Semi-Finals: Scholarship for Opening the Kimono


(Photo: Josh Liba)


Once again, I have been BLOWN AWAY by you all.

Please find below the semi-finalists for the scholarship spot to the $10,000 Opening The Kimono™ event.

There are 26, listed in no particular order, as we could not narrow it down further. The case studies range from parents to students, from snowboarding to software, from Berlin to British Columbia. Here’s the next step:

1) Each video is a combination of three video submissions. After watching each video, vote for your favorite of the three applicants. Voting ends this Thursday, May 12th, at 12 midnight PST.

2) Once tallied, this round of voting will decide the 8-10 finalists for the next round.

Much like the Cold Remedy video case studies, these videos remind me of how much I owe you all. This kind of feedback is the reason that I continue to write, despite how hard it is for me, and why I love this community so much.

Thank you.

I hope you love these as much as I did. If you need a little inspiration, these are exactly what the doctor ordered.





Odds and Ends: Tim in Germany

I’m leaving from SFO for Germany as I type this, where I’ll be for 1-2 weeks, mostly in Berlin.

Anyone want to throw a big party? Know any club owners so we can blow it out? Other recommendations for fun in Berlin? Can’t wait to rediscover it, as I haven’t been since 2004.


Posted on: May 9, 2011.

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121 comments on “Semi-Finals: Scholarship for Opening the Kimono

  1. Welcome to Berlin! You may want to check out the geeky café St Oberholz at Rosenthaler Platz, even Julian Assange is working from there most days now. Also, here are my favorite restaurants:

    German grandmother’s feel-good food: Tucholsky Restauration, Torstr. 189
    Indian: Seth Fathe Sher 4, Stargarder Str. 72
    Singaporean / Asian Fusion: Mirchi, Oranienburger Str. 45 (for lunch 4,50 EUR or 5,50 EUR incl. soup & bread, for dinner you pay 3x as much)
    Mexican: Maria Bonita, Danziger Str. 33
    Steak and good burgers: The Bird, Am Falkplatz 5
    Vietnamese – the most exotic and awesome-looking: Chen Che Tea House, Rosenthaler Straße 13
    Vietnamese soups: Dudu, Torstraße 134
    Vietnamese curry dishes: Fam. Dang, Torstraße 125
    Ethiopian: Blue Nile, Tempelhofer Ufer 6
    Syrian fast food: Yarok Falafel Berlin, Torstraße 193 (get the mixed plate)

    My boyfriend and I would be happy to join you for any of these. He’s an American expat, founder of the Esperanto Wikipedia and iPhone developer; I’m the host of and authoring a book on moving to Germany.

    Enjoy Berlin!


  2. Hi Tim/ lads,

    Irish PhD student living in Berlin. Would be well up for attending meet-up, talk, party if one goes ahead, either while Tim is here or afterwards. Didn’t realise that there was such a 4HWW following over here.


    Project Teufelsberg in the Grunewald, the former cold-war listening post, turned commune is well worth a visit.

    Given the whole tango back-story, Clarchens Ballhaus might be of interest; ballroom dancing for ALL ages.

    Club that plays Turkish music in Neukoln, for a different vibe than Watergate, Berghain, ArenaClub, is the Fuchs und Elster.

    All the best,



  3. Wow! This process of being in the semi-finals is alot of fun! I’m learning/claifying/focusing my brand/message/intention, reaching out to traditional media and the online community has been a great learning experience. Brainstorming creatively…all around epic! And did I mention fun?!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity and a community of sharing/uplifting :)


  4. Laid Off the movie=great flick!
    Bulk Vuvuzelas, being creative with what the market wanted after they became popular with the World Cup
    Dropping everything and going to Panama City to start a shuttle business, great thinking.

    All in all, Pat Murray has my vote!
    Great stuff Pat, representing Pittsburgh well!


  5. Hey Tim it’s Mark Cafiero from your expanded version of 4HWW. (The guy who couch surfed in Switzerland and owns a photography business)

    I have been following your 4HBody. Check out my progress. I’m not done yet (in fact I’m only halfway there). But it’s good visible progress in a short period of time. I want to get into your expanded version of 4HBody too. :)

    Hope you’re well. If you want I’ll send you my next few progress photos, too.



    • Mark those are pretty impressive results! I’ve been trying to get some of my family to try the slow-carb diet and I’m hoping results like these will encourage them. You’ve also obviously put on some muscle, what training routing have you been using? Occams, kettlebells?


      • Hey Ben,

        These results come mostly from the SCD. It’s better than half of what counts when creating a new physique. One of the things that impacted my results the best for me actually came from a subtle tip in 4HB: Eat the same things over and over again. I can tell you EXACTLY what I eat Monday – Saturday of every week:
        AM: egg whites, kale, scrambled and served on two warm corn-tortillas, add diced tomato and onion, avocado and some sriracha. Awesome. Been eating this for bfast every AM for the past 14 weeks and I am not tired of it. I look forward to it every AM.

