Rock What Your Mama Gave You

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 21, 2010

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…


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.


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


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…


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


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.


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

Random yet blissful.


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?


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!


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Jenny April 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm

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


jvegegirl April 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

My best tip is just to rock it!


Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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 at 8:51 pm

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 at 12:12 pm

I agree with the quick workout idea! :)


Ambre - The 3-Day Walker April 21, 2010 at 8:52 pm

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


Taylor April 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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 at 8:53 pm

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 at 8:54 pm

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 at 8:56 pm

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 at 8:56 pm

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 at 8:57 pm

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 at 8:58 pm

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 at 9:00 pm

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 at 9:01 pm

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 at 9:02 pm

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 at 9:02 pm

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


Laura April 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm

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 at 9:04 pm

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 at 9:04 pm

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 at 9:04 pm

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 at 9:04 pm

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 at 9:06 pm

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 at 9:06 pm

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 at 9:08 pm

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 at 9:08 pm

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 at 9:08 pm

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 at 9:09 pm

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 at 9:09 pm

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 at 9:10 pm

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 at 9:10 pm

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 at 9:11 pm

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 at 9:12 pm

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 at 9:15 pm

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”


[email protected] April 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm

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!


[email protected] April 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm

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 at 9:17 pm

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 at 9:19 pm

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 at 9:19 pm

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 at 9:21 pm

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


[email protected] April 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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 at 9:26 pm

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??


Run Sarah April 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Your stew looks awesome! I swam competitively so am more confident in a one piece. For bikini confidence – there is no such thing as a perfect body and we are all unique & beautiful in our own way.


destiny April 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm

oh yes! the most inportant thing you can wear with your swimsuit is a bright dazzling thankful smile that you are physically able to even rock a swimsut!!


Carly @ The Road To Health April 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I wear a bikini but have been shopping around for a strapless one piece. There are so many pretty, classic styles out there! To rock swimsuit confidence, my advice is to find a suit that you LOVE and feel great wearing! Just like with clothes, you have to feel confident and comfortable what you have on. Have fun shopping Ang :)


[email protected] April 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I am learning to “embrace the pale”. I am really fair skinned. When I was young, I used to tan, but now that I am older, I do not want to do anymore damage to my skin. I am learning to embrace my body, no matter how ghostly white it looks.


Heather ODonnell April 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Best swimsuit advice: don’t look in the mirror. Try the suit on. Move in it. Make sure it fits and that it is comfortable. Twist, bend, stoop, reach, squat. Really make sure that you love the suit. If you don’t, take it off. If you like it…THEN look in the mirror. Honestly, what is more important? How the suit feels, or what other people are going to see when they look at you?


ashley April 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Swimsuit confidence tip – get a suit that complements your body shape! I have a skirt tankini :-)


Carolyn @ April 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I decided today to do a sprint triathlon in July. I need to get A LOT of gear which has me stressed PLUS I need to take swim lessons!! I can do it, though!! :)


[email protected] Fab.Fit.Full. April 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

just don’t obsess over it and be glad that you have a healthy body to put into a bathing suit in the first place :)


[email protected] April 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

My tip is to just be CONFIDENT and play up your very best assets!!


Patrice April 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Buying a new swimsuit always helps! When you try on an old one, it might not fit or it just isn’t exciting anymore. When you have a new one to look forward to wearing then the whole experience will be so much better!

Question- Why are your dried apricots brown? The ones I get are still apricotty-colored. Have anything to do with being organic?


blair April 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

My tip for bathing suit confidence is sunscreen! No one looks good with a sunburn or skin cancer!


Caroline (Ribbons, Roads, and Raspberries) April 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Hey, no worries about the one piece! Olympians always wear one pieces, even in practice! :)

I missed the stew last night–the quinoa addition makes it gorgeous. I love the look of cooked quinoa–like pieces of glitter or sand.


Kayzilla April 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Whelps, I’m just not physically built for a bikini as my tummy has this cute little pooch that most girls don’t have. (See: Lizzie Miller picture, ie awesome plus size model in.. glamor magazine, was it? Now imagine a bigger version.)

