The Swimsuit that Motivates Me {Or Not?}

 I almost bought a new swim suit today. So many cute ones at Target, right? Surely if I buy a new swimsuit that is super cute but a size or two too small it will motivate me to lose the weight. If I hang it up and am forced to look at it every day it will remind me (or haunt me) of my goal and my “prize” – to look great in that new suit!

I stopped myself. I have been here before. No really, THIS is the suit that will motivate me! 

From now on, I will not buy it unless it fits me.  Like, in this current try it on in the dressing room moment. Not in 5 more pounds or once I get a new haircut or once I decide I like my body or myself or my mole on my chest or my not-so-tan legs. What a waste of energy and money.

Tell me I’m not the only one who has done this? Tell me I’m not the only one who has looked for that motivate or that reason to get up and exercise every day and make healthy choices admist the ever consuming sugar carb – o- loading foodlikeproducts that society puts in front of us.

Swimsuits don’t motivate me anymore. I feel like I’ve graduated some sort of phase or something.

Don’t get me wrong – I’d love to look my best in a swimsuit. But it’s just not the driving force.

My motivation for eating right and exercising now comes from benefits like feeling better, treating my body with respect and love, having more energy, being stronger, running faster and lifting more, and living longer with more passion. Those are the things that keep moving forward every day towards the ultimate goal — to be free of  food controlling thoughts and enjoying a healthy life and body.

Thankful every morning we get to wake up with new grace filled chances. Fresh reminders that swimsuits at Target, although they are inexpensive and cheap, have no purpose being stuffed in a closet drawer for a sometime after I lose 20 pounds and go tanning day.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

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