Thursday, July 26, 2012

Top 10: A Love Letter to Tony Horton

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Dear Tony,

You recently mentioned that you like Top 10 lists.  Since I strive to bring joy to others whenever possible, I thought I would take this opportunity to share 10 reasons why I love you think you totally rock.

Before you add another restraining order to the "star-crossed lovers" pile, let me assure you that this is strictly fitness inspired.  Nothing creepy.    (Look, I even used a picture of you with your shirt on.  That wasn't easy to find.)


#10) You're not perfect. You fall over.  You go left when you should go right. You put your ears between your, um, yeah.  My entire life has been spent accepting that it's about progress, not perfection. Validation of this is always a good thing.

#9) You are always there for me. All I have to do is push play to see you smiling back at me. You don't judge. You don't laugh when my workout shorts are too tight (again). You never ask, "Where the hell have YOU been??"  I can (literally) just start right back where we left off. 

#8) You were 44 years old once.  I know this because when I did Power90 for the first time in 2003, you told me so.  I only bring it up because I am now 44 and I've been hearing your voice in my head saying, "I'm 44... bring it on, on, on, on, on, on!"  I could do the math to figure out how old you are now but I don't even care.  "I got your aging right here!"  (After-note: I recently did the DVD again and he was 42.  Whatever.)

#7) Your goofy humor makes me happy. I don't care what anyone else says; I truly enjoy all your little witticisms.   I am also known for telling painfully bad awesome jokes, using random funny accents, and sounding like I have Tourettes sharing hilarious quips.  My husband only wishes he had a DVD of my comedy so he wouldn't have to wait for the odd cocktail party to see me in action.

#6) You share my weird eating habits.  Most people are just so darned "judgy" when it comes to food choices.  It is beyond gratifying to meet incredibly fit vegetarians / flexitarians.  I am also thrilled that you started the TH Kitchen.  Not only do I wish you the very best of success but I also love having a link to send people to when they ask (insert goofy accent), "So alls ya eat is vegee-tables?"

#5) You've inspired so many other love affairs. Don't be jealous but I also have fitness crushes Teigh and Gillian. (Goddesses!!)  And Debbie. And Leandro. Oh - I'm not currently speaking to Shaun T.  The pain is still too fresh.

#4) You accept me no matter what. I've never been too fat or too fit to spend time with you. You encourage me to do what I can, as I can. There was a time when I couldn't even get through all the jumping jacks on the very first Power90 video.  Now, sometimes I try to outdo Tony 2 on P90X.  It's all good.

#3) We're actually in a love triangle: Me, You, H2O.   Thanks to you I've discovered the error of my old ways and have become a hydration evangelist.  I even created a chart that includes a place to keep track of fluid intake. "Drink your water people!"  I also love that you want more people to have access to clean drinking water.  I do too.
#2) We've had two children together.  Okay, so you're not the actual father. (Again, not being creepy.)  But, you were totally there to help me lose the 50+ lbs each time.   You motivated me to get healthy at the times in my life when I needed it most.  When everyone else (who secretly wanted me to stay fat) told me, "It's okay, you just had a baby," you told me to "Bring it!"   It was tough love at times but the more I pushed play, the better I felt.

#1) We both love soup. It may seem like a weird thing to prioritize in a relationship, but that's how much I love soup. I love makin' it and I love eatin' it. I just know you do too.

Yours truly,
PS: Since you asked, I'm stirrin' up a pot o' your circa 2008 sweet potato soup!

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Jessica said...

Love it!! Tony is great! I really enjoy the P90X workouts and would love to start them up again! Thanks for the motivation!

webb said...

We all know a good man is difficult to find, so take them where you can gwt them!

jeanksme said...

thanks for the chuckle! i have a love hate relationship with TH. this is making me feel the love again. time to let Tony H. work that magic again. i became a real slacker after serious back issues and is been hard to start over. your top10 has inspired me to take that first step.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I needed the reminder of how awesome I felt when I just hit play. I miss Tony!

Recreate and Decorate said...

Love it!
Dropping by from Serenity Now!

Clairejustine said...

Great post,thanks for joining us at welcome to the weekend hop, now following back :)

PearlMountain said...

Although it is not as wonderful love as "I love you not because who you are but because who I am when I with you", it is really WONDERFUL post. Thanks for share...

Sarah said...

I love soup! They are perfect for any weather, mood, and physical condition!

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