Sooo, takinis and one pieces are my way to go! I LOVE how one pieces keep everything in, but I also like the variety of a takini.

Swimsuit confidence:
1. Buy one you like. You know, there are some really flattering plain black one piece suits you could buy. (Holla, Victoria Secret~!)
2. Remember everyone whose wearing one is too focused on what they’re doing or how they look. Honestly, no one cares.
3. Workk iiitt~! You can make anything terrible look really hot if you act like you know it looks good even if in your head you’re freaking out and second guessing yourself. It becomes natural. See: Any female, daring celebrity. If Rihanna and Lady Gaga can do it infront of millions, you can do it at a public pool/beach side/etc etc.

No extra lunges, pushups, sit-ups, hair-do’s or other various crap to hide your “flaws” will honestly make you feel confident if your brain isn’t in it. Give your brain a kick in the ass and just take it as it is instead of trying to make it into a big ol’ deal..

No human is flawed. Once anyone gets that around their head, life becomes easier because you just stop caring about everyone else’s opinion, and even the little negative voice in your head.


Stacey April 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I haven’t tried the bike shorts before. But the way they look I would imagine that they feel like a diaper.


Candice April 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I love vintage styled one piece swimsuits. I used to think one pieces were out of style, but since I’ve realized that for me, a little modesty is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of! I feel so confident and classy in a one piece with fun colors and cute details. I would add, though, rock whatever you choose to wear proudly and with confidence!


Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) April 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Get a swimsuit in a colour/pattern you LOVE. Something cute you feel comfortable in!


jessica April 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm

My best tip for bathing suit confidence is to be proud and confident in what your body can do (swim! run, walk, etc.) !


Lisa April 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Best tip for swimsuit confidence is to just be confident! Seriously. Everybody else is worrying about how they look to even worry about you.


Macey April 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

My best swimsuit shopping advice is to go out with the ladies and drink wine first! Being a little buzzed on some great red wine always makes me feel sexy!


Joy April 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I have a few bathing suits but my all time favorite one is one my grandmother bought in the 70s and when she passed away and we were cleaning out her clothes we found it with the tags still on it (she paid $2.00!!) and it is a little sailor outfit complete with a cutie skirt attached! My best advice is find one that you really like and focus on that rather than body or nerves. And as a total germaphobe don’t worry about the pool they chlorinate them SO overly that you are safer there than sitting in a chair at a restaurant!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I have a one piece speedo swimsuit for training – but I did invest in a ‘tri suit’ for races. It is perfect becuase you dont need to get changed for each of the legs!!


[email protected] April 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

My best tip is to fake it until you make it. :) But, really, I remember that other people don’t judge us or inspect us nearly as much as we do to ourselves. I’m not letting how I look in a swimsuit keep me from enjoying the water and the sun!


Heather April 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Best advice, make sure you shave! And if you love it on yourself, it looks great!


Holly April 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Well, I don’t have swimsuit confidence, but I wish I did. Maybe if I had some chia seeds I would… :) Just rock it. And realize that really, no one will remember what you looked like later in the day. So even though it might be tough in the moment, SO MANY PEOPLE will look just as silly and probably feel just as nervous. I always think of the quote in the Princess Diaries when Mia is trying on her swimsuit and says, “I look like an asparagus.” And her mom says, “Well, yes… But a very CUTE asparagus!” :)


LisaM April 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm

My best swimsuit advice is to buy one in a color or print that you LOVE! If you love the swimsuit, you will love wearing it even more and your confidence will sky rocket.


Jess April 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Find a suit that fits and rock it with some cool sunglasses and strappy sandals!


Shannon, Tropical Eats April 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm

my confidence tip is to put your shoulders back! That’s one thing my mom always reminds me of :)


Jen April 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Confidence Tip(s): If you think the swimsuit is cute/hot/fun, then that’s how you will feel. There is no sense in buying an ugly suit just because it “hides” things; I think it only makes you feel bad about your body… Also, wear sunscreen! That way you can rock your body and know that you are taking fantastic care of it!!


Steph April 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I always try and tell myself not to care what others think about how I look in a swimsuit. The only people that are judgmental are those that have their own insecurities. Its all about being confident!


