Hey! Guess what!

I don’t have a “bikini body!”

NOPE.

I’m a little bit fluffy. I struggle with gaining/losing the same 10 pounds. I don’t always eat “clean.” Ice cream is my weakness. I always have room for dessert.

I’m not a fitness model.

And you don’t have to be either.

What am I?

HEALTHY.

I’m learning to eat to NOURISH my body, NOT eating because some guru told me I should be “grazing” every 3 hours.

I’m exercising WHEN and BECAUSE I want to, not because I’m going for a 6 pack, but because it makes me feel awesome.

I prioritize self care because sometimes sitting on the balcony with a good book & the silence of an early morning is more important than attending spin class.

This notion that we need to get “bikini body ready” is driving me insane. We as women tend to beat ourselves up enough already without the pressure to “look good” half-naked in front of a bunch of strangers. I’ve struggled with body image for as long as I can remember, and it’s time for me to stop being strict with myself, and start being gentle with myself. How about you?

For some women, aiming to be fitness-model-slim is healthy and something they truly enjoy doing. It’s their hobby, their passion… And that is awesome. I think for the majority of us, though, it’s a major cause for stress and unhappiness.

Focus on finding out what foods make you feel good (I’m talking in a healthy way, not in a I’m-stressed-and-chocolate-is-necessary-to-feel-good kind of way).

Focus on finding ways to stay active that you enjoy.

Focus on finding out what exactly in life brings you happiness… and seek more of it.

Focus on the things you can do to make someone else’s life better. Yours will probably improve, too.

Focus on enjoying beach time… not worrying about how you look in your swim suit.

Life is far too short and too precious to be upset because you have rolls when you sit down.

The beach, the waves, the salty air, the seagulls, the warm sand, the chill of the ocean… It’s all there for you to enjoy. Take it all in. Embrace our beautiful world, and let go of unrealistic expectations.

After all, healthy is the new skinny, right?

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