OMG! I am so excited right now that I don't even know where to start! Today in Boston was the annual Health and Fitness Expo, this is a free expo for anyone, and they do various health screenings and have different companies giving out samples and take away gifts. I had to work both yesterday and today for work, we had a display vehicle and had a Red Sox ticket giveaway contest. Little did I know that by working today I would get to meet my biggest 'celebrity' crush ever! LOL
Today at noon on the demonstration stage at the expo Michael Ventrella, The Biggest Loser winner from Season 9 did a question and answer session and an inspirational talk. Leading up to Mike's big appearance, the expo had a zumba demonstration. I had headed over to the stage alone since my coworkers were covering our booth. I had a front row spot to meet my boyfriend Mike, which also meant I had a front row spot for Zumba. The zumba demonstration ended up turning into a 30 minute sweat-filled zumba class that only me and 3 other girls partook in. Film crews were there and I may or may not have ended up on 6pm news tonight haha, so embarrassing!
After I was a hot sweaty mess from Zumba, Mike came and there was also a surprise appearance from his mom Maria!!! He talked for about 20 minutes about the weight he has loss and his advocacy for childhood obesity. He made an important point that even he has weeks where the scale doesn't move, but he always makes sure to measure other ways other then the scale. His mom takes his measurements bi-weekly and his Dr. does a body fat analysis. When asked how often he weighed himself he answered with "the scale is the devil" haha. Sounds so much like all of us! After his speech there was an open Q & A. During this time Maria was asked what her exercise routine consisted of now, she told us that she was fortunate to not have to work right now so she has a lot of time to devote to fitness. She walks to her gym everyday which is 5 miles away and takes her an hour and half, once she is there she does 45 minutes on the elliptical, and some strength training with her trainer, and then walks the 5 miles, hour a half back home! She looked phenomenal and I think was really inspiring for the older ladies in the audience. If you watched the beginning of the Biggest Loser then you probably remember how un-coordinated and non-enthused Maria was to be on the ranch. Now she is tiny and seems so enthusiastic about life. The next question was for Mike, he was asked how his sister was doing, (the one they showed a few times on the show and was very overweight), Mike left this question for his mom to answer. Maria said her daughter is yet to lose any weight, she talked about how to lose weight you need to be mentally prepared, and in the right frame of mind, and that her daughter was simply just not there yet. I thought this was very honest, and great of them to share- its so true, losing weight is just as much a mental thing as physical! The next question for Mike was about his love life and if he had found love. He told us that he went on his first date since the show the night before with a girl from Boston. He said it was someone who had written to him while he was on the show, and that he had kept in contact with. Maria added in that him and Ashley still speak daily but as just friends.
I think that's about all that I learned today from the duo, but it truly was an amazing experience! I was so star struck that when I finally got to meet him I said "I just want to touch you" hahahaha how embarrassing. He was sweet though and gave me a hug and posed for a pic, after the pic he said make sure to upload it to facebook and tag me! I of course did it as soon as I got home!
P.S Challengers- Make sure and send me your weight today!!! xxoo