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It was just past 5pm EST in Manhattan, and I’d been on pins and needles all day.

The report was coming in any minute. All attempts to nap earlier, despite two hours of sleep, had failed. There would be no rest on this Wednesday.

Now, in the lobby of the ACE Hotel, a few friends — including my agent, Steve Hanselman, my assistant, Charlie Hoehn, and my brother from another mother, Chris — had gathered with me to drink champagne. No matter the outcome, it had been a hard-fought battle over three years. THREE YEARS. Hospitalizations, surgeries, you name it.

I stared at the floor, reciting the reasons why things could go right. Most of them were silly and superstitious. Then my internal devil’s advocate chimed in with the reasons other books would beat me: better retail placement, celebrity authors, dedicated TV shows, etc.

“It’s here.”

I looked up. Steve smiled and handed me his Blackberry:

#1: The 4-Hour Body…

The 4-Hour Body had hit #1 on The New York Times bestseller list, on the hardest list (Advice, How-To) during the hardest week of the year.

I was in shock for the rest of the evening.


For the rest of the night, as my friends fed me shots, I thought back to 2007, when The 4-Hour Workweek was turned down by 26 out of 27 publishers.

Everything that I’ve experienced in the last three years is thanks to you. I learn more from you than I could ever teach.

Much more to come soon (including a detailed post-game analysis of the launch), but — for the time being — I’ll keep it simple: THANK YOU.

I love you all.

May you and yours have the most joyous of holidays. Now, I need to get to wine and chocolate with the family… :)

Merry Christmas! 2011 is going to be the best year yet for all of us!

Un abrazo grande,


Posted on: December 24, 2010.

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867 comments on “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…

    • Tim,

      I came in and sat down at my desk today to notice not one, but TWO copies of The 4-Hour Body sitting beside me. My wife brought in the complimentary copies unbeknownst to me, and I am thoroughly excited. I can’t wait to begin the read.

      Congratulations to hitting #1 SO SOON!!! Thanks a million, and I will keep my progress posted as I work through the book. Cheers, and Happy New Year to you and yours!


      Michael Tergerson


    • Good evening Tim and congrats with all of your success. I am looking forward to receiving my copy of The 4 Hour Body.
      I have tried to access the link to received the free electronic version but to no avail, it keeps kicking me out.

      Again, te deseo todo lo mejor en el ano nuevo. Soy Argentino!!


    • The book is a great read with lots of new ideas to work into my routine. With the wind chill, it’s 6 degrees here in Northwestern Wisconsin so I worked on firewood without a coat, with just jeans and a tee-shirt, on an empty stomach. Thanks Tim for the great idea.


    • Not really upset that you don’t have a 4hour body forum at your website, but upset that I spent 30 minutes stubbornly looking for something that didn’t exist (yet your book, and other print say it is a free bonus).


      • I did the same thing. Is there a place to get some questioned answered in the meantime? I have been doing the 4 hour body thing for 14 days and have lost 15.5lbs so far. I have had 2 burning questions so far that I can’t find a good answer for yet. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction.
        1. Is Ezekiel bread OK to eat on the slow card diet?
        2. When looking at the supplements for the Geek to Freak workout, do you take all of those even on the days you do not lift?
        Any advice would be appreciated.


  1. You are welcome. The reason why you are #1 is because you have found a way to take that effort and struggle and pain, and turn it into something that can help others. That is priceless. Thank you Tim. Thank you for the best blood sugars I have seen in 5 years (Type I diabetic) and thank you for 5 pounds lost.


  2. Rock! Congrats Tim! And I can’t wait for more 4 hour books from you.

    Started on the slow carb diet this week and am already seeing results :)

    I am gonna get my 4 hour body. Are you?


  3. Congratulations Tim. Glad we all could help. Go relax for the holidays, can’t wait to see what you’ll bring to us in the next year.


  4. Congratulations Tim!

    You totally deserve it. And actually I think it`s people like me who`s life your amazing books changed so much for the better who should say thanks.
    I`m having my Christmas eve in Mexico with my awesome girlfriend (I`m German), thanks to the lifestyle the application of the principles of the 4HWW rewarded me. And I think you, too, deserve the best time ever.

    Thank you too, Tim!