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I probably used all those excuses and more. No more though. I know that there is no excuse, except for the fact that I love to eat, and I do too much of it!!

God does give you second chances, so embrace them!!!



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Excuses ? My excuse always was I am big - boned !
And that's just what it was...an excuse ! Now I
have no more excuses, for I know I can lose the
weight through exercizing and eating right..for I
have ! Now it's just a matter of buckling down, so
I can lose the rest of the weight.... AND NO
EXCUSES ! ! !


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STOP THE EXCUSES!!!

Monday, 31 August 2009



Over the years, I've heard just about every excuse there is about why some people say they can't lose weight. I wonder how many of these excuses you've used?

"I was born a big baby. I weighed over eight pounds at birth! Oh, everything about me was fat and I mean from the very beginning of my life. I had fat cheeks. My arms and legs were fat. I had a fat belly. You would have thought that my father must have been old St. Nick himself!"

Uhh, how old are you now? What...how old? And you mean to tell me that you're still hanging on to that tired old excuse about how you were just destined to be fat? Come on.

"I'm fat because everyone in my family is fat. I've looked at photos of lots of my relatives and it seems that every one of them had a weight problem. My grandparents were fat and so were my mother and father. I even have overweight aunts and uncles on both sides of my family. I guess that's why I'm fat. Looks like I was cursed with FAT genes!"


Oh, really? Everyone in your family tree is fat so that means you have to be fat, too? That's so hard to believe. I get E-mails all the time from people telling me that one.

"I was born with a slow metabolism. I mean, I really don't eat that much, for starters. And no matter what physical activities I do, I just can't seem to lose any weight. I've tried all kinds of medications to rev up my metabolism but nothing has ever worked. Thanks to my metabolism, I guess this is just the way I was meant to be."

Now I don't believe that for a second! I think that slow metabolisms belong to slow people. That metabolism "problem" is another excuse so many people have come to rely on as a reason that they just "can't" lose weight.

Now I just gave you three often-used excuses people say they can't lose weight. But you and I both know, there are many, many more excuses out there that people hold on to.

And what are they? It doesn't matter. The bottom line is that nothing changes really from one excuse to another. They're all still excuses!

Well, e-x-c-u-u-u-s-e me! In all my years of trying to help people lose weight, I've never met a person who just can't shed the pounds. I mean it! Now some people do lose weight slower than other but...every-BODY can lose weight! That is, if they just follow the formula and stick with it.

First off, throw all of your excuses away! Second, start eating healthier. Third, start exercising on a regular basis. And lastly, start believing that...you can do it! Believe in yourself that you can reach a healthier weight. Because you know what? You can!

Look, I used a lot of the same excuses you've used during the first 19 years of my life for why I "couldn't" lose weight. And oh, what a waste of my time they all were. On this beautiful brand new Monday, get your act together and get to work, finally. And I mean get to work proving that you can lose those extra pounds, once and for all.

No excuses!

Love,


RICHARD

Edited by: 2BFREE2LIVE at: 8/31/2009 (03:07)
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8/30/09 3:08 A

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"I LOST MY JOB!"

Sunday, 30 August 2009



Millions of Americans have lost their jobs over the last couple of years. Many companies are cutting back on their number of workers so they can stay in business. And other companies have even shipped lots of American jobs overseas to take advantage of cheaper labor.


If you're one of the people who has lost your job, I am so very sorry. You see, I've been receiving quite a few E-mails from people who've lost their jobs and, understandably, they end up being very depressed about it. And what do many people do when they get depressed? Well, they eat!

They go to fast food restaurants which are, these days, offering foods at low, low prices trying to lure more business in spite of the recession. This little sandwich is just one dollar and that super-size order or French fries is only a dollar, too. And oh, they're throwing in a free soft drink with your purchase of that value meal! At most fast food places right now, just five dollars can buy a lot of grease which means...a lot of fat grams!

They're running plenty of specials at the supermarket, too. For just a little money, you can buy boxes and boxes of stuff. (Hey, they're only four-for-a-dollar!) So people load up on macaroni and cheese, Top Ramen noodles and Rice-a-Roni. And the sad thing is that lots of people don't stop with having just one portion of these foods, they end up eating a whole box in just one sitting!

And for an instant, just an instant, some people believe all of that food, loaded with fat and calories is going to make their troubles go away. But the truth is, the food only ends up making your troubles seem worse, because of the weight gain.

And when you gain weight and don't look your best, that makes it even more difficult to find that new job you want and need so badly. That's because a lot of employers, especially these days, judge their prospective new employees by the pound.

Lately, there's the health factor. See, companies don't want to hire employees who're overweight because they're worried about the health issues their obesity may bring on the job. They want to hire fit people who won't get sick. Those companies are worried about their bottom lines. It's that almighty profit factor.

So please, don't turn to overeating because you're out of work. While you're walking the pavement looking for that new job, why not take better care of yourself at the same time. Makes sense, doesn't it?

By the way, if you're paying attention to the news these days, you'll notice that the economic situation in our country is slowly trying to turn itself around. In fact, some companies have begun rehiring workers. If there's a job fair in your area, maybe you should think about attending. And while you're looking for a new job, you may even want to think about a career change. Maybe you can get the training you need to do something you like better in an all new line of work.

I believe that within a year, the majority of Americans looking for jobs will find a job that suits them. So please don't get depressed about being out of work right now. But do take better care of yourself. Get yourself into a more positive frame of mind. If you keep telling yourself that you'll "never find another job," then you only make it more likely that you won't. But if you're positive about finding work, chances are you'll have a better shot at finding that new job.

And please know that I keep all of you who may not be employed today in my prayers every night.

Love,


RICHARD

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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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I try to exercise every day but there are times I don't. However, I do remember to eat every day. So,
Richard, I do get your point and WILL TRY to do better!
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Very good point! LOL I never really thought of it that way before. Thanks Richard!

Just can't live that negative way....make way for a positive day!
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Yes, darn it lol!

God does give you second chances, so embrace them!!!



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Me too!! There's always a price to pay for the good stuff, isn't there? LOL

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The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have become really good friends!!

I have blamed many different things for my weight gain, but I must admit, I am to blame. I HOLD THE FORK!!!!

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Well I'm not going to stop eating everyday, so I guess I'll have to exercise everyday.

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OK, Richard ! I get your point....you eat every
day, so you should exercise every day ! I have to
etch that in my brain, because every now and then I
tend to want to forget about it ! Sorry, Richard !!
I must do better !!

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DO YOU EAT EVERYDAY?

Saturday, 29 August 2009



So, what's your answer, huh? What's that? You say you eat seven days a week? Oh yeah? Hey, me too!

Yes, all of us eat seven days a week. And in fact, we need to eat everyday, don't we? And we need to eat healthy, too. Yep, we need all of those healthy foods to help nourish our bodies and keep ourselves alive, healthy and strong. If we eat three healthy meals a day along with healthy snacks, we feel more energetic.

