Wisdom from Mr. Sparkly

by Anne Bennett on February 16, 2010

rs_forkThere were hundreds and hundreds of reasons to celebrate on the Dr. Oz Show today. It was the anniversary of Dr. Oz’s 100th show; the audience was made up entirely of people who have each lost over 100 pounds, and guest Richard Simmons revealed that he has maintained his 100-pound loss for 42 years!

Richard talked about how he struggled with his obesity as a teenager, and how he went on extreme fad diets in college that nearly ruined his health. In desperation, he finally took charge of his life and began eating right and exercising. And he tearfully admitted to Dr. Oz,  “I tasted something that I had never tasted before, and it was the taste of health.”

What helped him begin the weight loss journey that eventually led to a successful career as a diet and fitness personality? Richard suggested two steps that he said are essential for losing weight.

First, you must know your self-worth. You must admit to yourself that you are worthy and that you deserve to be healthy.

Second, you must count your blessings. Despite life’s many hardships, we each have something we can be grateful for, and we should acknowledge our good fortune every single morning when we awaken.

When you can accomplish these two tasks–recognizing your worth and being grateful–Richard says you will begin to look at food differently, and you will look at yourself differently as well.

This makes a lot of sense to me. The plain truth is this: you won’t take care of yourself if you don’t think you’re worthy. Oh, you might be able to “diet” for a few months and lose some pounds, but without believing that, as the L’Oreal ad says, “you’re worth it”, you’ll eventually fall into old, self-destructive habits, gain the weight back and tell yourself that you just can’t lose weight. Unfortunately, with that attitude you’ll be right.

When you care about what happens to you, you care about all the elements that go into making you healthy. That’s when you begin to look at food differently, as fuel that can build you up rather than weigh you down. The same goes with exercise–it becomes a vehicle to make you leaner and stronger.

I’ve said this before: losing weight and keeping it off isn’t easy. Richard Simmons knows from experience that the only long-term road to success is to get on your own team, become your loudest cheer leader and believe in yourself. Sounds hokey, perhaps, but it sure has worked for him. Do you think it might work for you too?

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amy February 16, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I have always loved Richard Simmons, quirkiness and all!

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