Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Learning To Love My Body

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I wrote a post recently about when we take little J to the swimming pool it is mostly dad's in the water with the kids. Whenever I look around it is mainly women watching from the viewing area, me included.  I know how much little J enjoys swimming and going to our local pool so I have promised to make more of an effort and visit the pool with him.

I have to say that I have never been a fan of the water and because the boys and John like it so much I have never felt like they needed me, so I never really got involved with that type of activity.  I have never been very confident in the water although I can swim a little and I know if I needed to I could get us out of danger if that ever occurred. Probably the main reason for me avoiding trips to the pool in the past has been my body. After my pregnancies and other reasons including my love for food, my body wasn't something I was proud of so I didn't like showing it off in swimwear. Then a few months ago I realised that this is my body, this is who I am and I should be proud of that and what my body has achieved over the years.

With our holiday planned I have taken the plunge and started to browse the plus size swimwear range on Simply Swim. I have always opted for a one piece swimsuit that has a little skirt or shorts attached to hide the top of my thighs but this year I have decided against that and I have started to see my body in a more positive light. There are some really pretty and colourful swimsuits available perfect for my holidays, so for once in a long time I am excited about visiting the pools whilst we are away.

I need to understand that no one will be interested in looking at me while we are away. Everyone is doing their own thing having a great time and so should I. I have seen so many features recently about body positivity and how we should all be proud of who we are and what we look like. It's taken me a long time but I do think I am finally there.

So this Summer I am looking forward to taking little J to the pool and all I need to worry about is having a good time.

Michelle

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24 comments

  1. You are so right, everyone is so concerned with their own issues that they really aren't looking at others, especially nto to criticise their bodies. I'm glad you're getting in the water and enjoying. Mich x

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  2. Good on you. I really hope I can feel a bit more body confident soon

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  3. I recently read that we should love our bodies for what they can do, rather than what they loom like...thanks for the blog post xx

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  4. I'm quite insecure of my body in a swimsuit too. As you say though people aren't looking at you, they are enjoying themselves, hope you get the confidence to wear your cossy without worrying :)

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  5. Ashleigh Allan31 July 2018 at 20:56

    Enjoy and have fun. That's the most important thing xx

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  6. What a lovely post :). Getting comfortable in swimwear can really help get the most out of a holiday. And the range on offer now is much better than it used to be, which makes it a little easier. I hope you enjoy your time away.

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  7. That's so good that you're happier being in the water now and you can join your son in the pool x

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  8. I love swimming but like you I don't like showing my body. I am trying to be braver these days

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  9. I enjoyed reading this post. I am struggling to love myself as I am at the moment so this has helped a little.

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  10. Well done - lifes going to be brill now

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  11. Oh well done you - the thought of getting into a swimsuit fills me with with dread! Kaz

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  12. It's a lovely thing to take your little one to swim - and a good swimming costume you like and comfortable makes things less stressful for sure!

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  13. I have to agree. I hid in a frumpy swim suit after having two kids. It was actually my two girls who convinced me to get back into a bikini and not worry about stretch marks and other scars

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  14. It's so true. I've never looked at another woman enjoying the pool and thought anything negative!

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  15. Good for you, well done. At least you have the distraction of a child which helps to focus on! Enjoy.

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  16. good on you hun wish i could be more like that x

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  17. Love your post. I am hoping to start to feel more body confident.

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  18. I've recently started taking the kids swimming again past the point of caring what I look like just enjoying life 😁

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  19. What a fantastic blog post, your son will love having his mum in the pool, good on you.

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  20. I realised how much I was missing out on, anyone got an issue, I'd soon shut them up...!

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  21. This is an inspiring post. We should all think more about the memories we are making rather then being self conscious as hard as it is sometimes

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  22. Fair play. Love this post so inspirational.

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