I began this blog and journey in July 2013. That month I was in a Richard Simmons Video, the same week this blog began. I almost skipped the video shoot, I felt fat and ashamed. Looking back on it that would have been a monumental mistake. I met Richard himself, and made wonderful friends that day.
I continued to attend his classes and I became close with many of his members, lovely people I still keep in touch with to this day. Sadly Richard stopped teaching in February 2014 and has not been seen in public since. I hope Richard is fine, and I miss him as does his members and the world. He has made such an impact on so many people by helping others, and he inspires me to try to do a little of the same. To help others is my drive.
I was so grateful to be living back in LA when it was announced Slimmons was closing for good, I was able to attend the last class. It was so amazing to be there with all the people I love from the studio in Beverly Hills. Sadly, Richard did not attend but he wrote a letter addressing his love for his staff, members and fans, and his retirement. The last photos posted are from that day in the end of 2016.