Even though I am not at goal yet, here are my thoughts:
1. Richard has helped me to believe in myself when life or circumstance or other people said otherwise.
2. He is truly our "cheerleader" when the going gets rough.
3. He believes in "tough love" too, I think; JUST DO IT! like the commercial (Nike) says.
4. Step by step, pound by pound it can be done.
5. For me personally, I look upon his wisdom and humor like our own personal "health guru" in the clubhouse. He has a wealth of information in here.
6.The clubhouse is a "safe harbor" for me. Although I don't get online as much as I used to, I know that this is a place of acceptance & support & many, many helping hands.
7. He is the voice of "reason" too. He knows all the latest "gimmicks" out there & he is her to teach us & guide us to a healthy & sane way to lose this weight.
8. Last but not least, through the clubhouse, he has built a network, a bridge of friends all holding hands to help each other. If this clubhouse had a "symbol", to me it is many hands holding onto each other and helping each other along.
Richard has helped me to find who I really am inside!
He has taught me how to make healthy food choices, and he taught me the benefits of daily exercise.
Because of that, I am a healthier, stronger, happier wife and mother.
I have gone from 265 pounds, to 211 pounds.
I still have more weight to lose, but I know it will come off even faster, now that I am an aerobics instructor! YES! That's right! Richard even gave me the confidence to take the challenge of teaching OTHERS at a gym. I NEVER would have dreamed I could do it!
After all the months spent using his videos, it was easy for me to get the basic moves to teach a class.
When the manager at my gym offered me the position, I went into it with the security of knowing that as long as I followed the tools Richard gave me in the videos, and the foodmover, I couldn't go wrong.
He is my inspriation and I hope to pass on his incredible advice and love to others.
Richard and the wonderful friends I have made at this clubhouse,have completely changed my life.
It's all up from here!!!
A HUGE thank you to Richard, to his staff and to all my friends here at the clubhouse.
You know I love you SO much!!!
1)How has Richard helped you?-Richard Simmons has changed my life. He has taught me to eat the correct portions of healthy food. Richard has also taught me that exercise can be fun. I think the most important thing Richard Simmons has taught me is that that loving myself was the key to loosing 87 pounds.
2) How has the Clubhouse has an impact on my life and goals?-This clubhouse has made it possible for me to get to within 8 pounds of my goal weight. The Clubhouse has shown me that I am not alone in my weight loss journey. There are so many people out there just waiting to give me a boost when I need it. With the help and good vibes I get in the clubhouse I can reach all of my goals.
3)What features do I use most regularly and why?The first thing I do in the morning is to log on to read Richard's message of the day. It is always so motivational. Its uncanny the way Richard always knows what I am struggling with and writes about it. I live on the message boards and post there every day. I get so much positive feedback on the message boards. I also use the new journal every day. It gives me a secure place for me to write about my deepest feelings where noone else can read them. I love the new Roadmap to my Success with its goal setting section. It allows me to see my goals in black and white. That is a very powerful tool.
4) How has the Community helped me-have I made new freinds? Yes Yes Yes. I have even had the chance to meet some of my fellow webbies. We have such an important thing in commom. I know I have made friends for life.
5) What would I do without this Clubhouse-One thing I know for sure is without the Clubhouse and Richard I would not weigh 137 pounds. I would still be 225 pounds and unhappy. Thanks Richard!!
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I always hated changes in my life, but since being a member of Richard's Clubhouse for the second time around, I am welcoming change and am realizing that "CHANGE IS GOOD"!
I have been struggling with my weight for 20 years because I always tried to loose the weight by myself and would always let my emotions and outside factors take over and I would loose control. Every time I lost control and let life get to me, I would gain a little bit more until I weighed 237 pounds. Then I would feel even worse about myself and those feelings of worthlessness would creep back. There were a couple times in my life that I didn't even want to keep on living. I figured everyone would be better off without me and their lives would be easier. I truly felt like I was a burden to everyone and society included. It took me 20 years of my husband and children giving me that unconditional love and therapy and Richard out there sending messages to everyone that we are worth it and that we can take action and do something to change our outlook about ourselves and life in general. Richard has helped me and my husband both to realize that we don't have to venture out on the road to health by ourselves. Richard is there to help us every step of the way and even though I have never met him in person, I know he is a very caring person and most sincere and loves everyone without conditions. I admire Richard for his great dedication to helping people feel good about who they are. He gave me the desire to try to be the same. We are worth it and we can look at life positively and we can change the way we think and feel about ourselves and life in general. Change can be great! I have lost 25.5 pounds since November 1st and my husband 9.5. We are both feeling great about the wonderful changes taking place in our bodies, thoughts and outlook towards life in general.
