Meet Melissa. An amazing woman celebrating an incredible weight loss journey. How? By treating herself to an empowering photoshoot.
A photoshoot that ended up in our very own 40 Over Forty Magazine.
Her story is definitely one that will make you wonder what kind of people roam this world..
Are you ready?
I was not ready when Melissa was telling me this story, so have tissues handy!
Melissa has always been a bigger lady, and was happy, she thought. Until one shopping trip changed her mindset, and maybe even saved her life. Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined that this would happen.
Her lowest low was about to come while she was shopping in K-Mart. Quietly minding her own business and grabbing a few things. She slipped while browsing through the aisles, her hair stuck on to one of their hooks holding merchandise. Horrified, and scared, she was pretty much doing the splits as her feet couldn’t touch the ground because her hair was still stuck on the hook.
She was in pain, both physically and mentally.
As she didn’t have the strength to get unhooked, her hair eventually pulled through the hook and she fell to the floor, so hard that she injured her hip very badly. She then needed help to get up as she couldn’t do it on her own.
Plenty of people passed by and saw the whole ordeal happen, plenty of people stopped to look, but not only did no one help – people stood there laughing!!!
Ashamed, she asked one of the young employees to get someone to help her up, as she knew he wouldn’t be able to do it by herself.
Talk about a self esteem shattering event. You would definitely understand if she’d then gone on to hiding out at home where no one could see her, and nothing like that could happen again.
This moment could’ve taken Melissa on a downward spiral, but like the woman I know her as, she rose up instead. She told herself that nothing like that would ever happen to her again as she had a huge wake up call.
After having surgery on her hip, she also had gastric bypass surgery. But not to just take the easy way out, this inspirational lady decided to go all in and be the healthiest version of her she could be. She started walking in the water to ease into exercise, eating well and taking care of herself. She has then gone on to lose 75kgs!! At the age of 59!!
YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU SET YOUR MIND TO!
To see the woman that she is today, you would not believe what she has been through. Melissa is so full of life, fun, and bubbly with the kindest heart.
Her photo shoot was to signify the end of this weight loss/ transformational journey that she has taken herself through. She had so much fun, and brought along so many clothes – she loves buying clothes so much now! Melissa brought along such an upbeat vibe to the studio, we couldn’t help but laugh and have a ball the whole shoot.
When she came back and saw her photos, she could not believe how great she looked, how happy she looked, and how much fun she had.
” I was nervous to do the photo shoot as you have to unveil the body in front of camera… first few shots were a little daunting, but once I got the hang of it everything just fell into place… I felt amazing and beautiful… Thank you so much Vanessa for helping me get past the body issues and letting me see the real me.”
Such an inspirational woman, such a strong woman.
If you are wanting to celebrate something amazing that has turned your confidence around. Maybe a milestone birthday, or just because. Contact me here so we can have fun and create memories, while empowering you!