Appearances are deceiving.
Would you believe that the most remarkable difference in these two people has nothing to do with what you can see? The biggest difference is in the way their minds work.
The tragic mistake I believe most people make when it comes to weight loss (which is the mistake I made for so many years) is that we totally neglect the hard work that needs to be done to change the MIND. The way we think informs our every decision, action, and belief. So it stands to reason that merely altering the food we put into our mouths could never be all that it takes to sustain lasting change.
When I found this photo:
I began to weep. Weep.
Doesn't it look like a mugshot? Because I was in prison. A prison in my own mind.
It doesn't have to be like this. Life is not supposed to be like this.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
The most valuable makeover I have received is the one in my thought-life. The way I think continues to be changed and renewed daily. This is the transformation that we all need desperately---and maybe don't even realize. I tried to put the before and after into a visual:
If This Girl could talk to That Girl today, she would tell her that help is on the way. This Girl would say that it IS possible. This Girl would declare that emotions have reigned for long ENOUGH! She would tell That Girl that the pain of change is worth more than she could ever imagine. This Girl would tell That Girl that she is not disgusting and that she has worth far beyond what the eyes can see. This Girl would tell That Girl there is hope. This Girl would tell That Girl to get up and start taking steps, right now.
Because That Girl is going to make it...after all.