Through Richard's Clubhouse I have met many, many great people and our extended family has grown 10 fold! Richard has provided all the tools we need to stay motivated, eat the right foods in the right portions and how to put it all together. When I joined Richard's Clubhouse, I made goals for myself for the first time. I wrote those goals down and told everyone I knew. I knew I needed to be accountable to myself and the clubhouse helps me to do that. It keeps me wanting to be a good example to other people so they can see that "Hey, if she can do this, so can I!" I find the ability to post our journey pictures on our posts to be my most useful tool for myself and others. It is great to be able to actually see the progress of loosing weight and inches. It is great to have the visuals of the transformations happening to our bodies. The Message boards and chat rooms are probably my most used tools in Richard's Clubhouse. That is where we get to communicate with each other. That is where we can help someone else or get help ourselves for something that we are having problems with. It is a place to know that we are not the only ones on this earth who are struggling on this new journey to get healthier. This is the place we can also get a pat on the back or a trophy sent our way for doing a great job! This is where we really get to be a family. The clubhouse fills a void in my life when I am feeling lonely. I know I can come here to the clubhouse and I can get the feeling of "Being right at home"!
I have made many, many friends. JudyBean in particular. I think of her as my "ab Sister" because we both have major tummy issues going on and together we are motivating each other to work just that little bit harder to our goal of slimming down our tummies.
If the Clubhouse were not available and Richard had decided that helping people feel good about themselves just wasn't worth it, I would probably be non-existent! Or would never have come to learn to love myself and realize that only I can do something about how I feel about me!
Thank you Michael for giving me the opportunity today to write this message. I know it is lengthy, but I really didn't know how to say how I feel in just one sentence.
Thank You Richard for being the loving and creative and careing person you are! Thanks for providing the tools to make me and others feel good about us.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to give back some of what has been so generously been given to us.
Richard and this website have, literally, helped me save my life. At 232 pounds, I had dangerously high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, high cholesterol and painful arthritis. After losing 110 pounds and keeping it off for nearly 3 years, all of my health problems are gone or under control.
I love all the features of the Clubhouse. I read the Message of the Day each day, even before I eat breakfast! I love the message boards and I go into the chat rooms every day to give and get much needed support, laughs and just fun chit chat.
The Clubhouse is my heart home, my safe place. I am grateful that I've met some very special, forever friends in a place where I am understood and accepted, unconditionally. The unique support that I receive from Richard himself, and my Clubhouse family is what was missing in all my other attempts to lose weight and keep it off.
Richard, his tools and my friends in this Clubhouse have help me change forever-body, mind and soul!
Richard has helped me in so many ways. He has made me smile since I was a small child. He has proven that the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to respect yourself and live a healthy, balanced life. He still makes me laugh and he has given me a place to come and continue learning about health, friendship, and motivation.
The Clubhouse has helped me to lose the weight that I put on when I strayed from a healthy living. It has made weight loss a journey that I do not have to encounter alone. It gave me a direction in my life when I needed one the most.
The feature I use most regularly is by far the message boards. I go there throughout the day whenever I get a chance. I love that I have a place to post my triumphant moments as well as my struggles. It makes me feel so wonderful when I can give someone a kind word or a smile. I get so many in return. I always say the Clubhouse is the absolute best place on the internet. No one has ever argued with that.
We’re all one big family in our own way. I have never felt judged or put down on this website. It’s like a safe haven here. Everyday, I enjoy hearing how my fellow webbies are doing.
Have I made friends? I think so! Gosh, when you can name right off the bat over 20 people whom you converse with daily and know their individual struggles, hopes, and dreams....that really says something about the wonderful community here. Any time you need advice or just someone to “listen”, the webbies are there.
