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Jayna Swan  Homemaker Dancer / Yogi Weightlifter / Bikini Competitor Reader /Writer Entrepreneur Life long learner with a growth mindset and crazy work ethic.

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Happy Saturday night everyone!! Painting cabinets, applying knock down to the ceiling and building furniture is on our menu for the night. Possibly along with a glass of wine and some good music. This condo is giving us a run for our money (and time) but it's turning out simply beautiful. How are you spending your #saturdaynight ? .
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Oh, and BIG Thank You to my mother who spent 5 hours out here with me this morning helping me get a bunch of stuff checked off the Todo List. I had a lot of fun spending that quality time with you and am so grateful for your help.
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#curious #whatareyouupto #datenight #houseflipping #renovation #beachcondo #vacationhome #painting #building #nsb #thepelican #afreshcoatofpaintmakeseverythingbetter #workhard #investment

When your so stressed you could cry, but you don't because there isn't enough time in your schedule for another 5 weeks to allow yourself to have a mental break down.... .
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Reminding myself daily that It's times like these when I have to dig deep that I find the most growth as a person.
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Everyday now I reach a point where I feel like quitting. A moment when I really don't think I can do anymore. I so badly want to throw in the towel, but I don't. Instead I push harder, go a little further each and everyday. Not because I have to, but because I choose to.
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Why? When I could choose to sleep in. I could cancel my workout. I could order food instead of cooking my own. I could reschedule my cleaning jobs. I could say no to helping those around me. Hell, I could very easily just drive to the beach condo and sit my ass in a chase lounge in the sun or shade to read a book or JUST SLEEP all day. But I don't. .
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Why? Because that is not my identity. I am not a quitter. I do not take the easy way out. I do not put myself before others. I am not intimidated when faced with hard work and challenge. No one said it was going to be easy, because life's not easy. That doesn't mean I don't feel it, I feel every bit of stress and anxiety the way others do. The only difference is I choose to step up to the stress and the challenge instead of backing down and looking for someone else to carry me through it. I consciously choose to carry my own weight because I know that's the only way that I will get stronger.
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My work ethic will always be my most defining characteristic. While I may not be perfect, I will always strive to be better. Even if it breaks me in the process. Because I know, once I get back up and put myself back together, I'll be even stronger the next time around.
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When my world around me starts to crumble, and someone's got to step up to be Superwoman. I ask myself one thing...Why not me? I've been told my whole life I can be anything I want to be, so I choose to be my own super hero.

Delicious! When I have to grab some food on the way out of town, yet am determined to keep it healthy I always choose @nsb_masonbar. The service, atmosphere and of course the food are always top notch. I guess we can consider this a different kind of a "carb load" today. Glad I was able to spend my one treat meal here this week. <3

"Family over everything." .
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Sometimes you have to put your dreams on hold, so that you can help someone else get closer to their dream. .
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This short term change in priorities really has me missing having full control over my time, with the ability to stay focused fully on my personal growth day in and day out. Even still I have stayed true to my training schedule and continued to keep my health a priority. It has been a struggle, but there is no excuse that will keep me out of the gym. (Even my neck injury, which is getting better by the day.)
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I also really miss having time to sit down and write my daily IG posts where I go deep into thought on a topic and hopefully spark a moment of reflection or new insight in anyone who reads them. .
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Things will be back to normal soon enough and life will flow a bit smoother again. For now I am grateful to have the freedom and ability to support my loved ones during a time of need.

It's the little things that make me fall in love with this man over and over again everyday.
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Stress has been at an all-time high here in our house hold with the unpredictable nature of this hurricane and so many properties to prepare. My partner and I have both been working non-stop to insure everyone has what they may need to feel safe and secure for the coming days.
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Meanwhile, I am also dealing with a neck injury that is causing me quite a bit of pain, stiffness and a consistent, severe head ache. (Which I plan to get addressed as soon as possible post storm) And he now has a rather sever sunburn from our Bob the Builder moment earlier this week.
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This morning he quietly slipped out of bed as he had to go into the office to get it prepped and ready, along with getting as much work done as possible before the day is over. .
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But, he didn't leave without being sure I knew I was thought of this morning. This man amazes me with how much he can handle and still go that extra mile to make me feel loved. .
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The pressure we are under on all fronts is putting a crazy amount of stress on our relationship, but we both know that if we work together and continue to put eachother first we will make it through this. It's times like these that strengthen relationships by testing them. .
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We both know that just like in the gym, the only way to grow is to take on more then we have before. It's a good thing we both enjoy a challenge. Because life is sure giving us some tough challenges.

