Cover that belly bulge, tummy trimming, stomach minimizing, waist flattering, slimming, a million ways to hide your stomach in a bathing suit. Every single magazine cover is giving a subtle nudge of insecurity every time you walk into any store. Because of course we need to know the top tips on how to achieve a flat stomach, or which celebrities have the best and worst beach bodies. I don't give a damn. I am so sick of magazines that thrive off making women feel insecure.
If I'm being honest with myself, I spent most of my life avoiding the beach like the plague. I have felt my very best in bathing suit these past few years as an overweight woman. Things drastically changed for me when I started really working on my mindset. The body positive movement is not just for overweight women but for everyone. My confidence was at an all time low when I was at my lowest weight.
I remember being so caught up in my eating disorder. I would refuse to go to the beach and if I was forced to go I would always wear a shirt or cover-up over my swim suit. The thought of having fat anywhere on my body literally terrified me. It deeply saddens me to think about how terribly I thought of myself. It's scary how little I allowed myself to do or be a part of because I hated my body. I look back and think how could I treat myself like that? I never want that for anyone, but it seems like so many peoples lives revolve around their physical appearance and all the ways their body is lacking.
The message I want to convey is this. Life is not a competition. Your body exists as it is and you deserve to do anything you wish with it. Love it, take care of it, experience everything to the fullest extent. Do things that make you happy. See the beauty in everything your body can do for you. Treat it like the fragile thing it is because none of us can escape demise.
I want to know how you feel about the pressure to be thin in the summer months. How does it affect you? Let me know in the comments below. I hope everyone gets the chance to enjoy some sunshine at the beach this summer!