'Excess Baggage' Ajay Rochester, Lana Pilakis speak about friendship
In a passage published by Rochester on her Finding my Mojo blog, Pilakis wrote that she "didn't mind Ajay" when they first met on the show, but soon started to "form a less favourable opinion of her".
Admitting that she "chose to jump on the bandwagon" and give Rochester "a hard time", Pilakis said that she soon saw that she had "underestimated her wisdom" during a heart-to-heart.
Pilakis wrote: "She was receptive, calm, collected and above all - humble. It was from that moment that I decided to jump off the bandwagon and stand in Ajay's corner for a while."
She added: "I have so many great memories with Ajay... what a trooper. She got up every morning at 5am to work out in the privacy of our living room and was so focused on turning her life around. Ajay took herself on a journey that involved mind, body and soul. She is an amazing writer."
After Pilakis' comments, Rochester wrote: "Wow, I am truly humbled and honestly blessed and happy to call this woman a new friend. I love her honesty, I love her unabashed strength and her 'call it as it is" way of life.
"Lana, I never wanted to be the one to "out" our friendship, but I am thankful and blessed that you did - [and] more importantly that you were there for me at a time when I felt very much alone."
Rochester was crowned the winner of Excess Baggage and Pilakis has described her as a "worthy winner".
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