It never fails. As each new summer season approaches, grumbling can be heard from women around the country because the time has come. The time has come to purchase a new swimsuit ( or 2..or 10) for the summer. It happens Every. Single. Year. And since I have been in the fitness industry for a few years now, I think it's only been magnified. It always seems like such a DOWNER way to approach summer, which in my opinion, is TOTALLY the best season of the year.
I guess I've just never totally understood why standing in front of a mirror at a store is any different than standing in front of a mirror at your own house? Are these women NOT already fully aware of what their bodies look like? Maybe I'm weird, but I was under the impression that it was totally normal for women to check themselves out in the mirror everyday before they get in the shower. (If I'm completely misguided, I would def appreciate someone letting me know, ha) Anyway, swimsuit shopping does exactly the opposite of depressing me. It EXCITES me! I mean... I guess it DOES make me a little bit more aware of the parts of my body that I'm not totally thrilled about showing off to the over-analyzing public. HOWEVER, when I have a mega-cute new swimsuit that I can't wait to look good, er...presentable, in, it gives me that extra motivation to eat a little bit better, and work out a little bit more consistently. I'm sure my dog loves it too, because she somehow gets to go on a much longer walk than normal a LOT more often than normal when swimsuit season comes along.
So maybe, as universally dissatisfied with our bodies as we females are, we just need to change our outlook a little bit. Instead of being depressed and refraining from indulging in the PLEASURES that summer brings along...why not INDULGE and use it in a more motivating and uplifting way?
Maybe it's that simple. Maybe it's not. But either way, it's totally worth a shot, if you ask me :)