Do you hide as soon as "bathing suit season" hits? I'm not always thrilled to wear a bathing suit in public. But I'm much better at it now, and it's not because I lost weight (I didn't).
Most of my life (pretty much since I was aware that I didn't have a "skinny" body), bathing suits had been torturous. I tried to avoid the pool parties and the beach. And if it wasn't avoidable, I'd stay covered up, swimming in a t-shirt.
Eventually my mindset (and then actions) shifted. Why?
Because I got sick of sweating under a t-shirt and shorts when I was at the beach. (And they didn't make breathable SPF clothing back then.)
Because I felt more self-conscious not wearing a bathing suit from people nagging me, 'why don't you take your shirt off, why won't you come swimming, etc'.*
Because I stopped caring so much about what "they" thought of me and my body. (Also. The reality is that there's sadly almost no woman 100% confident in every part of her physical body — we're all struggling through this together on some level.)
Because I'm often around my friends/families' young girls, and they're perceptive. I don't want them to grow up feeling the same way, so I don't want to encourage or model that behavior.
Because I started to question. Why should only the "perfect" bodies get to enjoy suntans and cool breezes? And why do "they" get to decide what the perfect bodies are, anyway? F them!
Because by hiding myself in shame, I'm perpetuating those ridiculous beauty standards that our media/society at large has agreed upon.
Because I began to realize that even if I'm bumpy (cellulite) and am curvy (tummy rolls included), I don't deserve this shame.
I deserve to enjoy my summer with fun in the sun like everyone else.
And so do you.
I know you can love yourself and feel energized + vibrant, regardless of what you weigh.
Get started with a one-on-one chat. We'll talk about what you're eating and then dig deeper to your mindset. It's time to tap into what's holding you back, so you can move forward and enjoy your time in the sun!