Congratulations to our “Healthier, Happier You” Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Amber Garibay of Laguna Niguel, California, the Grand Prize Winner of our 2010 koi “Healthier, Happier You” contest!

At the beginning of the contest, Amber wrote:

“I want to be a normal healthy individual. I want to live a long healthy life. I want to be here for my family. I have a two-year-old son who I want to keep up with and do all the fun things he wants me to do with him. It’s really not fair to me or my family to be overweight. I’ve tried time and time again to lose weight. I really believe in myself this time, I’m motivated to start a whole new life. To a new healthy Amber!!!”

At the start of the contest, Amber weighed in at 270 lb. Today, Amber is 45 lb slimmer and she looks amazing. Congratulations, Amber, you’re an inspiration to us all at koi and proof that hard work and motivation pays off!

As our Grand Prize winner, Amber will be receiving a $500 koi wardrobe, which includes 4 outfits from our new Spring ’11 collection, 4 outfits from our upcoming Summer ’11 collection, and 4 outfits from our Fall/Winter ’11 collections, for a total of 12 complete outfits (12 tops and 12 pairs of pants).

Amber Before Photo

Above: Amber’s BEFORE PHOTO, taken in January 2010, starting weight 270 lb.

Amber After Photo

Above: Amber’s AFTER PHOTO, looking great on the day of the final weigh-in, at a final weight of 225 lb (a loss of 45 lb). Congratulations, Amber!

Here’s koi founder and designer Kathy Peterson’s final “Healthier, Happier You” blog entry:

“Congratulations to Amber, the winner of our “Healthier, Happier You” contest. It was truly difficult picking a winner. I want to give a special mention to Jennifer Kay-Williams who lost 40 lb and Hope Reichlein who lost the greatest percentage of her body weight and all the contestants who participated. I was impressed by the progress everyone made and I’m so proud of you all. It was a tough challenge and a big commitment.

Here’s my update. My final weight is 120 lb. I lost 12 lb and 35 inches total. But I was 10 lb shy of my goal. While I was a little sad that I didn’t meet my goal, I feel great and my clothes fit better. I will continue to work toward my goal in 2011. 

Since I didn’t meet my goal by the end of the year, as promised, I will send $100 worth of koi merchandise (2 tops and 2 pants) to the contestants who stuck it out to the very end and religiously reported their weight and measurements each and every month of the program. Take a bow, Amanda Williams, Amber Garibay, Rosa Gray, Heather Danser (Barrett), Hope Reichlein, Janine Dyke, Jennifer Kay-Williams, Sandy Diep, Susan Violette (Albert), Tara Hiura, and Alana Thune. You’re all amazing and beautiful inside and out. It was great hearing your stories and working toward our goals together.

Lastly, I’d like to congratulate Christin Erwin, winner of the “Weigh in with Kathy” contest, where way back in March, people were asked to guess my final weight. Christin guessed the closest and won $100 in koi merchandise (2 tops and 2 pants).”

—Kathy Peterson

 Kathy After

Above: A recent photo of koi founder Kathy Peterson after losing 12 lb during koi’s “Healthier, Happier You” program.