Ready or Not, Summer Is Here! Is Your Summer Body Ready?

It’s summertime!  Do you have a summer body?  It’s time for cookouts, vacations, and pool parties.  Did you say “pool parties”?  Does that mean I have to wear a swimsuit?  But I’m not ready!

You’ve seen the quote.  You like it.  You share it on all your social media, because it’s freeing…..

How do you get a bikini body?  Put a bikini on it.  

Woo-hoo!  And so we do….. Or do we?  

Ready or not, summer is here. #runmyrace Click To Tweet

You want to.  You wish you could do it.  It sounds great.  You wish you truly believed it, but….  

I’m not ready yet.  Maybe next summer.  I still have work to do.  I don’t have a summer body.

That’s okay for her.  It’s not okay for me.  I mean, she just has a small roll, I have three small rolls.  I have cellulite.  I’ve had 3 kids.  I don’t look like her!  

I love summer…..but I hate summer.   I like the safety and security my winter clothes give me.   

I love to sit by the pool and visit with my girlfriends, but I hate the voices in my head.  The voices that distract me and get me comparing myself to everyone else.  In the winter, we can sit in Starbucks and drink our coffee to our heart’s content and visit all day.  I don’t worry about what I look like in a sweatshirt.  

Sometimes it’s easier when I go on vacation.  At least nobody knows me there.  I’ll never see those people again.  

But here?  With my neighbors?  My friends?  I can’t put on a bathing suit.  Not this summer.   

They’ll judge me.   

Wait, will they?

Why?  

And so the battle rages.  

How to get a bikini body:  Put on a bikini.  

Everybody likes it.  We share it.  We applaud the woman who does it.  But that’s okay for her, not me.  

How to get a bikini body: put on a bikini. Easier said than done. #notreadyforsummer Click To Tweet

How can we break out of this mindset?  What will it take to believe we have a summer body? How can we quiet the voices and stop the comparison?  

  • It starts with keeping our eyes on our own paper.  We have to commit to doing US.  Me doing ME, and you doing YOU.  The only thing I can control is what I do with what I’ve been given.  
  • We have to acknowledge that all girls have her own struggles. (Lysa TerKeurst makes this point in Made to Crave. [amazon affiliate link])  Comparing myself to someone else benefits no one.  You don’t know what she’s going through.

How do we get a summer body ready when we have no more time to get ready?  

  • We own our journey.  Own where we are in this process right now.
  • Put on our swimsuit, whether it be one-piece or two.  
  • Play with our kids.  (You don’t get that time back.)
  • Celebrate summer with our friends and family.  It’s the relationships that matter.  Not how we look doing life with the ones we love….and who love us….just the way we are.  

 

If you need help overcoming these feelings, and if you’re ready to lay a foundation of health and fitness that will take you through this summer and beyond, reach out to me.  I’d love to help you become fit and free.  Have you joined my free Facebook group?  It’s a safe place to find support and encouragement on your fitness journey.  

 

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  1. I am so ready for summer not because I give a crap about bikini bodies, which by today’s standards I will never have and could care less about, but because I get to start my NYC Marathon training.

    1. Yes! There’s so much more about summer than the swimsuit. Training for NYC is so exciting! I’m looking forward to following your journey!

  2. I love the beach! And the best part about being a runner is being beach ready year round. I won’t say I’m bikini ready, tho–at 53, that would take a leap of faith. Altho I do wear one when it’s just my family and me.

    1. Yep, I have a few different bathing suits for different crowds and locations! lol! Have a great summer! Happy Running Day!

  3. I have never been a fan of being in a bikini no matter how I look but I am going to do my best to embrace the idea of being comfortable with my body and who I am. Thanks for this!

    1. That’s the main idea Annmarie….just being comfortable in whatever you choose to wear. Because we know that it’s important to be comfortable in our skin whether we have an audience or we’re home alone…. Thanks for reading!

  4. Agreed on this! I’m heading off to Hawai’i tomorrow morning and so darn excited! <3! I'm all for beaches + fruit-infused water! :]

    1. Have fun!!! I’ve been to Kauai and Maui! Kauai is my favorite. There is no place like Hawaii!! Enjoy every minute of it!

  5. I am so ready for summer and am already enjoying it since we are out of school already here on the Gulf Coast! I understand the bikini talk though. Even though I’ve lost weight I still don’t feel like I can wear a bikini. But I can rock a tankini lol! I definitely believe the relationships with our kids, family, and friends is much more important that how we look in that swim suit.

    1. Tankini’s are my favorite too Mindy! I loved your s’mores on the beach night. That sounds like so much fun! It doesn’t look like you ever get tired of living on the Gulf Coast. 🙂

  6. I’m over the bikini body thing. I mean in my 50s, really? I think the best part about being in my 50s is who cares? I do wear a two piece when I’m with my family, tho. They don’t judge.

    I’m all about the beach. I’ll do a pool of course, but yes, I like the sand between my toes.

  7. It is summer! I love the water- beach, pool, lake- I am in! Bathing suit season is a stresser!!!! I have noticed the older I get the less I care about it! I love a nice cold chardonnay by the pool and then it doesn’t matter 🙂

    1. I love that! Chardonnay by the pool! And you’re right, the older we get the more we realize there are more important things in life.

    1. I was just thinking the same thing this morning Deborah. I’m mid 40s, it’s time to be okay with myself. I just wish we could get younger girls to accept the same message. Gotta enjoy the life we’ve been given.

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