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.
July 14, 2014
Exciting News! The good folks at Bowflex have invited me to participate in their upcoming online webinar, “The Journey to Health and Fitness”! It’s going to be a live Q&A-style event, with a panel including me, Tom Holland (Bowflex’s in-house Fitness Advisor), and Brooke Birmingham, who blogs over at Brooke Not On A Diet. Brooke’s lost 170 pounds, and is really inspiring and courageous. I admire her a lot. We’ll be talking about health, fitness, and the journey each of us took to get to where we are today. It sounds like it’ll be a pretty casual affair with a lot of helpful, motivational information. And here’s the best part: YOU can help shape the conversation, because we’ll be answering questions from viewers! So think up some good Qs and I’ll provide some good As!
“The Journey to Health and Fitness” will be live-streamed one week from tomorrow, so mark your calendars! That’s Tuesday, July 22nd at 8:00am PT/11:00am ET. CLICK HERE to pre-register so you can tune in on your computer, tablet, or smartphone!
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June 26, 2014
Earlier this month, I got a tweet from Richard Simmons. Even though it only said “XOXO,” that tweet was really special, because it was the first time I’ve heard anything from Richard in four months.
Richard is a remarkably accessible celebrity. He’s taught aerobics in Beverly Hills for 40 years, and anyone can come and exercise with him. It’s been reported that he’ll call 50 people a day, all across the country, to check in on them. He’ll respond to hundreds of emails and messages on social media every week.
Recently, though, it’s all come to a grinding halt. Richard hasn’t taught a class since February. He’s stopped answering emails. No one I know has heard from him. There are still Facebook and Twitter messages, but there’s a good chance they’re posted by his staff. Richard, for lack of a better word, has disappeared.
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March 10, 2014
Yikes! I’m over a week late with my March weigh-in results! I didn’t actually weigh myself until the 4th, after getting back from Las Vegas, and I delayed this post to get all three of my Vegas posts written and published (read them here, here and here).
Let’s not delay things any longer!
I stayed even. I’ll take it. Maintaining is a win! My weight Read the rest of this entry »
January 22, 2014
It’s my anniversary! Four years ago this week, I accepted Richard Simmons’ offer to help me lose weight. He asked me to come to my second exercise class at Slimmons and meet with him afterwards, at his house in the Hollywood Hills. And I did. There, we talked about my weight (I was 402 pounds) and the health problems I might face if I didn’t take action. Richard asked me to start logging everything I ate and drank, and I began emailing him those lists. And that’s how it all began. Here’s Richard and me from 2010:
And here’s me and Richard from last night – 4 years later! Read the rest of this entry »