Rock What Your Mama Gave You


Hey there!

Just when I thought I couldn’t be MORE grossed out by public pools you guys have to scare me more! Oh man. It will seriously be like Fear Factor when I stick my toe into that water…

I hope you are having a good Wednesday. :) Today has been a busy one…another training day, orders completed, and lots of business stuff going on. Git er done…!

Lunch consisted of leftovers…

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I simply took my lentil Neat Sauce out of the freezer and it thawed in the fridge overnight.

My fridge has certainly been working for me overnight lately…from Vegan Overnight Oats to de-thawing the next day’s food. ;)

This portion is about 2 cups worth, so I split it into 2 lunches.

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With some discounted organic celery- which might I add, still has a lot of life left in it!

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I actually got up and grabbed the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus for a dip. :) Celery is just…plain on its’ own.

Dessert- Dried organic apricots. One of my all time favourite snacks…

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Dinner was leftovers from last night’s Feelin’ Good Stew. I just love this stew! I was looking forward to it all day.

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I love the addition of the quinoa in this stew…I’m so glad I threw it in on a whim! It really bulked it up.

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Dessert was a tablespoon of organic dark chocolate chips and 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil melted in the micro.

Random yet blissful.

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Eric and I just got back from a visit to a sports store where I tried on 1 piece swimsuits (for triathlon training) and padded bike shorts. I left feeling like a 7 year old with a diaper issue. :mrgreen: Hopefully I have more luck at the next store!

I really need to get used to the idea of wearing a 1 piece swimsuit again. I actually laughed when I tried one on and looked in the mirror. Seven year old or a grown woman, I couldn’t be sure…

Tonight’s question- Do you own a swimsuit and if so, what kind(s) do you rock? 1 piece, bikini, tankini, thong, bikini, speedo…? ;)

Any suggestions for a killer training swimsuit?

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Also if you’d like to win a bag of premium chia seeds from Chia Seeds Direct, give me your best tip for SWIMSUIT CONFIDENCE below! Open to Canadian and US residents only please. Contest closes Thursday at 5pm EST.

My best tip for swimsuit confidence is to rock what your mama gave you. No one else has YOUR unique body so go show it off and strut your stuff. Be proud of who you are and how hard you work each day to keep yourself healthy and fit.

On that note, I’m going to pass out on the couch…it has been a long day! Can’t wait to snuggle my man and watch some Marriage Ref (Tom Papa we love u!).

Have a great night. :) Stay tuned for one AMAZING giveaway tomorrow!


In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
Albert Schweitzer

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Jenny April 21, 2010

Swimsuit confidence: get a spray tan (no tanning beds!), smile big and enjoy the no doubt BEAUTIFUL ocean!!!!


jvegegirl April 22, 2010

My best tip is just to rock it!


Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 21, 2010

My best tip for swimsuit confidence is to NOT try it on under the florescent lights of ANY store! Buy it and try it on at home..lights at home at always kinder!


Chelsea April 21, 2010

I own two swimsuits and they are both bikinis. I would like to get a newer swimsuit this year; maybe I’ll get a tankini?

My best swimsuit confidence tip is to do a quick 5-10 minute body weight workout (push ups, planks, lunges, ab work) before you adorn yourself with your swimsuit. I read somewhere that the quick workout will give your muscles a boost so that they look more defined. Plus the quick workout should give you some endorphins which will give you the confidence to rock that swimsuit in style!

Good luck with the triathlon swimsuit and bike short shopping!


Lauren April 22, 2010

I agree with the quick workout idea! :)


Ambre - The 3-Day Walker April 21, 2010

Strut your stuff, don’t worry about what other people are thinking. You look beautiful just the way you are :)


Taylor April 21, 2010

Do something while you are wearing your swimsuit!!! My best tip for swimsuit confidence is not just to lay there trying to bronze yourself while worrying about what you look like. Get up and play volleyball, run/walk along the beach, and swim in the water! You will get more color this way anyways AND being active will make you feel more confident and proud of your rockin’ body!!


Molly April 21, 2010

Rock what you got- in a snazzy color that suits you! Since I was a competitive swimmer for 7 years, I swear by Speedo or TYR. I always go for a black suit with some sort of fun/bright colored design added to it. I love one-piece suits…but beach-time obviously calls for the bikini! Hope I win those Chiasssssss! Yum!


Gina April 21, 2010

My best tip for swimsuit confidence is find the right swimsuit to fit your body shape and hide your imperfections, if you think you have them ;)


Candice April 21, 2010

The other swimsuit advice is great! But also remember not to stress too much because hopefully you’ll be under water most of the time!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 21, 2010

Ah the one piece… he. I’d say to pick something SUPER cute instead of just plain black!


