A Chance Meeting With Celebrity Helps Weight Loss Diarist Jill Sherer Murray Alter Her Body Image

I was rummaging through my office files the other day, when I came across some old posts from my Shape Magazine days. This is one of the Weight Loss Diary bonus entries I made for online readers in 2008, month eight of my twelve-month odyssey. I’d almost forgotten about this particular brush with greatness. Check it out and let me know if you remember this lady. She’s a real icon—then and now! 

A Chance Meeting With Celebrity Helps Weight Loss Diarist Jill Sherer Murray Alter Her Body Image

Last week, Ali MacGraw told me I was beautiful. I went with my friend Joan Cantwell to New Mexico for a writing conference. Before it started, we killed a few days in Santa Fe, where the star of such classic films as Love Story lives. After a Swedish massage and breakfast of egg whites and blue tortillas, Joan and I stepped into an exclusive little boutique. I immediately plucked a silk sheath dress from the 75 percent-off rack and headed for the dressing room.

There, I found Joan in the dressing room, and Ali MacGraw sitting with the owner chatting. I tried hard not to squeal, “OH MY GOD, YOU’RE ALI MACGRAW!” and instead, went quivering into an empty changing room.

When I came out (wearing a delicate earth-toned frock, black sneakers and white sweatsocks), MacGraw addressed me: “Those colors look magnificent on you! Wait, let me get you a scarf!” The salesperson moved on cue.

As I scowled at my own reflection, MacGraw continued. “Look at you, you’re beautiful!” And, for once in my life, I let myself believe it.

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Jill Sherer Murray is the founder of Let Go For It, a brand dedicated to helping individuals let go for a better life. Jill’s TEDx talk as well as her advice column, Big Wild Love: Let Go For It℠ were created in service to her loyal and growing fan base, who seek support in the act and the art of letting go for the love they desire and deserve. Follow Jill on on Twitter @letgoforit, FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.

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