Sara Rue’s feeling confident after shedding more than 50lbs (and 4 dress sizes) in the last year. The Jenny Craig spokeslady (and Shedding for The Wedding host) is wearing a bikini for the first time in her life and looking hawt doing it.
Reading her story reminded me of my first bikini experience. It was terrifying & AWESOME. I had recently dropped over 30lbs and was terrified to show that much skin. Buying it was awful. The mirrors were OUTSIDE the changing rooms, and I’d worn granny panties that day. It took a lot of prodding and encouragement, but I finally stepped out and took a look. I haven’t looked back since.
Yes, I’d lost weight before stepping into a bikini. But it wasn’t about weight loss. It was about confidence. You don’t have to be at your goal, fit or thin to sport a bikini: but you do need to be confident. Finding that confidence, for a lot of people, is a by-product of weight loss, but you can gain that confidence in lots of different ways. It might be a new job, a new haircut, a change of scenery. The hottest thing about a girl in a bikini is the fact that she’s confident enough to wear one.
When I see women wearing bikinis, it reminds me of gaining that confidence for the first time and truly accepting my body. Whether I’m 5lbs up, PMS-y or feeling bloated, I will still step in my two-piece & rock it for all the times I couldn’t before.
Big congrats to Sara! Be sure to read the whole story on People.com.
Only a year and a half after she began the Jenny Craig program, Sara Rue has lost more than 50 lbs. – and 4 dress sizes! – and is wearing a bikini for the very first time in her life. Read more.
Time and time again, I hear excuses (that’s what they are) for why people can’t start NOW. More often than not, people hide behind what they call the ‘perfect set of circumstances’ for them to begin living more fit. The problem is that there’s no such thing as ‘the perfect set of circumstances’. It doesn’t exist.
For example, do you find yourself saying…
- When I lose 20lbs, I’ll start hitting the gym.
- I’m going to start next week (what’s going to be different next week I wonder?).
- After the holidays/new years.
- Once I find a new job.
- Once I save up enough to buy a trainer.
- Once I can fit into size ___ clothes, I’ll start being happy.
The thing is, you never really get there, do you? How many times are you going to put it off? There are no perfect circumstances, just decisions made with what you’ve got going on RIGHT NOW.
There will always be busy days, obnoxious people, stress at work & temptations. Those aren’t things you will ever overcome: but they ARE things you can learn to manage. You can fit a healthy lifestyle into any situation and you get better & better at it with practice. And like any other kind of change, it’s tough at first.
So don’t wait to lose weight BEFORE joining a gym or wait to START eating healthier when it’s more convenient. Start making small choices every day, as often as you can. Start small & stay consistent. Move more (walking works!) eat well (choices in the moment), drink water (remind yourself), sleep lots & love yourself healthy. If you fall, that’s okay. Get back up. NO effort is wasted.
Don’t focus on the results at first, they take time and often longer than we’d like (or that infomercials would leave you to believe). Focusing on results doesn’t help anything. Focus on making the effort and the results will come in ways you might not have expected.
- Chichi Kix
“I’m just a normal girl. I love my body. I think it’s beautiful.”
- Dancing with the Stars Cheryl Burke on being called ‘Too Fat To Dance’ after unflattering tabloid pics surfaced. (Can I just say she LOOKS STUNNING, HEALTHY & CURVY galore! Flaunt it!)
What to tell yourself when you’re having trouble starting your workout. Commit to 5 minutes. You’re more likely to finish when you actually start. :)
- Tip from Chichi Kix