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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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Double-take

...you all know when you have those moments where you see something that you have to turn to glance at twice. Whether it caught you by surprise, it was worth seeing again or you second guessed REALLY seeing what you just saw...we typically call these moments "Double-takes."

When you see yourself EVERY day in the mirror, it's often hard to see the progress from now versus "then." We are our worst critics and I know I often walk away from the mirror more discouraged than encouraged by the reflection staring back at me. It's because of this twisted image I paint of myself that drowns out the memories of what I USED to look like.

Well today, I posed a challenge on Facebook to take 5 minutes out of your day to go through old photo albums and create a "split photo" displaying your progress. The response was amazing! It generated a positive atmosphere of encouragement and initiated the realization of accomplishment for several ladies I know who are pursuing their own roads to better health.

Coming home and seeing those pictures and the edifying comments that followed was one of the highlights of my day! WOW...so many messages of tears shed over the visual display of how GREAT each one of them truly is doing and having a moment to see that progress that is often overlooked or neglected from the one who deserves to celebrate it most...YOU!

June 2008 @ Juneteeth/October 2009 before "scenic photo walk."July 2008 as Maid of Honor/October 2009 Wisconsin Dells "Ladies Night Out."
October 2009 @ Sisterhood Retreat/February 2009 for friends birthday
February 2009 @ KFL benefit banquet/October 2009 in Wisconsin Dells, WI

Verse of the Day:

James 1:22-24 (NIV)
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

6 comments:

Ali Trier said...

I LOVE the scripture you post at the end of each blog. What amazes me is that you always find something that reflects PERFECTLY your own words in your blog. YAY!! = )

YOU ROCK!!!!! I am so proud of you! And so THANKFUL that God has walked us through this journey!!!!!

Thanks for sharing this. I wrote the split photo on my list of 'blogs to do'. Keep an eye out! Love you!

Janet Oberholtzer said...

Congrats on your weight loss.
Looking great!

Your commitment to this is excellent, because you just keep losing - wow. I need some of that commitment for some things in my life ... hand some over, will you :)

Tony C said...

Awesome!!!

I had several comments in church Sunday about your guest spot. There's a group meeting on Monday nights at church called 'Most Faithful Loser', and you've been an inspiration for them with your positive, Christ-centered approach to weight loss.

Looking good Mesha!

Shauna said...

seriously!!!! AMAZING! it brought tears to my eyes!! so proud of you.

Magic Brush said...

Aaaaaaaaaaamazing!

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

That is not you! OMG! You look FABULOUS!How did you make the side by side pics?