Now I have another question for you. How many days a week do you exercise? Okay, so what's your answer this time? Well, I hope your answer is the same as when I asked you how many days a week you eat. That is, I hope that you're exercising seven days a week, too!

I mean come on now. You admitted that you eat seven days a week. Well, to me, that means you should exercise seven days a week. I can't imagine not getting in my workouts everyday. I'm just in the habit of doing it now. When I think of all those years were I didn't exercise, at all....well, I should have really been ashamed of myself during that long-ago era of my life!

Oh, lying in bed, watching television, (which I used to do all the time), certainly didn't qualify as exercise, did it? I think of all those years that I didn't take care of my body. And hey, no wonder my body wasn't so nice to me back then. But once I was bitten by the sweatin' bug..all of that changed!

Everyday when I get up in the morning, I automatically do my stretches and push ups. I'm telling you, I'd feel strange not doing my cardio workouts four days a week and my toning three days a week now.

And what pushed me to get and stay so active? Well, it was the amazing results I saw in my body as a result of my new exercise routine. My bones and muscles got stronger. Thanks to the exercise, my blood pressure, my cholesterol and my triglyceride numbers are all good now. My circulation is good and so is my heart rate. And you know what? I owe it all to those workouts...to that exercise! And I exercise seven days a week, taking advantage of every single day our Creator gives me.

You should be exercising everyday, too. And if you're not, it may take some time for you to get into the working out swing of things. But when you begin seeing the kinds of results that I've seen, believe me, you'll want to workout everyday, just like me!

I'm going to be teaching at Slimmons this morning and then doing more rehearsals for Sweatin' To The Oldies 5 after that. So I've got a day full of exercise ahead of me.

And what workout will you do on this Saturday? Will you take a nice long walk or maybe go for a swim? Do you have a bicycle that you'll get the wheels turning on today? (Your legs will love it!) Or will you do some toning for your chest, back, shoulders and arms?

Whatever you choose to do, just think about me and how all of that great exercise changed my life. Because I'm telling you, it can make the same kind of changes in your body and your life, too.

You eat everyday, remember? Well, be sure to workout today and...everyday!

Love,

RICHARD



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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Friday, 28 August 2009



There is only one way to lose weight and keep it off. And it's by being truthful with yourself about the foods you eat. I've always told you and the saying goes...you are what you eat. When you eat biscuits, gravy and sausages, well...you "become" biscuits gravy and sausages!


Likewise, when you eat fresh, healthy salads regularly, it shows up on you because you end up looking like a healthy person.

And uh, truth is, the only way to be truthful when it comes to what you eat is to also be accountable to yourself about what and how much you eat. A lot of people journal what they eat everyday. That means they write down all of the foods that've eaten on any given day.

Then they review their journals to figure out the rights and wrongs of their eating habits. It's a good idea but journaling your meals and snacks can also be rather time consuming. And a lot of people forget what they may have eaten by the time they have time to write it all down. But I'll say this, your body never forgets what you've eaten!

That's why, during the course of my career, I've created products that help with you with accountability. In the 1980s, I created my Deal-A-Meal program. It was a wallet with little cards that you moved form one side of the wallet to the other after you'd had your portion of food from a particular food group. I know many of you may still have a Deal-A-Meal somewhere in your closets or packed away in your garage. I still have the original Deal-A-Meal that I put together with a plastic wallet I made and little pieces of construction paper that represented my portions from the six food groups.

The next generation of Deal-A-Meal was my FoodMover. With it, instead of moving cards, you closed windows on the FoodMover that represent portions of the foods you've eaten during the day. In the morning, all of your FoodMover windows are open. And by the end of the day, as you have eaten, all of your FoodMover windows end up closed. And if you stayed true to the program, that means you ate a healthy portion-controlled mix of foods from all of the six food groups.

I remember a lady wrote me when I first created the FoodMover asking if I could add more fat windows to it. I really had to LOL!

We were all raised eating large portions of food. And most of the time, much more food than our bodies needed. And for those of us who continued to eat that way, well...we gained weight!

The FoodMover comes with an exchange booklet that tells you exactly what portions you should be eating from the six food groups. It really helps educate you on what and how much you should be eating on a daily basis.

And when you're truthful with your portions, when you use your measuring cups and spoons, you will definitely see those extra pounds leaving your body and going somewhere else!


To this day, I still close my own FoodMover windows because it helps me keep those pounds off! And to be successful at keeping the pounds off for all of these years, I've had to be truthful with myself. And of course, that's something you've got to do, too.

So if you're looking for a tried and true way to learn to eat properly, the FoodMover is for you! And that's nothing but the truth!

Love,


RICHARD

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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I'm with you Joani! I use mine every single day.

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The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have become really good friends!!

I have blamed many different things for my weight gain, but I must admit, I am to blame. I HOLD THE FORK!!!!

Eat to live---don't live to eat!




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If Richard uses the microwave all the time to fix his meals, then I shouldn't feel bad about using it either ! Long live the microwave !!!!

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Z-Z-Z-A-A-A-P!

Thursday, 27 August 2009



I applaud the invention of the microwave oven. I know that a lot of people use the microwave for very basic stuff. You know, like heating up a cup of coffee in the morning or warming a bowl of soup for lunch. But as for me, I don't stop with the simple stuff, uh-uh. I really give raves to the microwave!

It really is an amazing appliance. Not only can you use the microwave for warming foods up. You can also use the microwave for actually cooking foods. And I know a lot of people don't cook much in their microwaves. But I do.

For instance, I make my scrambled eggs in the microwave. Here's how I do it: First, I scramble my Egg Beaters, add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, a splash of nonfat milk and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. I whip all of those ingredients and into the microwave they go. I set the timer for 15 seconds, take the eggs out, fluff them a little then put them back into the microwave for another few seconds, allowing them to cook to the texture I like. (I like my eggs a little on the firm side.)

Just remember, most microwave oven cooking times vary a bit, depending on the manufacturer. That's why you may have to experiment a little until you get your foods cooked just the way you like them.

I also cook fish in the microwave. I take a salmon steak, spread on a little brown mustard, then squeeze the juice of a half-lemon on the salmon and add a sprig of dill on top. Now a lot of people like their salmon just "sort of done." Not me. I like my salmon...done, all the way! It only takes a few minutes for this dish to cook but boy, is it ever delicious. I've also cooked chicken breasts in the microwave.

If you're in a hurry, you can also microwave your vegetables. The other night, I had some fresh broccoli. After cutting it up, I sprinkled it with a little water and with just a few minutes in the old microwave oven, I had delicious cooked broccoli. All I had to do was spritz it with a little "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter." It was ready to eat and tasty, too.

I've also microwaved string beans, carrots, and cauliflower. In fact, you can cook just about any vegetable in the microwave. Don't have time to bake a potato? Well, microwave it!

There are hundreds of microwave cookbooks out there and I know you can find great recipes for the microwave on the Internet, too. Now remember, you may have to experiment a bit with your own microwave because of the variations in cooking time from one model to another.

So if you don't have time to cook, don't go out for fast foods. Because the microwave can make your food fast...and healthy, too!

