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Screw It, I'm Wearing My Swimsuit

Recently I came across a blog post on Facebook where a mom wrote about putting on her swimsuit, pushing aside her insecurities, coming out from under the sun umbrella and taking off the coverup to … get this … ENJOY playing with her children in the water! It's so simple, yet something many of us, myself included don't do.

Look, the fact is I've had better years and probably so have you. For me this summer, I was NOT in good form. But that did not give me the right to sulk and deprive my children of a few months of pure joy and excitement at the pool or at the beach. It is my responsibility as a parent to lead by example and SHOW them a good time and create happy and healthy memories. I don't want to be remembered as hiding away every summer.

This past weekend was my 17-month-old daughter’s first time at the beach — a truly precious moment, and I was NOT about to spend it worrying about my stomach rolls and cellulite.

I thought, “F– it. I know I'm gordita, but I have a cute swimsuit and really, who cares?”

Yes, I'm 30 pounds from my normal weight.

Yes, I'm bottom heavy and most of my weight is on my hips and thighs.

Yes, I have cellulite. A lot of it.

Yes, I'm working on it, but everything works slower now (yikes!).

We are grown women who should feel secure enough with ourselves to not run and hide when we aren't perfect looking.

However in the mean time, I WILL enjoy pool and beach time with my children IN the water because I love it (I really do!) and so do they. Maybe next year I'll be in better form, who knows. But for now, it is what it is.

Taking these pictures was not easy. I repeat, NOT EASY. I have never, ever, ever taken pictures of me in a swimsuit unless I looked really, really good, and that was a while back.

But I decided to just let go of my insecurities as well as get others to do it too. In order to do that, I had to have proof, evidence to back up my claims.

So here I am, all of me: hips, thighs and cellulite. Please be kind. I'm a real mama dealing with real life including depression and anxiety. If seeing these pictures gets at least ONE of you to wear your swimsuit care-free, then I've accomplished what I set out to do. Even my husband commented on how happy he was to see me playing with the kids and enjoying myself.

Yes, I care about how I look, but being smart and confident enough to know that working with what you have is what truly counts. Besides, we are grown women who should feel secure enough with ourselves to not run and hide when we aren't perfect looking.

Please, do yourself and your family a massive favor: Have an amazing last weekend of summer break and remember, just get out there. Your kids will thank you for it later, and they won't care what you look like.

They will only remember the smiles, laughter and the splashing good time they had with you, their beautiful and fun mama!

Image via BlogHer, Maria Jose Ovalle

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