Chris Powell surprises James at one of his 2 a.m. gym sessions. They jet off to Los Angeles for boot camp and the initial weigh-in which registers James at 651 pounds. There’s some combativeness during the first workout, with James making demands for water. Chris won’t give him any until he finishes the fight. When James returns home to Texas, his home has been transformed to an environment conducive to weight loss. His bedroom is now a home gym.
James is tasked with losing 150 pounds in three months. If he does this, Chris will reward him with a special bike that will hold his weight. James drops 51 pounds over the first 30 days. He’s getting support from his family, with his mom being his biggest advocate. On day 50, Chris challenges a stubborn James make a roundtrip run to and from that pesky lamppost. He makes it with a few seconds to spare. At the 90-day weigh-in, James is down to 497. Time to go for a bike ride!
The next phase involves losing 80 pound over three months. James works hard right up until the day he’s admitted to the hospital after suffering from heavy fevers and shortness of breath. This illness threw a monkey wrench into his workout regime. At the next weigh-in, he’s down to 486. That means he only lost 11 pounds.
James is introduced to former Dallas Cowboys stars Nate Newton and Michael Irvin. Why? Well, for his milestone, James plays a little football under their watchful eyes. The workout impresses Michael Irvin, as well the men James plays against. Then it’s time for Phase Three. Chris asks James how much he wants to lose this time around. He sets the goal of 30 pounds a month to get back on track.
As day 270 rolls around, James heads back to Los Angeles for the next weigh-in. Chris realizes that his client is a completely different person. His target weight was 396. James comes in at 394. That’s 257 pounds lost in nine months. Three more months to go!
At the end of a grueling year, James is brought to the site of Super Bowl XLV where a cheering crowd awaits. His transformation is amazing. At the final weigh-in, James comes in at 338 pounds. That means he lost 313 pounds in one year. As a reward for this remarkable achievement, Chris gives James two tickets to the big game. You could say this entire experience has been a total touchdown. Way to go, James!
At 423 pounds, 55-year-old Jeff is 200 pounds overweight. 265-pound Juliana is bullied and ostracized at high school over her size. Chris and Heidi team up to try and help repair the strained relationship between father and daughter while challenging Jeff and Juliana to lose over 330 pounds together.
Along the way, Chris and Heidi make some of Jeff and Julian’s dreams come true. Jeff gets the chance to meet and work out with his favorite football team, the Denver Broncos-including Pro Bowl stars Terrell Davis and Karl Mecklenburg, plus current star Demaryius Thomas and former Bronco Eric Decker (who is now a member of the New York Jets). Meanwhile, Juliana realizes her lifelong dream of riding roller coasters with her dad at Disney World, where they also run a half-marathon together.
However, their journey doesn’t always go smoothly. After noticing that Jeff and Juliana aren’t losing as much weight as they should be, Chris and Heidi place them under surveillance, and discover that both father and daughter are cheating on their diet and exercise plans. Also in the episode, Rocco DiSpirito shows Jeff and Juliana how to make double chocolate cookies that taste great and have fewer than 100 calories each.
Jeff and Juliana’s yearlong physical and emotional journey together is an inspiring story of the importance of family, love and perseverance.
Crushed by the criticism, Brandi quit competing and continued to put on weight throughout high school and well into her 20s. After reaching 329 pounds, she wrote a letter to trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell asking him for help.
At 29 years old, Brandi is a freelance makeup artist in the beauty pageant world. Though she says making others feel beautiful makes her feel beautiful as well, she still secretly wishes to be one of the beauty queens standing on stage. Brandi gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and work with Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri.
Brandi becomes Chris’ first client to compete in a Half Ironman, under the tutelage of Ironman competitor and Sugarland guitarist Thad Beaty. The Half Ironman Triathlon is a brutal challenge that forces her to swim, bike and run a combined 70.3 miles in under eight hours. Also, celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito teaches Brandi how to eat healthier versions of her favorite meals in order to achieve her goal of losing a pound a day.
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Emergence of Perovskite Solar Cells
Scientia Professor Martin A. Green, AM, FAA, FTSE, FIEEE, FRS
UNSW SPREE, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics
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The past two years has seen the uniquely rapid emergence of a new class of solar cell based on mixed organic-inorganic halide perovskites. Although the first efficient solid-state perovskite cells were reported only in mid-2012, progress was extremely rapid during 2013 with energy conversion efficiency reaching a confirmed 16.2% at year-end, increasing to a confirmed 17.9% efficiency in early-2014, with unconfirmed values as high as 19.3% claimed. Moreover, a broad range of different fabrication approaches and device concepts is represented amongst the highest performing devices with this diversity suggesting performance is still far from fully optimised. This report briefly outlines notable achievements to date, describes the unique attributes of these perovskites leading to their rapid emergence and discusses the challenges facing the successful development and commercialisation of perovskite solar cells.
Professor Martin A. Green is the author of six books, twenty-one book chapters and over three hundred research papers in photovoltaics. He is currently the director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
Some of Professor Green’s Awards:
1982 Pawsey Medal (Australian Academy)
1988 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Research
1990 IEEE Cherry Award
1992 CSIRO External Medal
1995 IEEE Ebers Award
1999 Australia Prize
2000 Gold Medal from the Spanish Engineering Academy
2000 Medal of Engineering Excellence for Distinguished Achievement in the Service of Humanity from the World Engineering Federation (Hannover, 2000),
2000 Millennium Award from the World Renewable Congress
2002 Right Livelihood Award
2003 Karl Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award from the University of Delaware
2006 Finalist, European Inventor of the Year (together with Stuart Wenham)
2008 Winner, 2008 Scientist of the Year Award
2009 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist, recognized at the award ceremony for his ground breaking research in photovoltaic (PV) technology that will result in increased efficiencies, bringing solar energy closer to grid parity.
2013 Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) of London
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