Love,


RICHARD

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Wednesday, 26 August 2009



How many of you are dealing with pain today...maybe even right now? I'm talking about physical pain. Tell me what hurts you? Is there pain in your legs, your knees or your feet? Does your lower back hurt? Because of the pain, are there things you can no longer do for yourself that you once did with ease?

A lot of people write me about the physical pain they have to endure on a regular basis. I get in touch with them and after they've told me in more detail about the pain they're experiencing, I ask what they're doing about it.

Most of them tell me they go to the drugstore and purchase some over-the-counter medication to help relieve the pain. They take those pills, (sometimes too often), and do get some temporary relief from the pain. After hearing those kinds of stories, I often ask, "When's the last time you visited your doctor so you can find out what's causing the pain?"

Often, after asking that question, there'll be a few seconds of silence. Then they'll finally reply, "Richard, I haven't seen the doctor about my pain at all."

And when I ask them why not, at least they're honest. They tell me that they're simply afraid to go to the doctor because they fear what the underlying problem might be.

One lady made a list of about 20 physical movements she couldn't do for herself anymore because they caused so much pain. I'm talking about fairly simple activities that she once took for granted. The list included no longer being able to cross her legs. Not being able to bend down and retrieve things from the floor. Not being able to climb stairs without feeling pain in her knees. Her list also included not being able to take a good walk or to play with her children. Isn't this a shame? Isn't it sad not being able to do the things that bring you joy?

You know, pain relievers like Aleve and Advil may give you some short-lived relief from the pain. But they're only temporary fixes. Those medications aren't really solving your pain problems. They're just masking them. And if you start depending on those pills too much, the pills can even cause you medical problems of their own.

Do you have a list of activities you can no longer do because you hurt so bad? Don't you think it's time to face the situation with your pain and make an appointment to see your doctor about it? She or he may very well be able to advise you on the pain, about what's causing it and what you can do to make it better. And wouldn't that be great?

Listen, I don't want you to be afraid of the truth. You've got to face the truth and do something about your pain issues. Can you imagine what would happen if a lot of that pain went away? You'd be able to take those walks and experience the beauty of the world. You'd be able to dance up the stairs and roll on the floor playing with your kids. You'd be able to feel good again!

If you're in pain, do yourself a favor. Make an appointment to see your doctor and see if he or she can't help lead you to really living your life...pain free!

Love,


RICHARD

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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I GET DEPRESSED, TOO

Tuesday, 25 August 2009



During a recent live chat with our Clubhouse members, the topic was...What gets you depressed? We talked for an hour about what gets everyone singing a sad tune and not feeling good about their lives.


During the chat, one of my Clubhouse members asked me, "So Richard, what gets you depressed?"

Goodness. I guess her question caught me a little off guard. But as I though about it, I have to admit that there are a few things that do get me depressed.

I get depressed there're not more than 24 hours in a day. See, I usually have so much to do that a few extra hours a day would be very helpful so that I can get done all of the things I need to get done.

I get depressed that I don't see my brother and sister-in-law more often. I really love them but our lives are all so busy these days. So I can't get back home to New Orleans as much as I'd like to see them. I really don't have any close family members besides the two of them and I cherish every minute I get to spend with them so very much.

I get depressed when my dogs are sick. (And you all know how I just recently mourned the loss of my sweet Dolly.) The girls have always been like members of my family. God only gives them to me for a short time. And believe me, that time I spend with them here on earth means the world to me.

But you know, what I really get depressed about is when some of you don't stay on program to take off this weight. Over the years, I've tried my best to motivate everyone who comes to me with a weight or eating disorder problem. Everyday from my office, I call lots of these people and E-mail hundreds of them. And I remind each of them that they're one of a kind, that they are special.

I tell them how much I love and pray for them. I tell them that they're worth it and can lose the weight if they'll only put their minds to it. When they don't believe in themselves and don't stay on program, it becomes very depressing for me.

You see, I have walked in so many of your shoes. I've gone on and off so many programs to try and lose weight, just like you have. I've had my own issues with low self-esteem and lack of self-worth. I've felt the same way so many of you write and tell me you feel about yourselves. Really...I've been there.

I know what it feels like to be eating a salad one minute and nearly inhaling a corn dog the next. So when people don't lose weight or regain the weight they had lost...I feel like a failure. I feel like I haven't done my work as well as I should. And yes, after I've had a good cry, I tell myself that I have to try harder to help them.

So you see? You're not the only one who gets depressed. So to all of you out there, don't you want to make me happy? And even more importantly, don't you want to make yourself happy, too? Well, don't spend your time being depressed about your weight. Spend your time doing something about it.

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Almost all of the oldies hold memories for me as well as the songs of the 70s and 80s. There are some songs that still bring tears to my eyes. Elvis singing Old Shep, still cannot hear that one without tears in my eyes. I know you remember this because you mentioned it once on an infomercial. Back in 1980 on a plane going to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport an over weight teenager 17 almost 18 years old wearing jeans and a black tee shirt was sitting across the isle from you and left a note on your brief case when the plane landed. The note said I might be making the biggest mistake of my life and I thanked you for not saying anything about my weight in it. In the infomercial you said you went into the airport to try and find me, I wish you had I was making a bad mistake that lasted over a year before I got enough sense to go back home. Since you mentioned it in your infomercial I had considered writing you to let you know what had happened with my life and to thank you for being concerned enough about a letter left on your briefcase to go looking for a naive teenage girl in an airport to try and help her but wasn't certain if you would get the letter.
I love your Sweating To The Oldies videos, I use to have all of them but they got lost in a move. As soon as they are available I plan to buy them on DVD, I have your new Party Off The Pounds and love it. I don't know if you will see this or not but if you do, thank you for what you tried to do for me back in 1980 and for the joy and motivation I get from your workouts!
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WHAT MUSIC CAN DO FOR YOU!

Monday, 24 August 2009



I've been listening to lots of music, over and over again for the past few weeks. It's all because I'm deep in rehearsal for Sweatin' To The Oldies 5 and Tonin' To The Oldies. I selected all of the music for both workouts and I've heard those great songs so many times as Anne C. and I have been putting the choreography together for my new DVDs.

Sometimes it takes us two or three hours to choreograph just one song! But I have to say, I never get tired of hearing those songs because I've been singing along to them since the 60s. Many of these songs get me really energized and excited. I'm talking about classic hits like Soul Man and These Boots Are Made For Walkin'.

Oh, every little cell in my body wants to move when I hear those songs. I could dance to them forever.

A few days ago, we did choreography for Moon River. That song came from the movie Breakfast At Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn and Robert Redford. When Anne and I began doing the movements for Moon River, I began to cry. I actually had to stop and take a break for a few minutes. It's such a beautiful song. I don't know if you ever saw the movie but I did. And when Ms. Hepburn sang it in the movie, all I can say is that there were tears in my popcorn!


