More of that journalistic integrity BS

So apparently while I'm reluctant to post pictures of myself in a bathing suit, I've done it twice in the name of journalistic integ...

So apparently while I'm reluctant to post pictures of myself in a bathing suit, I've done it twice in the name of journalistic integrity.  (First time; second time)  It's part of my process -- I'm owning up to my own body, as well as leaving a record to look back on.  It's not easy.

I am growing to love my body more and more. Yesterday, after doing some upper body work, I ran for the duration of the World Cup Final match (except for the last OT period, I used to stretch).  Yep. 2 hours. Running.  On an elliptical.  I took breaks during the half and after the end of regulation time to grab some water (I generally don't drink much while running) and stretch out a little bit.  My relation to my body is more than just how it looks when standing still.  I have gained an appreciation for just how strong it is, how much it can endure, and how much it has healed itself. 

There is a strong correlation between my own self-esteem and my range of motion.  When I feel healthy, I have a healthy opinion of myself.  ((Sound familiar, anyone?)

So... while I'm feeling good about myself (and since it's Richard Simmons' 62nd birthday), I thought I'd post another bathing suit photo.  ((That and one of my readers knew I was thinking about posting this photo, was nervous, and sent me her own bathing suit photo.  I won't post hers, but it's the whole strength in numbers thing... I know I'm not alone....))

Now, the first thing I will say is that I know that I'm kinda breaking Rule #3.   I'll put it this way -- I'm trying to be humorous. and a bit self depricating to make it a little easier to post this photo (taking it was hard enough). 

 So yeah.... thank you for being kind in your comments (HINT: BE KIND!!) and hello to all my new readers!  I'm at 74, which means that Rebecca Scritchfield, RD's answers are that much closer to being posted!

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18 comments

  1. my legs are pretty much identical... women...as far as the no comment zone, well bravo for posting the picture... you hold your weight like my madre... at least you can wear a bikini bottom... I carry the majority of my weight around my hips so that *ahem* area may never be ready for a bikini bottom...

    people'd be all like "is she wearing a bikini bottom or a fanny pack?"

    haha... keep on working hard! you'll make it to where you wanna be!

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  2. You never *ahem* know. It's not about how you look in the bathing suit. It's about how you feel. I mean, there's no difference between wearing a bathing suit and an astronaut suit for some people. Their discomfort will always show, no matter their body.

    I know I'll never have a flat stomach, and I'm okay with that. I don't want one. Botticelli's Venus doesn't have a 6-pack, and she's the hottest chick I know.

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  3. I love you, and I love what you're doing. You look awesome, I am very, very proud of you!

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  4. Meg -- I love you too :) I hope you know that.

    **is all warm and fuzzy b/c someone loves me**

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  5. And by "hit that" do you mean "put through the paces at the gym while under [your] drill sergeant-like thumb?"

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  6. Just give me the chance baby (and an unbroken toe)!!!

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  7. LOL, thanks for the giggle, i am so glad you can make fun of yourself..
    I wear a tank top and skort swimming :(

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  8. Red-- I make fun of myself BEFORE anyone else can make fun of me. Part self-preservation, part really undercutting myself.

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  9. Love love love this post...

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  10. Katy -- love love love that you love love love it :)

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  11. love this post! I think you look great! Seriously, I hope I look that good in a bathing suit! Right now, I'd terrorize people! :-)

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  12. well being as pale as I am, I'm known as "the Great White Mayhem"

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  13. Love the sense of pride in your face as you stand tall, and love your humor! Totally awed at your journalistic integrity.

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  14. Nan S-- just for that I might have to post the outtakes :)

    Thank you for the love and support!

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  15. LOVE it!! So nice to see REAL sized woman not afraid to be herself!!

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  16. Mwuahhahahahha I fooled you! I was PETRIFIED and so torn about posting this first photo.

    But well... now, months later? I'm so glad I did it.

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