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Open Letter to Leslie Sansone

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.

Eternally grateful,

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROBINJOY61 5/28/2013 5:33PM

    Hi. I keep hearing about this Leslie person. I've never been much for workout videos, I generally go to the Y. But some days are just too busy to drive the 40 minutes round trip and still get a workout in. Are these tapes that you use with your treadmill? How long does it take to do a 4 mile walk? emoticon


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ANDEEWI 5/9/2013 11:35PM

    emoticon Amazing story! Never, ever give up on your goals! emoticon

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    Finding that one thing that you enjoy and really motivates you can be the key to your success. It sounds like you found that! Never give up on yourself, because you are worth feeling good, being healthy and being happy. emoticon

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KATYDID412 5/7/2013 1:10PM

    Good for you -- I love Leslie too!

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ANNIE924 5/7/2013 11:04AM

    I've been walking with Leslie for several years, at times more dedicated than others.

Good blog

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KATIEM929 5/7/2013 10:28AM

    I love Leslie Sansone, too! I need to get back to it...
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HAT_WRIGHT 5/7/2013 10:14AM

    HI!!!! I too am a Leslie Sansone fan. I still have her VCR tapes!!! Yep that is where I started, and she would be my girl to put in and go when I felt up to it, but with little kids it can be hard to get a structured workout in. Fast Forward to the last two years, and I use her very often, when I am rushed and need a quick workout, when it is raining, too hat, too cold--and on days when I just need a happy face. Good for you for sticking with it, and of you ever need to chat--message me.

Hattie in Iowa=)

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NORASPAT 5/7/2013 9:53AM

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I live in Maine USA and winter is difficult to walk so Leslie is my evening walking partner.
I totally agree sometimes you really do not want to do the exercise I put her in and still not feeling up to it. Sometimes her "HAPPY" gets to me but once you see her support group and listen to the chit chat I let go of being annoyed and I eventually can smile and get it done. Sometimes I did not want it to finish. My favourite is the 1-2-3 and 4 miles walks I love to do the 4 miles. The more recent ones with just 3 people turn me off it is not such a happy group as the old friends she used to have. WELL DONE and many thanks for blogging . Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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