Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Dear Ms. Sansone,
You don't know me, but I owe you a sincere thank you. Before I explain why, I must also apologize. When I was introduced to you several years ago, I ignored you and at times, even glared at you hatefully. My mindset was different then, you see. I had just been admitted to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation because my depression was the worst it had ever been. When therapists encouraged patients to exercise and popped in one of your tapes (Walk Aerobics), I wasn't at all motivated to participate. Your positivity and enthusiasm only annoyed me; I couldn't wait to get away from your happy smile. Years later, when my physical health began to decline too, I longed to improve my wellbeing, but I had no idea where to begin. One day your face flashed briefly in my mind. 'Wasn't there a woman who had some sort of walking workout?' I wondered. At that point, I couldn't do much, but I could still walk. I reconnected with you, but only sporadically, then finally, I forgot about you again.
My health – mental and physical – has improved dramatically since then. Recently I've even made some drastic changes, including being more physically active. I workout regularly now – sometimes even 7 days a week! Looking for a change in my current routine, I stumbled across one of your videos last week. “Leslie Sansone!” I cried happily. I remembered you right away and decided to try one of your workouts: START! Walking at Home - 3 Mile Walk. It was great to see you again. Your smile was still cheerful, your words still encouraging, and you still look great.
I made it through the 3 mile walk, but at the end, when you congratulated me for making it through, I burst into tears. I cried through the stretches and I'm crying as I write this. I never thought I'd be here, Leslie. Thank you for not giving up on people like me.