I have been struggling with my weight now for a couple of years. I am definitely plus size, and I hate it. But I have finally come to realise, at 41 years old. I either embrace it, or do something about it, I can not go on being miserable in my own body. Check out my tips on how to get summer body confidence.
Disclosure – I was gifted this tankini from UK Swimwear, but all views are my own.
I have not always been plus size, in fact in my early 20’s I was a size 8 (which is ridiculous as I am 5’9 and a half – [yes the half makes a difference!!] and I am big boned. But even then, I still had body confidence issues. I would wear a bikini, but I would certainly cover up when I was walking around the pool. I am and always have been a confident person, but in my underwear is a very different matter!!!
The bigger I got my body confidence just got worse and worse. Of course on holiday this is heightened as I want to feel comfortable enough to wear swimwear.
The last couple of years I have opted for a tankini as it is like wearing a bikini but covers up the unsightly belly! But there came another problem. I couldn’t find nice plus size tankinis. UK Swimwear however was my saviour! They have gorgeous swimwear in sizes ranging from size 8 – size 26. Not only do they do plus size they also offer a great selection of mastectomy swimwear.
7 Tips on How to Feel More Body Confident on Holiday
Fake Tan. A tan is definitely thinning, however, I have certainly had a few mishaps! My favourite was when my step son told me I looked orange! However, before I go on holiday or get my legs out, I ALWAYS make sure they have fake tan on them!
Good Swimwear – there is nothing better than feeling good in your swimwear. If it doesn’t fit or looks worn you won’t feel as confident.
Water proof makeup – now I am not one of those women who have a full face of makeup on by the pool. However, I still do wear a little face makeup and mascara. I just feel more confident that way. If I feel more confident, I have a better time.
Hair Care – I have long hair and nearly always wear it up anyway. But on holiday as it is hot, I will nearly always wear it in a high pony tail or a messy bun. I certainly don’t want to be ruining it by blow drying it twice a day… so I don’t. I also always carry leave in moisturiser with me and this is a lifesaver for my hair.
Heels – Now I know this always makes me look better, however, I definitely opt for comfort these days. So live in my flats. I always do take a pair of heels with me though, and I always feel better wearing them. Apart from after though when my feet are killing!!
Posture – After years of dancing when I was younger, I know how important posture is. In fact it is something I have let slip a little recently. However, when I stand tall with my stomach held in (well as much as I can!) and my shoulders down I know I look better.
Water – I have never enjoyed drinking water, however, over the last week I have made sure I have drunk at least 3 litres a day. Wow the difference I have felt. Even my eyes look brighter. This is even more important in the heat, so make sure you drink plenty.
Last, it’s important to note that everyone deserves to feel confident during the summer, regardless of body shape.
If you want even more motivation check out Lisa’s great post on body confidence.