Gray Camo Top: Billabong Rashguard
Black Swimming Shorts: Express
I've been trying to fight off all those derogatory adjectives and turn my focus on the parts that I love about them. For example, I like my toes. They're all nice, smooth, round and cute. I like how my feet are proportioned, even though they are wide and hard to fit into some shoes. I like my thighs as they are firm and strong. I like the smooth skin on my legs. They are God's gift through genetics.
When I began consciously "admiring" myself during the trip, I had the best time! I went surfing for the first time, and thought about what to do on top of the board rather than how I look while doing it. I didn't concern myself with how my stomach bulged nor how my cellulite showed. I wore what pleased me and didn't bother to care about what people might say about me. At the end of the day, all I received was compliment after compliment. That shut the mean voice in my head up!
I've been teaching myself to shun away from society's boxed up standards on beauty and learning to love every bit of my body. Yes, even the floppy bits and odd curves that I was ashamed of and kept under wraps for so long. After all, they are every bit a part of my body and this is the only one I have. I have to stop taking those things for granted and start appreciating what I have been blessed with.
My body may not be perfect, but it is complete and healthy. And I love it. :)