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And I did a Photo Shoot (Pictures :) )

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Iíve been on this long and winding road of a journey for a while now, to be exact 2 years and 6 months give or take a few days. I have had my ups and my downs, just like every normal person who decides to empower themselves and change their life.

Iíve been very fortunate to have gained much more than I lost and by all accounts I have lost a lot. I have quite literally lost a person. I have the picture to post to prove it.



142 lbs later, Iím a new person. I truly mean that. I have been very lucky to have achieved many feats that I never even thought about putting on a bucket list. There have been 5kís and mud races, 2 half marathons, new clothes, popular blogs and now an article with a photo shoot.



How cool does that sound? Really cool, right? It is really an honor to have been chosen as a person who could inspire another person to get off the couch and put the doughnut down and finally dare to dream of a life they are scared they never can have. You know what? You can have it, but you have to do the work, sweat the sweat and make the tough choices. In the end it will be worth it.

However, I donít want to mislead you and tell you that the road ends and life becomes this perfect Disney fairy tale with happily ever after, because frankly, it doesnít.

Iím writing this today not to be a Debbie Downer but to let you know that everything you go through is normal, itís how you deal with it that will make you or break you. I have lost the weight, I am a ďnormal sizeĒ, heck some even think I am a small size. I am a size 4/6. I am smaller than I even had a goal of becoming. That doesnít make everything perfect.

Me at the shoot (self picture :))

I was nervously excited for this photo shoot and the day was really nice. I had a fabulous team. They treated me like a star. I had my own stylist who poked and prodded and clipped into the perfect fit. I had a makeup artist and hair stylist that groomed me into a woman I hadnít seen in a while and all the while they told me how great I was. I mean everyone needs a day like that. The photographer was patient with me (I am so not a natural model) and directed me into pose after pose. They all looked at the screen and told me how awesome I looked and how great the pictures were.

I walked off the set and looked at the girl on the screen and proceeded to find every fault there ever could be.

Me after the shoot

My face was round (which is ridiculous because my face is actually fairly thin)
My knees were fat.
My butt was huge.

Negative self talk proceeded. I couldnít see the success that I am, and I am a success. You see after losing that weight and working so hard, that is the one thing I wonít even allow myself to take away from me. Yesterday I couldnít find anything right with the photos. Today, I have remembered who I am and who I have become. Itís funny the makeup artist said you just changed the outsideÖ. But honestly, I changed the inside. I was never a bad person, but I wasnít the person I am now.

I am no longer scared to try. The girl that I used to be would never have allowed her start weight to be published let alone put a picture of her entire body up. This girl, no matter how scary it seems, is doing just that. The old Chelle would never think she could run, this Chelle knows that she can only get better. The old Chelle rarely finished what she started; this Chelle wonít stop until sheís done.

Donít worry about where you are going to end up and when you are going to get there; enjoy this moment that you are in. Enjoy the control, the determination that you have right this very second. Reflect on it and memorize the feeling. Now that youíve done that, when you think you need that pizza or you think you can go for the walk or do the workout, remember that feeling that you just had and do it anyway. Because you will never regret not eating the hamburger or dessert and you will probably never regret the walk. If I canít inspire you to do anything else, be inspired to believe.


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BINGOBUNNY14 6/12/2014 12:00PM

    I am amazed and you look fantastic...A true inspiration... emoticon

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LADYJ6942 7/24/2013 8:57PM

    Congrats!!!

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ARKPLE 7/23/2013 5:37PM

    I've lost 142 pounds as well. Congrats on your magazine debut and your photo shoot. You deserve every moment of the royal treatment you received. And, thanks for rallying for our friend Mandi. Best to you and all the Spies, ~~ Barbara

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TRACYZABELLE 7/15/2013 4:54AM

    as lovely as ever!

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LCDM83 7/13/2013 7:46AM

    emoticon emoticon You go girl! I'm glad you overcame that negative voice and enjoyed yourself.

