April has brought this beautiful, warmer weather, and I can’t help but think about….you know it’s coming….SUMMER.
For those of us insecure, body-conscious ones, ( Pssh yeah right!!!) this brings about a small bout of anxiety as we think about how we meant to stick with our New Years Resolutions to work out, but haven’t actually thought about working out in over 2 months. Or those big ambitions to do a Whole30, which turned out to actually be a Whole3 followed by an excessive binge on all the sugar-laden foods we missed.
Even if you’re not in that ^ extreme, maybe you’ve been exercising and trying your best to eat right, but life happens and stress happens and you still feel insecure about your body.
The hard thing about the fitness industry is that some (maybe a lot) companies/trainers/online fitness & nutrition gurus like to play off your insecurities. When we are insecure, whether about our bodies, life, ability as parents, etc., we believe deep down that we will be happier if something was different about us. Those diet ads and fitness marketing try to affirm the lie that you will be happier if you could go to the beach confident in your bikini, or if you had visible abs, or…whatever.
I’m just wanting to dispel a few lies as we go into “bikini body” season (*big eye roll*)
- Your body doesn’t have to look a certain way to be a bikini body. You know what it requires? Your body + a bikini. That’s it. There’s no certain way to have a summer-ready body. They way you look this summer will be your summer-ready body, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Just take “bikini body” or “summer body” or whatever body out of your vocabulary. Right. Now.
- Stop treating your body like a trend. Your body shouldn’t change and fluctuate with the newest trends. “Strong is the new skinny” makes me mad…both strong and skinny, and big and tall and small and petite, are all perfectly fine and beautiful. I don’t think anyone should try to change as a way to fit what is deemed as “beautiful” for a certain season. It’s only temporary, but the health of your body is forever.
- Focus on long-term health, not short-term aesthetic goals. Why do you work out and eat healthy? Is it so you can look good in a dress you’re going to wear once? Or do you do it so that you can look good for summer and then throw it all out the window once you start covering up again? Here’s the deal– When you decide you want to make healthy living a lifestyle change rather than a means to a vain end, things like wearing a bathing suit in the summer won’t phase you. Be the person that’s in it for the long haul…your body deserves it. Make strength and ability your goal, and all other desires will fall into place.
- Confidence comes from within. Stop thinking “When I look this way, then I will be confident,” or “If I only looked like so-and-so, then I would be confident enough to wear that dress, too.” OR WHATEVER. There will always be something you are insecure about with your body if you don’t realize that confidence comes from a state of mind. When you are confident in your skin, then you rock whatever you put on your body.
- Everyone’s too concerned about their bikini bodies to worry about yours. Seriously… It’s freeing to realize that the only person nitpicking yourself is you. No ones going to notice that 5 lbs you gained this year, I promise! And anyone who is spending their time nitpicking you.. Well let’s just say their opinion doesn’t really matter, anyway. 🙂
Do what makes you strong, healthy, and happy… Forget about the rest. Have fun at your summer activities and don’t let something like bathing suits suck the fun out of living life!
My beloved favorite breakfast place in town, The Egg & I, just came out with a new spring special- Lemon Berry Ricotta Pancakes. This last week I convinced my husband to get them (he didn’t need too much convincing) and of course I ate lots off his plate. They were DELICIOUS and I knew right away I had to make them myself. The texture…. Guys, THE TEXTURE!!! The ricotta makes the pancakes so divinely smooth and rich. You HAVE to try these for your next weekend brunch. Prepare to be amazed! (No they are not “healthy” but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them!)
Makes 1-2 servings (depending on how hungry you are)
- 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend (you could do 1 part coconut flour, 1 part almond flour, and 1/2 part tapioca flour)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup light ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Juice and zest of 2 lemons
- 1 tsp almond extract
- Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) in a small bowl.
- In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs and ricotta cheese together until completely smooth. Add maple syrup, lemon juice, zest, and almond extract, and whisk again until well incorporated.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until clumps are mostly gone.
- Heat up a pan or griddle over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray or melt a little butter. Add batter to pan or griddle in 1/4 cup portions. Let cook on one side for a couple minutes, then flip and cook additional 3-4 minutes on the other side.
- Repeat for the rest of the batter. Serve with fresh berries, lemon curd, or sweetened ricotta cheese on top. Enjoy!