Remember ten years ago when TV was full of makeover shows? When you watch them back now it’s kind of shocking how much body shaming there was. Can you even imagine if there was a show on now that told plus-size women they needed to wear industrial-strength Spanx and all black everything because it was ‘slimming’? Everyone would be outraged.
Luckily, that doesn’t really happen anymore… so why are we still telling people they need to get ‘beach-body ready’.
It’s something that’s close to my heart, because I also write a blog about recovery and body positivity. And I wanted to talk about it here too, because there’s nothing worse than watching your gorgeous friends diet and workout like crazy because they’re afraid they don’t look good enough – when they already looked amazing to begin with.
Every year, I swear the second a ray of sunlight hits our faces we all get whipped up into this crazy frenzy of thinking that thin is the only thing to be seen in during summer. And after 27 years, I’m done with punishing myself (and my body) for not looking like a Victoria’s Secret model.
Working out and eating healthily is an important part of life. But so is spending time with your friends catching up over delicious food and cocktails – it’s called balance. Is there any point missing all the fun parts of summer being stuck in a gym, for that one day on a beach lounger when you tell yourself you can’t eat an ice cream, cos beach bodies? I want to see less dieting and more loving. Because your body isn’t the thing that needs change, it’s the way you treat it.
So here I am, in my swimwear (which is scary but necessary) to prove that your shape, your size – it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to feel empowered enough to get into the ocean, which to me is one of the most beautiful experiences there is in life. So go get some super cute swimwear, put on tonnes of SPF and go out and enjoy yourself. Because every body is a beach body, yours included.