There is always a beginning.
Last week was the beginning of the On-The-Go Momma blog. And this week is another beginning…
Today is day one of project:
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Top 3 Swimsuit Shopping Irritations
A couple days ago I was reading this post here by Susan (of Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva), and I was reminded about my own need of a new suit for our upcoming vacation.
Swimsuit shopping used to be fun. I think. Well, maybe fun is going too far… but it did used to be a lot easier before three pregnancies. And I have noticed that I have some major issues these days with bathing suit shopping.
Pet Peeve #1: Swim suits cost WAY too much for the amount of fabric they consist of and the amount of body coverage (or lack-there-of!) that they provide.
Pet Peeve #2: OK folks, I live in OHIO. We do not specialize in swim suits here. I understand this. What I don’t understand is why so many mall stores only sell bikinis? I specifically, don’t have the stomach (no pun intended) for a mid-riff bearing bikini. Mentally… I’m just not there yet. So these stores have immediately lost my business.
Pet Peeve #3: I may be “on-the-go” a lot, but that doesn’t mean I like to rush. In fact, I like to take my time when shopping. I left the house clearly excited by the opportunity for an hour and a half of kid-less shopping JUST FOR 1 SUIT… to find out that 1 1/2 hours goes a lot quicker than I envisioned.
The Super Suitor
According to the dictionary, a suitor is: a man who pursues a relationship with a particular woman, with a view to marriage.
I doubt when my husband pursued, then married me, that he had any visions of to the extremities a marriage can go through when it includes chaperoning your wife on a bathing suit expedition.
Yes! My husband bravely went where most men won’t go – swim suit shopping. (Poor guy! – I’m sure he is now wondering what was he thinking by agreeing to that!)
*Note to any other
crazy brave husbands who choose to accompany their wife while shopping for a swim suit (and want to remain happily married): Be very, no exceptionally, no EXCEEDINGLY careful about your opinions & responses (including, but not limited to, facial expressions).
In fact, if you dare as a husband go swimsuit shopping with your wife, let me share a pointer:
When asked for an opinion on any given suit, a good response (said with your best and most genuine smile) might be: “Nice! What do you think?”
Because – and husbands please take note here – if your wife does come out of the dressing room to show you what a suit looks like, it means that the suit is officially “under consideration.” – a.k.a. she kind-of likes it.
And as much as I look for my husband’s agreement on the swimsuit of my choice, ultimately I have to love the suit even more than him.
>>> If a girl feels good in a suit, a girl looks good in a suit. Enough said. (But it always feels good to know my husband “appreciates” it too! – wink)
Murphy’s Law of Swimsuit Shopping
There is a swimsuit out there for everyone… I think!? But FYI, before you shop for swimsuits remember the following: that Murphy’s Law of Swimsuit Shopping states:
- Nearly every suit that you like WILL be the most expensive suit on the rack.
- While swimsuit shopping you WILL run into every person you haven’t seen in a gazillion years just as you are about to break into tears of swimsuit-shopping-frustration.
- No matter how much time you need to shop for a swimsuit you WILL always need more.
The Hidden Pro’s of Swimsuit Shopping
5:45 a.m. This is when I got up this morning. Ready for day #1 of “quick!-get-yourself-in-shape-before-vacation.”
150 sit-ups and a 3.5 mile bike ride later, I am surprisingly very motivated and invigorated.
See! There IS a pro to swimsuit shopping!
Swimsuit shopping ultimately got me to this point… You know, the point where I will get up to work out at 5:45 a.m. because it is the only time available in my day to do so?
I am also realizing (after a 24-hour break away from the stresses of swimsuit shopping) that its not really about how I look in my suit, but how I feel (both in my suit and in general).
And after a 1/2 hour bike ride in the silence of the early morning – I. Feel. Great!
Now, if only this swimsuit would last another 10 years to prolong my next swimsuit expedition…
… Because I have a feeling that is how long it will take to convince my husband to come back out with me in hot pursuit of my next not-so-teeny-weeny-polka-dotted bikini…
Would love your comments! How do you get through swimsuit shopping? Is it as frustrating to you as it is to me? Like my early morning bike ride, what motivates you to feel better and more confident about how you see yourself?
I’m linking up with: It Builds Character… and other parenting clichés for Motivate Me Monday. I am determined to stick to my early morning bike rides… because sometimes, it really does take swimsuit shopping to motivate you to work more towards your fitness goals!