Before there was the Biggest Loser, there was Richard Simmons (who celebrated his 62nd birthday this past week).
I know he's been spoofed, praised, mocked, and villified over the years, but more than anything he has been adored.
His philosophy is simple:
(1) Love yourself, you are worthy
(2) You can move, no matter your size
(3) Eat healthily, you need quality fuel
There is no gimmick. Everything from his videos to his Food Mover promotes these simple ideals.
I chose to write about him today because of his daily message (especially in conjunction with my W.I.D.T.H. photo). A shorter form appeared as his facebook status:
Have you tried to lose weight for your parents, your spouse or your children? Look, it's just not good enough wanting to lose weight for others. You have to look deep inside and ask yourself what will make you happy. What will put a smile on your face and add a little pep to your step?(emphasis added)
I read in so many blog/facebook/twitter messages that so many of you see dieting as this delicate balance between control, gratification, deprivation, and splurging. I read people wanting to lose weight quickly. I read people getting upset over losing only small amounts. I read people getting down on themselves because they ate something they truly wanted. WHAT GIVES!?!?
I want to say over and over again that living our lives is not this tightrope of success and failure, but it's a pursuit of happiness. And yes, I chose those words very carefully. When we choose to go down this path, it's a path of liberation, freedom, and independence from all the thoughts, feelings, and (in)actions that got us to where we were.
Richard Simmons continues in his daily message:
You have to look in the mirror and say to yourself: "I'm going to lose this weight and it has to be all about me, me...ME!" Keep filling your mind with positive thoughts about yourself and just wait 'til you see the positive things that will happen in your life!
And let me tell you something. There's so much to like about you. I mean that. You're a good person, filled with kindness. You have a good heart and you care about others. You're smart, you have a wonderful sense of humor and people really like you. Please build on those positive qualities about yourself.
Yes...I want you to get every morning liking who you are! I want you to walk up to that mirror in the morning and really like who you see. And remember, all of these positive changes in your life begin with your wanting to always please...YOU!I'm beginning to look at my body much differently now. From the grace of my ankles, to the strength of my arms, to how my belly is changing, to how strongly my heart is beating. More than being worthy of the healthy food, and the exercise, I'm finding that I'm worthy of my own body, of loving it, of it being loved. Yeah I might post self-depricating comments about myself, but I'm not yet at the point where I'm ready to toot my own horn publicly.