How I Ditched the Summer Bod Blues

Ditch the summer bod blues blog 6.22.16

Ahhh it’s officially summer time. #YesPlease. The summer brings along great weather and fun activities, but it can be less enjoyable if you’re not feeling so great about your summer bod.

Recently, I sought out some shorts for the first time this season. As I pulled them on and zipped ‘em up, I found that while they *technically* fit, they were also *really* uncomfortable. OOF.

Let’s be real–I haven’t been exercising regularly lately, and it would have been a pleasant surprise if they had fit. Still, I felt discouraged.

I’ll admit to grumping a bit and getting annoyed at myself for not making more time for exercise. But then I realized that it’s already well into June aka Short Season Central. What I needed to do was get real and make an adjustment to the Get Fit Quick scheme instead of spending any more time feeling guilty.

Why spend the summer feeling crappy about something you can’t fix overnight?

I went out the next day, and I bought new shorts. Did I want to buy ‘em? Not really. But do I want to feel comfortable and enjoy wearing shorts in the hot summer? Oh heck yes. Now, the new shorts fit better and look good. This one simple adjustment helped me feel so much better all around. It also allows me to get back into exercising regularly on less Must Happen Now terms.

Sometimes, we place arbitrary limits on ourselves. “I can do this when I get ___.” but what if there’s no concrete timeline for when you get the thing that you’re waiting for?

I know I want to get more in shape, and I know that I will. I also know that it’s not realistic for me implement some magical exercise regime overnight. Or to fit into the shorts again by July 4th weekend 😉 By doing something simple like getting new shorts, I gave myself permission to feel comfortable again, and to stop feeling guilty for no good reason. I know exactly why I haven’t been to the gym, and it’s not because I’ve been hanging on the couch, eating Doritos. It’s not something worth feeling guilty about.

Different things take priority at different times in our lives, and that’s okay. What have you been beating yourself up about changing lately? Are you also feeling weighed down by your summer wardrobe?

This #MidweekMotivation, be gentle. Take a positive step to show yourself some self-love.


5 thoughts on “How I Ditched the Summer Bod Blues

  1. Lou says:

    I have definitely struggled with this as my body fluctuates between sizes. I recently found myself in need of new jeans (ugh) and was faced with a decision in the dressing room: the smaller size fit okay-ish, and *would* fit great after I lose a few pounds, but I decided the vanity of the smaller number wasn’t worth the discomfort and disappointment in myself for the time it would take to lose it!! I went with the larger size (feeling very mature for making that call) and now they are a little baggy–and isn’t that great!


  2. J E N N I F E R says:

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    It’d also be a great way to get your blog/writing out there.

    Please feel free to email me (jennifer@youngandtwenty) with more questions, or take a look at the ‘BEING Young & Twenty’ page on my blog.

    I hope I’ll hear from you 🙂



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