What I've discovered over the years is that music is really like therapy. Music can move you and...make you move. When I get up in the morning and head downstairs for breakfast, I first thing I do is put a CD into my Bose system in the kitchen. I dance while I make my oatmeal and get out my vitamins. That's the way I start my day. And at the end of the day, I put on another CD of some favorite music to relax and calm me as I prepare for a good night's sleep.

I'm always going on iTunes to find new songs that will move my spirit. I guess my love for music came from my parents. My father would play records while he cooked and we always listened to music as we ate dinner. Sometimes my father would sing along with the song and he really had a great voice.

Does music mean as much to you as it does to me? Do you have some favorite songs you enjoy to make you smile or lull you off to sleep at night? I know there's a little jukebox embedded in my heart. And I'll bet there's one in your heart, too.

Hmmm. Now, what song will I play for myself this morning? Whichever one I select, I promise, this morning, I'll be thinking of you!

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RICHARD

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Yes, you have given me a lot of food for thought. I try to please my mother who appreciates it, Brian who appreciates it most of the time, my boss who does sometimes and friends, some who do and some who don't. What I am doing to please myself; working to have a more positive frame of mind and outlook on life, losing weight and exercising for myself because I want to be more healthy and feel better about myself, and weeding out some of the people off line that I thought were my friends but I am finding out weren't.

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R--U--A PEOPLE PLEASER?

Sunday, 23 August 2009



...I sure am! I've tried to please people all my life. At an early age, I loved to please my parents. See, both my parents were in show business and they both gave up those careers to have my brother and me. So their new "career" was to raise Lenny and I to the best of their abilities.

And because my parents made so many sacrifices for me and Lenny, I really wanted to please them. I'd get up in the morning and make my bed. After breakfast, I'd always help with the dishes. I'd work hard in school because I knew a good report card would make my folks really happy. I'd take out the garbage and rake the backyard. I'm telling you, I'd do anything to please Leonard and Shirley.

I also liked to please the nuns who taught me at school. They worked so hard to educate me and I always wanted to show my appreciation. For the nuns, I'd clean the blackboards and make sure my desk was always neat and clean. And if there was any trash littering the school yard, I'd volunteer to pick up.

With every job I ever had, I always tried to please my employer. I got to work a little early and stayed late whenever I was needed. I'd get my work done and then help others do theirs.

When I opened Slimmons, I tried my darndest to please each and every one of my students. And when I recorded my workout videos and DVDs, I wanted to please all of you.

Now it's great to be a people pleaser. But you see, it's also great to please yourself. Your whole life can't be spent working just to please others. Because if you, do, there'll be nothing left for pleasing you!

And how can you truly please yourself? Well, it begins with getting up in the morning and starting your day with a positive attitude. You please yourself by reviewing your goals and working out a plan to reach them. You please yourself when you're eating healthy. And of course, you please yourself by getting your workouts in!

So, who do you try to please? Are they grateful that you do? And what do you do to please yourself? Hey, I've given you a lot of food for thought for you on this Sunday.

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RICHARD

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EVERYONE!

Saturday, 22 August 2009



So many people think that exercise is useful only to burn calories and lose weight. Well, that's only part of the story. You have to exercise to be healthy and keep your body in shape, too.

Later this morning, I'll go teach class at Slimmons and I'll have people there with all different shaped bodies in class with me. (Which is always the case.) I'll have people who're overweight who want to burn calories and take off some pounds. I'll have people who've already lost weight and exercise to maintain their weight-loss. And I'll also have people in class who don't have much, if any weight to lose but just want to tone up and get themselves in better shape.

Exercise is for every human body.


At the beginning of my career, I made an effort to invite everyone to Slimmons, no matter what they weighed. or what shape they were in. Because, truth is, exercise is for every human body.

Children should exercise. And I have traveled all over the country working with kids who're as young as three years old. Children love to move and they certainly love music. When I taught class at lots of shopping malls over the years, I'd see infants being held by their mothers as the music played. They were so cute. In their mother's arms, they'd be bobbing their heads up and down to the music and moving their own arms! And even cuter was the big smile I'd see on their faces.

Teenagers need to exercise. Oh, with all of the pressures they have at school, all of the homework they have to do and all of the exams they have to take, for teenagers, exercise can be a great stress-reliever.

Young adults need to exercise, too. After graduation, they have to find a job. They have to get their own places to live. They're finally beginning life on their own. That can all be very stressful and frustrating, too. Working out can help them handle that stress and frustration.


Middle-aged people need to work out. And so do seniors or, I should say, my Silver Foxes. I don't know how many classes I've taught for the Silver Fox set over the years but I'd have to say it must have been thousands of classes by now!

Truth is, I get so much joy watching people of all ages dancing and sweatin' along with me. They're burning calories and lots of them when they put some intensity into their workouts.

Remember, exercise keeps your bones strong and your muscles toned, especially your heart muscles. Exercise improves your posture and helps keep your lungs strong and healthy. Exercise does wonderful things for your mind, too. It keeps you more positive. It makes you happy. And exercise even helps you sleep better. In fact, after teaching some classes, I could just about lay on the floor and go right to sleep!

I don't care how old you are or what shape you're in. But regardless...exercise today and at the end of your workout...you'll feel terrific! I wish you were in class with us today at Slimmons!

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RICHARD

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I have fibro so it is hard to get a good night sleep
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Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent.”
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I definitely don't get enough sleep. I'm working on it though!

God does give you second chances, so embrace them!!!



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A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

Friday, 21 August 2009



Whew! Lately, I'd say I've been burning the old candle at both ends. I'm teaching all of my usual classes at Slimmons and I also began practicing with the cast of Sweatin' To The Oldies 5 and Tonin' To The Oldies. It's fun and it's also a lot of work!

After rehearsals, I come back to the house but I'm not finished yet. Anne C. meets me there and we have to choreograph even more songs for Sweatin' 5!

And after all of that sweatin', believe me, I'm completely exhausted. Hey, dancing for 6-7 hours in one day is very physically draining. After Anne leaves, I plop myself onto the living room couch, close my eyes and let my muscles relax a little before I get back up.

With all of this activity going on in my life right now, I have to tell you, I've been sleeping very well at night. You know, I don't sleep a lot but lately, I've been sleeping an extra hour each day because I've been working so hard.


Getting enough sleep is a very important part of your healthy lifestyle. See, as you're sleeping, you're giving every part of your body a well-deserved rest. By the end of the night, your eyeballs should be tired. And with me, my mouth is also tired from talking so much! LOL. And how many movements do you think your fingers, your wrist, your arms and your legs do in one day? A lot...right? Heck, even your mind is tried from all of the thinking we have to do in a typical day. And when you get the right amount of sleep every day, that means your mind gets some needed rest, too.

If you don't get enough sleep, you get up in the mornings tired. And when you start your day off tired, you're not very good for yourself or for anyone else, for that matter. Another important point is that getting enough sleep is also important for your beauty. (And Heaven knows...that's important!) If you get a good nights sleep on a regular basis, your skin will look better, your posture is better and you'll have a better attitude about life.


