Ladies, today I’m speaking to you! I am sick and tired of us berating our bodies and am here today to call out to as you all to just TRY to reprogram your thought patterns. That’s what the culprit is, our thoughts. Over time we have built up negative thoughts towards our bodies which guide our self-esteem. Ask yourself, have you even looked back at a photo of yourself which was taken years ago and thought how good you looked….and yet at the time of the photo you hated the way your body looked?
That’s a simple example of how our self-perception is skewed!
Love Your Bikini Worthy Body Dammit!!
I know that I’ve done this and even as recent as last year, I felt uncomfortable in a bathing suit and NO way would you catch me in a bikini. I’ve been putting effort into my health but also into my internal thoughts towards my body.
I now refuse to let these thoughts trap me into missing out on life and the things I enjoy. I will not longer sit on the beach in an uncomfortable swimsuit dress which pinches as it “tucks” me in; I won’t run out of the pool to grab a towel before someone sees me and I most certainly won’t bypass swimming with my family because I’m ashamed!
This year I reached out to my friends at Hapari Swimwear and asked them if I could get a bikini in order to snatch the freedom of publicly loving my body. That’s what this is….freedom.
Once I dropped the horrible feeling of my perception of other people’s opinions, I felt a weight lifted. Today I’m proud to stand 5’4″ at 190 pounds in my lovely white bikini….both in my own backyard and here in the wide-open blogisphere.
I chose a comfy bikini which would allow me to swim with the girls while feeling the sun on my skin. I chose Hapari because they have a vast array of high-quality swimsuits to fit all body types, tastes and needs. The suit I am in is the Malia Bandeau Bikini Top which has underwire, adjustable hook closure and three-way strap styling which makes it super comfy. The bottoms are the Drawstring Swim Skirt with Bottom which has drawstring sides that I can adjust, nobody needs to see too much when I bend over!
I am proud to feel good about my body, because the way it looks is the least of its attributes. Perhaps it’s because I had a horrible car accident 4 years ago and have experienced horrific chronic pain, migraines and have trudged the hill of recovery for so long…but today I’m just plain grateful and proud my body is strong enough to lead me to all of life’s blessings.
Toss Aside Bad Body Image & Get Into Loving Your Body
I don’t care who you are or how big you think you are, you ARE beautiful today dammit. You are strong, capable and certainly worthy of the freedom a positive self-image brings. I have been that woman, sitting on the sidelines under the shadow of hating my body and I can tell you it SUCKS.
Today all I’m asking is that you begin to change the way you think and feel about your body. Instead of seeing saggy skin, stretch marks and scars, look at what your body does for you. Just take wee steps to begin to love yourself in every way.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love the way my bod jiggles when I am trying to swagger….but the amazing things my body is capable of far outweighs this irritation.
When I feel like eyes may be on me, judging my bikini-clad bodacious bod…I just remind myself that I’m not that important to others and frankly their opinions aren’t to me. My own comfort comes from my own opinion of me and dammit I love the skin I am in today!
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