How many times have we not done something because we were embarrassed by our weight. I love the beach and it hurts my heart to think about how many years I did not go the beach because I was embarrassed to be seen in a bathing suit. Finally, Several years ago, I decided I had wasted enough time not doing something I love. I pulled up my big girl panties and bought a 3X bathing suit and went to the beach. Was I still embarrassed – yes I was. Was I glad I went – words can’t express how it felt to sit in a beach chair and dig my toes into the sand. I realized what other people thought of me was not my concern. And I realized no one was paying any attention to me. And if they were, I would not know it anyway.
Several years earlier I was on a trip to Costa Rica with a group. One of our outings was ziplining the rain forest. Before we left I called the company and asked if there was a weight limit and got to celebrate for a few seconds when they said no. My celebration was short lived as they explained there was a maximum waist measurement to fit into the harness and mine was too big. In this case, the choice was outside of my hands. However I could go to the beach and went.
Please do what you love – even if… you are not where you want to be yet! You deserve it. And you can enjoy those things while working on getting healthier!
Now at my healthy weight, I am not letting my weight impact my decisions. In fact, I think it is time to plan a beach day.
What is something you love to do in the summer?