That's one of my main goals in life, to make a difference. How? Simple. In the way people think about themselves, their weight and their lives. It's not always so easy to do. I have to work harder with some people to make them realize that their lives matter, that they're special and that they can make a difference in their own lives. So, how am I doing motivating others to make that difference? Well, let me share an Email I received the other day and I'll let you be the judge.
I weigh 224 pounds but I've wanted to be a dancer since I was in 5th grade.
Dear Richard. I'm 26 years-old and you're the only person in the world who can relate to what I'm trying to do right now. I started my own dance fitness business. But here's the interesting part. I presently weigh 224 pounds but I've wanted to be a dancer since I was in 5th grade. The big problem was my weight. I've cried myself to sleep many a night because it always seemed I was choosing food over achieving my dream. I tried so many ways to lose the weight, none of them good. Those bad solutions included attempting to starve myself, resorting to throwing up after I ate and I even considered having surgery to finally drop the weight. But one day I made the best decision of all, that I was not going to let the food win anymore.
I decided to do all I could to fight my obesity and while I was at it, to help others who struggled with their own weight to join me in this fight. That's when I decided to start my own dance fitness business. One of my goals is to encourage other women to not be embarrassed by their weight or intimidated because of their size.
I tell my students we may be big, but we're still beautiful!
I tell my students we may be big, but we're still beautiful. And yes, I may have a long way to go to reach my own weight-loss goal. I realize that others may judge me for having "the nerve" to be a fitness instructor. But I want the women in my classes to know that I'm working just as hard as them to lose this weight, once and for all. And that we're going to make this a real team effort. I want those women who've been embarrassed in the past to even walk into a gym to feel right at home when they visit my studio. By the way, your DVDs have been a great source of inspiration for me. You've always featured men and women of all sizes in your workouts and that's what I want in my dance club, too! You are my role model, Richard. I truly want to recreate what you have done.
I just wanted to say thank you for being my inspiration. You've given me hope and because of you, I want to give that same kind of hope to the women, (guys are invited, too), who come to take my classes. I hope I can make a BIG difference in this world! Thank You, Richard!
I'm betting this young lady is going to have great success in her new line of work and in making a difference.
No, I thank HER! This young lady is starting off with the same kind of attitude that inspired me to open my own exercise studio, SLIMMONS, right here in Los Angeles. With the kind of attitude she has, I'm betting she's going to have great success with her new line of work. Any of the ladies, or guys, who take her classes could not make a better choice. Hearing from people like this fabulous lady is what keeps me going. She's the kind of person who inspires me to keep doing what I do, trying to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Sounds like I've got some great help!
Are you working hard to make a difference in your life?