Vulnerable Me – 1 Month Later

Wow!  What an amazing month of growth and learning about my potential and the things I still need to work on about accepting myself.

I’m stronger than I thought.  I’ve got more determination than I thought I had.  My body & my soul needed this journey more than I even knew.

I’m just going to take a moment to CELEBRATE this:


Ten pounds down.  There is one month between photo shoots.  In that one month I lost 10 lbs and 5.5″.  I worked out 3 times a week, ate 3 healthy meals & 2 healthy snacks daily.  I wasn’t starving.  Was I missing some old comfort foods?  YES!  But with my goal dangling in front of me I stuck to my healthy foods.  I didn’t even think about the QPC!

What has changed since the last shoot?  My skin has a glow that I didn’t have before.  I got to move down one belt notch!  My clothes are fitting more comfortably.  Cravings aren’t as apparent.  I’m proud!  Proud that I was consistent with my meals and workouts.  I stayed true to my Great Life.

dec-JanI feel it is important to share the other side of the coin as well.  Ugh!!  I honestly thought that doing these monthly photo shoots would get easier.  The actual shoot was easier but posting this picture is NOT easier!

I know it’s just 10 pounds and that’s a great start but remember when I said I was an instant gratification girl?  Looking at these pictures does not give me gratification.  There are so many things I see wrong in them.  So many things I want to quickly change, which is impossible.

My lesson here – ACCEPTANCE.  Accept that this is going to be a process.  Accept that I’m not perfect.  Accept that it’s going to take time to get to where I want my body to go.  Accept that in this moment I am vulnerable and uncomfortable.

In the process of learning to love myself I must look for the good in these pictures. The positives. My calves have muscle tone that wasn’t there before!  My stomach isn’t sticking out quite as far.  My waist has shrunk by 2″. There’s always my little toes and sparkly eyes I can rely on.

Dear Current Body;

Thank you for releasing 10 pounds. I am honored to be supporting the journey of health & wellness so we can be healthy, strong and climb mountains!  I will strive to feed you well and give it my 100% at our workouts. I continue to move in the direction of acceptance and love you just as you are.

Love ya girl,

Melsha xo

When I started this journey I was afraid and intimidated by the gym.  Then I met Karl of Ripple Effect Strength & Conditioning.  The work that I’vesled pull done with him has given me a new confidence in that area of my life.  I remember one of the first days I was there I had to pull a sled around.  The sled is 15-20lbs. In just one short month I’m pulling the sled around with an extra 120lbs on it!

Things are changing.  My mindset, my body and the people around me!  One of my twitter friends & I have a long standing cupcake date and when I started this journey she asked me out for salad!!  How awesome is that? I have a deep appreciation and gratitude for those who are supporting, helping and encouraging me on this journey.  Support is key!  You each have played a role and for that I say THANK YOU!

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18 Comments on "Vulnerable Me – 1 Month Later"

  1. Congrats lady! I’m so proud of you Melsha.

  2. Steve says:

    Proud doesn’t even begin to suggest what I feel! I hope to have your passion, motivation and drive one day!


  3. Lynsey says:

    So inspiring! Keep it up 🙂 🙂

  4. Look at you go! Awesome girl!!

  5. So proud of you Melsha!! Sharing your journey like this takes a lot of guts.

  6. Briana says:

    Great Work Melsha! I’m so proud of your commitment and success. xo

  7. Lori says:

    I admire you. In so many ways. This is such real work–acceptance, exposure, staying true to your path and your self. I admire you. <3

  8. Wow, Melsha – 5.5″ – HUGE accomplishment!! Well done! Cheers, lady, & keep at it! 🙂

  9. kimmie says:

    I am SOOOOOOO proud of you. This is a fantastic journey & thanks for sharing it with us. Love you & miss you everyday.

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