So are you getting enough sleep? If you're not, take a look at your schedule and figure out how you can get enough sleep each night so that you can wake up in the morning feeling positive, refreshed and ready to face the new day.

Now you can also sleep too much which can cause you to wake up feeling drowsy and lethargic as you begin the day. I know people who sleep 9-10 hours a day. Whoa! That's almost like sleeping your life away! Keep that up and they'll end up looking like Rip Van Winkle. And hey, that's not a pretty look. You'll end up feeling about the same way as when you sleep too little.

You know how much I travel. Sometimes I have to take late flights then have to get up very early the next morning to do press for my appearances. And on those occasions, I can sleep for only three or four hours at night. And let's just say I have to spend a little more time getting myself looking nice when I don't get enough sleep time.

All of the doctors I've talked to over the years say we should get a good eight hours of sleep every night. It's the right amount of sleep you need to make sure your body gets the rest it needs, allows your body to repair itself and of course...to just relax. So how many hours of sleep are you getting tonight?

Sweet dreams.

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RICHARD

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I don't swim, but I do enjoy exercising in our pool. I draw the line at putting on a bathing suit though...not so much for my tummy and such, but for my thighs!!! So I wear a pair of shorts and a bathing suit top.

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BEEN SWIMMING LATELY?

Thursday, 20 August 2009



Do you know how many E-mails I receive from men and women who love to go swimming but don't because they're embarrassed to be seen in a swimsuit? I'm going to say that there are millions of Americans who fall into this category.


I remember when I was overweight...I didn't even own swim wear. Hey, just looking at myself in my underwear was enough of a shocker! So I couldn't imagine myself being seen in public wearing a pair of swimming trunks and no shirt on.

Back in those days, when all of my friends were having fun in the water, I was having my own brand of "fun" sitting beneath an umbrella watching them and...eating! And as I sat there feeding my face, I'd think of how I wished I looked good wearing swim trunks. Because I just love to swim!

How many of you really enjoy swimming? It really is a wonderful form of exercise, you know. When you get into the water, you feel light as a feather. And you can really move your arms and legs in that water burning up those calories. Swimming is so good for your heart, your bones and muscles.

I always feel like a merman when I'm swimming. I go all the way to the bottom of the pool then I'll swim back up to the surface as I spring out of the water! And after I finish a good swim, I always feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

This is the time of year when you should be diving into the water as much as you can. And listen, I don't care what you weigh, either. For one thing, swimming will help you see those extra pounds begin to come off.

And if you don't have a swimsuit that fits you properly, I think you should go out and get yourself one. It's end-of-season clearance time and most stores are having sales on swim wear these days. As you begin losing weight with all of that swimming, you'll see your body beginning to look more and more toned, too.

And if you really focus in on your weight-loss this year, next year you may very well be wearing more like an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini!

And one more thing. When you put on your swimsuit and go to the pool or the beach, hold your head up. And if anyone looks at your strangely, say hello to them and introduce yourself!

Love,


RICHARD

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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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A woman after my own heart!!!

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I had a jeep load to take to goodwill when I finished losing the pounds.
Now I am stable enough to just wear the same size (10). That does not mean that I don't go to Kohl's or to Penney's every sale day :)

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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LOL I started on my closets upstairs yesterday evening and will finish them up today. I have quite a lot of clothes to donate to Goodwill.

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I have blamed many different things for my weight gain, but I must admit, I am to blame. I HOLD THE FORK!!!!

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Funny that should be today's topic. I got up a little earlier this morning and tried on a few things and put a few things to the side to give away. I need to do a lot of closet cleaning!

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LOOK THROUGH YOUR CLOSET

Wednesday, 19 August 2009



When's the last time you cleaned out your closet? Oh I know you have a closet, we all do. I remember the first apartment I had here in Los Angeles. I'm telling you, it had the biggest closet I 'd ever seen.

See, back in New Orleans where I grew up, most of the older houses had no closets. Everyone had these big armoires in their bedrooms. My mother had three of them! Because, goodness knows, my sweet Shirley just loved her clothes.

So when I moved into that Los Angeles apartment and saw my closet for the first time, I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. It just had so much room!

So what's hanging in your closet? And let me ask, how many articles of clothing in there actually fit you? I remember, years ago, when I was working so hard to lose weight, I had clothes in my closet in three different sizes. Why? Well, because so many times back then, as quickly as I lost some weight, I'd gain it right back. I considered those larger-sized clothes in my closet my "security blanket." Because whenever I gained some weight back, they were always there to fit me.

But once I reached my ideal weight and stayed there, I went through my wardrobe, item by item, trying each of them on. I even tried on some of my "fat clothes" to really see in the mirror how many inches had fallen off my body. After I was done, I took all of the clothes that no longer fit me, put them into a box and donated them to Goodwill. They were good clothes and it would be a shame to throw them away. I knew there would be someone who could now fit into the clothes that no longer fit me.

So tell me, have you gone through your closet like I did? Have you taken everything out, tried them all on and made a separate stack of the clothes that no longer fit you?

Oh, so some of you haven't done that? Some of you're still doing what I used to do. You've allowed those big clothes to become your security blanket, haven't you? You're keeping those clothes around in case you ever have to go back to wearing them. Hey, that's not good! It's sorta like accepting defeat and that's something you should not do!

You should only walk around on this earth wearing clothes that look good on you. Clothes that are too big on you make you look bigger. And likewise, clothes that are too tight on you also make you look bigger. So, what're you gonna do?

You should get into that closet today and do some cleaning out. Sort out the clothes that no longer fit you and give them to Goodwill or to some other organization that helps the needy. And you know something else? Doing that will help you stay on program. Because once you do, you'll only have clothes in your closet that truly belong on your body.

Love,


RICHARD

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CUT OFF!

Tuesday, 18 August 2009



I was watching a movie on TV the other day that was in theaters a few years ago called Coyote Ugly. If you've seen it, you know it had a lot of bar scenes.

The girls in the movie would get on top of the bar and really dance. And I'm telling you, they were anything but ugly!

There was one scene where this guy had just been drinking and...drinking! The bartender finally had to tell him, "Okay, partner, you've had enough. You're cut off!"

The ladies who worked behind the bar as bartenders were downright entertaining in the way they prepared their customer's cocktails. Oh, they flipped those bottles as they poured the drinks and did all kinds of clever twists as they served up those cocktails.

There was one scene where this guy had just been drinking and drinking and...drinking! And the bartender finally had to tell him, "Okay, partner, you've had enough. You're cut off!"

And of course, that customer now drunk as he could be became very irate and began yelling and screaming at the bartender. He wanted more! But no problem. Those ladies serving the drinks could hold their own against any customer who wanted to be a problem. Whew! I guess being a bartender can sometimes be a tough job!

As I watched the movie, I started thinking. Can you imagine if they had a similar policy in restaurants? I mean, there you are, sitting at the table enjoying your bread, lacquered with butter as your server walks up to you and announces, "Uh, excuse me, Mam. But that's your second piece of bread. You're cut off!"

