Remember that time I wrote about my deep love of The Biggest Loser? The sweet and strong girl in the picture in that post is Ms. Danni Allen, the winner of season 14. For someone who doesn’t watch television, I was sure into this season. I think it was because I don’t watch TV that I had some trouble separating the show from my actual life – all day before the new episodes would hit the internet, I’d have anxiety and force myself not to google what happened to Danni before I could watch it.
Fortunately for me, all that worrying was for naught – Danni survived and thrived on the show! She won, my mom and I were beyond happy for her, and then I went back to my life.
Fast forward to yesterday – I gave my Yoga for Runners clinic at the Country Music Marathon Expo in downtown Nashville and noticed the clinic schedule for the next day included the girl who’d given me my Biggest Loser anxiety for all those months!
So I came back today to meet her. I don’t really know what I expected, but the place was packed. And I thought to myself, “Oh my God – I had no idea she was famous!” Again, I don’t know what I was thinking – maybe that she was my little TV BFF and didn’t even know yet. Evidently a lot of people were thinking the same thing. But throughout the course of the crowd Q&A session, I began to see that there were more kindred spirits there.
Several people in the crowd had lost over 100 pounds. 100 pounds! I was amazed by these people – Not only Danni, but certainly including her, too – the way some seem to be amazed at celebrities. I’m just so impressed that all people have the power within them to take control of their own happiness, and we get to be around these people every day! Humans are pretty cool that way. And I’ll take a “Human-who-has-realized-his-or-her-power” sighting over a celebrity in the Paris Hilton category any old day.