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Jayna Swan  ☆ I believe when you are living the best version of yourself, you will inspire others to live the best versions of themselves. ☆

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This hot Florida heat has me making some drastic changes.
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Step one to surviving the summer... Cut off all my hair!
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Just kidding, lol. All I did was take my extensions out. ;)
But man did it make a huge difference. All that hair was getting so hot and hard to manage. It just made things like swimming and going to the beach that much more difficult. While they were beautiful and made me feel like a queen, I am loving my short look for summer. .
#newlook #shorthairdontcare #hot #summer #timeforthebeach #loveyourself #feelinggood #silkyhair #growingitout #enjoyinglife #summertime #pooltime #life #haircut #extensions #gonefornow #newme #jaynaswan #swanacademy

Daily affirmations have an amazing ability to change your mindset over time. Look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself you are loved every morning with intention. I promise you after you get through the initial awkwardness of it all you will begin to believe it. Tell yourself you are hardworking, honest, loyal, a good friend, deserving of good things, disciplined, and most of all, that you are in control of your decisions and actions. .
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Even if you don't yet believe you have a certain quality about yourself, but would like to one day embody that characteristic. Start now. Say it to yourself over and over, day after day. You will eventually believe it and live according to that affirmation. .
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This is a powerful technique that I have used for many years. It's how I start my day every morning...
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* I am loved.
* I am wanted.
* I am needed.
* I am desired. * I am motivational.
* I am an inspiration.
* I am a role model.
* I am in control of my decisions and actions.
* I am a strong, beautiful, hardworking and caring woman.
* I am of value and my presance is needed here.
* I can do anything I set my mind to, as long as I focus and work hard.
* I am beautiful both inside and out.
* I cannot control how other's see me, only how I see myself.
* I am intelligent and knowledgeable; now use it!
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I didn't believe these qords when I fish write them down 2 1/2 years ago. But now I say them to myself in any moment that I even begin to question my worth. .
Words are extremely powerful. Learn to control them and you can become more confident then you could have ever imagined.

Over the last few years I have grown more and more to enjoy being alone. I have less of a desire to have a ton of friends around all the time. Nor do I feel the need to constantly be on my phone or out on the town doing something to keep me occupied. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy time spent with good people. It simply means I am extremely comfortable and content with who I am and could be completely happy with being left alone with nothing but my thoughts. .
I feel this is something so many people in my generation lack, because they haven't yet given themselves the chance to develop the skill. They always have to be with friends, out drinking and partying or constantly connected to their phones. I feel like this takes away their opportunity to really become fully self aware and discover who they are deep down inside. If you always have outside influence dictating what you do, where you go and why, then when do you get a chance to really stop and ask yourself what it is that YOU want. .
Taking time to get to know, as well as become great friends with the voice inside my head has become such a valuable asset to me. [Plus, after getting through the initial "awkward hello", I found we tend to agree on most everything in life.]
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I want you to really stop and consider this...Are you doing the things that you do regularly because it's something you want for yourself or is it something another person at somepoint in your life convinced you was "cool" or "acceptable" and just became a habit over time? .
If no one else was around and you had a week all by yourself to do whatever you wanted... How would you spend your time? What would you do first? Would you still drink everyday? Where would you go to eat? Would you make time for a workout? Maybe some yoga or meditation? Layout by the pool? Watch that movie you have been dying to see? Go shopping? Cook or bake some healthy treats? .
It's important you really reflect on this. With each day that passes you are choosing to spend your time in different ways with different people. Don't put your priorities on the back burner to appease someone else. You have limited time in your life. It goes by faster then you think.

Be grateful for what your body is capable of. It's the vehicle that you rely on to get you through each day. All of the physical challenges you face, it takes head on.
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Your body is unique and different, that's ok. It's built specifically for you, by you.
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It's up to you to provide your body what it needs to get the most out of it. As you will only get out of it what you put in.
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If you fuel it properly with foods that nourish you and provide clean energy, it will perform better for you then if you just eat whatever your craving or sounds good in the moment. .
You also must keep moving. A body in motion stays in motion. You can't expect to sit on your ass everyday binge watching Netflix and still have a body that looks like an athlete or bodybuilder. Let alone have a body that performs like an athlete without doing the proper training in the gym to match that. .
If you want a body at 50 & 60 that moves well, has good range of motion, strength and stability. Then you need to put in the work now and make it a habit. Start now with the intention to never stop. HIIT. Lift. Stretch. Breath. Rest. .
Get up each day, thank your body for what it already can do, feed it with an abundance of good clean nutrients and push it to it's limits physically a few times a week. .
You only get one body. Build one you can be grateful for, that will be able to do all the things you want it to do.
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#loveyourbody #fuelyourbody #unique #fitness #health

The best part about true self love and acceptance, is that once you have it you no longer need it from anyone else.
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The first step is developing a deeper level of self awareness. Audit your life, your friends, your priorities and goals. Are you taking action steps towards achieving the life you are proud of? Are you living in accordance with the person you want to become? .
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The second step is realizing that your never going to be able to please everyone. Some people will hate you for no reason at all. The sad fact is most people have a hard time watching someone else "do better" then them, so they try to drag you down by attacking your character. Recognize when this is happening, and simply pull the weed before it ruins your beautiful garden. It may be tough to cut them from your life, but it will be well worth it in the long run.
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The third step is accepting where you are, what you are and who you are. Understand that with time and hard work you can change any of it that doesn't satisfy you. You can work to change your position in life, you can work on your appearance and you can adapt to new mindsets as well as build new skills and characteristics. But you must understand that you are where, what and who you are today is based on the daily habits that you have built up until now. Only when you change those with you be able to grow, adapt and change for the better.
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The most important part is realizing that at the end of the day, you are the only person who's opinion matters. People will come and go through life like the seasons of the year. That is the natural course of things. Yet, at the end of life, the only person you will always have to live with is YOU. So become someone who makes you proud. Anyone else who accepts you along the way is just an added bonus.