Katherine April 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

My favorite swimsuit tips are:

1. go for a basic color, like black, so it always looks classic.

2. don’t look at the size!! an ill-fitting swimsuit does no one any favors and you’ll feel a million times better in a suit that fits your form, regardless of its size. goodness knows the designer couldn’t have known someone with your exact figure would need to look like a million bucks in his/her suit, so just ignore the tag.

3. when all else fails, do some extra lunges and pushups to highlight easily toned muscles :)


Cristina April 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Oh I so hope I win…those elusive chia seeds, I MUST try them!!

My best advice is less is not always more. Swimsuits lately have become more low cut, and more revealing up top. Some young girls think showing lots of skin = sexy, but really the key is to find something that fits YOUR body and have confidence!


Trisha April 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Smile and have fun in your swimsuit! Watch how carefree the liitle ones running around the pool and beach are and imitate the best you can :)


Cynthia (It All Changes) April 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

For recreational swimming I wear a tankini…but for exercise I have a Speedo one-piece.

For me swimsuit confidence is about wearing what makes you comfortable…I like to wear shorts with mine so that I enjoy the swimming and not worrying about it. You need to enjoy what you have on to rock it.


Julie @ Wearing Mascara April 21, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Swimsuit confidence: Find a swimsuit you absolutely LOVE and you will feel great :-)


Bridget @PavementandPlants April 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

My rock it tip-rock it in your house first!! I walk around my apartment in the bikini so I get used to catching my reflection in it or even just how it feels. Then when I wear it on the beach, it’s not THAT big of deal, because I’ve already been rocking it.


Merry April 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm

My tip is to make sure there’s a bra/padding component to my suit (always a 1 piece for me). Nothing makes me more ancy at the pool than bouncy nipple-itis! Geep!


John April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm

When your 80lbs overweight I don’t think you can have swimsuit confidence :-) I wore a tri-swimsuit for my OLYTRI which is tight and down to the knees. It’s suppose to reduce drag in the water.


Sophie @ yumventures April 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I love how you used your leftovers! Awesome burrito!

I agree with the padding for a bathing suit (for those of us who are less endowed) but I always make sure I am wearing a bright colored suit. The bright colors make your skin look tanner and make you look slimmer, without the skin damage and crazy diets! Neon is the new black :)


Diana April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Public places weird me out more and more the older I get. I hear ya!

For bathing suits, I always wear bikinis. I can’t remember the last time I had a one piece, but I wouldn’t mind getting one. Maybe a cute one-shoulder? :) Happy bathing suit shopping!


Leah April 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I havent bought a bathing suit in YEARS. I typically wear my old bathing suit bottoms (shorts) and whatever shirt I can find. I swim in my parents backyard so I dont worry what I look like.

My tip for bathing suit confidence is dont show more than you’re comfortable with. And dont settle for something that you feel anything less than amazing in. Be picky, and get what YOU want. Thats how you’re going to feel the most confident.


Astrid April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Find a bathing suit that is comfortable and doesn’t fall off or hang strangely. Just wear it with pride and be so grateful that you are letting yourself enjoy the water, the swim, the sun, and everything else that comes with wearing a bathing suit!


Shannon April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm

i got the one piece suit i use for lap swimming at sports basement :)

i remembered the swim team wearing simple blue suits, so i got one myself to make me feel like i’m faster and know what i’m doing!!


charline April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I say find one that accents a part of you are proud of…


Katelyn April 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Always remember: You are worried about how you look, but everyone else is worried about how they look, probably too much to even notice how you look. :)


Kim B April 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Your blog never fails to amaze and inspire me. Tonight I ran the 10k distance for the first time in my entire 27 years on this planet. Even though it took me 1 hr and a half, I finished feeling AMAZING! That has a been a huge lesson for me to learn over the years, not to compare myself to other people. I have to improve myself and not be focused on anyone else or how much faster or thinner or smarter they may be than me. My 1.5 hour 10k was slow for some people, but it was a huge milestone for me!

