12 week challenge




And the Winners Are...

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 Congratulations to all the participants of this year's 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge.

 

A special thank you to all our sponsors for their generous prizes and for making this competition possible.

 

A big thank you to...

 

Oceanblue Health Club

Plum Organics

Mediterranean Taverna

James St Burgers

Ephraim Health

Bluebiyou Restaurant

Refresh Beauty Therapy

Certified Massage BOP

Adrenalin Forest

Henry & Ted

Blokart Recreation Park

Lisa Woodgate - Master Stylist

 

Prize category 1: 'Best Transformation'

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The best transformation is judged based on the most impressive before and after photos. 

Winner:

Kris Bethune

 

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Name: Kris Bethune

Age: 44

Please give your insights into your pre 12 week challenge history. ie: Your lifestyle, eating habits, and exercise (if any)

I’ve exercised eagerly for the last 3 years to put some bulk on my skinny frame.

What made you decide to enter into the 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge?

The bulk I achieved, look like a slab of meat, rather than muscle! A serious change to an average diet was required.

Did you face any obstacles during the challenge? If so, what were they?

Only a small injury put me down for a week, but the challenge itself was just awesome.

Oh and a 40th party where I did have tequila forced on me and a wedding where I did mingle with a nice looking teaspoon of cheesecake. Found myself with my face over an open bag of salt and vinegar chips for 10 minutes once, just inhaling while watching a movie.

That stuff is addictive! I should have checked how many calories you can inhale…

What motivated you to continue your eating and training plan? 

The before photos I took, freaked me out. In a bad way. Training has always been good, but getting rid of the fat and having new bits of muscle stick out each week was awesome. They knew how to hide really well, but I’m getting better at finding them slowly.

In your opinion, what attributes separated you from your competitors and enabled you to stay the course?

I no longer bugger around trying to do something. Just doing it gets rid of the brain game and excuses from forming.

How did you feel when you completed the 12 week challenge?

A bit weird because the next days, I didn’t stop eating the exact meals I’d been waiting to finish. Threw in a pizza the night after and felt disgusted doing so. Straight back into eating the same as I did from the challenge. Set for life (Apart from the occasional sexy burger!)

What changes have you experienced physically, mentally and emotionally?

For the first time ever, I dropped out sugar. Black espresso with no sugar was surprisingly OK (after a few days). And dropped milk, bread and sauces. Zero fast food. Saving a fortune really.

Wasn’t forced on me, but the suggestions for what I could do made me decide to just dump them all and glad I did.

Don’t get tired after eating, like I did if I had KFC or something in the past. Just always feeling great.

What would you say to someone who is considering taking up the challenge?

Start as soon as the next one comes around. So glad I did it. Mark is excellent all round at helping with a massive change.

Kris with his personal trainer, Mark Woodgate

Prize category 2: 'Biggest Loser'

 

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The 'Biggest Loser' is based on the most percentage of weight lost.

Winner:

Jo Costello

 

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Jo lost an amazing 19.3 kgs and 18.55% body weight in only 12 weeks!!

Name: Jo Costello

Age: 45

Please give your insights into your pre 12 week challenge history. ie: Your lifestyle, eating habits, and exercise (if any)

Busy full time working mum of a toddler, minimal exercise due to time constraints and lack of energy. Poor eating habits with convenience food and lack of fresh meat and vegetables.

What made you decide to enter into the 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge?

We moved to Papamoa a year ago and finally had no more excuses left to not get myself back in shape. I made the decision to sign up to the gym and noticed the poster that advertised the 12 week challenge and thought to myself it was either now or never!

Did you face any obstacles during the challenge? If so, what were they?

I wouldn’t say there was any obstacles however there was some challenge in getting to the gym 5 to 6 times per week.

What motivated you to continue your eating and training plan? 

I knew I had the motivation when I started and I had let people know of my journey so it made it harder for me to not progress as I had friends and family supporting me. Oh and of course the change in my body over a very short period of time. My 4 year old daughter.

In your opinion, what attributes separated you from your competitors and enabled you to stay the course?

I never looked at this as a competition against others, more of a personal challenge to myself and my daughter that she would have a healthier happier mum.

How did you feel when you completed the 12 week challenge?

Astounded that I had stuck to it 100%!! That it was nowhere near as hard as I had expected. Proud I had achieved what I set out to do.

What changes have you experienced physically, mentally and emotionally?

I no longer dread getting up in the morning and wondering what to wear as I watched the sizes in my wardrobe increase which mentally would send me spiraling back down to feeling frustrated and sad.

To be able to wake up and look forward to some type of exercise and not worry about what I was going to eat during the day. I spent so much time thinking about food pre the 12 week challenge as this became a comfort for me whilst having an at times stressful job and managing a toddler with a husband that works shift work/long hours.

What would you say to someone who is considering taking up the challenge?

  • Try it, you will be surprised how it’s not a diet, rather a combined change in what you eat and how you exercise.
  • Do you need discipline? Yes but not as much as I thought! More about pre-planning and being organised with food.
  • The results stand for themselves.

Jo with Mark Woodgate

Jo with her personal trainer, Toni Hansen