I have now moved out of University and back at home for the next 4 months, so I can officially say that summer has started! However, with summer comes a pressing underlying pressure to partake in crash diets and intense workout schemes in an attempt to get that highly spoken about “bikini body”.
Trust me, I’ve been there and starved myself a month before holidays in an attempt to drastically change my body to fit some sort of ideal, but this year I’m over stressing about it. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with “getting in shape” and focusing more on fitness and healthy eating over the summer while you have some time, but there’s a difference between working out/eating well to improve your fitness, and doing it to conform to a false summer construct.
Recently I’ve been getting into Love Island (which by the way is a great distraction from life, I recommend it) and I’ll admit, it can be daunting to see the girls with seemingly “perfect” figures strutting around in swimsuits and being admired. However, it’s possible that even they have insecurities; bodies aren’t perfect and airbrushed and even the skinniest stomachs have rolls when they sit in awkward positions, it’s something that can’t be avoided. We have magazines and social media and diet schemes telling us that “we still have time to achieve that killer bikini body for summer” when in reality, all you need to achieve a bikini body is a bikini… and your body… we all come in different shapes and sizes and we need to stop beating ourselves up for not looking the same as people with beautifully angled and filtered pictures.
I am going on holiday in just over a month (I have a feeling you’re gonna hear a lot about it, I’m very excited haha) and yes, I’m eating well right now and working out, but I’m not doing it so I can look good in a bikini, I’m doing it so I can improve my fitness while I have the time. There will be no crash diets, and there will be no over-exercising, it will just be me, taking care of myself.
I have flab: I have stretch marks on my thighs, my stomach’s not perfectly flat and my boobs are never gonna give me amazing bikini cleavage, but I refuse to let that stop me rocking cute swimwear on holiday this year.
Hope you enjoyed this! Posts should be more regular now that I’m back at home, tell me what you think in the comments, and also suggest cute places to buy (affordable) bikinis… I need a new one for July
Lots of love,