March 15, 2016
The past few days have been an emotional roller coaster. Richard Simmons is my friend, and it’s difficult to read articles about your friend that suggest he might be being held hostage and under the influence of magic spells, even if you think, like I do, that those theories are a load of horseshit. A lot of complicated feelings and memories were stirred by Richard’s subsequent interview on the “Today” show. There has been a lot to process, and I’m not sure I’m done processing yet.
Me and Richard in 2013.
I’ve known Richard for six years. I would Read the rest of this entry »
March 14, 2016
Click here for the “Today” show interview with Richard Simmons that aired this morning. I watched it on TV about an hour ago. It was a phone interview with Savannah Guthrie that took place on Sunday, and they played it at 7:40 this morning, over a series of photos and b-roll footage of Richard’s appearances, classes, and videos.
You can listen for yourself, but Richard did pretty much exactly what I thought he would do: Read the rest of this entry »
March 13, 2016
The New York Daily News ran a lengthy, in-depth story about Richard Simmons on Saturday, and it spread like wildfire. It is a fascinating read by Andy Martino. I highly recommend you take a few minutes and check it out. Read it here.
The story, naturally, is about Richard Simmons’ disappearance from the public eye. It’s been over two years since Richard has taught a class or made a public appearance. It’s been two years since I’ve seen him or heard from him. I consider Richard a friend, and he’s a very important person in my life. It was with his help that I lost 160 pounds – weight I’ve kept off for over five years. I appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Doctors” with Richard, and I was in one of his infomercials, too.
I haven’t written about Richard lately on this blog, if only because Read the rest of this entry »
December 7, 2015
On Thursday, I took an exercise class at Slimmons. Anne led it, and it was excellent, and a bunch of friends were there. I even posted a selfie on Instagram and Facebook:
I like going to Slimmons, even though Richard isn’t there, because Read the rest of this entry »
July 14, 2015
Last Thursday night marked the first time in over a month that I took an aerobics class at Slimmons. A busy travel calendar kept me away, and I was excited to return. The Slimmons classroom has a long history, and it’s a very important place for me. And the reason why is evolving.
Richard Simmons opened the doors at Slimmons 41 years ago. He wanted to create a Read the rest of this entry »
January 19, 2015
…so some sort of celebration is in order, right?
Left: Richard and me in January, 2010. I was 402 pounds. Right: Richard with me weighing well over 100 pounds less.
I don’t really feel like celebrating, though. I don’t know what I’m feeling, to be quite honest, and, to paraphrase a song lyric, I don’t know how I feel about that.
There’s a lot to celebrate, and muddled emotions aside, I am still very Read the rest of this entry »
November 13, 2014
I haven’t posted an update on Richard Simmons because, in the 5 months since I last wrote about him, there hasn’t been an update. TMZ’s top story today was about Richard’s disappearance, and, as a result, stories about Richard are now everywhere. I don’t have anything to contribute to the conversation except to reiterate that I remain concerned for Richard and wish him happiness and health. He is so loved by so many people. You can read my post about Richard’s disappearance here.