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 21, 2010

Swimsuit confidence: SMILE. If you walk around with a frown and stare straight at the ground, you’ll look as uncomfortable as you feel. But if you put on a big smile and look straight ahead, you project confidence that radiates.


Jenn April 21, 2010

I like to rock out my tri-training-self with a racer back speedo or a TYR. A suggestion for suits in highly chlorinated water…get something made out of polyester. The cholorine will eat it up and then stretch out – that has been my experience with both brands of suits if not polyester.
Rocking out with your bathing suit confidence to me means, appreciating the body that I have been working on to bring to optimal health and strutting it on deck! Back rolls and all!!


Michelle April 21, 2010

Though I’m overweight, I’ve never struggled with wearing a swimsuit. Wanna know why? It’s because I’m always there to SWIM. I love the water, and that tops any insecurites I may be feeling ;)


Kyle Janet April 21, 2010

My tip? Think about ALL the thoughts that you’re thinking about yourself – then realize that everyone else is thinking about THEIR bodies JUST as much – they don’t have time to think about you!

And don’t judge others if you don’t want to be judged :D


Tamnmy Root April 21, 2010

My best advice for rocking that body is to be PROUD of yourself — proud of the healthy food you feed your body, proud of the awesome shape you have achieved with the hours of running, lifting weights, doing yoga, living a relatively stress-free life..

We take awesome care of our bodies and they do not fail us — we are strong, REAL, unique…our bodies allow us to walk, run, bake, snuggle with the hubby, live a fulfilling life.

Thus, be PROUD, and know that your body is not about what it looks like (yes, we all have flaws, dimples, flab), but what it can do for you!!!

My body is going to allow me to run a 5k this weekend to support pediatric brain cancer. Ange — you body is going to allow you to finish a half marathon and a TRI. How on Earth can we be ashamed of something that can allow us to accomplish THAT?? :) Flaunt it and be PROUD!


Alysa April 21, 2010

Don’t check yourself out too often! Be confident in your bikini and you will look even more beautiful :)


Laura April 21, 2010

I recently started to rock a bikini for the first time since I was a kid. However I do really want a one piece for swimming in. I can’t win the chia seeds, but being proud is the key, my stretchmarks just show that I was bigger and now I’m not, I’m so proud of what I have achieved.


Allison @ Food For Healing April 21, 2010

i definitely like wearing a bikini. And as you said Rock what your mama gave you! You should feel confident in whatever swim suit you wear, it doesn’t matter what others think, its what you think about yourself. Do what you feel is comfortable. You’ve gotta be comfortable in your own skin, because well… you’re the one wearing it for the rest of your life!


Shanna April 21, 2010

This is my first post — yay!

I found your website through a link on yumsugar and I’m now a devoted fan of yours. In fact, you’re my daily fix! I”m loving all the new food ideas as well.

My tip for confidence in a swimsuit is just 2 simple steps:
1) Set of 20 pushups, 50 situps, and 20 squats before you go
2) Fabulous pair of wedges (think approx 3″) because a tiny heel always makes the legs look long, lean, and awesome


Meg April 21, 2010

My swimsuit confidence tip: stand tall with confidence and think you’re the “sh!t”…who will be able to judge someone who has that much confidence!?!?


Jessica April 21, 2010

My boyfriend gave me the best swimsuit advice. He said own it and rock it. I would also never ever in a million years wear a two piece (maybe tankini but not bikini).


Catherine Khouri April 21, 2010

I agree with lots of the ladies above me – you just gotta not worry about what other people are thinking. No one is criticizing you as much as yourself so you just have to let it go and be comfortable with yourself!


Jil April 21, 2010

For me – it’s just owning whatever type of suit you are in and whatever situation you are in. Stand tall! (You’ll obv look thinner and more confident). It’s taken a long time for me to feel okay and not cross my arms over my stomach in a suit…but I’m glad to say my suit confidence is back…and I think wearing that confidence will shine way more than any suit will. :)


Coley April 21, 2010

Confidence is the key… even if you feel like a dork, act like you think your hot stuff and ppl will believe it! You’ll stand out if you hide behind a towel, strut your stuff :)


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad April 21, 2010

My tip is to choose a suit that fits nicely. Fit is very important. Once you’ve got that down, rock it!


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow April 21, 2010

Ahhh the lovely one piece! I think the key to confidence is to complete the outfit! :) Throw on a swim cap + goggles and you are simply going to be the hottest thing out there! Or at the least you will look like everyone else so who cares right. Be proud girl. You are strong and inspiring the world.


