Sunday, 19 October 2014

My Bikini Body

I initially wanted to write this post a while ago, a bikini body is something we as women countlessly stress about, and up until I reached 24 years old I had never owned a two piece bikini before – purely because I was so ashamed of my body. 
I lost a lot of weight in the lead up to my wedding and when I look at photos of myself on Honeymoon I see a very slim figure - with little way of curves or a bust. The smile on my face is real, but the body confidence is gone. I see the slimmest version of me, and a much younger looking body - of almost a teenager.

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In Dubai, I finally found that confidence I had been looking for again - I walked out in my bikini and felt both happy and healthy. I wasn't the slimmest person on the beach, but for once it didn't matter. Since getting married, I have allowed myself to enjoy food again - and not live with such tight rules. I've realised that my body isn’t naturally ‘slim or slender’ but real. I run, I work out, and I think my body reflects that - I would find it incredibly hard not to keep fit.  
I still have a small bust, and skinny arms, but my legs, my stomach and my general physique is much more well-balanced now. I don’t look at the photos anymore and see a little girl, I see a woman and that is what I am and want to be.
Exercise, diet and running will always remain a part of my life – but I want to live a long term healthy lifestyle. Having experienced being both overweight and almost 'underweight' I've learnt that the only person that you need to please is yourself. You have to find the balance in life.
Being a woman is hard, but learning to love yourself is far more harder than I ever imagined.

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  1. The photo of you on the beach looks so happy and relaxed and I think a lot of people would say that they've experienced a similar thing when it comes to body confidence, so you aren't alone and I'm glad you've found that balance between looking after yourself and enjoying your life, because that's the key thing and you look wonderful for it! :) - Tasha xxx

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  2. Loving yourself is hard, but that moment when you finally realise you're happy with being you...priceless! x

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  3. Ypur body confidence is remarkable, it's so refreshing to see and darn attractive too(real women with real bodies, yay:)! X

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  4. Excellent piece - I totally agree happiness has to be the main thing.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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  5. I wish I knew where to find that happiness. I can't seem to find the confidence and with every pound I lose, I don't seem to be getting any closer, even though my aim has always been to get smaller.

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  6. You look brilliant here, your confidence illuminates you!

    Maria xxx

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  7. You look lovely Alice, I love reading your posts about this issue because you're always so honest. I'm probably the least happy I've ever been with my body but can't seem to find the drive to do anything to change it. xx

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