We are NOT alone.

Yesterday was the Southern California Weight Loss Surgery Meet and Greet in Temecula, an even put on by none other than my FAVORITE blogger, “Eggface,” aka Michelle Vicari!

First of all, let me just say, I have been BEYOND excited for this event since I hit the ‘Yes’ RSVP button! It was so nice to be in a room full of people who understand the changes that I have been adapting to for the last month. In that room, the cumulative weight loss was in the THOUSANDS. Thousands of pounds lost by 50 or so people who were brave enough to make a life-changing, and maybe even life SAVING decision. If that isn’t inspirational, then what on earth is?

I met so many courageous people. A new friend named Denise, who has lost more than 200 pounds, and was not ashamed to show her bra and undie photos at 430 lbs. I am so grateful to have met her. She had a smile on her face at all times, and was kind enough to show us how far she has come. And she isn’t done yet!

I also was lucky enough to meet my “Surgery Buddy” from the Vertical Sleeve Talk forums! She walked in the door, and I KNEW it was her, by the smile on her face. She looked at me like she knew me, and it was like seeing someone that I’ve known forever. I approached her in the forums after seeing that her surgery was scheduled for the same day as mine. She has been an awesome source of support!

I met a woman named Cindy, who had WLS 9 years ago, and has come SUCH a long way, but also hasn’t completely finished her journey yet.

It is so nice to realize that these women are so close by. It was nice to complain about protein, and hear that I am definitely NOT the only one who found out that no matter what protein it is, I’ll never be a fan! Lol. One of the nicest things about the event is that even at a table full of strangers, with the exception of ever-supportive Alex, there was a connection between all of us that made communicating easy.

The highlight? Talking to the hostess herself, of course! Shelly has so much life, energy, and SPIRIT. You can read it in her blog posts, but there is just so much to be said for a person who throws an event like this. Bringing people together to celebrate their success and journey in the fight against obesity. She stopped at every table, and greeted everyone as if they were just another friend. And, in all my star-struck glory, well…you know I HAD to get a photo.

If you’d like to learn more about Shelly, and see more from the event (I’m sure she will have it in the next blog post!), then check her out at www.theworldaccordingtoeggface.com. You can also click on the badge for her site up there on the right of this post. 😉

Overall, it was a wonderful day! After the meet and greet, Alex and I headed to the Temecula Promenade and hit a few stores, went to Lucille’s BBQ for lunch/dinner (I had a piece of fried green tomato, a piece of friend pickle, and a WHOLE piece of chicken strip! WOOO!) and then we hit the movies and saw Crazy, Stupid, Love. AWESOME movie. And not just because we get to see Ryan Gosling half naked, either!

I love days like this, that just seem to put themselves together into the perfect Saturday.


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