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Had Many A Chuckle
I have had many a chuckle at some of your comments and stories but also appreciate the underlining message…I love your shot from the hip approach it's refreshing. Keep up the good work :0)
She Had Lost Her Way
I had lost my way training wise after the death of my beloved older brother and was struggling with stress and anxiety. I joined one of Richards groups and...I haven’t looked back since. I feel fitter and happier than I have in a long time and I’ve also lost inches and pounds.
What I really love about Rich is he says it like it is and he cares for his clients. I can be a bit “gung ho” when it comes to training and Rich reins that in to make sure I stay fit and uninjured. Richard has changed my life for the better and that’s no exaggeration.
Taking Less Medication
Started with Rich around 10 weeks ago, during that time and by following his advice I have lost over 3 stone(42lbs)!! Having had arthritis for very many years which resulted in a double knee replacement and taking a ridiculous amount of tablets daily for this condition I am now taking a fraction of the amount prescribed by my G.P. My G.P. can’t get over the change and is very impressed. I would certainly recommend Richard to anyone.
Not Confident After Knee Injury
You helped me a great deal after my knee injury as I was not confident in doing any exercise incase I aggravated the injury. The exercise plan you did for me was great, very simple but effective. You were also very encouraging and very good at motivating me. Thanks
Fantastic…I'm inspired as with all your emails
Motivational, inspirational, encouraging, knowledgeable, caring, fun loving, thought provoking are just a few of the words I would use to describe the huge personality that is Richard Clarke. If you decide to follow his advice you just can't go wrong. Cynthia Davies
The Greatest Bit Is Me
Having been quite seriously ill and knowing a few of the girls who have been supported by Rich, it has taken my nearly two years to join his program. (Due to ill health)
I am just coming up to my first twelve weeks, have lost weight, changed body shape but the greatest bit is me! How I feel and my mindset. Having been in a wheelchair back in October. I am back to my old self ...and have never felt happier than I do at the minute. My sessions with Richard are ...my treatment to save my life whilst having fun, through hard work with the great support from Richard covering what to eat, how to exercise tailored specifically to me. He even listens when I am I want to let off steam! What more could you ask for...
Following Motorcycle Accident
Following a motorcycle accident, Richard Clarke sped up my recovery by taking me through a rehabilitation programme. Impressed with his professionalism and knowledge, I then took part in several 3 month fitness programmes...looking back, one of the biggest benefits was how Richard analysed my diet and changed it for the good...this knowledge is priceless. Thanks Richard.
Richard Helped In So Many Ways
Richard helped me in so many ways, even though I had many ailments, he helped me to believe in myself, weight loss, his recipes are delicious, didn't feel like I was on a diet, just healthy eating, but most of all Richard is very inspiring and often if I was having a bad day you could guarantee I would walk out of the gym smiling. Thank you Richard x
I Trust Him
Ah, what can I say about 'darling Rich'.......He lights up my Tuesday evenings, and my Saturday mornings!
It's only half hour - 40 mins, and goes by like a flash. After a session with Rich I feel like my batteries have been charged...
He's such a nice guy, gives me advice, guidance and plenty of encouragement. His daily e mails are informative and fun. I have learned about nutrition and fitness. He has a wealth of knowledge.
What I particularly like is that I feel comfortable in his gym...and I trust him. He has helped me reach my goals.
Hope This Doesn’t Happen To You (or me)
I get some strange requests, some really dodgy stuff too
I was once asked to be someone’s “dominator”.
Honest I couldn’t believe it either, the money was good though (joke).
I had a request the other day to go and sit and talk with a woman in her 80’s who reads my emails.
She said she couldn’t exercise but would love to have a chat with a like minded person.
She said she needed some moral support and thought some “chat therapy”
would do her some good.
I don’t really know this lady but she has been responding regularly to my emails for over a year.
I unfortunately had to tell her I can’t charge her £75 per hour to have a chat as much as
she would like, its just not right and I’m not a councillor or anything like that.
Im not saying this lady is lonely, i don’t know her situation well enough, but it got me thinking.
It’s very sad that as we get older we are likely to become LONELY and won’t have as many people around us.
As people get older I’m told the younger generations “forget about them” or “are too busy”
to see them and spend any time with them.
(I’m guilty of this, I don’t see my Gran half as much as I should)
All this stuff reminded me of a lovely little poem I read a while back.
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian town
it was believed that he had nothing left of value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his possessions, they found this poem.
Its since spread around the world.
Cranky Old Man.
What do you see nurses? . . .. . … What do you see?
What are you thinking .. when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . .. .. . with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . .. . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . ..’ I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice . . the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . … .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . .. lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?. . Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .. you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am . .. . . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. .. . … who love one another.
A young boy of Sixteen . . . with wings on his feet,
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . .. a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . . my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. . … that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . .. And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. .. Babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . .. My wife is now dead.
I look at the future … . . . .. I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man . . . . . . … and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone .. . .. where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass .. A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . .. . . . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . .. life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . .. .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people . .. .. . . . open and see.