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Sarah  Growth, Wellness, Fitness, & Self-Love. "I stand, you stand, and together, we rise the f*ck up!" Body + Love Workshop returns 9.28-9.30 to Las Vegas!

*pls read* I woke up this morning nice and early, with the intention of being really good to myself by starting the day off strong... and then I got into an Instagram hole. My feed is full of peoole taking sponsored trips, going in adventures, with perfect hair, new clothes, and overall excitment. I am so glad for them! But, I will admit, it also made me feel inferior for a moment. Yup, it happens to me too! When that happens, its time for me to open up! So here is my face, totally unedited, with all my pores visible and mg undereye circles and my messy eyebrows and my lines that remind you I'm not 25 any more. Social media is an amazing thing (after all, it allows me to talk to you!) but it can also make it really hard to maintain a grip on reality when all you see is the perfect highlights of the lives of people who are paid to be interesting, beautiful, and stylish for a living. I want to remind you that, whatever your life path is, is yours... take it. Own it. However simple, however glam, each of our lives is different and that is how it needs to be. Remember that so much of what you see on social media is literally designed that way -- with professional photogtaphers and hair and makeup and fresh outfits. I'm not knocking it, I do it on occasion too, but I want you to know your life is not less than because it is different. If other people have the gift of Beauty and Excitement to share with you, I have the gift of honesty. So, FYI, I'll be doing another hangoit real soon and talking about how to pull yourself BACK to self care when you have fallen away. I have, and my body feels it. My hair is shot, I've gained some weight, and I feel tired and lackluster from a diet that has been mostly carbs for two weeks... So is life, my loves. There is NO perfect. There is ONLY willingness to come back to our body again and again and again. Life exists beyond Instagram. Please remember that. You are enough. You are good. You are valuable. Just as you are. 🧡🧡 #selfcare #gettinghealthy #personalgrowth #selflove #weightlossjourney #motivation

I shared this message on my IG stories the other day, but I feel so passionate about it that I'm sharing it again here.
My body. My self-love. My way. At 37 years old and nearly 360 lbs, my body hurt. It's just that simple. My back was in constant low-level pain. My left knee would (literally) buckle out from under me when I stood for long periods of time or walked down the block. I woke up exhausted and I went to bed exhausted. In the dead of winter, I could still have a thin layer of sweat covering me, and the first thing I would do when I entered any room was to look for a chair.
There is no major conspiracy here, just the story of a woman who decided that she wanted more for her life. I realized, though years of failed dating, years of carrying financial debt, and years of being frustrated at work, that I wasn't as HAPPY as I wanted to be.  So I have set out to figure why... and I am working on me. But guess what? I'll be working on myself for the rest of my life in some way or another. That's life. And it's beautiful. And every day I wake up is a gift.
In case there is any doubt what I stand for, here is what I believe in. Very clearly.

1) You are never too old, too heavy, too ANYTHING to change your damn life. Feel like you are broken or scared? Guess what, so do millions of other people - you aren't alone. And you aren't weird or broken. RISE THE F*CK UP BECAUSE YOU ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT!
2) Traditional diets are bullsh*t. If you want to be healthier (whatever that looks like for you, because it is different for us all) think about your OVERALL wellness that is long-term and will ebb and flow. Take the emphasis off numbers on a scale and know that growth looks like a hundred different things. Take your "value" away from your weight (which is going to go up and down and up and down and squiggle right along in life with you) and, instead, create a FEELING in your body and in your soul.
3) Show up for life. Show up for other people. Be authentic. Laugh. Sing in the car. Tell dirty jokes. Tell people you love them. Give hugs.
4) You are enough. Just as you are. Just. As. You. Are. Just as you are.
Any questions? 🧡

