Put On The Dang Swimsuit
Oh hey, momma.
I see you out there. You are all excited that summer is here because that means sunshine and days spent outside and hopefully a margarita on the beach. But at the same time you are downright freaking terrified because summer = swimsuits. Swimsuits. It is almost like a category 5 swear word. Just hearing the word “swimsuit” sends you into an instant inner panic. You think back to a few months ago when you swore that you would eat healthy and work out every. single. day from then until now. You did the math and figured out how much weight you would lose if you lost 1-2 lbs a week until summer. You were going to be ready this year. You were going to have lost those 10 or 20 or 50 pounds by this summer. But, life. And now you are starring right into the face of summer and you haven’t lost a single pound. Can we just push summer back a few months? I need more time.
Girl, we all need more time.
Let me fill you in on a little secret. We all need more time. Every single one of us. It doesn’t matter what it is that we want to fix about ourselves, we all need more time.
More time to work out. More time to say no to the ice cream. More time to work on our mom belly. More time to tone our legs. More time to detox from sugar. More time to clear up our skin. More time to look our best. More time to feel our best. More time to feel more confident. More time to be happy in our own skin. More time, more time, more time.
And the one thing that I have noticed is that it doesn’t matter what you look like. Everyone always thinks that they need more time to be, here it comes, “swimsuit ready”. Whatever the hell that means. Nobody is swimsuit ready – nobody! It doesn’t matter if you just had a baby, had a baby 5 years ago, just really love wine and cupcakes, just don’t like working out, or if you are a size two. Every woman I have ever known has had something that they want to fix about themselves before putting on a swimsuit. Every. Single. One. So if all of us are all kinds of nervous about putting on a swimsuit, why do we always feel like we are the only one? We want to hide when summer is here and we aren’t ready. So we hide behind the beach towels. We hide behind the jeans on a hot day. We hide behind the swimsuit cover ups. We hide behind whatever we possibly can because we don’t want anyone to know that we aren’t “swimsuit ready.” That we wish we would have done x, y, and z before going to the beach.
If we all feel nervous and insecure, let’s just be nervous and insecure together.
Who freaking cares what you look like in a swimsuit. All of us wish we had things we would have changed. And every single year it isn’t any different. I can look back and tell you that every year since high school I have the mid-March panic where I feel like I need to hurry up and work out more because I want to be “ready” for summer. High school. Back when I was a little hottie and I didn’t even know it. Even back then I wasn’t happy with how I looked and wanted to change a million things about myself before putting on a swimsuit at the beach. I saw a quote once that said, “I wish I was as fat as I thought I was in high school.” So freaking true. Can anyone else relate to that?
So let’s just own it, mommas. Sure, there are things that we wish we would have done before summer. But guess what? Summer is here and we can’t change that. But what we can change is our attitude about it. Embrace it. Own it. Remember, you did grow a human (or two or three) inside of you. I call that being a super woman. The squishy tummy is just evidence that we effing rock. We are all nervous. But our kids are not going to remember that our stomach was squishy, our love handles were out in full force, our legs aren’t toned, we are pasty white, or our butt jiggles as we walk. They aren’t going to remember any of that. What they are going to remember is that we put on the dang swimsuits and played with our kids. That we didn’t sit on the beach in our clothes but we actually got in the water. And maybe you even got your hair wet.
So take a shot of tequila if you have to and put on the dang swimsuit. Our kids are waiting.