October 18, 2013
As most of you probably know by now, Richard Simmons is my friend. I’ve known him for almost 4 years now. He was instrumental in my weight loss, and he continues to be an unending source of support, inspiration, love, and friendship. I see Richard about once a week, when I take his workout classes at Slimmons. I went to Slimmons last night, and it was a particularly good class and fun evening.
That’s Kirsty Spraggon on the right. Last week, Kirsty interviewed me for her YouTube channel KirstyTV – an interview you can watch here.
Richard started class dressed, in his words, as Read the rest of this entry »
September 9, 2013
Here’s a special treat: Richard Simmons on the cover of the November 2, 1981 issue of People Magazine!
This isn’t just a picture – I have the actual magazine in my hot little hands! Here’s how I got it: Read the rest of this entry »
August 22, 2013
What an exciting day! Earlier this summer, I wrote about a really fun experience where I was a back-up dancer in a music video shoot. Well, the video is finished and on YouTube!
The video is for Richard Simmons’ new single, called “Hairdo.” Richard spent, in total, about 4 or 5 days filming it all over Los Angeles, but I was there on the first day of shooting, at Richard’s fitness studio, Slimmons. I’m not in any close-ups, and it’s definitely a blink-and-you’ll-miss-me situation, but I’m there, in the back, over Richard’s right shoulder.
There I am!
There I am again! Read the rest of this entry »
July 18, 2013
I mentioned at the end of a recent post that, at the suggestion of my new trainer Mo, I bought a heart rate monitor. It’s been a fun addition to my workouts. I bought one made by Bowflex ($130 marked down to $30 at Big 5 Sporting Goods!) that features a chest belt that contains the actual monitor, and a wristwatch that displays all the info you need.
You can buy heart rate monitors that don’t have a chest belt, but this one was such a great price, I couldn’t resist. The chest belt goes around your chest so the monitor is sitting in the center of your chest, just below your tits. It was a little awkward the first time I used it, but since then I’ve mostly forgotten it was there.
I’ve never really monitored my heart rate during my workouts before. When I was growing up, my swim coaches would have us check our pulses during practices, but I never really focused on reaching certain levels. Mo wants me doing cardio workouts in a very specific range – he’s calculated that my training heart rate needs to be Read the rest of this entry »
July 12, 2013
If, at any point in my life, you had ever told me that one day I’d be a dancer in a music video, I’d laugh and laugh and write you off a complete and utter whackjob. But that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday – a music video was shot, and I was a one of the dancers! Who’s the whackjob now?
I got a picture of me and the music video’s star during a break:
It’s RICHARD SIMMONS!
Here’s the backstory: Read the rest of this entry »
June 26, 2013
My efforts to get back into shape continue. A huge motivating factor has been the Double-D Workout Challenge that I’m doing with my friend Debbie – there’s nothing like the threat of owing someone money to get me moving! The Double-D Workout Challenge is pretty simple. Basically, we each committed to 5 workouts a week. If you miss a workout, you get a strike. Three strikes, and you owe the other person money (in the form of a gift card). For more details, check out this post.
We’ve been doing the Double-D Workout Challenge since the beginning of May, and so far, I haven’t missed a workout. Except, of course, Read the rest of this entry »
May 13, 2013
If you’re looking for an update about my impending surgery, you’ll have to wait a little longer. I wrote this post a few days ago and scheduled it for today, just to have some fresh content up. You know, because I’m an awesome blogger! Speaking of the surgery, a big thank you for all the messages of concern, support, love, and well wishes – they’ve been coming in from all over the place, and even though I haven’t been able to respond to all of them, I’ve read them and appreciated them!
Anyway, because the surgery will keep me away from strenuous exercise for 2-4 weeks, I decided I better get my fill of Slimmons classes while I could. So, last week, I went twice, with Thursday being my last class for a while.
It was a really fun class, and Richard Simmons was his Read the rest of this entry »