A word on Richard Simmons...
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Richard Simmons is all over the news today because his friends are concerned about his well-being.
I remember watching Richard Simmons infomercials as a kid. His VHS tapes always looked so fun and his Food Mover program, so interesting.
While in the Army I gained a lot of weight and was the biggest I've ever been in my life. On my final day of being a soldier a higher up said to me "When an employer sees U.S. Army on a resume, they expect to see a certain kind of person.. I encourage you to do whatever you need to do to lose the weight". I agreed and then went to my car where I probably cried forever.
The next day I walked to Walmart and saw a copy of Sweatin to the Oldies. I purchased it and tried it. It was too easy!
I wrote Richard an email. I said his program was a scam; I was a soldier and if soldiery workouts couldn't make me fit, he couldn't either.
To my surprise, he wrote back.
He encouraged me to stick with it and offered me his Food Mover program, free of charge. In three months, I dropped 60 pounds off my 4'11" frame. Richard emailed me support through the entire journey.
I think of Richard Simmons as the kindest man in the world. No one has heard from him since 2013. I just hope wherever he is, he is happy and well. He is missed.