1997 after my 200 pound loss

I had some old video’s converted into DVD recently. Some were of my last successful weight loss and the experiences I had doing infomercials and testimonials for Richard Simmons weight loss products and videos. One of the video’s was a hard hit of reality for me.  And reminded me of the grace God.

I was on the Maury show after I lost 200 pounds with several people who were various weights. The two youngest people, both under 30, were 500 plus pounds. I remember how hard it was for them to get up onto that stage. I remember that 28 years old girl on oxygen sitting on the loveseat they brought in to have her sit on. I remember being thankful my weight had not gotten that bad. They both died, the girl on oxygen died months after the show aired, and the young man who drove a taxi passed away a year or two later. I do not know about the others. I would have never believed you if you told me 5 years after that show was taped, I would weight over 500 pounds, and waste the next decade and a half isolated in my home and simply existing.

My message today is short. If you want a great life it’s there for the taking. There is not a pizza or chocolate cake in the world that is worth destroying your body for.  Life is fragile enough. Don’t let food rob you of the wonderful life that is ahead.

But we must take our health very seriously. Tomorrow is not promised. Don’t be foolish enough to think “Oh that could never happen to me!” or “I’ll just have this meal and start tomorrow”. It took me 20 years for tomorrow to come. I am sure that I am living on grace. I should have been dead long ago. But maybe I am here simply to bring the message of hope to the hopeless. Be well everyone.

Below is a link to a clip from the Maury Show I did with Richard Simmons in 1997. I appear on the last half of the clip. Thanks for viewing!~


Link to Video of Me on the Maury Show


Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. I am a Baby Boomer from Nebraska blogging my way to good health. I am single, with no children, I have a little white maltese dog named Lily. Follow my journey to lose 1 pound 300 times.

4 thoughts on “Grace

  1. Sherri

    Thank you for this post and for sharing the video. This was just what I needed. It has given me a lot to think about. God bless you!

  2. Blods

    Fantastic video, Kathy, you were so inspirational and lovely on the show and it must remind you that you CAN succeed with this weight loss battle. Well done, you’re on the right track once more, just keep on doing what you’re doing and reclaim your life. Best wishes Blods xx

    • Kathleen

      What a kind message. Thanks so much for that. I do believe the sky is the limit. The road is long but I gain more hope with every step. Take care, my friend!

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