The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

~Jillian Michaels

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Give honor, where honor is due...

I'm sure each of you has been encouraged by someone in some way or another. On my weight loss journey - I've been inspired by more people than I could begin naming since I started this in February.

WHAT GOT YOU OFF THE COUCH? As incredibly blessed as I've been by the support group that I have growing LITERALLY daily - the first step started @ the end of January as I held back tears on my best friends couch watching these two strong, beautiful ladies pictured above fight adversity and push through the tough obstacles thrown their way on Season 7 of The Biggest Loser. Cathy Skell & Kristin Steede (mother/daughter) showed me that day that I'm not a lost cause and that I CAN do what it takes to lose weight without surgery as most doctors try to pawn off on anyone considered "severely obese." I still have to laugh because I watched the show completely by coincidence because I had got locked out of my house and I chilled @ my friends until my roommate got home. As it is, EVERY tuesday night during the season she watches "her show" the Biggest Loser and as an unexpected guest for the evening - I found myself watching right along with her. If I NEVER got locked out that night, I may have NEVER watched that show - she'd tried to get me to watch it for years. That night something clicked for me and my life has been absolutely CHANGED! (You can check my weight loss progress on my sidebar - updated weekly)

If you've been looking for that extra push or need a "challenge" to keep you accountable - I highly encourage you to go check out Kristin & Cathy's "Step it Up & Work it Out" challenge @ Every tuesday we post our results on Kristin's blog and we are going on Week 2 - but it's not too late to participate. Don't wait until the Biggest Loser season starts this year, those of us taking the challenge are committing to get up and active and keep our acts in check before the season begins! Why wait?

Thank you Cathy & Kristin! You ladies were a part of what has changed my life!
You DON'T want to miss it!
Verse of the Day:
Romans 13:7 (NIV)
"Give everyone what you owe him: ...if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor."


Shauna said...

They are an inspiration!! miss you in class! is the train back on the track????

Kristen said...


Laretha said...

Hey girl! Great post, great verse!

So proud of you for not just getting off the coach, but for inspiring so many others to do the same. You are an inspiration Mesha!


Janet Oberholtzer said...

Congrats on your success so far! You've come a long way in a short time - wow!

I just found your site today (saw the 100mile button on Tony C's site)
I would have joined the August challenge if I had found it sooner. Great idea to keep motivated.

I ran a full marathon and many half-marathons in my thirties, then received massive injuries in an accident at age 38. After 2 life-threatening days, my husband was told that I might live, but they don't know if I will every walk again. Well, praise God I walked 3 months later and now (5 years post-accident) run and bike again. It's been a tough recovery and living with pain and my uniquely scared leg (think shark bite) has been an adjustment. And I know that keeping active will help my body now and as I age - so this kind of challenge would be sweet. I might set a 100 mile goal for myself for Sept.

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

I am new to your blog, LOVE IT!!! I have been blogging with Michelle (former fat girl) and Betsy (Witness this Fitness) for over a year now, and saw your link on their page - you are such an inspiration!!!! Will you be doing the 100 mile challenge again? I'd love to parktake!! Thanks for a great post!

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

Mesha- the gym membership is ridiculous! I feel like an imposter!!

I look forward to the next challenge, you got this remember...every day is a NEW day!!