#SuitYourself To Love Yourself

by TaylorR

What woman actually looks forward to bathing suit season?

I look forward to lounging out and floating around on my parents’ pool. I look forward to playing bocci and riding the waves at the beach. I look forward to evening paddleboard adventures on Shem Creek with Dan…

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But all those things require one thing…

A bathing suit.

Last year, my heart skipped a beat each time I slipped into my bikini. I would have Dan tie my strings behind my back and then I would analyze myself in the bathroom mirror  turning this way and that way to see what “bikini stance” flattered my body the most before tossing on a sundress.

Pictures in a bathing suit? Ha. Only if I was laying down flat to make my stomach appear perfect!

This year, I am making a change. I am going to follow my friend Carla’s two step advice to get a bathing suit body!

The #SuitYourself Challenge

Yesterday morning, on my way to boot camp (yes, we had a 6:00am class on Memorial Day and it was awesome) I heard on the radio show, The Bert Show, about the #SuitYourself Challenge.

I had intended to write a blog post today on the benefits of exercise beyond weight loss. But when I heard this challenge, I knew that I wanted to address it.

“…it’s time to take back our bodies and DESTROY the fear of bathing suit season. The reality is we don’t all look like models; what works for one woman won’t work for another.

The reality is that woman are so different, and it doesn’t matter if you’re naturally rail thin or naturally heavier, if you’re busty or flat chested, or if you’ve got a pear shape or are rockin’ the apple look. Women are all unique and are all beautiful.

So, OWN your body, take back the fear, and post a picture of yourself in your bathing suit on Instagram or Twitter (or both!) by using the hashtag #SuitYourself with something you LOVE about yourself.”

After last week’s fat feeling post, I felt this event resonated with me, and hopefully it does with you as well.

We have got to stop being our own worst critics. We have got to stop bashing ourselves and begin to show more love.

When we love ourselves more that radiates and others will as well.

Yes, I have cellulite, I have stretch marks (apparently my legs were suppose to be sticks?), my thigh gap is quickly closing and my 6-pack? It’s under there somewhere!

But you know what? I am not going to let me fear of prancing around in a bathing suit stop me from enjoying the summer.

I love being outdoors, I love being on the water, and I love taking advantage of what my city has to offer… tons of fun in the sun!

Am I going to let something at silly as a bathing suit keep me trapped? NO, and I don’t want it to hold you back either.

This summer, I, and hopefully WE, are going to take control of our emotions.

Join The #SuitYourself Challenge

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The idea is to take a picture of yourself in a bathing suit. Own it! Be proud of your body and acknowledge all it can do for you.

Then post it up on Instagram, or whatever social media platform you use with the hashtag #suityourself and tag me @fitnesstaylor . Also post something that you love about yourself.

At the end of the next week or two, I will give a shout out to all you gorgeous ladies!

Always remember, we are our own worst enemies. The image we see in the mirror is often times not the image that others see.

The first shout out goes to my amazing SIL, Julie. I love that she supports my blog posts visions. She is always on board and was more than willing to let me snap a picture of her in her suit for all you lovely people.

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My niece clearly things we are insane! It’s cool.

Yes, her arms are wicked toned… She is also one of my clients (just thought I would toss that in there).

What’s the point? 

Why am I asking you to do this?

Because it’s scary, it’s showing your vulnerable side and in the end, it’s going to make you stronger, more confident and more in control of your body image.

We have to get out of our comfort zones to make a change! Right?

So let’s change together!

If you think I’m crazy, that’s cool. But I think you’re beautiful. And I think I’m beautiful.

Are you going to do the #SuitYourself Challenge? 

 

  • Carol Nolan

    Taylor,
    I spent last week in Charleston for vacation. The weather was gorgeous as well as the beaches. At 54, I wore a bikini for the first time in years. Certainly not perfect but have learned to accept who I am. My husband loved it!
    Love Charleston, we have been there a few times! Maybe retirement in Charleston??

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed Charleston! It’s a great city! And it’s becoming the #1 retirement place!

  • http://runfasteatlots.blogspot.com Jojo @ RunFastEatLots

    Cute bikinis! You two are looking great :D

    I love the idea of the #SuitYourself challenge

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thank you! This challenge is great!

  • http://www.TheTinyTerror.com Amy Lauren

    I like your swimsuit and your muscles look great :). If I can find someone to take a pic of me in my swimsuit I’ll totally do this (I usually go to the pool when there’s no one around, hehe). I do agree it is really hard for us ladies not to criticize our bodies in swimsuits and other things that show a lot of skin. Sports bras are another thing because trying them on (and trying on clothes in general) is just so hard with finding a good fit.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thanks lady! Get Clay to snap a pic even if it’s in the back yard! I am loving this challenge!

  • http://abs-of-steel.com Abi@AbsofSteel

    After many years of bathing suit wearing I’ve finally come to the conclusion that feeling good in a bathing suit is way more about confidence then having a perfect body. So this post pretty much perfectly embodies that! I’ll give the challenge a shot.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Yes, do it! Cheers to confidence!

  • http://www.runtothefinish.com Amanda @runtothefinish

    I shared my photo on instagram last week with very much this sentiment! I’m not where i want to be and I can keep working on that, but in the mean time I’m done beating myself up or not enjoying moments because i’m worried about how that swimsuit looks

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      I love that we’re on the same page! :)

  • http://lindsayslist.co Lindsay @ Lindsay’s List

    I’m in!!!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      YES!!

  • Sheena

    I literally saw a picture on pinterest last night of an average looking woman and the caption said something about not obsessing about the perfect body but loving the one you’re in. I’m down for this, I’ll see if the boyfriend will snap a shot of me!

    You and your SIL look awesome!! And totally jacked, it’s grand:)

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Yay! Get the BF to snap a pic! Thanks!

  • http://www.caitplusate.com Caitlin

    I love this challenge and next time I’m in a bathing suit, will totally be partaking. Thanks for always inspiring me!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Awesome!

  • http://day-with-kt.com Kim

    I will have to try and get one of the boys to take a picture for me this week – I have only been on the back deck so far – not the swim beach cause I’m still working on losing a couple of winter pounds!!!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Get off that deck! Lol, I bet you look great!

  • http://www.lovelifesurf.com Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    Oh I love this! Yes, this has been on my mind because I’m definitely in one of those feeling fat phases. You look beautiful and strong.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thank you! As do you!

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