My hubby is the best! Saturday was his birthday...he turned the "double nickles" as he calls it...and instead of making it all about him...he gave me the opportunity to go see Ali Vincent, Season Five Biggest Loser winner and the first female Biggest Loser! David loves to sit at the kitchen table and read his "papers" and he ran across a flyer from the local hospital that was hosting the Healthy Woman event at the Wharf Convention Center in Orange Beach. He saw that the guest speaker was going to be Ali Vincent. Well, let me tell you...every Tuesday evening there is a standing date for Biggest Loser at our house. We love it!!! We have watched the Biggest Loser show from the very beginning. And, yes, we know that weight loss results are not typical. Yes, we understand that all these people do from sunrise to sunset is talk, eat and sleep weight loss. We get that. But, it is soooo awesome to see how these people transform themselves. Lots and lots and lots and lots of hard work, pain, sometimes injury, sweat, tears, screaming, crying....the whole gambit. But, you listen to their stories, you feel their pain, you are right there with them. Anyway! Back to my story!
David knew I would just LOVE to see Ali...so he called and reserved two tickets for me! He said it was part of my Mother's Day gift...from the four-legged children. Man, I love my dogs! I invited my friend and co-worker, Roxie, to go with me (David didn't want to go...he said it would be all women) and we had an awesome time. We met many awesome ladies at our table and enjoyed good conversation and a nice meal.
Finally, we get to the main event....Ali Vincent!!! Man, she is a firecracker! She is upbeat and funny...and down to earth and friendly.
She spoke about how she came to gain her weight and how she felt about herself during this time and how she felt that being overweight was a buffer for her. If someone didn't like her...or she didn't get the promotion....it wasn't her they were rejecting...it was her weight. The fat was her buffer from the world. It was her excuse to not live her life. Sound familiar? It did to me.
She spoke about how she and her mother came to be on the Biggest Loser and how life-changing it was. And, just like you and I, she had to start out taking baby steps. She had to figure it out for herself and tell herself that if she could stay on that treadmill for one minute...she could do it for two minutes. And, if she could do it for two minutes....she could do it for three...and when the weight started coming off...she had to let go of her buffer and learn how to start living again. That so hit home for me on so many different levels. I have let fat be my buffer for so long. Her speech really made me reach down inside myself and understand why I feel the way I do about some things.
After Ali's speech, we had the opportunity to meet her and have pictures done and get autographs. Roxie was such a doll! She bought me Ali's book, "Believe It, Be It"! Wasn't that so sweet?! Ali signed it for me and we had our picture taken with her. And, let me tell you what! She is so toned!!! That girl works out! Can you see her arms in this picture? Awesome!
I was like a kid on Christmas morning! All giddy...not at all like my normal self...I don't think. And then, as we were leaving we got to meet Roger Schultz, runner-up on Biggest Loser Season Five. Ali beat him out...but he was at the event to support her (he is from Alabama you know!). He is super friendly and nice and was happy to let us get our picture made with him.
My hubby is just the sweetest thing for giving me this gift on HIS birthday! I think I'll keep him...at least to the next speed limit sign! Beep! Beep!