So that’s my bathing suit confidence tip…you can’t compare yourself to anyone else. Angela could beat me in a race and rock out a bikini that would make me (the mother of 2) look absurd! But we can’t be bathing suit shopping based on other people or feeling badly about our bodies because we don’t look as good as others do in a particular swim suit. Go out, take your time, try on a million and one bathing suits, toss aside the ones that just don’t flatter you (without a second thought, and without getting down on yourself), and pick out the swim suit that flatters YOUR body and makes YOU feel like a million dollars! You deserve to feel good about yourself at the pool because you’re amazing!


Annie April 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm

My best tip is don’t compare yourself to other women!


kara April 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm

You should definitely check out!! I’m on my high school’s swim team and I got a bunch of cute practice suits from there! They even have cute two pieces that will not fall off when you dive in :) the suits are usually discount prices as well! I would definitely recommend it.

My best swimsuit advice would be to stand tall, smile, and look like you’re brewing with self-confidence!

Thanks! I love your blog!


Kelly Michelle April 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm

My tip is to try on lots and lots of swimsuits. It is a very painful process I admit but when you find that one that fits just right and is the perfect colors and is sooo flattering (at least comparatively) it’s worth it :)


Linda April 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Just remember how amazing each part of your body is, your legs allow you to run and run and run (or in this case swim and swim and swim), your arms help mix and create delicious and good for you globars that help keep others fit and healthy, and your smile melts your husband’s heart.


nancylicious April 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm

i normally buy bathing suits online and try them on in the comfort of my own home. not a confidence thing but they always look cuter there than hunting around shops for them!

i get my confidence by being in the water – i’m a huge surfing addict (how good i am a surfer is TBD!). feeling and being active while wearing as small a bikini as possible gives me confidence!


Leighanne April 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm

My best swimsuit advice is to try on many different styles and pick the one YOU feel most comfortable in. If you’re constantly picking and pulling at in while trying it on in the store, you’ll probably be doing the same thing when you wear it at the beach. When you finally find the suit that you feel comfortable in, wear it with pride and show off your beautiful body. Remember, even supermodels don’t look like “that” in real life!!!


jenna April 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm

whenever i’m struggling with bikini body confidence, i remind myself how sad i would be if i kept myself from fun activities like the beach, hot tub, etc. just because i was unsure of my looks. i would much rather rock allllll that my mama gave me and have a good time :)


Angela April 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Oh my goodness – it is very hard to think about sporting a 1-piece!! I think it will help you feel more legit as your training though :)

My swimsuit tip: By it at Winners and put on self tanner. I love the tanners from – they have no stink!!


Mary April 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I love my nike one piece. I got it on sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods. I also Love speedo and when I swam on swim team in HS and swim club in college I rocked a TYR swim suit. expensive but they last for-ev-err.

my best swimsuit confidence: remembering that I am who I am, and to pick one thing to say nice about myself in the mirror before I leave for the beach. for example: ” Man Mare, your hips are ROCKIN’ in that bikini! You go girl!!” also, accessories. when you are matchy matchy, you automatically feel more confident :)


jennifer April 21, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Smile and pretend no one’s looking!


Lexi April 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm

My best tip is to love what you have and NOT compare yourself to all the other women around you! We are all unique and come in many shapes and sizes and it’s essential to not size yourself up against other women! Too often we are way too tough on ourselves. Honestly, life is too short to not embrace your body


Christine April 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Buy a suit in your favorite color that compliments your skin tone and eyes.


Elyse April 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm

My bathing suit tip is to focus on how STRONG my body is, not how “perfect” it should be. Easier said than done, but I’ve made a lot of progress!

And my suit of choice is a bikini! Of course, I’m not training for a tri ;)


Alisa April 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm

My best advice for wearing a swimsuit is to remember that everyone else is generally too worried about themselves. So strut your stuff and feel confident because girl, you look hot!!


Tory April 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm

This may not be a ‘swimsuit’ tip, but a lovely tip that I always remind myself when I want to feel beautiful..Are you ready?


I always feel more beautiful when I”m around people who are smiling and happy.


