The Finalists!!!

By decision time we had recieved 30+ entries. All were so compelling, we wish we could have selected them all! We actually increased the number of finalists to 5 but couldn’t go any higher. 

To those who did not make it:

We are so sorry we didn’t pick you all, we absolutely wanted to.  We will do our best to help you through our emails, nutrition program, or boot camp if you choose to join on your own.  Tanya will be emailing you individually to help you get started with whatever you choose. 

Why 5?  Didn’t you say 4?

We took it up to 5 because we couldn’t get it narrowed down any more.  Because there are 5 this first month the person with the lowest % weight loss will be automatically sent home and the next two lowest will have a video to plead their case to stay and the public will vote on who will stay on for the next month.

Why no guys?

We only had one enter and we almost chose him by default but we pray we have made the right decision with these finalists.

Your Finalists – In no particuler order:

1.) Linda Eames

View Entire Entry Form – Linda_Eames

What frustrates you the most about health and fitness?

“What frustrates me the most about my health and fitness is that I don’t feel healthy or fit!!  For the past thirty years I have had one excuse or another for not making the time to get fit…having children, facing the death of my sister, brother, father, moving out of state, facing divorce with two daughters after 14 years of marriage, going back to college for massage therapy, taking care of my elderly mother, who now lives with me, and most recently helping my daughters deal with the death of their father.  Life is challenging sometimes and I feel like I am always able to help others face their fears and persevere, but I don’t give myself the same gift.  I am a “functional” unfit person but I want to be a “flourishing” healthy person!”

2.) Kathryn Rodgers

View Entire Entry Form – Kathryn_Rodgers

Why should you be selected as a finalist?

“What would I do with the weight I don’t want?  That weight is on my shoulders – in my mind – keeping me from so much.  That weight is in every step I take causing me to tire from walking across the yard with my kids.  It makes me unable to breathe easily just running up and down the stairs.  It ties me down.  I want to wear pretty dresses, and date again :)  [husband left her 3 years ago].  I don’t know how I got to this point.  Well, let me take that back – I do know.  I’ve allowed my circumstances and all of the awful things that I have happened to me in the last three years become my excuse to eat whatever I wanted and stop caring….I want to win this challenge.  I want to say goodbye to this weight and have a healthy lifestyle I can teach my kids.  and frankly, I want something good to happen.  I know you guys can help and I could never afford this on my own.  [she recently lost her job].” 


3.) Lori Stein

View Entire Entry Form – Lori_Stein

Why should you be selected as a finalist?

“I feel that I should be selected for this challenge because I really think it is the answer to my prayers.  Just as I have started to get discouraged due to lack of results on my own, the email came in regarding this upcoming challenge, as if it were made for me.  Since I was 16 I have battled my weight, and have been a classic “yo-yo” dieter.  However, after I left my job over 3 years ago to stay home with me struggling (then 2nd grade) son, my weight spiraled out of control.  I gained about 70 pounds in the first year and a half after leaving.  Then, on May 1st, 2010, my grandmother passed away.  It was hard for me, as I was very close to her.  Since she passed away a year ago, I have gained another 35 pounds.  I have been very upset and depressed about my weight, and the way I look, but didn’t have the courage to try to do anything about it.  Then about 8 weeks ago, a girl I went to school with got the LapBand surgery, and after only 2 weeks she lost 10 pounds.  I thought, wow, that sounds great!  So I investigated this option for myself, however was told that my BMI was only 38, and the program required a BMI of 40 or more.  I was so depressed to find out that while I was 90-100 pounds overweight, it wasn’t enough for them to help me.  My options were either gain 15-20 more pounds to become eligible for the program, or…”

4.) Cathy Stiner

View Entire Entry Form – Cathy_Stiner

My goals (regardless of whether I am selected for the challenge :o ) are:

a.  My journey is ongoing, having lost around 60 pounds over the previous years.  My goal is to lose 60-100 additional pounds and keep it off. 

b.  Continue to increase fitness including ongoing rehabilitation post knee replacement. 

c.  Learn and reinforce nutrition and fitness techniques to implement the in daily life for the rest of my long, healthy life, to ensure my optimal wellbeing. 

d.  To be an example to my friends, family, and co-workers about the benefits fo working out in you Boot Camp. 


5.) Leslie Legge

View Entire Entry Form – Leslie_Legge

Why should you be selected as a finalist?

“I have struggled with my weight for years ever since bearing children two decades ago but it wasn’t until the 3rd child that I progressively gained weight.  For years I did not have the time due to the demanding schedule of trying to build my children into well rounded adults with “too many” activities.  The fast food stops between activities which I am now acutely aware did not benefit any of us, contributed in oart to my weight gain from 140 pounds when first married 29 years ago to a size 18/20 W of 230+ pounds (I recently lost 10 pounds).  I did know how to eat correctly but that knowledge seems to have fallen into the big black hole.  I now have time to exercise but for a variety of reasons (including 2 kids in college) I do not currently have the finances to follow through with my desire for an intense program.  During the last 15 years I have aquired some health problems from the choices I have made.  I have high blood pressure, lack of energy, a few vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and numerous joint issues, not to mention the fatty liver that I lovingly say I am growing so I can share if a family member needs part of it.  Although I make jokes, I am saddened by my physical state.  … I also am very aware the I am setting the stage for more profound health problems because of the condition I am in at the age of 54.” 

Please comment some encouragement to these finalists!

To be notified of the vote when it comes time to vote for who should continue, you can enter your name and email below to be added to our contact list. 


Facebook comments:


  1. Nancy Rees
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to all the challenge participants. Just by thinking about your goals and entering you have started your journey! The boot camp will be a difficult and wonderful experience for you. Each of your stories had elements of my own. I know it’s possible to reach your goals because I did, working with Jeremy and Sarah I lost 100 pounds and feel like a new person.

    Good luck! Sorry I won’t be in boot camp next month to meet you and cheer you on. Just remember this — you can do ANYTHING for one minute. Think if it one minute and one step at a time.

  2. Val Klingensmith
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Powerful stories…each one hits home…but these are their “back-stories”, looking forward, eagerly to their testimonies! Lets go! :)

  3. Dawn
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    WOW, I am so excited for all of you. I actually have lost 80lbs and have won a year free. If i can do it then anyone can do it. You will all love it and it will become an addiction. I love Jeremy and Sarah (and Bo too) they are very loving, kind and generous. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who gives me the strength. I live by this (well i try) i can relate to so many of your stories, i lost my husband 4 years ago, i have been heavy forever, But God has a plan for each and every one of us. I will be praying for you all and can’t wait to hear about your successes. Dawn Good

  4. Posted May 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I am excited to meet you all – don’t know how many of you will be in the 9am group, but if you are I’ll get to meet you! I want to encourage you to listen and do what Jeremy, Sarah and Bo explain to you to do – the more detailed you are, the greater your progress. You will all be in my prayers. Let me know if I can help.

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