How powerful is our mindset? Well, here is one example of how our mindset can dictate how we feel about ourselves. I’m sure that I’m not alone when I say that ‘I hate bathing suit shopping’. Women all around nod their heads at this statement and can connect with the anxiety that comes with having to buy a new bathing suit and the mindset we share. For me, bathing suits has always been a necessary evil because I love water and swimming. I have never loved my body in a bathing suit and have always looked for one that would provide the most coverage. This meant that it had to be black (because we all know that black makes us look smaller), full piece and have sort of miracle selling point that would magically make my waist smaller and my ass tighter.
The Fat Girl Mindset
The truth is that I simply had a hate/hate relationship with bathing suits as it made me come face to face with all the things that I disliked about my body. The florescent lighting, small change rooms and tight fitting suits was a perfect combination for self-criticism to show up and put me down. This mindset happened over and over again, leaving me hating my body and consequently the shopping experience. If I was lucky, I would walk out with a purchase but it came at the cost of self-deprecation and utter destruction of my self-worth. This fat girl mindset destroyed any joy that I might have found in shopping
This year I declared that I would have a different mindset with the bathing suit shopping experience. I spent time with my journal to figure out how I wanted to feel when I went shopping. I wanted to feel good about the progress I had made in my health with Ideal Protein. I had not only changed my body, but had drastically shifted my health and I wanted to celebrate my growth. I also wanted to have fun! Imagine….being in the changing room and having fun, what a concept! I also wanted support and help in keeping my mindset positive so I recruited Nicole
The Power of a New Mindset
With my shopping date booked and help in tow, I dove in! I pulled all types of colours and stayed away from my trusty friend…black. I put on bikinis for the first time in my life and didn’t hate my body! I had fun with all the colours and didn’t stop to overthink and nitpick my body. I put on anything Nicole brought me and trusted her to tell me if self-criticism was taking over our shopping day. Trust the people you trust! I left the store with 5 bikinis!!! What?!?!?! AND I wore them on my vacation to Cuba a few weeks later and rocked it!
My body is not what defines me. My courage, passion, compassion and determination is what defines me. I decide what defines me and I felt an immense freedom in letting go of that old mindset that held me back not only in bathing suit shopping but in many areas of my life. I wonder what you will do with a new mindset?