Another beautiful dish at the sacrifice of a clean kitchen..
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Recipe is almost #vegan, but I used 14g of mayonnaise to help bind the sauce so .. not quite.
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Of course you can leave that ingredient out or simply use a substitute!
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The base ingredients are:
- Zucchini zoodles
- Cherry tomatoes
- Red and Green Bell Peppers
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The sauce is made with:
- Avocado
- Riced broccoli
- Riced cauliflower
- Mayonnaise
- Salted butter
- Himalayan pink salt
- Garlic - Turmeric
- black pepper
- Red chili pepper flakes
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Directions: Throw stuff in a bowl and experiment with what happens. I don't follow recipes... I just throw it together, mix flavors and see what happens. .
Oh and the actual "cooking" part.. I found if you put the sauce mixture in the microwave for 1 minute it mixes better and is nice and warm but uncooked so still mostly raw. The whole dish only needs about 1 additional minute once assembled to be ready to serve. :) The intention is to leave the dish pretty crunchy and uncooked so you can get the benefits of the nutrients and fiber the veggies contain.
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Have fun and enjoy!

Here's the thing.. My post workout shake counts as a meal for me, so I do everything I can not to waste it by just adding protein powder to water in a shaker cup. That gets old quick, doesn't taste the greatest and isn't very satisfying. So I do a few things and preparation for my gym session that helps to make sure I have an enjoyable post-workout treat that still fits my plan. .
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First, about 3 months ago I brought a Magic Bullet in to leave at the gym, as I'm there on the daily. Second, I throw a few items into my Six Pack cooler Bag that help make my shake thicker and super chilled post workout. I simply portion out one tablespoon of peanut butter, put my protein powder in a small seperate container, then fill two of my spill proof 6packbags containers, one with 8 oz of either allmond, cashew or coconut milk and the second with ice. I put the two containers in my six pack gym bag with ice packs to keep them chilled and it works perfectly. .
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This little bit of extra effort really makes a big difference in the overall outcome of the shake. Which gives me something to look forward to post workout. Especially because 99.9% of the time my protein is chocolate flavored. :) yumm..
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Otherwise, you will always let the fear of failure control your decisions in life.
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Even if it's as simple as going to a restaurant and eating a full 2-3 course meal by yourself, with one rule... You can't use your phone from the moment you sit down till the moment you leave. .
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I said it was simple. Never did I mention it being easy...
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Small victories help build the muscle, so when it's time to have a big victory you have the strength to handle it. .
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Don't let the fear of failing keep you from attaining the life you desire most. Sometimes it's only a few different decisions away. .
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No one is perfect. Everyone has their struggles. If I can help educate others through my experiences and the lessons I have learned, ultimately inspiring growth in them too, then I consider myself successful.
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Life is about continuously seeking deeper self awareness, higher levels of understanding, knowledge, growth and development to become the best possible versions of ourselves. .
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#foodforthought #lessonslearned #selfawareness #understanding #knowledge #growth #personaldevelopment #fitness #nutrition #becomingbettereveryday #selflove #failiure #success #empoweringothers #sharingmystory #writingmybook #eachday #love #writing #grateful #jaynaswan #swanacademy

Some days I miss being as lean as I was last month. Then I remember how much I struggled mentally, physically and emotionally.. That's all it takes for me to not miss it anymore and embrace my jiggle.
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A little squish and jiggle never hurt anyone. Bodyfat is not the enemy, our minds are. .
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If you think your going to feel differently and magically love yourself more once you are "skinny" or "have abs" I hate to bring you bad news, but that's not how it works. Infact, your probably going to become even more self conscious in the process and analyze yourself more and more the deeper you go. Take it from me.. I chased my goal and once I got there, I was shocked when it didn't feel like I had always imagined. .
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Granted I was more confident on that stage then I have EVER been in a bikini before, but I atribute that to the nearly 2 lbs of rhinestones I was wearing along with my killer heels. ;) It's amazing what a great outfit and good pair of heels can do for your confidence. .
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The biggest lesson I walked away from that stage with was knowing that being lean isn't going to bring me anymore joy in life. I now know I can find just as much joy simply being healthy and strong. Infact, I am way happier with myself now carrying an additional 12 lbs. <3
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Don't put off loving yourself and the skin your in till you reach a specific scale weight or "have abs". Be grateful for the amazing things your body does for you each and everyday. Embrace every inch of yourself and find peace in knowing that life is a journey. 10 years from today you will still be trying to lose that last 10-20 pounds and be chasing that feeling of fulfillment if you don't fix the root of the problem first. You have to work on your mindset and fully accept who you are first before you will experience the impact of lasting change.

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