"You've had about five ounces of that steak already. Sorry but no more for you. I'm going to have to take the rest of it. You're cut off!"


Or you're sitting there at dinner, laughing and talking to everyone as you enjoy your juicy steak and twice-baked potato. The waitress walks over, taps you on the shoulder and says, "Excuse me, Dear. You've had about five ounces of that steak already. Sorry but no more for you. I'm going to have to take the rest of it. You're cut off!"

So okay, I know you're all probably laughing by now. But I wonder how you would react if the server in a restaurant actually did that to you. Would you be laughing then? Or would you end up irate, yelling and screaming like the guy who got cut off from any more drinks in the movie?

Well, truth is, no one should tell you when it's time to "cut off" eating your food. No one should have that authority...but you! Yes, you've got to do just that!

I know that a lot you love to eat out. But you and I both know how big the portions are at many restaurants these days, don't we?


Hey, I'm no dummy. I know that a lot you love to eat out. You love Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bob Evans and Outback Steakhouse. Oh, I know you do. But you and I both know how big the portions are at many restaurants these days, don't we?

When you order something, you know the plate's going to arrive loaded with more food than you have FoodMover windows for. You have to be the one to cut off yourself when you know you've had enough.

You can start by cutting your dinner portions in half and asking your server to bring you a doggy bag so that you can take the rest home. That way, you're staying on program and almost getting a second meal out of your dinner. How smart is that?

It's hard to sit down, face all of that food and want all that food when you know you don't need all of that food. And to be honest with you, like I said before, most restaurants these days are serving larger and larger portions of the meals we order.

When you know when to cut off the food, your stomach will get smaller. And you'll get used to eating the correct size portions you need to stay healthy while you're losing weight.

Going to someone's home for dinner can be difficult, too because they want you to enjoy all of the food they've prepared. So you have to tell your host how much food you'd like on your plate. And if there're any leftovers, tell her you'd like to take them home with you. (Believe me, your host will probably be flattered.)

When you know when to cut off the food, your stomach will get smaller, it really will. And you'll get used to eating the correct size portions your body needs to stay healthy while you're losing weight.

"Excuse me, miss. You've had two bites of that apple pie. I'm afraid you're...cut off!"

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RICHARD

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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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DAY ONE

Monday, 17 August 2009



Today is Monday...Day One. It's the beginning of a brand new week. You know nothing, really, about the new week ahead of you. Your life is like a living, breathing soap opera. You never know what the next episode of your life may bring.

On Day One of this week, I'm wondering how you took care of yourself last week.

On Day One of this week, I'm wondering how you took care of yourself last week. Did you exercise all seven days last week? What's that you said...only four days? And what? Some of you worked out only two days last week? Oh, oh!

Well, how's about your eating habits last week? Did you stay within your desired caloric range for weight-loss everyday last week? I do hope that you know by now how many calories you should be consuming daily to lose weight.

Was last week a "zippety-do-dah" kinda week for you? Were you mostly positive and did you enjoy life and being alive all week long? Did you conquer last week or was it more like a fumble? And how do you feel today?

Today, Day One of this week is...all yours! So, what are you going to do with it?

Well, whether last week was a good one or a bad one, you can't do anything about it right now. That is unless you have a time machine you can hop into and turn back the hands of time. Nope, you can't do that but one thing's for sure. Today, Day One of this week is...all yours! So, what are you going to do with it?

If you did well last week, then prove to yourself that you can do well this week, too. And if you didn't do so well last week, analyze your mistakes and put a healthy plan to work fixing those mistakes you may have made last week.

If you want yo start Day One off right, you must begin it with a healthy breakfast. Not on the run, not in the car but...at the table with a plate and utensils. Get in your oatmeal or an intelligent cereal choice. Have some fresh fruit, yogurt, maybe an Egg Beater omelet and some whole wheat toast.

When you go to work today, be sure and take your own healthy lunch. Oh...by the time you read this message, you may already be at work. So I hope you made time to prepare a healthy lunch for yourself to have this afternoon. And speaking of your lunch hour, why not use 15 minutes of it to take a brisk walk this afternoon? Put a smile on your face for the whole human race and get those arms and legs of yours moving!

You'll feel self-pride and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you did all the right things today...for you!

And remember to have a healthy dinner this evening, too. Now don't overdo it and make sure to watch those fat grams.

Which workout will you do today? Sweatin' To The Oldies 2 or maybe Party Off The Pounds? I guarantee that is you stay on program all day long today, you'll feel really good about yourself when you turn in for bed tonight.

Oh, yes. You'll feel self-pride and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you did all the right things today...for you! And something else, too. Day One today will prepare you for Day Two tomorrow, then Day Three and...

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"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Sunday, 16 August 2009



Did you know? The average human tongue has over 10,000 taste buds. (My own tongue has more like 30,000!) At a very young age, my parents cultivated my taste buds. My folks had traveled all over the world and brought home recipes that they cooked for me and my brother, Lenny. They could cook French, Italian, Spanish, German and Chinese foods with so much flair!

The average human tongue has over 10,000 taste buds.

Oh, you should have seen the two of them in the kitchen. As they were finishing up preparing one of their fabulous meals, they'd turn to Lenny and me to say, "Just wait 'til you boys taste this!"

And did we ever taste a lot of good food at our house! But it didn't end there. Seems on every corner of New Orleans' French Quarter, there was an eatery that made my taste buds just about sparkle with anticipation. So as you can see, I simply loved the taste of food because I was just raised that way. And probably, you were too!

There are three tatses I want to talk about today that really tantalize our taste buds.

There are three tatses I want to talk about today that really tantalize our taste buds. The first is sweet. And let me tell you, there was always something sweet at 926 St. Louis Street! Oh! There were candy bars, cookies, fancy pastries from the Four Seasons Bakery, mmmm! And of course, let's not forget the ice cream! (You scream, I scream...everybody screams...for ice cream!) Sweets taste so good, don't they? From the very first bite, you get that sugary little buzz from them.

The next taste is salty. We had a pair of salt & pepper shakers in our house. One pair stayed in our kitchen and you'd find the other set on our dining room table. And oh yes, that salt shaker was always a-shakin' in our house! I put salt on my eggs, fried chicken, sliced tomatoes and mashed potatoes. And when my mom and dad took us to the movies, I always got popcorn...good-old salty popcorn to entertain my taste buds as my eyes were being entertained by the movie. I can remember once salting an ear of corn on the cob. I tried so hard to get salt on every single kernel and...I did! The taste of salt really made my taste buds stand up, almost as if they were saluting!

Greasy is the third taste on my list. Being raised in New Orleans meant being raised on the taste of fried foods.