Simple but effective. TRX training at @planetfitness using only my bodyweight. It doesn't have to be fancy to be badass for your body. I feel like that goes for life as well. When it comes to personal growth, sometimes the most simple things can have the most profound effect on you. Like breathing. Stillness. Quiet. Keep things simple. Just you and the process. You against yourself. Your biggest hurdle and cheerleader is inside you at the exact same time. .
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Bra from @shefitapparel #supporthegirls #selfcare #fitnessinspiration #fitness #workout

Viva Las Vegas—ahh, I mean HAMPTONS! #ad I stepped out of my style comfort zone to take Tommy Hilfiger Plus Size at @macys for a test drive. Bring on the gingham! This navy and white-checked number was one of three pieces I snagged. I imagine myself sitting on a cool, Nantucket-beach with a Cape Cod in my hand, watching a sunset while I smoosh my toes in the sand. Confession… you guys know me, I’m normally a “ripped jeans and boho dreams” kind of gal, so it was a fun challenge for me to try something totally new!  Check out the full post linked in my bio.
#macyslove and #macysplus

Eat the s'more. Life is too short not to allow yourself to enjoy things you deliciously love! Last night we sat around the fire pit in my backyard; there was no wind and it was perfect. He laughs at me because I want to start roasting as soon as the fire is lit - patience is NOT my strength. Instead, I had to sit there for an hour and wait for the fire to die down enough for there to be perfect coals with just a bit of flame. Perfect marshmallow roasting conditions... When the first marshmallow was finally ready, it was puffy and brown and gooey and it slid on that half a Hershey bar and exploded under the pressure of two grahm crackers pressed between my fingers. It was the single most delicious s'more I had ever eaten in my entire life. Good things DO take time. 🧡 #nomnomnom #metaphorforlife

Sending big birthday love to my friend @whitneywaythore who is celebrating today! Whit, happy birthday boo!! I am so grateful to have been watching you on the sidelines the last four years. You have made such an impact on people in such a short time, can't wait to see how much more you will do!! Love you! .
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📷 by @hopeleigh
#plussizebathingsuit #selflove #bodypositive #effyourbeautystandards

I'll just be over here sharing my vulnerabilities with the world online to remove the shame and fear that lots of us think we are the only ones who carry, when really lots of us are stinking scared of the same sh*t and it's totally ok. Oh yeah, and here's my back fat. I'm self-conscious of it so I'm sharing this picture with you. Because that's how we grow. We get comfortable with what makes us uncomfortable so that, one day, it feels pretty normal. One step at a time. That's how you do self-love. Remove the dhame. Be vulnerable. Get comfy being uncomfy. Rinse and repeat. #bodypositive #selflove #selfcare #personaldevelopment #personalgrowth

Rise the f*ck up, my beauties. Not tomorrow. Not the day after. Right now. Don't wait to have more time. Don't wait to weigh less. Don't wait to have a partner or a child or the "right" job. Do it right now. Because one day you will wake up and you will realize you have had enough. You have held onto the lies so long they have become truth. That your imperfections make you undesireable, that your truth makes you unlovable. They don't. We plant the reality we live in. And if we deprive ourself of food and sunlight and water... we never bloom. But if we feed ourselves with self-talk and actions that feed us, nurture us, support us... we blossom into our full beauty. We stand up to kick ass. It is OUR job, it is in OUR hands to decide how we want to live. How do you want to live? I had to see my life with clarity. I had to see how I was holding myself back, even though I never saw it. There's no shame. There is no judgment. There is just a new day, every day that we wake up. And a new day offers us a new chance. So rise the f*ck up, lovely lady. Ill stand here and cheer you on. If you rise a bit shakey, I've got your back. You aren't alone. This is a sisterhood. We stand together. So rise up. Its not easy, but its pretty damn awesome. .
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Suit from @swimsuitsforall #selfcare #selflove #bodypositive #personaldevelopment #pmmlovemybody #celebratemysize #swimsuitsforall #plussize #psblogger #beachlife #Inspiration #motivation

