This article was on my Start page this morning. www.sparkpeople.com/reso
"Your body is the vehicle that carries you from place to place, and allows you to do activities that you enjoy and that make life exciting. Your body does not define who you are as a person."
I know I have blogged about this before, but with swimsuit weather approaching and this article, I felt compelled to revisit it.
Many of you know that I am a water baby. I love the water. It is fortunate I have lived in Minnesota - Land of 10,000 Lakes - nearly all my life. If I could, I would do ALL my exercise in the water! I was a lifeguard starting at age 19 (see first photo) and have taught swimming lessons and water aerobics over the years. The one of the hardest years of my life was my first year of teaching when I moved to the desert in southern Idaho! I had no access to pools or lakes for months. I actually held rain dances the few times it rained! Even now I am in the pool nearly, if not all, seven days each week.
That being said, it became obvious to me early on that I didn't have a "bikini bod" and I could either let that get in the way of what I loved, or I could get over it! I've always been a bit dramatic so I decided to ignore it! I considered it an occupational hazard, especially at summer camp, where cameras abounded. If someone was on the beach taking photos, I photo bombed them! (before photo bombs were a thing!) I was goofy, ridiculous, obnoxious, whatever, but I owned that suit. Even now, I only go in the deep water at water aerobics to prevent self-injury from jumping and not as supportive suits as necessary for being top heavy! (was that clear as mud?)
I have yet to be able to reach this level of comfort with my running and other workout clothing which is actually less revealing, but generally made from similar fabric. Perhaps its because running does not come as easy or make me quite as happy as being in the water or perhaps its because I know other swimmers built like me, but very few runners my size. I don't know why I could get over my aversion to swim suits and so far not my aversion to running clothes, but since I have come to grips with the fact that I need to do more land based exercise since that is where I spend most of my life, it is going to have to happen and quick. Here's the sad part - my "workout" clothes include a skin tight layer of tank top and bike shorts and then a second layer of oversized shirt and men's basketball shorts. I am only 5'5" so it looks REALLY horrible on me, but I feel better in that than just wearing the bike shorts and a tshirt! I'll keep you posted on how this mind makeover goes.
This came from one of my running inspiration Facebook pages. I thought it fit really well with this topic.