Buy a vacation home they said... It will be fun they said...
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Well.. This wasn't quite the way I imagined I would get my first sunburn here at the condo.
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Not but a day after we closed on this oceanfront beauty, hurricane Irma was named. Unfortunately the unit didin't come with hurricane shutters and our flood insurance doesn't go into effect till Oct 1st.. So we did everything in our power today to prepare this property for this storm. .
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This project took us 7 hours non-stop, from 6:45 till 1:45, to build this thing from scratch. I am so proud of my boyfriend for heading up this project and litterally going into full blown Bob the Builder mode. We feel much more prepared now to accept our first "guest" Irma. .
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Hopefully within a week we can get back to designing, decorating and stocking our 2nd home so we can be ready to host our first vacation renters the second week of October. .
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#hurricaneirma #floridahurricane #hurricane #newowners #vacationhome #preppingforirma #fuckyouirma #sunburned #builtfromscratch #construction #diy #hurricaneshutters #sotired #exhausted

Remember, you are the captain of your own ship.

"Love is in the air, you may not be able to see it but I can certainly feel it." .
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Waking up this morning to a beautiful sunrise on the beach. Sipping coffee with the love of my life while we listen to the ocean waves crash along the shore line. I couldn't be more at peace in this moment. .
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Everything here is perfect. .
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The view. The atmosphere. The calm. The slow pace. The laughter. The love. The joy. The escape. .
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Even though I couldn't ask for more.. I know this is just the start of a whole new adventure.

I still feel like I'm dreaming... Seriously, is this real life right now? .
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We have been talking about and working towards owning our own dream vacation home for a while now. I can't believe that day is finally here. .
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This stunning view litterally took my breath away the first time I saw the listing online. Then I got so excited and overflowed with ideas of the endless possibilities when I finally walked through it. To think we had no true intention of buying this when we went to view it, but it clearly stole our hearts as I know it will for all of our guests as well.
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This is officially the start of a new chapter for me, as I set my sights on making this the most desired luxury vacation spot on the East Coast. .
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We as a couple love making lasting memories together, and now look forward to getting to helping other couples and families from across the world make memories that will last them a lifetime as well. .
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Seriously, pinch me I must be dreaming...

Here's the answer to yesterday's "Guess my weight" Game... Drum roll please..... 141.8! I had two people get within a lb which is awesome. :) I am also thankful for those who so graciously gave me such a low guess. <3
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Here's the reason why I wanted to play that game in the first place. I wanted to bring awareness to the fact that a specific number on the scale doesn't mean you are any more or less healthy. Just because you "looked good" at (insert weight loss goal here) when you were 20 something DOES NOT mean you will look just as good at that weight at this point in your life.
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You have to get this magical number out of your head. Stop thinking you have to lose (x) number of pounds to be "healthy" or at an "ideal" body weight. .
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Honestly, FUCK THE SCALE! (sorry mom)
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Instead you should be tracking how you feel, sleep, how much energy you have, how heavy you can lift, how much endurance and strength you have. I can nit stress this enough. Being "skinny/lean" doesn't always equate to sleeping better, being stronger and having more energy. Infact, I found it to be quite the opposite for ME and MY BODY. I have much more energy, strength and sleep like a baby now at 142 then I did at 116. Seriously, night and day difference. .
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What we, mostly females, need to understand is that to have a curvy and fit body we need to lift heavy. That requires eating more food to have the energy to get the most out of our sessions. We also need to have the goal of putting on muscle, not loosing fat to attain that look. That means the number on the scale is going to go up! Because muscle has mass, even more mass then fat when comparing the same amount of volume. So you can't get discouraged when the scale starts to go up. That's what we want!
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So instead of me focusing on the scale going up I am focused on my massive gains in the gym. I am hitting new records for my lifts at EVERY SINGLE workout. I have even "graduated" to using straps on back day bc my grip is giving out before my back gets fatigued as we keep upping my weight. This is something I am SUPER excited about. Progress with strength gains can only mean one thing... More muscle.
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Let's play a game...... Guess my weight.
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Yep, you read that right! I am curious as to how heavy you think I am by just looking at my IG pictures. .
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Here's my info to help you guess. I am:
- 5'5 1/2" tall - 25
- Dancer since I was 3
- Lifting consistently with an IFBB Pro for 15 months
- Squat 155
- Rack Pulls 205 (with straps)
- DB Bench Press 40s
-I had carbs yesterday
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What's your guess?
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