On when she feels at her sexiest:
“I feel sexiest when I feel comfortable, when I feel most myself, when I’m not trying to be anything other than who I am. [I love] all of it: my flaws, my shortcomings, my body parts that you’re like, ‘Well, couldn’t that be better?’ I think, especially after having kids, I go, ‘Well, the alternative is pretty bad. I’ll take me as I am.’ “
… says Melissa.
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On her weight loss:
I have (lost weight), but I’ll be back again. I’ll be up, I’ll be down, probably for the rest of my life. The thing is, if that is the most interesting thing about me, I need to go have a lavender farm in Minnesota and give this up. There has to be something more. There are so many more intriguing things about women than their butt or their this or their that. It can’t be the first question every time, or a question at all. It’s like, ‘Can you imagine them asking some of these guys I work with, ‘How do you keep your butt looking so good?’ It would be like, ‘What the f*ck are you talking about? Why are you asking about the shape of my butt?’
… says Melissa, who lost over 50 pounds in the past year.
On her new size and how she lost 50 pounds:
I actually am a 14. No trick, nothing to tell, just super boring life. You bring it real down, you don’t do anything fun and you go to bed at 7:30 — that’s the trick. (My) husband will ask, “Is it five and are you in jammies?” “I’m gonna call them loungewear.”
… says 45 year-old Melissa, who is 5’2” / 157 cm.
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On the pressures of looking a certain way:
There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what .5% of the human race looks like. It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have. With women, there’s this constant weird cultural thing where we’re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another. Who wore it best? Whose butt’s better? Instead, how about if everyone wins? How intensely boring would it be if we were all the same?
… says Melissa.
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Left: Melissa at a much higher weight in 2014.
Right: Melissa as she hosted an event this week, showing off the inspiring results of her weight loss.
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