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Bring it, beach!

Posted May 11 2011 10:11pm

It’s that time of year again. You know, the I-just-got-a-cute-new-swimsuit-but-there’s-no-way-I-can-put-that-on-right-now time. The time when you realize you did a little too much Christmas-cookie eatin’ and way too little trekking to the gym in the cold weather over the winter. (Also when you realize you’re so pale that people might be able to see through you).

This time of year can be tough for people who struggle with body image and self-confidence (which I think most people, at some point or another, do). It’s hard to find that confidence to rock a cute swimsuit when you don’t feel awesome about the way you look, and a lot of people resolve those feelings by yo-yo dieting, exercising excessively and scrutinizing every inch of themselves in front of the mirror every day until that bathing suit looks “perfect.”

Although I’m sure I will be pushing myself to go that one extra mile or to resist that one extra cookie after dinner over the next several weeks, I’m not going to obsess about it, and honestly, that feels so liberating. It’s taken a lot of time and effort to get to this point, but I now have a strategy to help overcome that negative self-talk and not feel like I have to starve myself or spend two hours every day at the gym trying to look like a celebrity. For me, it’s so important to remind myself that I am more than my body. I might not be the hottest lady at the beach, but I have other qualities that make me a great beach companion.

Sure, I will gladly lay here and watch your things while you go play in the water.  Oh, you forgot sunscreen? I’ve got you covered! You need the obligatory so-bad-it’s-funny-to-everyone-else teammate for your sand volleyball team? I’m in! And did I mention I make a darn good sand castle?

Bring it, beach. (Oh yeah, did I mention I’m punny?)

How do you push away the negative self-talk?

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