Sara April 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm

My one-piece Swimsuit confidence tip is to take your first swim in it! Seriously they are amazing, no tugging or exposing or digging or anything. I think they are so flattering for their purpose, and in a pool setting, because they are so functional! And you will feel like a pro once you get those goggles on, cuz you WILL look like one!


Stephanie April 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm

My confidence- definitely take it HOME to try it on…there is nothing that will deflate your swimsuit confidence like trying on the suit under fluorescent lighting in unflattering mirrors. Take it home, try it on when you feel your best.


Tara April 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm

The thought of myself in a swim suit makes me want to throw up.. and I’m only 20. My disgusting body doesn’t deserve to be in a swim suit.


Edith April 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Bikinis with a tankini back from a vacation with mom, and a one-piece from Target to go water skiing in :)

I totally bought the perfect, push-up bikini top from victoria’s secret miracle swimwear… to make up for the fact that my mother forgot to pass her boobs along, haha.


Renee April 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Stand up straight and smile like people are admiring you, because they probably are!


Lauren April 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm

My tips are to get one that actually fits so that its comfortable, then completely disregard the actual size that fits you because it doesn’t matter, and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of you! They probably aren’t thinking anything, FYI…or maybe their thinking about how gorgeous you are! Either way, rock that bathing suit and do it for no one else but yourself!


Krysta April 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I love buying separates so I can mix and match pieces and styles that look the best on me!


Rosie April 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Whooo, best swimsuit confidence? Wear it in your room with the lights on, music blaring, and dance! :D (And then maybe go outside in it ;p or take a nap instead lol)


Rachel April 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Swim suit confidence is contagious. If you are confident then everyone else around you senses the vibe and loves it. In the end, we all die, so why worry about it. Live life and enjoy!


Jade April 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm

My best tip would be to remember that pretty much everyone at the pool will be wearing one- why worry about what others may be thinking? Get out there and have fun!


Claire April 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I love to buy some suits and come home to try them on in my own mirror! I love shopping (do it for my job, after all) but hate the atmosphere of most dressing rooms.

Would love some chia seeds!

And the soup sounds so tasty!


Jin April 21, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I used to be super self conscious when wearing it swim suit- it made me avoid the pool completely. But later I realized that there are people who don’t have the ‘luxury’ of a healthy body. So now I simply remind myself to be thankful of having one that works.this immediately improves my mood as well as my posture! Be thankful for the body you’ve got and swim for those who may not have the same luxury as you do :)


Katie April 21, 2010 at 11:25 pm

confidence! even if you don’t have/feel it, fake it!!


Sarah April 21, 2010 at 11:25 pm

My tip for swimsuit confidence:
Remember what your body does for you every single day. Be grateful that you can walk, run, swim, bike, jump up and down, skip down the street, pretend to be a ballerina and stand on your tip-toes, get a piggy-back ride from your handsome boyfriend, etc.
I ran my first marathon last October, at the age of 19. I have probably the worst body image anyone should be allowed to have, and this followed me through elementary, junior high, high school… but an hour after I crossed the finish line (and the pain went away ;) ) I remember thinking, how can i possibly be critical of my body ever again when it just carried me 26.2 miles?? My body is a hero!!!
This is what I think about when I start to feel self-conscious. I think about what my body has done for me.


Dena Semkowski April 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Swimsuit confidence is a toughy! Honestly, I just focus on getting it on and going to have FUN, because really, that’s what life is all about!


Jolene April 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

My tip for swim suit confidence is to put on some great shades with your suit and strut like you own the place!

I always rock a 1 piece. I think a black 1 piece, with the right cut is the classiest swimsuit a girl can wear!!


JJ April 21, 2010 at 11:34 pm

My tip is to exercise before you need to wear your swimsuit. You’ll feel more confident just knowing you did something healthy and your body will show it!


Kt April 21, 2010 at 11:43 pm

wear your favourite bikini and have a ball at the beach!


Jeanna Basnett April 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I encourage you to write a note to your body. Glamour had women do this and it was inspiring. Post it in the mirror where you’ll be changing or put it up in your gym locker. Realize that regardless of what you ‘look’ like in your suit- you are blessed to have a physically fit and HEALTHY body. If anything, get a black suit; they are always the most slimming.


