Are You With Me?

You can hear the sighs of dread from women everywhere.

Yup! Bathing suit weather is right around the corner. It is the time of year all women fear for sometime between May and September, you will most likely have to appear in a bathing suit in front of someone other than an immediate family member.

The mere thought causes an involuntary "sucking in of the gut" reaction.

I am fully aware that you are thinking, "But Heather, you're married. You have two kids. No one cares what you look like in a bathing suit."

And my response would be, " Yeah, right. Whatevaahr!" For I KNOW that everyone is sure to see the jiggling where there should be no jiggling. Everyone will SO be thinking, "Steven is SIX! Isn't it about time you lose the baby weight, hun?" EVERYONE will be focused on my flab and parts that wave with the slightest movement of any limb.

It's true that I have no one to impress. I will never be a supermodel flanked by hoards of paparazzi. I am not an actress vying for the leading lady role opposite George Clooney. I don't want to be followed or drooled over by teenage boys. I am proud to be a mother and wife. I am very over myself.

I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin. I don't want to fear the ol' spare tire popping out when I sit down. I don't want to worry about the flag hanging from my upper arm when I wave. I am only human.

I know that no one gives a rip what I look like in a bathing suit. I know that I- and everyone else for that matter- have much better things to spend their time and thoughts on than my unwanted jiggles. I think I'll forgo the Phentermine 37.5 mg and live with the way I am. I'm not skinny by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm not fat either. I am an average person with things I don't like about my body.

But you know what? There are many more things I LIKE about myself than things I don't like and that's the important thing. There is nothing wrong with self-improvement, but there is no point in obsessing about it. So ladies, let's make THIS year the year we say, "I LIKE MYSELF"... even in a bathing suit.


Margaret said...

I will never like myself in a bathring suit, but I am all about makign this the year that you say "I like myself" - regardless of what we are wearing.

Great post my friend, great post.

Jane @ Kidzarama said...

Man, I am so glad it's Autumn here.

I can save on razors, too (or is that too much information?).

Mandy said...

I was even planning on skipping the shorts this year! Forget about the bathing suit!

Kokopelli said...

Unless you drive a race car....but, you've heard that before.

Michelle said...

The one thing I have come to love about the WA weather is that the swimsuit season is considerable shorter than CA! I spend most of it under a big baggy tanktop!

Gettysburg Mom said...

As long as my husband still thinks I look good in a bathing suit, who cares about the rest? Those stretch marks? Those are the result of bringing three kids into the world. Those are a badge of courage. I sometimes laugh (in my head people, not out loud) at young teens who think their bodies will be firm forever! :)

Stephanie said...

well said Heather!

But I'm still not thrilled about the swimsuit. ;)