I struggled over picking out a bathing suit this year. I wasn't into the "tenee" bikini, and the "mom" tankini was not doing it for me either. I walked into Target and off I went into the maze of swimsuit land. I picked up a few, thought about the random "openings" and strings, and pictured how my rolls would look underneath, shaking my head, and then angrily putting them back. Then I started thinking... "why do I care so much?" I mean, don't get me wrong, there is something to be said for having self awareness and dignity, but upon arriving at the pool, I would constantly be checking and looking at my shadow to see if my thighs look big in MY SHADOW!. Really, what good was it serving? After a few fleeting thoughts like "I shouldn't have had that popsicle with the kids last night".... or "I will be eating only salad this week", I feel like shit. It was then that I realized it only would wreak havoc on my self esteem and, oh yeah, forget about having a good time with my kids.
Why was I self sabotaging my pool time with this constant replay of "My body does not look the way I want it to"? I found myself picking out women at the pool that "looked better" than I did in their choice of swimsuit and then picking apart every aspect of mine in comparison. Isn't this what every woman does at the pool?
Answer: no. When I got to the pool yesterday with my kids, I threw off my cover-up and headed into the water with my daughter. She had the cutest popsicle swim shirt and bikini bottoms. It was a snug fit for sure, and her adorable 3 year old belly pulled the shirt tightly around her middle and she didn't even notice. Not only that, but she jumped in the pool without a care in the world. She never once turned around to see if anyone was looking or judging her. I sat and looked at her in amazement. Why is my 3 year old having a blast when I obsessively found myself strategically placing my arms around my middle or placing my hand just so on my thigh to cover up the cellulite?
I decided, screw this!
If she doesn't care, why should I? I decided to stop the body shaming game and just have fun. Who cares if I am not showing of a 6 pack. I need to love my body for what it is --MINE. I need to love it, respect it and take care of it. When did we lose sight of doing this?
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