Ashley k April 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm

My swim suit confidence comes from reminding myself that we all have different bodies, and I don’t compare. As long as I know I’m treating my bod well with proper nutrition and exercise, it’s all good. ;)


Katie April 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I was going to say exactly what you said!! Strut that bathing suit, be it a teeny-weeny bakini or a one piece – you are beautiful!


Audrey April 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Hmm, I guess my best tip is just to not care what people think…or even worry. Just have fun and be yourself.


Trysha April 22, 2010 at 12:05 am

Spray tan and mascara. sounds silly, but I need my war paint. LOL


Lisa April 22, 2010 at 12:16 am

Make sure everything is secure so you don’t have to worry about flashing anyone!


Heather April 22, 2010 at 12:17 am

I wear a bikini on the beach, and a one piece when I’m swimming for sport. There’s nothing worse than worrying your bottoms are going to slide down or your top go askew when you’re trying to perfect your swim stroke!! I have a simple polyester black TYR which was the cheapest one in the store and it’s done me well!


Lauren M. April 22, 2010 at 12:21 am

To feel your best and look your best: You have to EXUDE confidence. If you feel less than spectacular, you will look that way to others. If you throw on that smile, stand up straight and strut your stuff like you’re walkin’ down a runway, you will look (and feel) like a million bucks. Spread a little shimmery lotion all over your bod and let yourself GLOW for all to see!!


Mandy April 22, 2010 at 12:25 am

Make sure you don’t eat too much before wearing the suit (nothing’s worse than feeling bloated in a bikini).

Other than that, just wear it with confidence. You know you look awesome, and everyone else will see that too :)


Jennie April 22, 2010 at 12:30 am

My best advice is to stand up tall and smile. Like many other people said, people are too busy worrying about how they themselves look. Remember, you are your own worst critic!


bitt April 22, 2010 at 12:36 am

swimsuit confidence–get something that won’t give you a wedgie or fall off if you do a huge dive or jump off a rope swing.


Helena April 22, 2010 at 12:37 am

My best tip for swimsuit confidence is to rock some awesome sunglasses and a stylish floppy hat and pretend you’re on a beach in southern france! It’s a little silly but works.


Lili Koponen April 22, 2010 at 12:53 am

My best tip is to remember that every one else is too bust worrying about themselves to worry about you, but if you have confidence, you will be some one that others will want to emulate. A smile and a head held high are infinitely sexier than an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. :)


caroline m April 22, 2010 at 1:17 am

it’s all about exuding confidence. shoulders back, head up and strut it! :) nobody has a perfect body, but having the pride to show off your assets, along with your flaws, is always attractive. besides, if you think you look good and so does your lover, who else really matters?!


Jennifer K. April 22, 2010 at 1:29 am

Exfoliate like crazy and smear on some of my favorite lotion, preferably with a bit of sparkle. Then strut!


Pauline April 22, 2010 at 1:48 am

Suck up your pride and get the RIGHT size, even if it’s not a size 2! At the end of the day, numbers are just numbers, don’t let your life be dictated by them!


Lisa April 22, 2010 at 2:25 am

My tip for wearing a swimsuit is to pick something comfortable that suits your body, and then rock it like today’s the last day that you will EVER walk this Earth. Seriously.


SarahB April 22, 2010 at 2:47 am

My tip is to realize that it’s not about how hot you are in the swimsuit, it’s how you carry and conduct yourself! Be happy with who you are and it will show, no matter your size.


Jessica April 22, 2010 at 4:02 am

I’ve enjoyed reading all the suggestions!
My advice would be to get a suit that fits your body type…then get out there and strut your stuff!!!! :)


Rachel (Suburban Yogini) April 22, 2010 at 4:15 am

I have a black one piece Speedo cross back swimsuit for “proper swimming” (ie training laps). It has lasted an age and I highly recommend it.

Then I wear tankinis for by the pool, relaxing swims as I look bloody awful in the one piece ha ha! :)

Now I’m cycling all the time I don’t do a lot of training swims. I probably should though.


