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How to Accept your Body when Bikini Season is Around the Corner

Published on: May 5, 2023

Do you feel that itch? It’s not the bites from the black flies (fly season is here lol), I’m talking about the itch to lose weight for the summer.

The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer, and suddenly you’re realizing…crap. You don’t feel good in your body because you won’t be able to hide in baggy clothes for much longer. Sound familiar?

I noticed it this week at the gym. There’s only a handful of us that go to the gym first thing in the morning, even less of those are consistently there day in and day out. But this week we’ve had a few faces, almost making the local gym seem crowded before the sun was even up. 

The amount of people both around me and on social media who are talking about losing weight or getting in shape for bikini season is frankly a little sad. I totally get it. We all have our insecurities about our bodies. Even myself. And even when I was ready to step on a stage in front of hundreds of people when I trained super hard for a fitness competition. It still wasn’t a comfortable feeling. 

So does that mean you should be restricting foods like Kim K did a few months ago to lose 16 lbs in 3 weeks? No. Does that mean you need to go hunt the latest weight loss supplement on the shelves? Also no. It sucks that it’s the nicer weather that triggers many of us to realize we’ve been a little too forgiving on the treats, on our portion sizes, on our lack of exercise, etc. for the last few months, maybe years.

A good place to start is with your mindset. I can promise you doing mindset work will benefit you a hell of a lot more than a crazy diet. It’s also a lot cheaper, safer and it will last a lot longer too.

Body acceptance is treating our bodies with respect and care, including all of our deepest insecurities, and knowing that some days will be harder than others. This doesn’t mean to stop any attempts to get healthy for the summer months, but health should be a priority for you all year round!

A big part of lessening the summer-bod crisis is by doing the work, putting the time in, being honest and accepting with ourselves, and not piling on the pressure in any way. It means accepting that our bodies are, well, just bodies. And that any body can be a bikini body if that’s what you choose to wear. 

Learning to tune in and trust your body is something most people need to work on doing. This includes getting into the habit of being able to eat when hungry, stop when you’re full, and go to bed when you’re tired, rather than following a fierce protocol of depriving our body of the things it wants and needs.

So how can you start changing the conversation with yourself? Here are some ideas to get inspired by if you’re on the path to body acceptance: 

  • appreciate all of the epically badass things your body can do
  • write a list of things you like about your body (you don’t have to share it with anyone but yourself)
  • don’t feel pressured to absolutely adore every inch of yourself
  • remind yourself that true beauty is not skin-deep
  • realize that your self-worth has very little to do with your actual body
  • look at yourself as a whole person (not focusing on specific body parts)
  • exercise for the sake of feeling better, not looking better
  • read or write positive affirmations
  • find a supportive squad that can keep you positive even when you feel like crap
  • absorb positive body messages (this includes removing social media accounts from your feed that make you feel like crap about yourself, and adding accounts that inspire you)
  • stop comparing yourself to others (even as much as realizing that that’s what you’re doing when it happens so you can be more self-aware about it and switch the script)
  • don’t compare yourself to the 10-years-ago-you either (squeezing into those jeans from 2004 will not make you a better person)
  • stop negative self-talk (work on overpowering negative thoughts with positive ones)
  • wear clothes that are comfortable, that fit you properly, and that make you feel good about your body as it is now
  • use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to focus on something to help others
  • if the scale gives you anxiety or makes you feel shitty, throw it out

Now I know this is a long list and there’s so much more I could say, and that maybe not everything on this list resonates with you right now. Working on your health (physical, emotional, and mental) while giving yourself some grace on the realization that you may not be where you’d like to be, but you are how you are in this very moment, and YOU have the power to change that. 

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Kaitlyn is a registered dietitian and fitness enthusiast dedicated to helping busy women improve their health through sustainable habits.

She’s seen firsthand how difficult it can be to balance a demanding schedule with a healthy lifestyle. That’s why she is passionate about empowering women with the knowledge and skills they need to prioritize their health, even when life gets hectic.

She aims to spread the word about the power of habits and to make healthier living more manageable for busy women who are trying to do all of the things, like herself.

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