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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Friday, October 2, 2009


down 10 jean sizes!!!

OFFICIAL AS OF: Sunday, September 27th, 2009
(100.8 pounds lost in 8 months)

April 2009

October 2009

AH HA....alas! That GIANT has been slain friends! As of Sunday, September 27th, 2009 - I am PROUD to announce that I have OFFICIALLY lost over 100 pounds in 8 months!!!

The reality of it all hit me the following morning as I was driving to water aerobics class and listening to worship music! GOD IS SO GOOD AND HE IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL!!! I look back over the past 8 months and when I give it thought - the eating right and working out really was NOT that's the mental part of it that's a mountain to climb.

Weight loss is like a gold mine, you dig and dig and get all dirty but after time you begin finding jewels along the way. I've learned so much spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically and each learning experience, whether good or bad - they've all served a purpose in teaching me how to succeed!

A year ago I NEVER would have thought I'd be in the place I am today! Full of joy, faith being renewed and daily finding "me." Not to mention...100 POUNDS LIGHTER!!! I have a LONG journey to still travel, but you know what friends...this is a lifestyle that never ends and I'm enjoying the ride.

NOW...onto a side note! I keep hearing people say, "I've fallen off the wagon" in reference to their weight loss journeys... My response: "Let's leave the wagon behind!" It's almost 2010, it's time to start driving fuel efficient vehicles that will last. To me the wagon is a "diet," hard to maintain, easily damaged when the road is tough and not guaranteed to last. The road I am on is a lifestyle change and although the road is surely rough, chances are less likely for me to be thrown out if I'm in a reliable CAR and not a wagon (Preferably one with seat

Go check out my girl Stacey's blog - God brings new friends into our lives at different times for different reasons and she has been a great added blessing! She featured my 100 lb milestone and her encouragement to me has been great! It's amazing having people in your life who can encourage you mentally, physically AND spiritually - she's one of them!

Miley Cyrus (better known as Hannah Montana)
The Climb

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying
"You'll never reach it"

Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going
And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on


Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It's all about, it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

Verse of the Day:

Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.


Gracie F said...

Demesha you're such an inspiration! Your journey is so incredibly moving. I love all your wise words!!!
Keep working, you look terrific!!!

My Own Two Feet said...

I really like your wagon analogy. No more wagons!

You are a rockstar and with your attitude and dedication you WILL meet any goal you ever meet.


ValleyGirl said...

Is it a little tougher to "find 'me'" now that you're so much smaller??!! Congratulations on your centenary loss!!!

I've been thinking a lot about motivation too lately (posted about it here), since I seem to have "lost" mine, but have decided that waiting for motivation is the fatal flaw for most discouraged dieters ~ motivation is a decision!!

Shauna said...

beautiful post, your a beautiful writer among a lot of other things. i am so proud of you and have been looking forward to this post for a long time. lets keep on keeping on. love ya shauna

Magic Brush said...

Wish I could do a little weight loss victory dance with you like the pastor guy used to do on this seasons Biggest Loser! Your accomplishment is so amazing and it's YOURS!!!!!!!! YOU did it (with the Lord of course). I am so happy for you! And you look fantastic!!!

Brooke said...

you are incredible!! :) congrats. of course its no surprise that we serve a God that's incredible too - blessing us beyond what we know.

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KelsSmelz said...

YAY MESHA! have fun on ur retreat. i think you have mail in ur mailbox when you get back. =) =) keep up the hard work!!!! that miley cyrus song is growing on me. good message behind it. :) love ya mesh! <3

Laretha said...

I love the wagon analogy!!! It's time to start driving fuel efficient cars!!

I am so proud of you. I am crying reading your post.

God is SO good! I am SO proud of you!

Kristen said...

sorry I have been bad at commenting!! This month and last has been SO busy but that is AMAZING!! congrats!!

Tracy said...

Thank you for this post. You are an inspiration and encouragement

tisha said...

Mesa - you're rockin' it! Wow- you've done an amazing job. I too like Miley's lyrics. Very inspiring - the song AND you.

Anonymous said...

Every time I come to read your blog - especially this post- I get teary eyed. I am so proud of you, you are SUCH an inspiration, and I wish I had the words you have to display my feelings!! You have a way with words Mesh!!