I used to be an avid swimmer, not swim team or anything, but I absolutely love the water and used to be attached to it. After I had my son I was not getting into a bathing suit to save my life. My son is 2 1/2 and I have probably been swimming in a bathing suit 6 times since he was born. Of course it’s a weight thing and not being comfortable in my own skin but I didn’t really know how to get over it. Swimming is such a great work out and it has always helped me get in shape. The main problem was not having a swim suit that I didn’t feel like a sausage in. And since going bathing suit shopping is almost as bad as bra shopping I felt stuck.
Now that summer is in full swing and your face is literally melting off your head just by stepping outside, I was getting desperate. Running or even walking is a true effort when it’s this hot. Not too mention that my kids were suffering because they wanted to go in the pool with mommy.
Bathing suit shopping is never fun to make it more bare able go with a friend, I mean a great friend not someone you occasionally go out to drinks with. Someone who when you want to cry can make you laugh. Try on all kinds of suit styles. I have a kind I tend to like, every woman does but try on different kinds you might be surprised. Finally, be realistic, size wise. I was cringing when I saw the size of some of the tops I thought would fit. A lot of them were too big but some weren’t. Overall I felt better when one fit than squeezing into one that I felt like I was going to break. There is nothing worse than that feeling.
I sucked it up and after trying on a dozen swim tops I finally found one that didn’t make me want to cry. It’s rough when you’re not comfortable in your own skin because you feel like everyone is looking at your flaws even though they’re not. Hubby didn’t really understand because like a good husband he just tells me I’m beautiful and shouldn’t think there’s anything wrong but you can’t help how you feel when you look in the mirror.
Since finally finding something that makes me feel Ok to be seen in public, we have gone swimming almost every single day. It’s beyond refreshing and the kids love having mommy in the pool. I get to do laps and have family time at the same time. I’m finally getting my tan back which is a super plus and I can’t wait to see how my body responds to all the swimming. I’m making this the summer of swimming =)
The Hot Mess Mom
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