I Did A Richard Simmons’ Video for the First Time. Plus, The Major Milestone That I Totally Forgot About!

January 26, 2017

When I went to Michigan for Christmas, I took a couple Richard Simmons DVDs with me. DVDs are great for traveling – they’re light and easy to pack. Sure enough, on Christmas Day, when the gym was closed, I popped “Sweatin’ to the Oldies 3” into my laptop and got in a great workout. It was the first time I had done that video. And yesterday marked the first time I’ve ever done “Sweatin’ to the Oldies 4.”

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Historically speaking, I haven’t done Richard’s DVDs all that often, mostly because Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s My Anniversary! Here’s the Realization That’s Been Seven Years in the Making.

January 23, 2017

It was seven years ago today, at Richard Simmons’ suggestion, that I started logging my food and emailing him the logs. That marked the beginning of my long, extremely rewarding journey that has resulted in a weight loss of 160 pounds – which I’ve kept off. I thought it’d be nice to mark the occasion with a new ‘before and current’ photo comparison!

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The photo on the right was Read the rest of this entry »


HAPPY NEW YEAR! And… Christmas in Michigan, Part Two: Exercising Like a Lunatic

January 1, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The new year excites me, because it means my anniversary is in a few weeks. I’ll soon be starting my SEVENTH year on my weight loss journey, and I’m still going strong. I’m so proud that I’ve lost 160 pounds and kept it off for two-thirds of a decade!

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That picture on the right is from Read the rest of this entry »


Chicken with Mediterranean Sauce

December 8, 2016

I made a flavorful sauce the other night, and I’m calling it a Mediterranean sauce because it uses pretty much all the Mediterranean flavors. All of them.

My recipe was inspired by a recipe in Read the rest of this entry »


Richard Simmons Closed Down Slimmons on Saturday, and OF COURSE I Was There For the Tearful Final Class

November 21, 2016

It was a very emotional weekend. On Saturday, Slimmons, the Beverly Hills fitness studio founded by Richard Simmons in 1974, held its last class, and then the doors closed forever. I knew it would be a tough morning, but nothing would have kept me from coming.

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I’ve shared plenty about Slimmons on this blog over the years. It holds a very special place in my heart. I started taking classes here in 2010, and have been a regular every since, even after Richard Read the rest of this entry »


I Just Bought a 10-Year-Old Infomercial Product and It’s PRETTY AWESOME.

November 13, 2016

LOOK! Me and Richard Simmons, reunited nearly three years after he disappeared from the public eye!

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OK, OK, I’m not fooling anyone. CLEARLY, that’s a photograph of Richard. (I have plenty of pictures of me and Richard, though, see them here.)

The photo is on the box of an infomercial product he sold about ten years ago, called Steam Heat. It’s no longer on the market, but I bought a Read the rest of this entry »


The End of One of the Greatest Chapters of My Life: Richard Simmons is Closing Down Slimmons

October 21, 2016

I got some heartbreaking news today. Richard Simmons is closing his fitness studio, Slimmons. The last day will be November 19th. I was told this in a mass email sent by the manager.

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I’m experiencing a whirlwind of feelings surrounding this news, and the predominant one is, well, heartbreak. It’s devastating news. Read the rest of this entry »