Totally free hangout this Thursday! People ask me all the time, how I decided to change my life. What's my story? How did I know it was time to change? What did I do first? How was I not terrified of the scale? Let's hangout and I'll tell you!! Join me for a hangout sesh this Thursday at 5:30 PDT. The only way to access the link is to sign up in advance! Click on the link in my bio to join me. I'll share with you the THREE moments it took for me to realize my life was headed in the wrong direction (yes, three.... cause I'm stubborn) and I'll also tell you the absolute FIRST thing I did when I decided to change. I'll also talk about why I believe motivation is bullshit. Yup, I said that. 😋💜 Let's do this people!!! Come hang with me!!
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📷 from @erinmarie.photos

Some days you feel like a million bucks... other days you don't. It's totally OK. Wherever you are is where you are. Feelings come and go. I'm not feeling it these last two days; I'm waiting for lady time to come, my body feels out if whack, and I have a friend in town who has a ton on his mind. I'm mellow, and staying focussed on work that needs to be done. Some days you guys get me sparkling like a glittery unicorn, other days not so much. Guess what? Its totally ok! Stop the silly beliefs that you must be perfect and perky every damn day to be worthy. Enough. You don't need to feel anything other than you feel. I promise. It's. Totally. Ok. 💜
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📷 from @hopeleigh .
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#personaldevelopment #selflove #selfcare #personalgrowth #inspiration

It's 11pm at night and I'm in bed and scrolling through Instagram. I'm on a spiral of smiling wellness and fitness bloggers who all have huge smiles and perfectly beachy hair; even the "thicker" gals max out at a size large. Their photos all flow together in a bright harmony of color and natural action shots. They are so beautiful! And I find myself wanting to identify with them, to see myself in them. I can't... and it's not their fault and there is nothing wrong with them or me. We are all unique in our own way. But I can safely say, without guile or malice, that that will never be me. It cant be. And that has to be OK! I've never been "cool" or popular. I'm a bit of an extroverted introvert. My hair always has fly-aways. I spill things on the front of my shirt, I bump into corners and laugh about it. The feeling that I have never really quite fit in fuels me to create a safe space where we ALL fit in. Where everyone gets looked in the eye. Where everyone is talked to as if they are worthwhile and valuable. Where everyone feels visible. I am just me. I am Sarah. I cannot change who I am. I can help her bloom and come to life, though! So that is what I strive to do. I don't aim to be HER (aka other women I see online) I just want to be me. The best version of me I can be. And I am grateful I get the chance to wake uo everyday to uncover a bit more of what this means.
Goodnight all! 💜
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#personaldevelopment #selflove #selfcare #personalgrowth #gettinghealthy #weightloss #weightlossjourney Suit from @lanebryant

It's Saturday night. While most folks are prepping for plans, I'm home behind the computer working on making my dreams come true. Sure, it's lonely at times. But that's the part nobody tells you about being an entrepreneur with big dreams doing it all by herself. I left job security and the traditional corporate world a few years ago when I made myself the promise that, never again, would I work harder for anyone's dream than I did my own. I'm scrappy and tenacious and maybe just a little bit crazy... I mean, you have to be just a tad bit crazy (like, good crazy) to dream big and jump without safety nets. So here I am, my big weekend "date" is me, myself, and I. And that's totally ok. Because I'm lucky enough to be able to bust my ass and hustle hard to put together an event and get to hug and hang out with YOU guys. That's pretty badass. I saw the wellness and personal growth industry was broken, so I'm going to fix it. Who's with me? Self love belongs to everyone. Personal development belongs to everyone. Wellness is personal and is a concept that people of all sizes, shapes, and colors should be empowered to discover for themselves. Remember, I stand, you stand... and together, we rise the f*ck up! FYI tickets for my second Body + Love Workshop will go on early bird sale on May 1st!! Returning attendees and members of Rise Up With Sarah will enjoy an extra discount. Counting down the days... Now, back to busting ass on making these dreams come true. 💜

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