Today, I went shopping with a patient girlfriend and came home with this (bless you and your sales, Old Navy):
And here’s why I found this important enough to blog about. When it comes to bathing suits, I still have the mentality of the Hallie who was 40 lbs. heavier than the Hallie of today. Back when I first lost weight, I bought a tankini—and would pull the top down to meet the bottom every time I wore it. All I had done was bought a one-piece that made it easier to go to the bathroom (my one-piece sisters know what I mean!).
For our upcoming trip to Palm Springs, Mitch basically told me I was “not allowed” to wear a one-piece. “My girlfriend will not look like a grandma” were his always-sensitive words. But honestly, my own body image is so warped, that I need others to tell me that I actually can wear a revealing suit, and it will be OK.
I went shopping with a friend who is a little beach bum/surfer girl. She helped me pick the right sizes and color combination. I usually go shopping by myself (when I shop, that is) but I knew I would need reinforcements here. I could not have asked for a better shopping partner. Gotta love girlfriends!
Wearing this suit by the pool in Palm Springs will push me SO beyond my comfort zone, and I think it’ll be a good experience for me (well, once the terror wears off. Yes, terror). No, I don’t have a perfect size 4 body, and my tummy will not be the flattest by the pool, but I think once I get out there, I’ll see that realistically, no one will care what I’m wearing or how I look in my suit but me. And to quote Martha, that’s a GOOD thing.
On a related note:
What foods should I eat until my trip (we leave Wednesday) to be as un-bloated as possible? I know the obvious foods to stay away from (anything processed/canned, frozen meals, deli meat, diet soda), but what would YOU eat or avoid if you were about to go on vacation? (Living on lettuce and grapes is not an option!)
Off to bed! Big morning tomorrow (details to come…but wish me luck!)