How To Love Your Body

Bikini Reveal

July 24, 2014   116 Comments

Have you taken a good luck at your body lately? How do you feel about it?

There are a bunch of women out there who love their bodies and are sharing their feelings with the world. Brooke (see: Why This Woman is A Hero) stood up to Shape magazine when they told her to put a shirt on. I found her very inspiring.

Taryn Brumfitt, a mother from Australia, has started her own Body Image Movement with a photo of her naked body with the private parts covered.

Here is one that I love:

I admire these women SO MUCH that I decided to join them and share a photo of my body on a media outlet (Snack Girl). It is time for me to come out as someone who loves her body with all its imperfections. I even love my imperfections because I earned them!

The first problem was how to do it. I am too conservative a person to have a photo taken of myself in underwear so I decided on a bikini.

I went to the my local JC Penney to purchase one and found I couldn’t fit in any of them. You see my upper story (ahem) is quite large and the bikinis I found were a bit like wearing ½ a Kleenex over my boob – not gonna work.

Enter Lands’ End which sold a bikini top with a D cup – thank you!!

When it arrived, I ran to try it on. My son immediately reacted, “Mom, take THAT off. You cannot wear that.”

“Why, honey?” (I was watching my husband’s approving smile.)

“Because only teenagers can wear those.”

My daughter (surprisingly) came to my rescue, “That’s not true! Remember that beach in Connecticut? All sorts of people were wearing bikinis.”

What my son had noticed is that at our town beach the mothers are all wearing a “burka style” swimsuit and the teenagers are in bikinis.

I am 44 and I have two kids. Take THIS town beach:

I love my body. I have tree-trunks for legs and soft curves. I have birthed two children, walked many miles, and hugged many a friend with this body. My body has been evaluated by my doctor and deemed healthy – year after year – since I began to eat better food and exercise more.

What else could you ask for?

Wait! I know –ROCK HARD ABS.

Maybe some people aren’t meant to have rock hard abdominal muscles. Like me or Taryn or Brooke.

Forty-five percent of women and 23% of men in healthy weight range think they are overweight. Why? - Because we have become focused as a nation on one type of body (rock hard abs, thin legs, thin arms, etc.) being the ideal.

Many different body types are healthy and beautiful.

Get over yourself and love your bumps and your lumps. If you are loving your body and honoring it by taking care of it, you are going to feel like a million bucks.

On a side note, this bikini has become my favorite bathing suit, though I am still feeling a bit shy because my skin is SO white. It fits me better than any one piece because I can get two different sizes (one for the top and one for the bottom).

After all the lovely comments - I am putting up the link to the bikini here (and it is discounted!): Women's Paisley Bikini. Seems I have become a swimsuit model! (new career?). I am not affiliated with Lands' End - simply a happy customer.

Do you love your body? Please share.

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First 20 Comments: [ see all 116 ]

Lisa you are gorgeous! I am so buying a bikini.

on July 24, 2014

Oh Lisa you are BEAUTIFUL! ! Your skin is perfect and your bikini is just great. I wish I was proud enough to photograph my body but I'm not there. My husband wants me to look the same as the day we met 20 years ago and that's just too hard. Loving your body takes a great support system and a lot of courage. Kudos to all of you who have made it!

on July 24, 2014

You go, Girl! Take that, Miracle Suit!! Remember the notion that curves and especially real breasts were yummy or are you too young?? Voluptuous comes to mind. And that is NOT a euphemism. Isn't it easier to swim and less confining in a bikini???? I am inspired.

on July 24, 2014

Beautiful body and beautifully stated. What a wonderful post!

on July 24, 2014

You go, girl! Love, love, love this post!

on July 24, 2014

Lisa- congrats for showing "them".You look great !
It truly is what inside that matters. I had a blind man once tell me, "Karen, I can't see you with my eyes but the person I know is beautiful." We should all see people as the blind man.

on July 24, 2014

You are beautiful in that bikini! I am also inspired! I love the fact that you can get two different sizes. That is a huge plus.

on July 24, 2014

Lisa - you look terrific. Yes - many of us have lumps and bumps from life - I have some sags from my weight loss but I
Love being thin and I will take the sags over the fat any day of the week. Focusing on being healthy not perfect is what we have to teach our kids - there are all body types.

on July 24, 2014

You look fabulous, and I love the bikini.

on July 24, 2014

Hey! U look amazing. Go girl you are such a beautiful lady. Thanks for sharing with us☺I to just decided last week to purchase a bikini top.lol
franna

on July 24, 2014

Lisa you look great and healthy! I like your tan lines, shows you get out alot for your Vitamin D. I always felt right at home in southern Maine beaches, like Ogunquit, my favorite, because there are lots of Canadians of all sizes in thongs! I always felt the least self-conscious there. At our town beach in Madison, Ct I cover up til I'm in my beach chair! I think you have an amazing shape and a personality to match!

on July 24, 2014

Terrific post, great bod & love that 'kini!

on July 24, 2014

You look good! Here is my take on body image. For the last 30 years, my husband has been telling me I look beautiful, either by words or looks or actions. Only in the last few years did I decide to really believe him. I thought that since I trust and value his opinion on just about everything else, why not that?

on July 24, 2014

Lookin' good sista!

on July 24, 2014

I do love my body and (coincidently) I wrote this post a few days ago:

http://www.runningwithracheal.com/2014/07/how-i-accepted-my-body-and-how-you-can.html

I am so proud of you! My favorite part was "...and hugged many a friend with this body" Beautiful!

on July 24, 2014

Where are the imperfections?

on July 24, 2014

You look amazing and this post was inspiring!

on July 24, 2014

You look great!

on July 24, 2014

I'm not there yet, I wish I was. Someday.

on July 24, 2014

That takes guts- good for you! Wonderful post and so true.

on July 24, 2014

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