        2-3hrs later I eat a natural protein bar that’s low on the glycemic index: Builders Bar (Lemon)

        2-3 hrs later for lunch: Qdoba: one scoop of beans, one scoop of chicken and one scoop of pico de gallo. Not a burrito bowl. Just beans, chicken and salsa.

        2-3 hrs later – Builders

        2-3 hrs later – dinner: It’s always: ground turkey cooked with chickpeas, diced tomato and onion, sometimes I add chipotle powder, jalepeno or a small amount of black olives for some different variation. 1 or 2 glasses of red wine.

        2-3 hrs later, optional if I am hungry before bed: half a banana, small handful of peanuts.

        To drink, all day long: Water. Nothing else. I never drink soda. Not even diet.

        The other thing: I never allow myself to cheat, not even a single goldfish cracker, not a single jellybean, not a tootsie roll from the bowl at the dry cleaners.

        As for working out, I hit the gym just twice a week. Monday and Friday. Slow reps, low count. For about 45 minutes. I don’t use kettle bells, really. I use old-school dumbbell presses, dips, pull-ups, upright rows, seated rows, military press.

        I do a lot of trail running, just because I love it on Tues, Thurs and Sat. Some are easy 45 minute runs and occasionally I’ll run for 2 hours. Because I love it.

        Wed is a “wild card” day. I may trail run, or so a cross-fit workout, or go cycling. And/or yoga.

        Sunday I chill and pig out on whatever the hell I want to eat or drink.

        7 days a week I ride my bike to work, to run errands, etc. I try not to drive my car.


      • Mark,

        These details are awesome, thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been on the standard slow-carb breakfast: 4 eggs over easy, lentils, spinach, and maybe sour krout. Might add some sweet potatoes b/c of extra physical work i’ve been doing.

        I only workout once per week or less often, but I ride by bike to work and everywhere else too. Also I swim and play frisbee almost everyday.

        My conviction is that you will probably require more rest days as you get even stronger, as Tim explains in the Occam chapter. When this happens, if you want to supercharge your training, I *highly* suggest checking out the book “Body By Science” by Doug McGuff MD and John Little. Dr McGuff is quoted in 4HB, but I think he is extremely under-appreciated in the fitness world. You can see a video of the good doctor explaining his diet and fitness views by clicking on my name.

        Good luck with the rest of your training!


  6. Watching these videos have made me realize how easy success really is. Its just a frame of mind and once that internal switch goes off then there is almost nothing to stop you but yourself from achieving what you want. Kudo’s to all these submissions. I wish them all continued success to in their respective endeavors.

    Here hoping the submission i’m rooting for gets picked :-)


  7. We really enjoyed having Tim on Everything Internet. Love what he does and writes. I’ve read the book and it has some great suggested life skills.


  8. Thanks to all who have inboxed me on facebook and youtube and my site with your support. Regardless of who wins, this has been a life changing experience and a breakthrough for me even having the courage to post a video with pictures of me at my worst. To the individuals who took the time to “dislike” my video on youtube, I hope you become a part of this community and grow like myself and so many others have. I support everyone who has launched a successful (or not so successful) muse, is prepping to launch one and who struggles daily on the 4 hour body regimen as I do. Your light encourages me. Tim and Team keep it up, you are changing the world.


  9. Thanks Tim & Tim’s elves!!!

    It’s because of you, we move! I can’t even believe I made it this far.

    Enjoy Berlin! I was there 1 month after the wall came down, way too long ago:) But it was one of the best experiences for me since I’m originally from Communist Russia and the invisible line after the wall was soooo strong between grayness of East and the life of the West!

    Have a great time and can’t wait to see all the finalist!


  10. Tim,
    I’m from Germany and I’m super psyched about this party thing!
    Please keep us up to date, it’ll be one of the most awesome events of the year.


  11. Good thing I didn’t know about this contest until now, I haven’t done anything with my life.

    I feel like even more of a failure after watching these videos. God damnit.


    • Even though the voting is over, if I make it to the next round- you should vote for me. Watch my video. Aside from my general lack of public decency, I have a smile that makes women weep, and a t-shirt collection large enough to never have to do laundry again. Which also might make women weep.

      If you’re not the crying type, just watch the video until the end. You’ll be the crying type after the finale.

      Thanks! hahaha :D


  12. I loved the vids, though I was too late to vote.
    All the talk about Berlin is kind of funny, because my best friend and her husband live there and have asked me on multiple occasions to visit. Now I know all the cool places to go :)
    Good luck to everyone!