If I didn’t have the clubhouse, I would most likely have settled for living an OK life. I would have continued to make excuses for not exercising or preparing healthy meals. Now, I want a fulfilling life. I want to help others find their way to a healthy, balanced life. I want people to know that there is nothing as great as the feeling of accomplishment and happiness when you can finally complete a video, or see 5 pounds lost, or are able to climb up the stairs. You’ll have such joy.
Thank you Richard!
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How has the club house help me.
It has been a source of motivation when I had none.
It has been a source of information when I needed it,
It has been a shoulder to cry on when I needed it.
The clubhouse is Richard.
I have yo yo ing for years. 2005 was time to get serous. I was tired of being tired.
I was tired of the pain in my knees.
I wanted to be able to get on the floor and play games with my grandchildren.
With Richards help, I learned that I can do it.
I am worth it, and I am cared about.
I am now 45 pounds lighter. I started at 288.
I have no more pain in my knees. I am not tired all the time. and I CAN GET ON THE FLOOR AND PLAY WITH THE GRANDKIDS. YAAAAHOOOO.
I can even do floor excersises, my knees bend and don't groan.
THANK-YOU RICHARD. YOU ARE AN ANGEL.
THANK-YOU FOR GIVING ME MY LIFE BACK.
LOVE TO ALL AND KEEP ON LOSING
I'm a newbie here to the Clubhouse, having joined this past week. When it comes to losing weight I've started and stopped more times than I can count. This time is going to be the time I do it right and see it through to the end, because being here and reading Richard's daily messages has helped to remind me of the most important thing of all: That I am a gift. A gift that's being opened slowly day by day and pound by pound. I can't wait to see what I find inside.
How has the clubhouse helped?
"I realized I'm not alone in this journey, that people all over struggle and have achieved great strides in losing the weight, but they gain friendships and mentors to help with this Journey".
I've met Richard briefly in person got a picture taken as many others have, and will never forget that day, Richard is a real living person who truly cares and shows us that not only can we lose those pounds but also we can make a diffrence in others lives he is a true inspiration and I look up to him.
Richard and all the webbies have shown me that I not only have to exercise and eat right I have to know when to rest and say enough is enough I'm changing my life while I change my body not only have I seen a diffrence but my family and friends have and I know it's not easy but it's great when you've got Friends!!!
Thank you everyone!!!
How has Richard helped you?
Richard is the real thing. He's been where we've been. He understands the work and dedication involved in changing your body. And he truly wants us to succeed; he really cares.
How has the Clubhouse has an impact on your life and goals?
I like the Clubhouse because it's there for me 24/7. I lean on the Clubhouse every day for information, inspiration, support, pats on the back for my successes, and encouragement when I'm feeling down.
What features do you use most regularly and why?
Richard knows that permanent weight loss is a battle you win one day at a time, so he writes an inspirational message every day. It starts my day on a good note. I never miss it.
I like the journal because over time, you really learn a lot about yourself from it. It's a place where one can try to figure out life's little mysteries.
The success stories just keep coming. They tell me yes, I can believe, yes, I can be successful, and one of these days, I will be one of those success stories.
I use the message boards the most. Someone is always there to empathize, sympathize, cheer you on, help get you back on track, or just whine with you.
I really could go on and on and on... everybody has said a lot of great stuff. I'd give up a lot of things before I'd give up my Clubhouse!
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How has Richard helped you? Richard has helped me to believe in friendship. I have led a lonely life and have stayed hidden under my fat. Richard reaches upon your heart no matter what size you are and ties a ribbon around it to hold it together. He holds, not just his hands out to you, but his entire soul and hugs you till tears fall. He cares and I have never felt cared for. With his caring love, he has brought the possibilities to me that I can change in weight and in spirit. I am still working on spirit, it has been so very low and yet he is still there.
How has the Clubhouse has an impact on your life and goals? How has the Community helped you - have you made new friends? Life and goals, friends? In many respects the clubhouse has changed my life drastically in one special way. I can say I have friends -- close friends. I do not have to be so absolutely lonely, because I can run to the club house and join a chat or post something on the message boards and friends respond. The friends I have here have also stepped beyond the site and we email one another or talk on the phone. There is a family in this clubhouse -- A family that encourages, cries with you, laughs with you and inspires. As for the goal part.. I am so much still working on that.
