Monday, August 18, 2008

:: Honor Roll... ::

Before I launch into the post-contest reflections, I must take the time to give some eProps...

Firstly, to the Almighty - for it is through His strength that all things are possible.

Secondly - to each and everyone of you (readers) for being my accountability partners, my support and source of inspiration, I also could not have done this without you guys!

======================= some specific shout-outs ======================
For choosing to embark on the WD with much tenacity. For never complaining about the diarrhea-colored stuff I put in front of you each morning- therefore making it extremely easy for me to stay on the WD.

Chen Family, especially my Mother-In-Law

For all the support even from afar! And especially to my MIL for finding me healthy chinese recipes, for being extremely conscientious about the food I eat and for loaning me the VitaMix during the evaluation period!!!

I know you can't read this Dad - but I want you to know that you're a huge inspiration to me on this journey. I've seen how far you've come in recovering from this stroke this past year and my endeavor is to be the healthiest I can be. Together, we are both victorious. Love you Dad.

For always reminding me to keep my eye on the real prize and praying for me. Your personal call today was such a sweet gesture. :P

For kicking my butt initially to help me jump start. For being a friend through it all.

Hao Le
For kicking my ass at bootcamp and pushing me beyond my limits! Incidentally, you must know that it was your bootcamp that really jumpstarted my routine! Thanks for instilling in me that I should never cheat myself!

I can feel your support way over here in Santa Clara and thanks for always making a point to IM with me and send your support!

You're like one of my biggest supporters and I love how we're able to support one another through our fitness struggles. Thanks for the intro to vitamix soup. Thanks for letting me know how i've inspired you - which in turns make the bigger picture even bigger! Go vitamix!!!!!


Your accountability extends beyond the blog and into the spinning class - thanks for rooting for me the whole way and being part of the entire journey!

Sexy!!! Thanks for dropping in to check on me even from Singapore, I feel so blessed that our friendship has remained strong all these years!

For your partnership in running the half-marathon, which was one of the baby steps I started to take towards fitness. And also for being the best Biggest Loser judge ever! :P

Jennifer R.
In her own words, a very worthy adversary. :)

Joe Sarti
For your wisdom, your time and generosity, I could not be more grateful. Thank you for starting me on my kettlebell journey and making sure I do things the right way. You've never been stingy on your time or your knowledge and I am indebted.

Thanks for rooting for me all the way from San Diego - I feel privileged to have your viewership and support :)

Mark Reifkind

For keeping the kettlebell spirit alive in the bay area! For the best kettlebell workshop to come in september!

For your prayers. Thank you, thank you.

For your saying yes to ALL my crazy requests. "What?? Kettlebell?? That looks dangerous!!!". For giving up your bicycle for my friend during spin class. For believing in me and loving me - no matter fat or thin.


For your willingness to show your support for my cause in any way possible - especially the external sponsorship which made the grand prize oh so delicious! And also for not nagging me. :P (phew)


Your words are powerful, and always make an impact on me. I must admit, I'm also really honored that you've taken time off your extremely busy schedule to follow my journey.

The able assistant, yes, how can i forget you? Yes yes you're the best! And you already know that!

Susan Gibbons
Wow, Susan - Susan, you are something. You have given soooo much to me. Thank you for your advice (i.e. personal training). You have a knack for getting me to try stuff, to push myself beyond my own limits, without coming across as pushy. Not many people can have that effect on me. You have a gift and I'm so blessed that you've exercised that gift on me. Thank you for everything - your wisdom, your accountability and most of all, your friendship! Cant wait to meet you in November!


You're probably the only one reading this blog that is on the same journey as me in terms of pursuit of fitness - it feels nice to have a comrade on this and I'm glad its you! I will continue to watch your journey as well and you have inspired me SO MUCH with the RKC. Rock on hard style!

Tracy Reifkind
For showing me, by example, that it is possible to drop weight FAST and healthy! And for also being so open with your secret weapons: killer video workouts and killer salad dressing. And also for being vulnerable with your moments of weaknesses - a great reminder that we're not perfect, but heading in the right direction.


Take One Stripper Pole said...

Trust me ... it is a mutual admiration society. :)

Tracy Reifkind said...


My wieght loss bet lasted 3 months, I won $700 and I was so sure that I could keep and win....that I offered the other participants a chance to double the winnings by keeping my $700 in "the pot", every one else would re-up the original $100 bucks again, so the winner could walk away with $1300...not to mention weight loss. No one would commit again! They all knew I was driven and would end up winning.

One funny note....I bought a pair of new Keen sandals (at the time weighing 200lbs, down from 250lbs) and since I kept losing weight they were too big on me within months.... Oh well, I'll sacrifice a pair of new sandals for my health and fitness, lol!

Derek said...

it's an honor to just watch you go through this adventure.

Cameron said...

wow, i was just catching up on all your posts and finally came to the one I was looking for! Congrats jo! we're sooooooo proud of you. wow. just remarkable!

Jo said...

thanks cammy for your encouragement!!!