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RICHARD SIMMONS EXPERIENCE

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.

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Richard Simmons video shoot July 2013

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.

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Richard Simmons 65th Bday class July 2013

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Video shoot 2013, I became great friends with Francie

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My new and forever friends Susan, Joanne and Patricia

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Gerry, aka, GiGi, aka Grandma Gorgeous, a long time regular and friend of Richard. ” Doesn’t matter if you know the routine, just move” Grandma Gorgeous

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Gerry and I were made honorary members of the Guess Team

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Making friends

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Friends each class, new and old

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With Barbara and Richard

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With Richard and Tori

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One of my favorite friends Dawn, she is an inspiration. He has lost a lot of weight and kept it all off. I love her.

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Me with Dawn and Richard. Dec 21st, 2013. It was the Christmas class and my Birthday as well. I was at the 30 lb mark here.

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I adore Susan and Joanne. They are the reason I started taking classes after the video shoot. I always wanted to take his class, it was on my Hollywood bucket list. The law of attraction works.

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Group class photo. That is a former Solid Gold dancer sitting in the white tee next to me.

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Group class photo last day of Slimmons. This photo makes me smile but makes me so sad, I love all these people.

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Last class in action. That is Kristy and Joanne. My leg, lol.

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Posing one last time in front of the iconic Slimmons sign. Sigh