Jen April 22, 2010 at 5:23 am

With your swimsuit with confidence, and remember that other people are probably so concerned about how they look in their suit they probably aren’t too concerned about how you look.


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 22, 2010 at 5:28 am

Knowing that you are beautiful no matter what! :)


Heather April 22, 2010 at 5:29 am

Swimsuit confidence – wear a swimsuit that flatters your body type and do something active on the beach rather than lying there worrying about what other people are thinking of you in a swimsuit (they probably aren’t even looking)!
Also… I don’t know if I could ever wear the padded bike shorts. I think they serve a wonderful purpose but I think I would feel sooo weird haha


Sebrina April 22, 2010 at 5:47 am

Try on swim suits in the morning, any bloating will minimal at that time. And if you can order a few online and try them on at home. The lighting in the fitting rooms can be horrible! You can get a better idea of what it will look like at home. Also tanned skin naturally looks thinner and smoother then white skin, so if you can get some self tanning lotion. Tanned skin can hide cellulite a bit too :-D Here is a link to some natural ones


Cara April 22, 2010 at 5:56 am

I recently had to buy a one piece suit to replace running with swimming occasionally. I felt like a total nerd at first, but I just had to tell myself: “Get over it. This suit makes your stomach look TINY and AWESOME! You look hot!” It’s all about confidence!


Krissy April 22, 2010 at 6:08 am

I never even think about what I’m wearing…I’m having too much fun in the water! I always just make sure I’ve got my “bases” covered when i buy it so I never have to think about it. Every woman is different thats why we have so many styles of swimsuits! Find the best one for your body and rock it!


Katherine B April 22, 2010 at 6:20 am

Like so many others said, confidence is everything! Also…spend the money on a decent suit that you like and feel cute in. You’ll never feel confident if you know your bathing suit doesn’t fit right or highlight your best features!


Keri April 22, 2010 at 6:24 am

Up until very recently I only owned bikinis, but I wanted to get into swimming a bit more so I went out and got an athletic bathing suit, Mine is a speedo and it is 2 piece. It is perfect because the top fits just like a sports bra. I couldn’t bring myself to get a one piece because they are so uncomfortable. I was surprised with the amount of cute bathing suits they had though. Mine is pink and black!


Brittany April 22, 2010 at 6:26 am

Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money on a swimsuit that compliments your body type! That way when you’re out on the beach, you wont have to spend so much time worrying about what you look like :)

We all have our flaws– It’s learning to embrace them that’s the hard part.


Kel April 22, 2010 at 6:37 am

My tip is to buy a bathing suit that fits (even if the size is bigger than what you think you should be!) and DON’T look in the mirror and analyze yourself every time you put it on. Flaunt what you got!


Hannah April 22, 2010 at 6:43 am

All of the advice above is so great! I think that it’s good to consider that everyone else at the beach or pool are too busy thinking about how THEY look to notice you. Also, the more time you spend with friends swimming or just having plain old fun, the more happy that experience becomes!


Rhea April 22, 2010 at 6:55 am

My tip? Straighten your back, make your chest proud, do your best Tyra walk (even if it’s just from the kiddie pool to the snack bar) and revel in sharing your strong, super body with the world! Oh, and smile :D Nothing is sexier or happier than confidence.


Kelly April 22, 2010 at 6:55 am

Haha I totally rock a one piece and swim cap and look ridiculous. I even posted a pic of it. I just tell myself that when I have on goggles, and a swim cap no one can recognize me.


Jenny April 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

I didn’t wear a swimsuit for 5 years…or a tank top. I’ve always been athletic, but I am a little curvier than I felt comfortable with. The key for being confident in a swimsuit is a) buying a suit that supports you. No matter what your shape, buy a swimsuit that looks good but also is supportive!! You want to be able to move around because…
b) no one likes the girl just sitting there. No one likes the girl sitting there being nervous and shy! Play in the water, do your thang, and enjoy your water time! No one can ever say that a girl out there, not being ashamed of her own body, is an ugly thing. It’s a beautiful thing!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 22, 2010 at 6:59 am

I actually own a few one pieces, just for the pool or the beach, along with my regular old bikinis. I think one pieces can look so classy and retro!

