On Saturday, January 17, 2010, I walked into Slimmons for the very first time. I had met Richard Simmons a week and a half prior, and he had more or less twisted my arm into taking one of his aerobics classes. I was over 400 pounds, and very nervous about the class.
As I waited in the lobby for some friends that were on their way, an energetic older woman approached me. She had a big, warm smile, and perfect hair and make-up. “Welcome, dear, I’m Gerry. Is this your first time?” She made me feel instantly at ease. “You’re going to love it, dear. Richard is a doll.”
She was right. I quickly fell in love with Slimmons, and spent countless hours taking classes there. Gerry grew to be a very special friend.
Gerry Sinclair passed away yesterday, after a brief bout with pneumonia. She was 96 years old. In addition to being my friend, she was, and will forever be, one of my biggest role models. Read the rest of this entry »