Greasy is the third taste on my list. Being raised in New Orleans meant being raised on the taste of fried foods. We fried just about everything down in the Crescent City! I mentioned the fried chicken earlier but there were also fried shrimp, fried oysters and, of course, the French fries! (Seems everything in New Orleans came with an order of French fries, even dessert. LOL!) First that smell of the greasy fried food gets into your nose and once it enters your mouth, your taste buds begin shouting..."Here comes the grease...here comes the grease!" That grease coats your tongue and makes every one of those 10,000 taste buds feel greasy, too. Ahhhh, like when you crunch into that hot onion ring, you can actually feel the grease saying hello to your throat. And it seems the more grease you taste...the more you want! So I guess you could say that the taste of grease is "contagious!"

What's on your taste buds today?

Now over the years, I've retrained my taste buds and, let me tell you, it was hard to do! Today, I don't eat a lot of sweets. I use salt hardly ever. And I limit my grease intake to once a month. And as I retrained my taste buds, guess what? I lost weight! And my taste buds get excited now about the many healthy foods I've learned to love!

So, what's on your taste buds today? Come on, we're friends...you can tell me!

Love,


RICHARD

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Coming from an Italian family, our plates always overflowed. My great grandmother lived upstairs from us and did a lot of cooking, and if we didn't eat everything on the plate there was heck to pay!! It took me a while to change that habit after I had my own family to feed. Thankfully at home I can do it. Lots of times though when we go to family's homes, the plates are heaping again!! I think I finally have the willpower and self control to minimize my portions there though!

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DID SOMEONE EAT OFF MY PLATE?

Saturday, 15 August 2009



The other day in the Clubhouse, I did a chat and the theme was...What knocks you off your weight-loss program? So many members E-mailed back to answer my question.

What knocks you off your weight-loss program?

I'd say that at least half the people who wrote admitted that they've had a hard time getting used to the portions of food they had to have on their weight-loss programs. I mean, let's face it, as kids, our foods were never really portioned out to us. Are you kidding? We got a plate for dinner and it was full...period!

And because your parents loved you so much, they gave you seconds and sometimes even third helpings. "Oh, anything for my baby because Mommie loves you so-o-o-o much!"

Yep, from the very beginning of our lives, food equaled love and that's that. But as we continued eating those same size portions of food in high school and college, something else happened. That's right, we began gaining weight! Oh, oh! Or I should say, some of us began gaining even more weight.

Every weight-loss program you looked at was based on portion sizes.


When you were a kid and eating a lot, you were also a lot more active, running around the neighborhood and playing with your friends. But as you got older, your lifestyle changed. You had more responsibilities and had to manage your time more carefully. You weren't nearly as active as you were when you were a kid, either. And...the weight came on.

Then, one day, it hit you that you were overweight or obese and really needed to lose weight! And, let's face it, every weight-loss program you looked at was based on portion sizes.

You couldn't have a ten-ounce steak but you could enjoy 4-5 ounces of steak. You couldn't have three slices of pizza but you could have one slice.

The American Diabetic and American Dietetic Associations set the bar on portion sizes decades ago.

When I first saw the smaller-sized portions I had to eat on a weight-loss program, I just about laughed. It was as if someone had already eaten off my plate! Hey, a half-a-cup of just about anything really isn't very much, ya' know.

The American Diabetic and American Dietetic Associations set the bar on portion sizes decades ago. And looking at their portion recommendations, you begin to realize that it's really amazing how much food the body doesn't need. Your body needs the right size portions of food from the six food groups. And when you stay true to those portion sizes and combine them with a dedicated exercise program, you lose weight! And you know what else? The more you learn to portion out your foods in the right sizes, the more satisfied you will be with the amount of food you eat.

Some people use smaller plates when they eat. That way, it looks like they're getting more to eat. (It's like a little trick of the eye.) Or they spread their food out on a larger plate and, again, it looks like they're getting more. Now it's hard to watch your portions when you eat out or use one of those drive-thru windows. See, you can't be as sure about your portions when you're not able to measure out your foods for yourself.

Once you learn the correct portions sizes and stick with them, you'll start falling in love with your scale because of those falling...pounds!

Years ago I created the Deal-A-Meal program to teach people all about the correct size portions to eat. Now I have the FoodMover to help you do it. And once you learn your correct portion sizes and stick with them, you'll start falling in love with your scale because of those falling...pounds!

So do you want that added help? Well, check out the FOODMOVER by clicking on this link.

And please, watch your portions today!

Love,


RICHARD

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Friday, 14 August 2009



On my last visit to New Orleans, I went to my brother and his wife Cathy's house for dinner. After dinner, Lenny brought out a small box and said to me, "Dicky, you'll never guess what I have in here."

"Surprise, I've kept all of our report cards from elementary school!"

"Uhhh, no Lenny, I probably won't," I answered.

"Well, surprise," he shouted right back to me, "I've kept all of our report cards from elementary school!"

(Gulp!) Lenny opened the box and began sorting through all of those report cards from our past. And, no surprise to me, in all of Lenny's years in elementary school, he received only one "B." The rest? Oh yes, they were all "A's"!

And, (ahem), let's just say that my own report card didn't read quite like that! LOL. But let's not talk about my grades right now, okay? Instead, what we're going to talk about today is your report card. Oh yes, in life, I guess the report cards never stop. It seems that others are constantly grading us or...we're grading ourselves.


Today, we're going to be grading ourselves in five areas of our lives. In each area where I ask you to grade yourself, you can give yourself an A, B, C, D or...the dreaded F! Hey, just like back in elementary school. Okay, ready?

The first subject is...your Health. So, how is your health? Do you visit your doctor for an annual physical? Do you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers? Have you had an EKG or treadmill test for your heart? Are you on any medications right now and do you take them regularly? Are you feeling good? Do you have lots of energy? Are you pretty healthy for your age? Or do you not even see the doctor because you're afraid of the report you may get back? When was the last time you had a complete physical? Grade yourself on your health...now.



Next subject...Eating Healthy. Do you eat three meals a day and have healthy snacks? Do you plan your meals and cook at home? Do you use measuring cups and spoons when preparing your meals? When you go out to a restaurant, do you order carefully from the menu and stay within your caloric limits? Or do you simply eat what you want...when you want? Grade yourself on your eating habits now.

Next subject is Exercise, yep...those workouts. Do you workout faithfully and I mean everyday? Do you do your cardio, stretching and strength training daily? Do you workout even when you're out of town or on vacation? Or is exercise not really a big part of your life right now? Grade yourself on your exercise ethics now.

We're not done. So don't put away those red pens yet. It's time to grade your Attitude. Where would you classify your attitude these days? Up, down...all around? Are your days spent mostly in a positive or negative mood? Do you give yourself compliments in the morning or do you just walk right past your mirror without saying anything nice to or about yourself? Do you pump yourself up everyday to get yourself going in a positive way? Grade yourself now on your attitude.

And the last subject I want you to grade yourself on is your Weight-Loss. Have you tried to lose weight? Have you lost some weight? Have you, per chance...reached your goal? Have you maintained your weight-loss for a long time? Or have you not conquered your weight-loss challenge yet? Grade yourself now on your weight-loss.

So, how'd you do? Would you give yourself a passing or failing grade overall? Are you somewhere in the middle, you know, like with a weakish C-? Well, just like when you were back in school, only you can improve your grades. Hey, I love being your teacher. But I'm counting on you to be a great student and make the Honor Roll!

