip from June 1o, 2010… 2 days before my Figure competition! I’m 42 years old and if I can do it… YOU can too!!!!
BELIEVE… and Stay Positive and True to Yourself…
Clifta Coulter Perez
Reno Personal Fitness Trainer