Thursday Three: Exposed

I talked a bit about the whole Exposed movement in yesterday’s vlog post and said I would expand on it more today, with a photo (eek!). We spend a lot of time being overly critical and negative towards our bodies. Maybe you don’t like your flabby arms, your sagging tummy, or your thunder thighs. We tend to get down on ourselves because we don’t wear a certain size or are not proportioned the way we would like. It’s time to stop the self-hating.

What would it be like if we stopped wondering “what if” and “when I lose this much” and simply appreciated our bodies for what they ARE. Today. Right now. At this stage in your journey, how would it feel to say you love yourself and focus on the what your body has done for you and what it CAN do for you?

Every body has a story. Own it. Share it. CELEBRATE IT.

Here I am (deep breath):

I am far from perfect. My weight-loss journey is long and agonizingly slow. I could smother myself in the negative self-talk. I could tell you that I hate my thighs, my dimply skin, my stretch marks… but I choose not to. I have good days and I have bad days. I am REAL. I am a work-in-progress, but on this adventure I will appreciate my body for what it is at this very moment, as I will appreciate it all throughout it’s changes.

Since this is a Thursday Three post and all, I suppose I should have a list. :)

1. I love my calves. They are strong and muscular. They support me mile after mile, lunge after lunge, and squat after squat. They are getting more fabulous with every workout I do.

2. I love how it feels when I push my body further than I think it can go.

3. I love my forearms. They have big muscles and can throw jabs, hooks, and cross punches. They can lift children, sometimes two at a time. They can hug my husband, my family, and my friends.

What do you love about your body? I encourage you to Expose yourself. Really. It’s freeing and wonderful. If you just don’t feel comfortable posting a photo, then simply write about why your body is fabulous! Come back here and link up, we want to help you celebrate!

  • Karena @ Traveling Well

    I can’t believe I’m the first one to say this — Lissa, you are fabulous!!! You look amazing but, more than that, you ARE amazing, from the inside out. Thank you for the extra push I needed to finally see this through. Love you, girl!

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      Pheeeew! I was getting nervous with no comments. ;p

      Thank you so much and for doing this with me! LOVE YOU!

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      Pheeeew! I was getting nervous with no comments. ;p

      Thank you so much and for doing this with me! LOVE YOU!

  • Anonymous

    Lissa, your post was awesome, just as I knew it would be. You are a gorgeous! Love you!

  • Anonymous

    Lissa, your post was awesome, just as I knew it would be. You are a gorgeous! Love you!

  • JeninND

    You are gorgeous, Lissa! Nothing to be ashamed of there :) Hawt momma.

  • Anonymous

    I love you. Coconut bra or no, you are amazing and powerful and beautiful!

    • Karena @ Traveling Well

      Coconut bra?! And I thought the black was hot!

  • Tirah

    You’re so beautiful. You’re truly amazing on the inside and out. Thanks for doing this. I don’t know if I ever would have on my own.

  • LisaCrazyAdventuresinParenting

    Lissa, WOWWWWW Look at you, woman!!!! Not only is your post awesome, YOU? YOU look WONDERFRIGGINFUL! (And delicously curvy! Rawr!)

  • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

    Thank you for all the amazing comments, girls. Seriously. It means so much!

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely love this! You look awesome, girl!!! Way to #expose yourself, hot mama! ;)

  • Karen R Quick

    Absolutely amazing!!! I’m so glad you commented to me so I could come and find you!

  • Mish@Eatingjourney

    totally amazing. I want to thank you SO much for being a part of the movement, as I know KNOW KNOW that you’ve inspired so many others. Thank you so much for your support!!! You’re an amazing woman!

  • Kirsten

    Melissa, love you! You look fabulous! Proud and smiling. (love the purdy bra too!)

  • Brooke F

    Shrinkvivor Team Rogue strikes again. For someone who loves rules I have a hard time following them!!

  • Lisa

    What pretty ta ta’s you have : ). I am so proud of you for exposing yourself and well, I think you are absolutely stunning!

  • Fit Bee

    You Are Amazing! Thank you for doing this and opening my eyes up to loving my body for what it is and appreciating the progress we have made!!!! I did it and I cannot believe I did and i would not have done it without your inspiration!!!

  • Erin W.

    Girl, you do have some fantastic boobies! Lol! You are beautiful. Thankyou for inspiring me!

  • Pubsgal

    Lissa, you look lovely!!! And what amazing things your body has done! What an awesome, inspiring post!

    Oh, and I’m jumping in the pool with my bikini on! Kind of wish my mom had gotten my legs in there, too, because I love them dearly. Oh well!

  • Christy_TheSistherhood

    You, my dear, sweet, skanky friend – are AMAZING. Through and through. I love you. All of you!

    p.s. You’re totally a hot ass.

  • Lance

    So awesome – YOU…shining your amazing light by exposing YOU. And in that …seeing that there is just so much good…

    Keep shining!

  • Trish

    This is just awesome, I admire you! I love all the things you listed that you love about yourself! Perfection!

  • Heather

    You are amazing, woman. xo

  • Christie O.

    Lissa I am so glad you started this. i can’t stop reading all of the posts and how inspiring they all are and crying to all of them! i am afraid to do this, i admit it, i am. but now as i read them, i read yours, there is nothing but absolute beauty in all of them! I love your post so much! Thank you for doing this.

  • MelGetsFit

    OMG. I can’t believe I actually just posted an exposed blog entry.

  • Anonymous

    Girl, YOU are amazing and I still hold to the fact that we are sisters separated at birth. You inspire, encourage and challenge me daily – Not to mention how much you make me laugh – usually because you exactly what I am thinking! Love you and I am so proud of YOU and proud to call you my friend.

  • Nancy

    Awesome post and totally awesome you! You give me hope and inspiration more often than you know. XOXO

  • Foodiemcbody

    I did it, and you’re right, it IS freeing. Your pics are beautiful. I am so impressed!!!!!! I have not done a halfM yet but it’s coming soon. This community is so inspiring and awesome.

  • Anonymous

    You are fantastic. Love this. (“Bruise.” Made me laugh.)