Self Portrait Sunday // SWEAT

Today’s self portrait is technically a selfie. Self portrait, selfie… Same difference. My arm could pass as a tripod, right? Either way, the photos I snapped while at the gym earlier today fit perfectly with the theme of today’s post.

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A couple days ago I read Kaelene’s post about choosing a word to help her stay focused on her goals for the Fall and it made me think, “What should my word be?” After a couple minutes of pondering over bits of vocabulary, I finally decided on: SWEAT.

This Fall, I want to get back in the flow of working out consistently i.e. at least 4-5 times a week. I was on a roll with working out almost 6 days a week earlier this summer but fell off around mid-July. Since then I’ve probably only worked out 5 times in the past 7 weeks and have gained back the pounds I lost plus some.

Because I stopped working out leading up to our cruise trip, I was really self conscious about walking around in a bikini and cringe at the thought of sharing photos of myself in a bikini here on the blog since I’m not 100% happy with how I look. To be completely fair, I could care less about my big legs and booty buttcheeks, it’s my stomach and arms that I have major insecurities about.

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2 years ago, my stomach was much firmer and I even had a little bit of ab definition. Fast forward to today, I am 20 pounds heavier and my stomach is pretty damn jiggly. I used to wear fitted shirts and wear my jeans low so a little skin would show but now I purposely choose to wear loose tops and high waisted jeans so my gut doesn’t hang over when I sit down… And don’t even get me started on my arms lol.

But enough of me bashing myself (because that’s not really productive) and more on my plans to change the things that I can control. Hence my decision to choose SWEAT as my focus word for this Fall (and winter and forever on).

This Fall, I plan to SWEAT at least 4-5 times a week. This Fall, I plan to SWEAT away out the toxins/stress triggers of the day to day. This Fall, I plan to SWEAT away my fears of failure and go after the things I want to accomplish.

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^^ Did I mention that I SWEAT like a man? Because I do. I really don’t know how some women are able to get through a workout session and not look a sweaty mess like I do.

Anyways, this whole SWEAT agenda is more than about my looking good on the outside. It’s about me feeling good on the inside and I’ve found that I always feel good about myself physically and mentally after I’ve worked out. So if I want to keep the positive feelings going then I need to keep the SWEAT flowing. I’m not going to focus on the number on the scale or worry about seeing physical changes. I’m just going to focus on getting my SWEAT on.

Also, while typing this post, I’ve come to the conclusion that I should and will share the photos of myself in a bikini from our cruise trip on the blog because regardless of how I think I look, I need to own and love the body I have now before I can even begin to love the body I plan to have in the future.

If you had to choose a focus word for this Fall, what would it be?

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  • Megan

    Girl I love that you are working towards this goal and willing to share it with us! I’m sending you lots of love and encouragement! Also, I feel ya on the sweating thing. I sweat constantly and get very frustrated when some of my girlfriends hit the gym and look like they’re ready to go out for dinner afterwards. Nah, I need a shower and time to let my face go back to its normal color!

    • Thanks Megan! I need all the encouragement I can get! Glad to know I’m not the only one who get frustrated by people who don’t sweat at the gym. I guess we should blame it on our parents since I’m sure our sweating problem has alot to do with genetics haha.