And oh, by the way, did you keep all of your old report cards from school?

Love,


RICHARD

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“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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I used to order out at least 3 times a week. I save so much money now cooking from home.

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Plus most of the portions are so huge, and because they're there, we tend to eat most, if not all of it.

God does give you second chances, so embrace them!!!



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Just like Richard said...When you make it at home you know exactly what's in your food and can adjust it for your own specific dietary needs. Much healthier for you and much cheaper!!

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The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have become really good friends!!

I have blamed many different things for my weight gain, but I must admit, I am to blame. I HOLD THE FORK!!!!

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Great Thanks. It is sdo true and save you money by cooking it at home.

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller

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Richard's message is a good reminder that convinence has heavy consequences.

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TAKEOUT


Thursday, 13 August 2009



A new restaurant opened up in my neighborhood a few weeks ago and they were gracious enough to leave a menu in my mailbox. Now I don't eat out or do takeout that often but the selections on this new restaurant's menu looked pretty outstanding. So I decided to give them a try.

I ordered a house salad and pasta with meat sauce. They also delivered and after my order arrived, I took a plate from the kitchen, got some utensils and sat down to have my dinner.

Well, the salad had so much dressing on it that I could barely eat it. And it was so salty that every time I had a bite, I had to take a big gulp of water! The pasta was overcooked and the meat sauce had so much grease that simply looking at it just about gave me heartburn! The garlic bread that came with the meal had so much butter on it that the bread was barely staying together! I'm telling you, there was no use in trying to eat much of it at all. Most of that meal ended up going straight down the garbage disposal. It was greasy, salty and just full of extra calories!

What a waste of money that "dining experience" turned out to be. I could have very easily whipped up a much tastier dinner right there in my own kitchen. And I'm sure I would have been a lot more satisfied. But I got caught up in the moment and in that restaurant's menu. And you know much I love those menus!

Is takeout food really all that...convenient?


I thought about the millions and millions of Americans who eat this way every day of their lives. Oh, they have takeout for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And they do it all in the name of convenience. But is takeout food really all that...convenient?

I mean, is it convenient to gain weight even as you fill your body with all of those artery-clogging greasy foods? Is it convenient to consume all of the salt your body needs for the day in just one meal? Is it convenient to have heartburn, suffering from it all day and into the night?

Well, after that last takeout experience, I'm not taking out food anymore. I'm cooking IN! Hey, it takes just a few minutes to put a healthy salad together with a little oil and vinegar. It takes only 12 minutes to cook pasta and about 20 minutes to make the sauce. And if I want to make a little garlic bread, all I have to do is add some I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, crushed garlic, parmesan cheese and I can have that garlic bread ready in only four minutes. And I can guarantee you that my homemade meal will taste a whole lot better and cost less to make than the takeout version, too!

So how many takeout meals are you eating a day...and in a week? If you want to save money and lose weight, cook for yourself! And just think, you'll know all of the ingredients in your food and be able to make those portions just the right size for yourself, too.

Start cooking at home! You'll discover that you have a little chef inside yourself, just like me!

Love,


Richard

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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Hi all

2 yrs ago i use to do the video of Richard and i lost 67 lbas ,and i stop and gain back20 lbs
Well a couple days ago i was looking at my videos ,i must have about 20 video of Richard simmons and i relaly enjoy doing dancing exercise, i have many dvd and other video but i do not enjoy them as much at my richard video
i have slim in 6, the 10 minutes by tony Horton, and also the Turbo Jam,etc.
I let you know how i am doing with my video how about doing it with me.??
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Learning more and more about spark---Found that Richard has this daily message----so glad---will look for it--have some old Richard Simmons video's that have been sitting around for years----so glad I have them--time to use them ! Glad to be apart of this team ! Janice

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That was so great Thank you. It really made me feel better about myself. I feel like that lady most days.
I appreciate the motivation.
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That's what I love about Richard....he takes his time with people on an individual basis as well. Helping this lady by having her do the chair exercises first was a wonderful first step for her. I'm sure anyone who has gone through anything physical with their body would do well to read this message! Thanks for posting it Sandy.

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FEAR OF EXERCISE

Wednesday, 12 August 2009



There was a lady who came to class at Slimmons a few weeks ago and it was her very first visit. A couple of her girlfriends had brought her because she'd gained quite a bit of weight and was feeling really down about herself.


As I watched her working out, I felt very sad inside. She hardly did anything. She just sort of stood there moving in place for a while and after the second song began playing in class, she went to the back of the room, sat down in a chair and just watched the rest of us workout.

After the aerobics part of class was over and we were getting ready to begin our weight-training, I went over to her and gave her a big hug. I told her that I wanted to talk with her later, after class.

And after class was over, I had a chance to sit down and talk with her. She began telling me about all of the aches and pains she had to deal with on a daily basis. She told me how her lower back hurt and that she had trouble with one of her shoulders. She told me that she'd injured her knee several years earlier and that even the medications she took for the pain didn't make her feel much better.

She told me that she got up in the mornings with no energy. She'd drink several cups of coffee to help her stay awake at work. What happened to this lady is that she'd just become a ball of fear, especially when it came to exercise. She was so afraid of any kind of movement, really. She was afraid that she might end up hurting herself.


So I took her back into the studio after everyone had left class. The two of us took a seat in a chair and I gave her a little private Sit Tight class. I told her not to be afraid, to do as much she could...and that's all.

Well, I wish you could have been in that room with us to see her. She really got into it and did an excellent job working out, from her sitting position. We exercised sitting down for about 15 minutes and you should have seen the expression on her face. I really believe she surprised herself, seeing how much she could do. And I could tell from watching her eyes that she was so proud of herself.

She told me She'd be coming back to class, twice a week and was determined to overcome her fear of exercise and sweat!

What I've learned over the years is that there're a lot of people who're afraid to work out. It's often because they've suffered an injury or two which scared them into not wanting do anything to make that injury worse. Like exercise.

So, are you one of these people? Are you afraid to dance, to stretch or to really lift and work your arms and legs? Well, don't be!

If you haven't been exercising regularly, why don't you take my advice and start doing some...now!

You simply have to do what this lady did. And that is do as much as you can right now and...build from there! Oh, I promise, you will see great improvement if you'll only give yourself a chance. And, believe me, if you don't start trying to become more physically active, your physical condition will only get worse. You don't want that to happen, do you? Your bones and muscles will grow weak and you'll have no energy in your body so that you can really enjoy your life. To be honest, your fear should be of what will happen to your body if you don't work out!

If you haven't been exercising regularly, why don't you take my advice and start doing some...now! And if you want to begin with a safe, slower-paced workout done from a chair, you should consider getting yourself my workout DVD, all done from a sitting position. It's called SIT TIGHT.

Now, no fear! Get that body of yours...moving!

Love,

Richard










Edited by: 2BFREE2LIVE at: 8/12/2009 (04:30)
"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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