What features do you use most regularly and why? Of course I read the "Message of the day" BUT When I first joined the club house, I was terrified to post or chat and hardly did not do so for 7/8 months. BUT I clung to the words that were "spoken" on the message boards. People are open and honest and share all matters of their life. Everyone is inspiring in their own way. From sadness to elation, from body parts to unruly pets life is shared with a "family" here in the club house. Everyone seems to listen, or put their "two cents" in and sometimes there are arguments but it seems to all work out, just like any other family. I continually read the bulletin boards.
What would you do without the Clubhouse? This is difficult to say. I have lost over 80 pounds, all the while I have been a member of this clubhouse. I know I come on the site when I feel the urge to binge and then I lose the urge. I know I come on the site when I am sad and need someone to chat with and enter the chat rooms and find some cheer. I think perhaps without the clubhouse that 80 pounds lost would probably be a memory, because old habits die hard and without the clubhouse support, I fear my habits would return.
Well that's all for now.
Doing exercise, and proper eating, with out Richard Simmons, is like trying to make a recipe without the right ingrediants.
I've gone from 238 pounds to 156 (as of today!). I still have a few more pounds to lose to reach my goal. With Richard and the Clubhouse behind me, I can't lose--or rather, I CAN lose--the excess weight! Imagine having hundreds of "cheerleaders" urging you on to success. That's what it's like in the Clubhouse. I love all aspects of it, but there are two I never miss. The first thing I do when I log on is to read Richard's "Message of the Day". It's amazing how he has the ability to zero in on issues that are difficult for us and helps us face our challenges. The next place I head for is the Message Boards. I can't wait to see what all my Webbie friends are up to. Are they happy today? Sad? Can I help them? Can they help me? The answer usually is all of the above! Every time I reach out to the Clubhouse, someone is there for me! I've lost pounds but I've "gained" so much more in the friendships and love and support that the Clubhouse provides.
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The clubhouse, Richard, and everyone here mean a lot to me. I always read Richard's daily message and go on the message boards. I get a lot of inspiration from my family here and know that I am not alone in this battle. I have had more bad weigh ins since I started in August of 2005 but after reality with the scale on Jan. 7th at 159.8 I took control of eating. My weight has been going down slow. Only had a bad time when I had microwave popcorn with cheddar cheese. Recently bought kernels that you pop on top of the stove. As of yesterday I am down to 152.4 I do wish it would come off faster but need patience. I was going on the scale everyday till my husband told me he would toss it out the window. I now weigh myself on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. That is hard for me. Without the clubhouse, Richard, and my family here I would be lost. This is a great family and I am blessed.
I’ve been with Richard and his program for three years, and a member of his website for two and a half. In that time frame, I’ve managed to lose 160 pounds and I’m still losing weight! Given the health issues that I battle and the medications that I take, this is nothing short of a miracle to me.
I can also honestly say I believe that this clubhouse saved my life. I was terribly ill at the end of 2003 and the beginning of 2004. I felt like I was going to die and found out later that my doctors thought it was a possibility, too. In fact, I was so sick that I didn’t care if I died or not. All I wanted was for it to be over.
I had been ‘playing around’ in the clubhouse up until then, but housebound and isolated, the clubhouse became a lifeline. I was too sick to interact with my real-life friends, so the bulletin boards became a place where I could write of my desperation and get a sympathetic ear. I could even express fears and feelings that my family was not prepared to listen to, let alone respond.
I would also sign into the chat rooms, too weak to sit at my computer, and announce that I was just going to lurk. Then I would turn the screen towards my bed, lie there, and watch the conversation ebb and flow before me. This went on for months.
As I slowly recovered, I could talk of my small successes... being able to walk as far as my mailbox for the first time, making my bed by myself, getting dressed and going to a doctor’s appointment on my own. And then, as I continued to recover strength and energy, starting to exercise. Being able to stand long enough to cook a meal. And so on and so on.
I don’t know what would have happened without Richard and his website. But I do know that his clubhouse provided a purpose for my existence during a very dark period of my life. That the people here who encouraged me gave me reason continue day by day.
Thank you Richard.
After one month at the Clubhouse, I can't imagine having to go it 'alone' again in the journey of losing weight. Richard's MSG of the day is a livesaver. I don't feel alone and it motivates me and keeps my eye on the prize. The message board is a great, big family and the daily experience is worth every cent.