Steph April 21, 2010

I wear bikinis for the beach, pool lounging, hot tubbing, etc and I’ve got a couple one piece swimsuits for swim training. Being comfortable in a swimsuit is something I’ve always battled with but we’re all our own worst critic but there’s no such thing as a perfect body. I just remind myself that I’m not the dimples in my thighs or the jiggle in my arms, I’m a whole, healthy person! Also everyone else is at the pool or beach to exercise or relax, not to judge me, so get over myself! (I love chia!!)


Camille April 21, 2010

Swimsuit confidence is all about remembering that no one is built the same! Your body is unique and that is what makes it beautiful.


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 21, 2010

My best tip: Don’t judge a swimsuit (or your body) by how it looks in the store. Dressing room mirrors can make Gisele look like a heifer. Take a few options home and try them on there.

If all else fails, remember that most people are going to be so focused on their own body problems they’re not going to pay attention to what you think are yours.


Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks April 21, 2010

Totally agree with the “rock what your mama gave you” sentiment. Really, that’s great advice for all the time, not just swimsuit time =)

My tip — a higher cut leg hole will make your legs look longer. If your legs are short like mine, you’ll be pleased with the optical illusion!


JenB April 21, 2010

My tip would be to go shopping on a day when you feel great to start with! Take an honest friend and be prepared to try on ALOT OF suits! ITs not like it was 10 years ago – there are so many options now that are flattering to all different types of bodies! Its just like jeans,takes some patience and hard work!


Liz April 21, 2010

I prefer bikinis.

My tip for rocking the swim wear is to wear something that you are comfortable, something that you feel good wearing. Comfort while strutting your stuff = confidence.


Jamie April 21, 2010

I haven’t bought a one-piece yet, but I’m starting to feel self-conscious being the only one in a (modest) bikini swimming laps in my college pool.

I am NOT self conscious in the pool area in my two piece, since I am thinking about what my body is capable of DOING. My body is STRONG, and I’d much rather have curves and strength than be “skinny-fat”


Jennifer@ April 21, 2010

I alwyas just try and remember no matter how I perceive myself my body is strong and powerful. It is difficult, but I also try to think that my body is unique and I should be proud of how I look!


Jennifer@ April 21, 2010

I always just try and remember no matter how I perceive myself my body is strong and powerful. It is difficult, but I also try to think that my body is unique and I should be proud of how I look!


Lisa April 21, 2010

I wear a one piece lap swimming suit. They last about a year before I need to buy a new one. I believe it’s polyester. They aren’t the most flattering but I will NOT be seen in a bikini! The downside to losing a lot of weight is the loose skin. :(


Lizzie April 21, 2010

My man and I are watching playoff hockey . .. less snuggling and more on the edge of our seating . . ha ha! Bizarre since neither of us really cares about it that much. But this game is just so good! Double overtime!

I have both a one piece and a bikini (random white bottom and several different tops). I love the one piece – I feel so strong and fit when I where it . . even if I am flailing after 5 laps :) Also I’ve had two rather laughable incidents at the beach where my top either totally came off or briefly forgot what it’s job was for about 5 seconds – have to love those big waves! If it’s a 2 piece it has to be sporty – no strings please!


Kristen April 21, 2010

I am a triathlete myself and understand that a one-piece training suit isn’t always the biggest confidence booster.
Of course , as with anything, there is mental and physical confidence boosting that must take place!
Mental: You are a fit and beautiful woman! Many women do not have the confidence it takes to wear a bathingsuit in public, that fact that you are makes you BEAUTIFUL!
Physical: Good posture, strutt your stuff! Chest out, back straight, remember all that stretching stuff your pilates teacher said? Now is the time to utilize it! Posture tip: Stick your chest out and roll your shoulders forward, while keeping your belly button tight against your back bones (this helps hold a strong core). Also, do a quick high intensity weight session prior to going out. Get that butt sore, those beautiful thighs burning, and the arms on fire! This will make you feel accomplished and strong!
REMEMBER**** Confidence is key! The ugliest person in the world can make themselves beautiful just by glowing with happiness and love!


Lucy April 21, 2010

I like to do lunges/squats because then my legs feel STRONG

Reply April 21, 2010

There are so many bathing suits out there to choose from, sometimes it can be overwhelming! The best tip is go with a bathing suit shape that you feel most comfortable in, I have always found that jcrew’s bathing suits always fit well and they come in the cutest patterns! No matter what always know that every body is different and there is no such thing as a perfect body, we are all unique and special! Your body is strong and beautiful, when you feel good on the inside you shine on the outside : ) So rock that bathing suit with charm and a smile!


Megan April 21, 2010

My number one tip to rock your time in a swimsuit: SMILE! I’ve felt horribly uncomfortable in my bathing suit in the past, but once I realized that enjoying myself was the most important thing, how I looked didn’t seem so important. Especially at the beach – the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and there is beautiful sand to relax on…how could you be worried about cellulite??


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