  13. RE: Party yesterday in Berlin

    (am I the first one up after yesterday’s party? ;) )

    @Maneesh & Rachman: thanks for having organized that cool party yesterday evening! Really enjoyed getting know other and like minded 4HWW / T4HB fans. And I think it was a dream start for Maneesh and his 90 day DJ project. Way to go!

    @Tim: It was nice getting to know you personally, even though only shortly. I suppose I speak for all when I say that the people at the party yesterday met a cool person who, despite of his ‘fame status’, seems to have achieved to not be big-headed. I wish you a good recovery with the plantar fasciitis so you can soon start running. You’ll love it, no doubt about that, especially in case you plan to do mountain/alpine runs :)

    Have a good time in Berlin, all, especially the ones that came from other places (even from neighbor countries!).


      • Hi Tim,

        here MANTU from Berlin.
        Are you still in Berlin?
        Week has just begun with great weather,
        drop me a mail for catching up for the best coffe in town
        or a party on the weekend.



      • Tim

        Actually at the party I wanted to have a small chat about your meeting with Prof. Faltin but I had my chance of small talk with you and totally forgot about it :)

        I talked with Prof. Faltin the Sunday before the party because I am trying to find a publisher here in Greece for him (my humble way of hopefully helping the Greeks to overcome the currently difficult situation, and giving the readers hope that even times of trouble can be the ground for something really good). I don’t know what you two talked about but I found it really great that you met. Have you had the chance to read his book? As you probably know it’s being translated into English now and I bet my nice trained a.. ( ;) ) that the 4HWW readers can benefit greatly from the book. Really: your book and Faltin’s book laid the corner stone for my future entrepreneurial thinking and I am very grateful to both of you.

        Regarding the running: I’d prefer a nice mountain trail over the track. If you’re up for that as well, let me introduce to some of the greatest alpine races there are, here in Greece :)

        Take care and best regards from Greece,

        P.S.: Also, at the party I didn’t want to bore you with 4HWW stuff since you probably simply wanted to have a good time. And anyway: everything you know you have shared already with the world (book, interviews…). Instead I did also want to thank you for introducing me to Robb Wolf and his Paleo Solution. Just like your book, it’s a life changer, but: I didn’t get to tell you that in person. So, thanks a lot!!

        We don’t stop running because we get old.
        We get old because we stop running.


  14. Any wise words regarding dependence on a job for continued healthcare/medication? Having a tumor or serious health issue is a special kind of challenge; I’m looking for encouraging stories/resources.

    We need NR Health Insurance – premiums go down for every healthy activity or accomplishment, best doctors in the world follow you via the web, lab supplies/mail in service in every major city, discovery of cause is as important as the diagnosis, and the insured help each other learn solutions.

    I know the NR are a special kind of risk what with all the cave diving and gliding off mountains in exotic places, loads of sex, raising and lowering their hormones at will, risking fused vertebrae, etc., but, they are also smarter and gutsier, avid readers, positive, between 8-12% body fat – it all washes out! If someone out there is an insurance buff…we need this muse!


  15. Can Tim or anyone on this site recommend a good protein powder for women over 50? I need at least 30 grams of protein in the morning, low carb, low sugar, and that tastes better than cardboard.



    • Hi Linda, I just recently have been doing ‘protein shots’ every morning. There are several companies that make these last week I tried one that was about 28 grams protein no fat or sugar (but did have caffeine), just a shot of berry flavored liquid. This week I’m trying a non caffeine version from body fortress that’s 26 grams, in a bigger ‘shot’ but still quick and easy. You can find them where the 5 hr energy type drinks are sold. For me this has been a dramatic improvement over previous breakfast choices and time frames, and I look forward to fine tuning it. I’m interested to hear what folks have experienced with these.


  16. Can Tim or anyone on this site recommend a good protein powder for women over 50? I need at least 30 grams of protein in the morning, low carb, low sugar, and that tastes better than cardboard.


  17. Hey Tim, I would personally email you, I didn’t want to put this question out in public, but I didn’t know how else to get hold of you. I am taking immediate action, but ran into a little problem. I found a supplier in China, ordered a sample , and I want to drop ship.

    When the customer orders, the outside of the package is written in Chinese. Of course, they are going to be pissed. Any ideas on how to get around this??

    Tell them we are located in China?? Naaaaaa . I don’t want to order the product, have it sent to me, then send it out again.

    I would be eternally grateful if you can answer this. Thank you for your time.



    • John,

      That’s awesome to hear you’re getting started! I’ve dropped shipped from China for a while, and I’ve found 2 things to be helpful.

      1. If your supplier will change the boxes, and add an English written invoice into the package, you should keep credibility.

      2. If they don’t do this, I normally just tell my customers my “factory” is in China, and at times I need to ship products directly from there. This hasn’t caused me any real trouble. Look at apple: Designed in California, assembled in China.

      Good luck.. keep rockin it!