Well hello there. I am post sweat sauna, pre shower writing this post for you lovely babes. Have any of you been to Sweatheory in Hollywood? I did their 60 minute sauna session today and OH MAN was I hot an sweaty. I’ll do a recap of my experience and more tips on inferred saunas later.
Other than that, my half marathon training is right on track! Except (surprise!) I decided to run my half marathon in San Fransisco a day early—July 8th. One of my best friends and clients, who actually convinced me to run the race in the first place, just moved to SF. So in efforts to keep the dream team together, I’m flying up to NorCal to run it with her!
Any HH|HH babes in San Fran?!
Anyways…enough with the updates.
It’s officially summer in LA which means bikini season for this babe. I’m obsessed with going to the beach! I try to go at least twice a week. It’s my happy place for sure.
Something about laying out under the sun, reading a book or even working on the blog, with good music playing. And y’all know I’m obsessed with my outdoor workouts, which are perfect for the beach!
I feel so…AT PEACE.
And I’m not talking body shaming from other people, because those haters don’t deserve a second of my time. I’m talking internal body shaming.
These days, with all the “Instagram perfect” bikini bodies flooding our news feed, it’s so easy to forget what realistic, physical human being looks like…IN PERSON. Sometimes, I even forget what I look like in person, because—you know—social media is allll about the angles.
Even my own body does not look as good as it does on social media all the time.
I mean, of course I have good days were I’m just totally feeling myself. My abs are poppin’, my tan is on point, I ACTUALLY SHAVED MY LEGS. Guys, I literally live for those days.
But it’s important that I don’t beat myself up on days that I don’t look like that.
So yeah, body shaming can totally happen internally. And that’s what I want to specifically address in today’s post: body POSITIVITY.
+ Affirmations. I’ve mentioned positive self talk/affirmations before. And if there’s a time a place for them, summer is definitely it! Just like affirmations help you with productivity, emotional health, and motivation, it can also help with body positivity. Literally look at yourself in the mirror and say OUT LOUT how much you love your rockin’ bod. Throughout the day (especially on days with your sporting a bikini), give yourself daily reminders on why you love your body. And it doesn’t have to be physical reasons! For example: I love my body because I can exercise with it. I love my body because I can swim in the ocean with it. BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t love what you look like too! Affirm it all, babes.
+ Surround yourself with people you trust. Putting on a swim suit, no matter the context, can be a pretty intimate thing in a way. You are exposing your body in a way most clothes don’t. And you’re potentially leaving yourself wide open for judgment (see my next point for why I freaking hate this so much). So making sure you’re with people who value you and that you trust is huge. It’s important to feel comfortable! If you’re with people who you constantly worry are judging you, it’s hard to enjoy yourself.
+ Compliment other babes! Good karma is real, people. My absolute BIGGEST pet peeve is women who body shame other women. I meannnnn, HOW unnecessary to put someone down in such an intimate and personal way. So I always try to combat such things by complimenting other women. You don’t know how much it makes my day when someone says something nice about me! And that’s true for all women out there. A compliment can make someones day. You never know when someone is feeling insecure, so fill their head with confident thoughts by COMPLIMENTING them. And seriously, good karma is real. So whatever you put out there is going to come right back!
+ Avoid comparison at all costs. I mean, this is totally a given. But from personal experience, it’s SO hard. Avoiding comparison definitely starts with affirmations though. So the more you talk positively to yourself, the less you’ll find yourself looking at other people in comparison. Also, as I mentioned before, social media can be a comparative black hole. So I made it a habit to unfollow anyone I was comparing myself to. I try to keep me feed full of amazing babes that I’m inspired by!
+ Do good things for your body, you know… because you LOVE it. Exercise. Do yoga. Meditate. Eat healthy food. Get enough sleep. Practice doing things that you know is good for your body. The more positive vibes you bring to your bod by daily routines can help how you feel about yourself. Body positivity is all about the actions we take towards our health (both mental & physical).
What are ways that you practice body positivity? How do you combat body shaming?
Let me know babes!