I've been trying to update my "Quote of the Week" each Sunday but this week I'm updating it today. Why? Because today when I was getting dressed, I turned on the Dr. Oz show and there in all of his sparkly tank-top glory was Richard Simmons. You can see him here.
According to the numbers on the show Richard Simmons has helped people lose 3,000,000 pounds since he started his program back in the early 70's. THREE MILLION!!!! That is a lot of weight and a lot of success for a lot of people.
I admit I was tearing up as I watched him. He seems like such a genuine person. He is funny and he can laugh at himself. I know we all like to make fun of the afro, the tank-tops, and booty shorts but underneath all of that is a strong desire to help people. He has been there and knows what it is like to be overweight. He isn't a skinny super model or body builder with a workout video. He laughs and tries to make working out fun and accessible to people of all abilities. Heck, if I had a couple thousand dollars, I would be signed up for his cruise this year. How fun would that be?
If you get a chance, check out the Richard Simmons website here. You can read his daily message (today's was about crunches and push-ups) and subscribe to his monthly newsletter.
For all of the reasons above (and I am sure there are many more), I am adding Richard Simmons to my list of inspiring people.
Who inspires you?