Saturday, July 17, 2010
Today was one the most incredible days for me. This afternoon I got to meet The Biggest Losers first female winner Ali Vincent !
I have to say, she is the kindest, sweetest person you would ever want to meet ! Here's how it all started.
While I was reading blogs and doin my "spark thing" this morning, she was on a local news broadcast and they said she would be at Famous Footwear today signing books. Well, I already read her book that I got from the library and I didnt really want to buy one for her to sign. I already wanted to get a new pair of crosstrainers so I figured, I'd buy a pair of sneaks and if the crowd wasnt too bad, I'd get to say Hi to her and if allowed take a pic with her.
When I got to the store (after getting a little lost) I saw the line to meet her wasnt too bad so I decided to get a pair of shoes first. A nice young girl named Heather helped me with what I was looking for and when I went up the the register to pay, the girl at the register said I get a free book for being in the first 50 people who bought something. That was cool, buy some shoes, get a free book AND get to meet someone who seems totally awesome.
The line was moving pretty slow so a lady next to me in line and I started chatting. I noticed she had a 24hour fitness badge on. I told her I am a member and at which one I workout. She said she teaches aqua and some other classes and invited me to take her class. I shared SparkPeople with her and invited her to come check us out. I let her know she would not be disappointed !
The more this lady and I chatted, soon we discovered that we both work for the same corporation, she at a different location, pretty much across the street from where I work!
The lady ended up having to leave because she still needed to get to work, so I agreed to ask for Ali's autograph for her and bring it to the gym for her.
By the time It was my turn to meet Ali, I asked her if her cheeks hurt from smiling so much. She said "no, Im a smiler" (she truly is) and a hugger. She didnt shake hands. She gave every person who stepped up, a big warm hug !
I told her a little about my journey and asked her if she had ever heard of Spark People.com and she said "yes!". I told her that she has a lot of fans here and fans of the show and would be cool if she ever created an account. I told her I had occasionally visited her web page to see whats new and she apologized for not keeping up on it as much as she'd like. She said she has been very busy but asked that I be patient. Her website will be getting better she said.
She handed me two packets of her "Protein 2 Go" product which I will try in a day or so. She autographed two photos, one for me and one for the fitness instructor and here is what she wrote in my book. "Jackie, congrats on your journey and always remember, its every day for the rest of our lives. Love you, Ali Vincent FFBL" (first female biggest loser)
She is remarkable, she has that "spark" about her and she was just as chipper and fun at the end of the signings, as she was at the start.
She definately has a fan here !
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