I love summer. Don’t you? My husband gets SO excited for the first snowfall, and I feel just like that when the days get longer and the sun heats things up! Snow has it’s place in my heart, but there’s just something about sitting on the balcony for long, lasting dinners with friends, biking around Calgary, and summer adventures. Part of what comes with summer? Swimming, bathing suits, maybe even bikinis.
Over the last 10 days, I’ve been taking part in Neghar Fonooni’s #BikiniRebellion through daily emails (you can still sign up on her website!) and Instagram posts and challenges. This challenge is about working on your mindset and taking actions when it comes to how you view your body and accepting it where it’s at, proudly! This is never to be confused with throwing in the towel with your fitness and nutrition habits, but rather not waiting until you get to a certain place – 15 lbs from now, 3 sizes from now, etc.
(Feeling strong, scale be damned, post-workout yesterday (especially in my 2XU tights!)
I’ve seen clients make similar mindset shifts and changes recently and I am so proud of them. One of my clients in our FFA Bootcamp mentioned that when we first began, her goals were admittedly aesthetic – flatter stomach, more “toned arms” – the look that females are going for, typically. But as the weeks went on, she said something changed for her: “Now I don’t even care about those things, or what the scale says! I want to do more push ups! I want to be freakin’ strong!” (And let me tell you, she is! I am so proud of how far she has come!)
And then last night, as Mikey and I were cooking dinner, he mentioned how when he was lifting the speaker that he takes everywhere for presentations, it felt a lot lighter. That’s real change! He couldn’t believe how fast he felt that change – he’s into week 3 of consistent workouts! Although the scale hasn’t changed much, his strength sure has! And that’s so exciting.
Although social media can have it’s downfalls (hello, non-productive, often-destroying comparison!), one reason that I like it is for camaraderie that can create among like-minded people. It’s been neat to follow the hashtag #BikiniRebellion on Instagram to see how women all around the world are digging deeper and making changes to how they view their bodies! It’s also a great way to bring people together and create more community – a sisterhood – like I have with these and so many women in my life! From fellow outdoor guides to women who love Jesus; from those who love fitness and smashing PRs to those who promote moderation and balance, I’m grateful for family and friends of all shapes and sizes who are strong in every sense of the word.
One of the neat things about this challenge is how I’ve responded to it. I’ve participated in these kinds of challenges before and felt like I got a lot out of them, like they challenged me and I grew personally in new ways. With this challenge, however, I’ve realized that I’m enjoying it but feeling like I’m already there in terms of accepting my body as “bikini ready” no matter where I’m at weight-wise, muscle-wise, or fitting-into-my-clothes-wise.
So…summer’s almost upon us. Will you be donning a bikini? Covering up? The cool thing is you can dress however you want and be proud! You can be strong and proud of your muscular legs; you can be naturally thin and embrace your genetics and quick metabolism; you can be wanting to see change but still reinforce the positive in your life and not speak to yourself negatively and you can live YOUR story!
How are you viewing your body as summer approaches? Is it something you’ve thought about? Struggled with? Or does it never cross your mind? I’d love to hear your experience with your body, bikinis and your mindset in the comments!
Live well & be well (and keep getting strong in mind, body and heart – the most important of all!),