Victim of Swimsuit Anxiety.

One of my blogging goals is to be relatable to other people and what they may go through on their health and fitness journey. I want to be as real as I can be. Which is why I’ve decided to tell you about the time of my life I was a victim to swimsuit anxiety.

There was a time in my life when I hated going to the beach. It wasn’t the beach so much I hated it was me in a swimsuit that I hated. In other terms, I didn’t like my body. I didn’t feel confident in clothes nor did feel comfortable in a swimsuit.  Let’s be real, swimsuits leave little to the imagination {the concept of swimsuits is just weird to me}. To me, everything about the beach was haunting…. removing beach cover, going in the water, coming out of the water, any beach activities, etc.

I didn’t always have swimsuit anxiety. I started after a time in my life that I realized people look amazing in swimsuits because they take care of their bodies. It was a concept that was a bit foreign to me. Prior to this realization, I worked full-time, attempted at being a college student {failed classes *sigh*} and partied every night.

So, here’s what I did…
….I got rid of the toxic crowd I was hanging around.

It wasn’t easy telling these people ‘bye’ but it had to be done. Here is the kicker… These people I’ve left behind were 95% friends of my boyfriend at the time {still acquaints with some great souls via social media}. This boyfriend and I were together for 4 1/2 years and shared a crowd of friends. We were in a very invested, very involved and very toxic situation. This meant I had to cut him out of my life and 95% of our friends.

…it wasn’t easy.

I started to protect myself from people who would put me down. I looked for ways to build my self-esteem and worked on loving myself… not just my body. It began with making new friends, going to the gym {and walking on the treadmill} to choosing healthier foods {by healthier I mean Subway over McDonalds} and passing classes.

Loving my body didn’t happen overnight. This journey started in 2011 and hasn’t stopped. There will always be days that I question my body when in a swimsuit and to me that is part of being a human with feelings. Now, I let that thought come and go . I quickly snap out of it and remind myself that my body is beautiful and strong.

Learning positive self-talk was one of the best things I’ve learned in life. I feel 100% more comfortable at the beach and in my clothes. …ha.. these days I wish I were a beach bum!

You should go and love yourself,
Jenn

PS: You can get trim with Jenn 🙂 

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3 Responses

  1. cubicleshark

    There are a few anxiety producing situations in this world that many of us have in common. Public speaking, meeting potential in-laws for the first time, being lit on fire, and debuting the “beach body”.
    Even guys have it.
    The solution for guys is the same for women. Make healthier choices while you learn to get comfortable in your own skin. Your logic is sound. And it reinforces that there is no “quick fix” to do something the right way.

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