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SLJ182 7/13/2013 12:33AM

    What a great job and an inspiration!! emoticon

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MAMACHAMBS 7/10/2013 9:02PM

    I am SO impressed with your journey! You have proven that it can be done. It just takes hard work and determination!

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MRSTABER 7/10/2013 1:14PM

    amazing blog!!

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GINGERHAWK 7/10/2013 9:42AM

    Awesome blog - you really have had such an amazing and inspiring journey. You rock!

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HERA22VA 7/10/2013 9:31AM

    Wow! Congrats on all your hard work and dedication! emoticon

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CLEE2830 7/10/2013 8:23AM

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 7/10/2013 8:00AM

    A well deserved treat - a PHOTOSHOOT!! And you are an inpsiration... and people WILL better their lives as a result of your story.. What an honor... So proud of you.. sooo happy for you..

Annie

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G_TWINS 7/10/2013 7:14AM

    I believe in you, I believe in me. I believe everyone can do better and be better. You just have to get out there and put it into action.

Chelle, You are a wonderful example of this! Thank you for continuing to inspire.

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LRSILVER 7/10/2013 5:13AM

    Great pictures.

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MASRITE 7/9/2013 11:33PM

    This is an awesome blog. I am so excited for you. Can't wait until the article comes out and I can read it. Those are the articles that excite me the most!!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 7/9/2013 10:10PM

    You are a rockstar! Thank you for your honesty. And for being an amazing inspiration!

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LORI3679 7/9/2013 9:10PM

    You're awesome!

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 7/9/2013 8:35PM

    So proud of you girl, you inspire me endlessly!

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LUCYLU22 7/9/2013 7:25PM

    Congrats to you, Chelle! You are truly an amazing woman, so glad to have gotten to know you along your journey! I am glad that you had a wonderful time at the photo shoot, YOU so deserve that kind of day!!!!

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Maggie is SOO very right, an inspiration to us ALL!!!

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SANDLADY48 7/9/2013 6:58PM

    You are amazing, can't wait to see the magazine! So proud to know you.

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ENCHANTEDMAMA 7/9/2013 6:37PM

    Good for you!!!

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ZOE13O 7/9/2013 5:44PM

    Great job you look amazing and are an inspiration to all!
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DIANNEMT 7/9/2013 5:42PM

    Glad the shoot was great!!

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ARUN4ONE 7/9/2013 5:11PM

    Thanks for sharing! You are very much an inspiration :D Woo Hoo!

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RUNNERJUDY 7/9/2013 4:59PM

    I was on television once and I LOVED the stylist doing my makeup & hair! Similarly, when the show aired, I could only be embarrassed by my faults. Your face is NOT fat & I'm sure your butt isn't either so let it go & enjoy your moment. You have worked so hard to get here!

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WRITINGBLUEHAWK 7/9/2013 4:51PM

    Amazing!!! Congratulations on a healthier YOU!!

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KIMI_SILVA 7/9/2013 4:21PM

    Congratulations on your amazing success! You really are an inspiration. Thank you for that.

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DOOBRIE 7/9/2013 3:59PM

    You and your daughter are very beautiful. How is the dog you took in?

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GABRIELLE42 7/9/2013 3:48PM

    You have done a great job. Congratulations on all your success. I look forward to seeing the magazine pictures.

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AGPLCANDLELADY 7/9/2013 3:46PM

    Great Job!
You look amazing!

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JERSEYGRL4EVR 7/9/2013 3:41PM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration!
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JANETRIS 7/9/2013 2:42PM

    Such brutal honesty Chelle....thanks for that! You look beautiful, and I am so proud of you for your accomplishments and for having the guts to share your story. emoticon emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 7/9/2013 2:34PM

    You have done an amazing job of setting, reaching, and surpassing your goal.

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Sonya

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 7/9/2013 2:29PM

    Your beautiful...no matter what you think. I am so proud to have gotten to know you and call you my Spark's friend.
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Joan

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MAGGIEVAN 7/9/2013 2:28PM

    Fantastic! I am so glad you enjoyed your shoot. You are an inspiration to all.

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