Lost 49 pounds and my doctor is still scratching his head!
Kathy Victoria, Canada
June 2, 2001 Dear Tony: I hope my letter and picture reaches you and it is used on air. I never thought I would ever purchase a piece of exercise equipment in my life! I have been overweight for many years. For the past 8 years I have been a caregiver to my dying husband. He wanted to pass away at home so I was the sole one to care for him. His illness was my illness as with any caregiver you are never away from their side. Taking care of yourself gets lost and only attended to rarely! As I help husband’s hand as he passed away in the middle of the night with just the two of us I felt like a big part of me went with him too. I was left with a feeling of being a stranger in a world I want to part of! Such a sense of loss that words cannot describe! It was his birthday on St. Patrick’s Day and he was Irish too! I sat in the living room of our home and I was having a good cry as it was the first birthday apart as to what I am to do with myself now! I then turned on the shopping channel more or less for some noise. I have seen you on there many times before as I flipped past on my channel changer. This time I started to watch and I guess I must have got the answer as to what I should do with myself next and the direction I was looking for as I ordered the Gazelle. I shocked myself! I started working on the Gazelle as soon as I received it. It was so easy to put together. I then put the tape in and started to work out. I used to walk years ago as did my husband and that is how we met. But as his health was failing I did not want to leave him behind or his side I just could not face going alone. I got chased once too so that really added to the not wanting to walk. I started working out each day for ten minutes. I LOVE it!!! I find I have to have your motivational tape on to really help me to get going. Having a personal trainer like you on the tape really helps me to stay motivated. I have lost 49 pounds and my doctor is still scratching his head! The weight is still coming down and I am just as motivated as the first day I started. I am getting into clothes I have never dreamed I would wear again as I am 51 years old. Everyone is remarking on my loss! I hope this letter and pictures helps someone else out there who has gone through a loss of a loved one to know they can bounce back and take charge even when it seems nothing matters anymore! Like you say on your tape: “YOU CAN DO IT COME ON!” Thank you so much for giving my life purpose and direction under such a sad time! I am starting to see the sun shine again! Sincerely, Kathy - Victoria - BC