Of course, racing suits are a whole other story :-)


Sara April 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

My tip:
ENJOY YOURSELF. You are most likely in a swimsuit because you are some place WARM and SUNNY! Be happy, enjoy the weather, stand tall and most importantly-


Mariel April 22, 2010 at 7:03 am

My tip is to choose a style that flatters YOUR body, and pick one that you feel totally confident in!


Melissa April 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

I like a sweetheart neckline, it compliments feminine shoulders and attracts attention to your carefree beach face!


Emily April 22, 2010 at 7:08 am

Swimsuit confidence? I like bright colors and a nice tan doesn’t work – right now I’m using Nivea daily moisturizer that gives you a slight tan.


Jenna April 22, 2010 at 7:10 am

get a bathing suit that fits! you don’t want anything coming out that shouldn’t! ;)


Ashley April 22, 2010 at 7:11 am

forgive yourself for not being perfect. and buy a pretty bathing suit that makes you feel good wearing it. :)


leatitia April 22, 2010 at 7:12 am

My best tip is to SMILE. It draws the attention to your face! :)


Mary Ann April 22, 2010 at 7:14 am

For my swimsuit confidence, when I have on my tankini or my bikini, I think of not just my outer body but also everything that I have done to look like I do. I think of all of the minutes (hours?) or planks I’ve done, the miles I’ve ran, the bowls of oatmeal I’ve eaten and I just start glowing from the inside out. I’ve worked hard for this bod and I’m proud of how I look but more importantly, how I feel!


Lyssa April 22, 2010 at 7:16 am

Even though I may not have the perfect body, knowing what my body is capable of doing, and being able to have all my limbs intact, I’m damn proud of it :)


Erica April 22, 2010 at 7:19 am

Swimsuit confidence begins with a bikini wax. Seriously.


SweetKaroline April 22, 2010 at 7:20 am

believe it or not no one cares what you look like in that bathing suit!

everyone is more concerned with how they look.

a healthy body is way more confidence inspiring and beautiful than appearance alone.


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 22, 2010 at 7:22 am

I rock a bikini now… I feel MORE uncomfortable in a one-piece! I just feel like they squish you in all the wrong places, haha!

Best piece of bathing suit advice? Don’t worry about it. You worked HARD for your body, no matter what you look like- so be confident of that- the woman next to you probably worked just as hard, but we’re all built differently. As women, we’re too critical of ourselves!



Kelly April 22, 2010 at 7:26 am

I recently purchased a one piece that actually made me feel quite good! It’s strapless so I still think its sexy, also elegant.


Jenny April 22, 2010 at 7:26 am

Swimsuit confidence in a bottle.


Edan April 22, 2010 at 7:31 am

Swimsuit confidence? Buy one, take it home. Look at yourself in the mirror in natural light. Sit down in it. Turn around. Jump up and down. If you are used to seeing how something looks on your body it won’t seem foreign and exposed.

More important than a “bathing suit body” is a “bathing suit mind”.


Majl April 22, 2010 at 7:34 am

My best tip for swimsuit confidence; find a suit that you feel comfortable in. I used to buy swimsuits because of how cool they looked on the shelf or on the model in the display, but I ended up feeling horrible in it after because it wasn’t right for my body. I have 3 bikinis and feel fabulous in all of them!


Ashley April 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

Bathing suit confidence advice…hmmm. I was always self-conscious of my body and swimsuits just magnified everything I hated. However, once I bought a suit that fit perfectly (that I LOVED!) and started exercising, I became proud of my body for what it could do.

To sum it up:
1. Buy a suit that fits that you love, cost be damned!
2. Realize that your body is wonderful – it is YOURS, only yours, and look at everything it can do for you!


jen trinque April 22, 2010 at 7:40 am

Ooh, best tip for bathing suit confidence: remember that you look beautiful, you really do. It’s only those mean little voices in your head telling you otherwise! Wear a smile and confidence and nothing else matters. (And like someone else said: everyone else at the beach is too concerned with what they look like to notice you!)