Weight loss is hard. It’s annoying, irritating, bothersome and takes up a tremendous amount of time. It’s also rewarding, sometimes. And it’s also necessary for me, so you can slap me with a trout now and I’ll shut up and move on. (If anyone gets that reference… plus 5 for you!)
Thankfully, I’ve recently learned that I don’t have to go through it alone. I’ve made some wonderful connections and friendships with people in real life and also in “online life” thanks to our shared struggles and accomplishments. On Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting two highly-esteemed and successful weight loss bloggers, Kenlie of All The Weigh and Alexa, The Curvy Nerd .
We gathered for dinner at the local Souplantation, me arriving frazzled and flustered 15 minutes late after somehow ending up in Inglewood instead of Beverly Hills. Los Angelenos know that those are absolutely DIFFERENT parts of town… and let’s just say only I could map something out and still end up getting lost. Both of them were so friendly and welcoming right off the bat, which helped put the voice in my head that was saying “Omg! I’m late meeting new people! Especially famous weight loss blogger people! They’re going to think I’m a total flake!” at ease.
Our conversation ran the gamut – from our history with weight loss, to the blogosphere, to Hungry Girl, to the new Points Plus system, to where we’re from, to Harry Potter, to cats, to Richard Simmons, to babies. It was surreal for me to go from the online world to the in-person world, but it was so cool to meet the faces behind the voices I’ve grown to know and love. There were a lot of laughs!
After dinner, we got Yogurtland fro yo, where I tried something new… Dragon Fruit! I believe I described it as looking like “a piece of a cut up dalmation”, and the jury’s still out on wether I liked it. It was… squishy, and kind of tasted like unripe watermelon, but not half as good as a kiwi. I’ll try it again and we’ll see what happens. After Yogurtland (And this is how I know I definitely hit it off with these girls) – we wandered into Ross. Those of you who know me know that I love my discount stores – so being able to browse the random aisles of tsotchkes and useless crap with two new friends was a lot of fun!
I get to see these awesome gals again on Thursday night, where I’ll be sweatin’ to the oldies with Richard Simmons, live in the flesh! Definitely watch for the post on that, to see how I get my groove on with The Weight Saint.
Have you met online friends in person? How was it? Who would you love to meet in person? I can think of a few more people right now!