Once upon a time, bathing suits meant fun times.

by Patricia on May 7, 2009 · 3 comments

Remember those days when the protruding belly was cute in your little pink two-piece? And having a little chub on your thighs was adorable? Sadly those days are long gone (for me at least).


That’s me around age 3. I wasn’t very camera shy back then; in fact I was a bit of a ham. My how things change.  I much prefer to be behind the camera now.  But those were the days, weren’t they?  No notion of body image.  I just knew that swimsuits meant fun… the beach, the sprinkler, a baby pool out on the lawn… slip n’ slide!  Who could forget slip n’ slide?  No nagging worries like “does my butt look big?” or “should I suck in my tummy?“.   I was just happy to be out in the sun and playing in my super cute pink suit which I loved (as you can tell by my stylish pose).  

Fast forward to today and bathing suits bring a great deal of anxiety to me. Squeezing into a little piece of fabric and parading all of my curves around outside of the confines of my little apartment?… well, the thought of it makes me queasy.  This year more than years past because I gained about twenty pounds last year.  Maybe I ate too many cupcakes?  A mix of stress, eating whatever-whenever, and lack of exercise contributed.  Sure, the cupcakes probably didn’t help the equation, but I refuse to give them up completely… I like my treats too much.  Although, I may cut back a little bit on the butter-sugar-chocolate trifecta at least until I reach the point that the words “bathing suit season” no longer makes my entire body cringe.  

I’ve been upping my exercise.  And attempting to up my fruit and veggie intake.  Both of these are good things and are working… slowly.  But I realized something today.  I’ve only been partially committed so far.  Oh sure, I’ve lost about two pounds in the last few weeks.  But that’s only two pounds in about a month.  The right direction but… meh.  Too slow.  This has  lead me to a decision.  I need to get serious about it if I really do want the pounds to come off.  This means doing some things I don’t like to do like keeping a food journal. Ugh, I really hate keeping a food journal. But it is amazing how aware I become of every piece of candy I eat at my desk when I have to write it all down.  

But it also means doing some things that I do enjoy like embracing the fruits and veggies of the season… and discovering new ways to eat them.  I love shopping at the farmer’s market and the spring and summer bring out the best fruits here in sunny California.

 So I am committing right here and now that I will lose those pesky pounds.  I have not yet figured out how I will balance baking with this goal but I’ll have to find a way (I can’t give up baking).  Meanwhile I’m trying to get in touch with my inner three year old.  I mean, think of how much easier it would be if I just started to believe that a little extra belly hanging out of a two piece really is cute?

Do you have any fitness goals this spring?  How are you handling the upcoming “swimsuit season”?  How do you maintain your girlish figure?


1 Patricia May 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm

@Julia – I decided to sign up for a bootcamp fitness program to get myself back into a habit. I know once I’m over that hump (it’s just so hard to get off of the couch if all I’ve been doing is sitting on the couch), maintaining the exercise routine will be easy. I used to work out all of the time and I craved exercise the way I crave brownies now. So I’m hoping to get somewhere near that point again. My weight loss goal is flexible, my fitness and health are really the priority. And swimsuit season? Well… I may just hide in a coverup and read a good book.
btw – I picked up some agave nectar the other day at Trader Joe’s to experiment with sugar-free baking. I’m just not sure what to do with it now that I have it.

@Bread and Jam – The worryimg about my backside I think began in 7th grade for me when an 8th grade boy made a comment about it. Darn those boys. Haha.

2 Bread and Jam May 11, 2009 at 3:48 am

I had to laugh at the header for this post. My sister and I were just reminiscing the other day about bathing suits when we were little meaning fun times and how we actually dread them now. I never worried about my backside view when I was little. At what age did that start, really? :)
The chore of suit shopping actually puts me in a very bad mood that can only be lifted by going for lunch which means dessert too. I wish I had some good advice for getting into bathing suit shape. I usually try to step up the toning exercises more around this time and curb my sweets and carbs to a few times a week. I am still hoping that someday soon, someone will invent a suit that fashionably covers every inch of our thighs and it will be all the rage.

3 Julia May 7, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I definitely have a fitness goal as well….20 pounds would be nice, but I’d be happy with about 10 and more muscle tone. I’m not thinking about swimsuit season at the moment….I like to pretend it doesn’t really exist! One useful excuse for me is that with my fair skin I can’t be out in the sun for very long or I’ll burn (even with high SPF sun block on). As far as maintaining (or trying to lose) I try to combine 30-45 minutes of cardio (I have an exercise bike and watch a tv show or movie, or now that’s it’s getting nice out ride my bike outside or walk) and do some muscle tone stuff like push-ups (the girly kind), and crunches, and squats. I must agree with you, as much as I hate it, I am better at watching what I eat and more honest with myself when I keep a food and/or exercise journal.

To balance your baking with trying to lose some weight you could look into some “alternative” sugars. I use splenda and it substitutes for sugar beautifully for *most* things. There are still some things where sugar is a must. There is also a splenda brown sugar that is nice. And instead of real full-o-fat butter, use an alternative like smart balance (it even helps lower your cholesterol lol). They have come out with smart balance 50/50 butter sticks which are really nice to bake with. I’m sure there are lots more (and probably better) suggestions, but these are two simple ones that I use to help ease my conscious when baking oh so yummy things.

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