Do you own a t-shirt with a funny or inspiring phrase on it? Clothing has always been used as a form of expression, but over the last decade or so, our duds have become quite blatant. Text is now printed directly on the chest, back or sleeves of our garments, letting the world know exactly what we think. I'm a bottom-line kinda girl, so terse t-shirt text is up my alley.
I especially enjoy searching for uniquely scripted shirts for my husband. For him, I get thrifty, as in, I visit thrift stores. Who doesn't love sorting through the racks of t-shirts arranged by color, hoping to find a one-of-a-kind gem? Alright, maybe you don't, but I'm ok with working up a sweat digging through piles of used stuff. More calories burned! Anyway, some of my husband's favorite t-shirts include one that reads, "Grillin' & Chillin'-- Hicks Family Reunion" (we're not members of the Hicks family), another promoting the "U Suck Vacuum Cleaning Vocational School," and still another emblazoned with "Tough Actin' Tinactin" in large Stencil font. All of them reflect his sense of humor and appreciation for the absurd.
I, too, have a few scripted shirts that I wear when I work out, with decidedly motivational messages. They read, "Strong is the new skinny," and "Quitting is not an option." I feel extra tough when I wear that one.
During a recent trip to T.J. Maxx (where I intended to purchase four things and left with 12! Does that qualify me as a Maxxinista...or someone with a shopping problem?), I discovered a sleeveless, white shirt in the athletic clothing section that I just HAD to have. The tank featured a large, shiny gold heart made up of the following exercise and wellness words and phrases: motivation, sweat, go, swim, believe, live your best life, cycle, smile, achieve, challenge, run, laugh, determination, dance and dream. What an amazing compilation of words, scattered in the shape representing love, set in a blingy gold design!! Totally me, right?! When I meet people while wearing this shirt, I think I'll just state my name, then point to the heart-shaped collection of words on my chest and say, "Read this and know me."
Ok, so it doesn't represent everything about me--a few words could be swapped out for, "family," "faith," "sleep," "pizza," and "bulldogs," but it's mostly spot on. As I tried the shirt on again, considering the message it would send to those who read it, I began pondering this post's Thought of the Day:
If you could design a shirt that reflected your current level of or relationship with fitness, what would it say? Instead of a heart made up of positive words, would it be a big red "X" made up of words like , "overweight, tired, pre-diabetic, depressed, hungry, embarrassed, out of breath and hypertensive"? If the message on your shirt would be negative, perhaps because you haven't been successful at weight management or diet discipline, take a look at the words again on my new shirt. Pick your favorite, be it "believe," "cycle," "dance," "sweat," or another one that motivates you, and own that as your new t-shirt message for the next month. You may have noticed that nearly all of the words are verbs--they require action. How can you embody that word such that if it were written on your chest, others would believe it? Let me know the word you chose in "Comments" below, and how you plan to live it out over the next 30 days!
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