Summer is well and truly on it’s way now, and along with summer comes pool parties, beach-going, skimpier clothing, and of course bikinis. Depending on how you’ve spent your winter months you may find yourself wondering: Am I too fat to wear a bikini this year?
Here’s what to do if you find yourself asking this question.
Are Your Concerns Real?
Step 1: You need to establish whether or not your concerns are real, or just in your head.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll know that you can be your own worst critic sometimes.
It’s worth knowing if your concerns about your weight are real or imagined. Sure, maybe you let your diet fly out the window during the colder months so that you could stay warm with comfort food; but did all that food actually go to your thighs and butt like you keep telling yourself?
Unless you’ve got concrete proof to show that you’ve definitely gained weight then don’t stress yourself out for no reason.
Remember, weight is just a number on a scale and not necessarily a good measure of how you actually look, so don’t give it too much thought.
Instead, you’ll want to cut right to the chase, and see exactly how that bikini actually looks when you’re wearing it.
How to Tell If Your Bikini Looks Bad
Shock! Horror! I don’t mean to stress you out with this step ladies, but it is a necessary process.
First of all, what is ‘bad’, and how do you define it?
I don’t intend to body-shame anyone, and I certainly don’t believe it is right to ever do so. In my opinion, ‘Bad’ is if you do not look like you want to look. It’s not about numbers on a scale or on a measuring tape, or what the latest supermodels look like. It’s about how you want to present yourself to the world.
Here, you’ll be trying on your bikini – in the privacy of your own home – and scrutinizing yourself in the mirror.
The purpose of this exercise is to get comfortable with your body and how it looks. This is not meant to make you feel bad, or depressed, or give up eating for the next few days.
Instead, you need to be aware of what you’re working with. In any journey there is a starting point and an end point. Today we’ll find that start point.
How To Check Yourself Out In A Mirror
To do this, you’ll need a full length mirror or wall mirror where you are able to see your entire body from head to toe.
You’ll also need a second mirror that you can use to check your reflection so you’ll be able to see what you look like from all angles. This can be a small hand mirror if you have nothing else.
Many people avoid looking at their bodies in the mirror, because they are afraid of what they might discover. Some people don’t even realize that this is the reason why they don’t keep an eye on the state of their bodies regularly.
But knowing how your body looks allows you to make positive changes and take action to make it into the way you want it to be.
Ignoring a problem doesn’t solve anything, it just allows things to snowball, which can put you in a worse position once you do finally find out. So take a deep breath and let’s do this.
First of all, you’ll need light, and plenty of it. Forget hiding your body in dim lighting.
If you’re planning on wearing your bikini outdoors, you’ll be fully exposed to bright lighting in the form of the sun, and there’ll be no hiding of imperfections. You want to be fully aware of how you might look in this situation, so get yourself some good lighting for this exercise.
You’ll want to try on your bikini and stand in front of the mirror. How does your body shape up?Next, you need to also check out your rear. Stand with your back to the full length mirror, and using your second mirror, hold it up to your face and angle it so that you can see your reflection in the full length mirror.
You can also do this with a camera instead of a second mirror:
You should be able to see your back and butt, but by turning a little you can also use this trick to check out your sides and other viewing angles of your body that you may not usually see.
Having a Positive Self Image
Doing this little exercise will help you to figure out if you are confident enough to wear that bikini outdoors in public or not.
Are you willing to wear this outfit in public and have others see you like this?
You should also keep in mind that you can be your own worst critic. It is highly likely that other people will not scrutinize your minor imperfections as much as you, so don’t go throwing your bikini in the bin just because you might have a little cellulite on your butt or thighs.
Having a positive self image and the right mental attitude is paramount to looking good in a bikini. In the end, the way your body looks is just an extension of what you believe and the confidence that you project to others.
But I Don’t Like the Way I Look, I’m Too Fat!
Don’t feel bad if you aren’t happy with what you see in the mirror. The absolute worst thing you can do at this stage is to feel sorry for yourself.
Many people fall trap to the ‘self pity’ mentality. They get into a pattern of helplessness and then do nothing to change their situation.
They may even turn to food or other unhealthy habits as a source of comfort. Guess what this does for the problem – it makes it worse.
I’m here to help you break that pattern!
If you weren’t happy with what you saw; if your body is not the way you want it to be; then you need to take positive action.
No one can do anything to change you except yourself. The question is, what will you do?
Instead of asking yourself self-defeating questions like “Why am I always so fat“, and then feeling helpless and sorry for yourself, try this:
Ask yourself something positive, like: “How can I make my body look fit and healthy, and have fun doing it?”
Questions like this start your brain thinking about ways it can tackle the problem you’ve identified, and allow you to take back control. Instead of feeling hopeless and helpless, you switch to being in control and powerful.
This leaves you in a much better state to be able to create the change that you want to see.
Let’s Create The Change You Wish To See
Health is a lifestyle. If you’ve identified some issues with the way your body looks that you want to change, you’ll need to change your lifestyle to align with your goals.
If you found that you think your body needs a bit of a shape up before it’s bikini ready, then make a start on an exercise program and begin watching your diet to create the changes you want.
Even just 10 minutes of exercise a day will help you firm up to a sexier shape. Why not try some of our challenges as a start?
Eating healthier also doesn’t need to be difficult or tasteless – you just need to make better food choices. The Flavilicious Cooking recipe book is a great starting point for healthy eating that doesn’t require Calorie counting, and I would highly recommend it.
If you do need to drop a few pounds or firm up a little, My Bikini Butt by Andrea Albright is a very fitting program that can help you get an awesome looking bikini body and butt!
Keep On Top Of Things Until You Succeed!
It’s very important to keep on top of how your body looks and feels, and make changes to bring it in line with how you want it to be. This is true of all things in life, not just looking good in a bikini!
I hope this exercise has helped you today, and remember that the most important thing you can do to create change is to take action – and that means now!
Here’s to your health, and looking and feeling good!