Summer can be a scary season for those steeped in body shame.
What is supposed to be a span of months filled with sunshine, time outside, and happy get-togethers morphs into a series of impending threats you’ve gotta dodge.
Beach vacation = swimsuit (yikes.) Warm weather = shorts and tank tops (gasp.) Pool party = body comparison game (cringe.)
Guess you have two options. Figure out how to lose weight in time for summer or buy some baggy clothes to conceal your flesh at that pool party right?
You have the right to enjoy all summer festivities in whatever clothes YOU want.
Do not bow to pressure to disguise yourself in baggy clothes on the beach, sweating and roasting. Don’t decline an invitation to a pool party because you are embarrassed about your body.
Because guess what- the “thin ideal” is a social construct. There have been many years on this earth where a completely different body type would have been the ideal body to parade around.
Beyond that, it matters absolutely not whatever society’s standard is. There are plenty of standards in society that are best ignored and the pressure for our bodies to have as little fat as possible is very high on that list.
I can promise you that when you are old you will not wish you spent less time on the beach, more time sweating under baggy clothes, more time hiding from things you wanted to do but were too steeped in body shame to do.
I also realize that taking this step is wayyyyy easier said than done. If you have struggled for years with body shame it is not a matter of simply shirking it so that you can run full force into the ocean in a bikini without a care in the world. And that’s why I offer 1:1 coaching to help you learn how to do this. It’s a process. But it’s a process that is worth it, if it gives you back your freedom.
The question is- does the idea of bailing on that body shame appeal to you?
Do you like that image of yourself running into the ocean without a care in the world?
Of reclaiming a childlike love of summer, embracing all it has to offer rather than hiding in the corner feeling like you aren’t good enough?
Your freedom awaits.