You don’t know me, but I want to thank you for helping me change my life – particularly my views on exercise. I’ve lost over 120 pounds which puts me right in the middle of my weight-loss journey.
When I weighed almost 400 pounds, I was nervous to go to the gym, but I went. And after only a few minutes, I was approached by a mean-spirited girl who said that if she looked like me she would give up. I held my head high even though I felt like crawling under a rock. I finished a quick workout and knew that I’d have to try something different. I tried several things then I bought “Party Off the Pounds” – my first and favorite of your workout DVD’s!
“Party Off the Pounds” at a party with friends. Yes, I did that..=)
Since then, I have also added the Sweatin’ to the Oldies collection to my fat-fighting arsenal, and through your videos I have literally been transformed! I still have over 100 pounds to lose, but I have gained the confidence to walk into a gym and complete sweat-pouring workouts on the elliptical. And I’m no longer embarrassed by my slow running pace! Instead, I’m proud of the fact that I can complete daily 5k’s and swim over a mile without stopping.
And Richard, I have you to thank for this because it all started with you and your workouts – jumping jacks that I could do without hurting myself and dances that were fun, not painful. I still “Party Off the Pounds” regularly, and last year, I made it my goal to fly to L.A. to workout with you in person. I’m happy to say that I think that time is coming soon…
You see, Richard, the last couple of weeks have been some of the hardest since beginning my weight-loss journey. I’ve been trying desperately to remind myself that I am not a failure and that I have come too far to allow mean-spirited people to sway me. I was humiliated in front of more than 100 people at an airport during a layover for my flight from Denver to New Orleans with my mother (you met her when I was a little girl at the New Orleans airport!)
Anyway, during our layover, we were singled out by airline attendants who were disrespectful and incredibly mean due to our size, telling us that we were too fat to fly home without paying for an additional seat. At 400 pounds, I purchased two seats, but after losing so much I’ve earned the right to purchase only one. I’ve lost enough that I do, in fact, fit in the seat Richard. =) But their cruelty took its toll on me last week.
It was as if my worst nightmare had come to life, and I have been working hard to get through it since it happened on Easter Sunday. After reading about my experience here on my blog, someone from Southwest called me in an attempt to make it right even though they can’t undo the damage.
In short, Richard, I have a ticket that will allow me to fly wherever I want to fly so I’ve decided to turn one of my most horrific life experiences into something amazing. I’m going to see you Richard!!!!! I called Slimmons today to see if it would be possible to pop in for a class, and it seems it will be possible! And that’s incredible!
I firmly believe that if I ever have the opportunity to meet you, that you’ll treat me with utter respect and see me as more than just an overweight girl. You see the beauty in everyone Richard, and even if I’m never lucky enough to workout with you at Slimmons, I’m still thankful for you everyday. Your videos have changed my life, and I will be forever grateful to you.
I’ve come so far, and I have a long way to go. But I want you to know that you have been an integral part of my journey, and you will continue to be a part of it. I realize that you have changed the lives of so many! Please just know that I’m so thankful that you’ve changed mine too.