Every year (for the past 15) over the Memorial Day weekend, a large group of friends from college go camping (if you can really call it that) at Banks Lake in eastern Washington.  This year we had the best weather ever, 80s and sunny and perfect every day.  It has never been better.

The problem with this was that I knew it was coming.  Karli is kinda weather obsessed so we were watching the weather starting like 2 weeks before hand.  How could knowing we were going to have beautiful weather the whole weekend be bad?  It meant I needed to buy a bathing suit.

Now, buying a bathing suit is awful when you feel great about yourself.  I haven’t even thought of putting on a bathing suit in years and the idea of walking around in front of anyone showing any amount of skin was terrifying.

I probably tried on 40 suits in several different stores and had two pretty severe break downs due to the stress of it all.  This was not a small feat for me.  But, in the end I did find one that didn’t make me feel totally humiliated. I still had no plans to let anyone see me in it and proceeded to buy cover-ups and shorts and skirts and tanks to keep me covered up.

But you know what, when it came down to it, I got over it and by Monday I was floating around in an inner-tube drinking my beer not feeling self conscious at all.  Huge breakthrough for me.

I think I made a large move toward being comfortable in my body as it is and starting to love myself in it.   This is the first step of success in The Gabriel Method.

This may seem like a baby step, but for me it was  a giant leap.

Mommy and Ada Play in the Water

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