Well I did it. But I have to tell you, as I was uploading the photos of me....no make up, slightly overweight, and just feeling especially frumpy and chunky...I heard the lies screaming in my head. (Photos posted on the right side of this page) "People will say, 'OMGsh, look at how much weight Melissa has gained! She just lost it all last year, what happened to her?' 'Melissa, you really do look thick, just look at Shamu and Namu...no not the whales, your thighs.' 'And there's that beautiful chin zit..do you really think anyone will want you to speak at their event with Mt. Zitsky ever present?' 'Even the make up doesn't cover the face fat. You look like a moon pie with a smile.' 'What a loser. You just can't seem to gain control over this area of your life. And you are ugly.'" I could go on and on, but you get it. I am very self conscience about posting these photos. But I truly believe we have to get serious and be honest with our struggles. I know the thoughts above are not true. I know in my heart that I am beautiful and the scales and my outward appearance don't determine beauty. I know it. I believe it. I am becoming intentional on my thoughts reflecting it. So, I say, "Get out of my head you pirate! You are not going to steal my treasure today!"
This is a journey. A journey takes time. It can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding.
I'll close with one of my favorite verses from the Bible. 1 Samuel 16:7b- "....Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at heart."
Bless Your Heart,