I wore short shorts on Sunday! Outside, no less.
Fun fact: I’m not a big fan of shorts. Unfun fact: It’s because I’m not a big fan of my legs. But I’m working on it. One of my goals for this year is to confidently wear shorts. It seems so silly when you see it in print but this year I’m working on my body image and I struggle to love my legs.
The past few summers, I have spent the warm days in Washington, wearing capris or pants. Unless it’s really, REALLY hot or I’m in private, I don’t show my legs. I don’t wear skirts, shorter dresses or shorts hardly ever. It’s ridiculous. I get hot and sticky and still hide my legs.
But they’re just legs. I could go on about the reasons I don’t love them but really, each reason is really dumb. So instead, I’m going to tell you why I love them and why I practiced wearing shorts in the rain.
- My legs are strong. Generally, I’m not a huge fan of working out but I do it because it’s good for me. It helps me feel less anxious and hitting my fitness goals help me stay motivated to continue working out. I can’t do more than about 3 pushups on my toes. I can’t run a whole mile. I’m not flexible enough to touch my toes but I am strong. I can squat 100lbs. I can deadlift 100lbs.
- My legs can carry me just about anywhere. This weekend, the Colbster, Bella and I went on two 5+ mile walks through the woods. While Colbs and Bella do this walk frequently, I almost never do it. And yet, I had no issues with it. It felt good to be outside and moving. I was a little tired towards the end and I got a blister on my toe but my legs carried me just fine both days.
- My legs look great in pants. This is probably half-assing this but while I struggle to wear shorts, I do love the way my legs look in pants. I love the curves I have and most of the time, I really am grateful for the body I have. In shorts, I get self conscious and insecure but with pants on, I am really proud.
- My legs help regulate body temperature. On Saturday, I wore capris and a t-shirt for our 5 mile walk and I fluctuated hot and cold. I decided on Sunday to wear shorts and a long sleeve shirt plus my fleece jacket if it rained (which it did). I was much more comfortable on day 2 in the rain because my shorts meant I had enough exposed surface area to cool off but my long sleeved shirt and fleece jacket kept my core warm.
When you’re not an expert but you want to be, you practice. It was a little tough to walk out the door wearing shorts (bright blue no less) but I wanted to practice confidence even though I was in shorts. I walked out, kept my head held high and started walking.
After awhile, I didn’t even think about the shorts. I was too busy trying to breath going up the hills. I was too occupied watching Bella leap and bound up and down the path. I was to involved in looking at the scenery around me to worry too much about my legs.
And what’s more, I was so grateful that I was in water wicking shorts once it started to rain. I wasn’t too hot or too cold on this walk. Once I got moving, I wasn’t self conscious.
This was a great low-risk opportunity to practice confident body image because we weren’t in a heavily populated area and who cares what you wear on a walk. But it was also a great opportunity to practice loving my body for what it is instead of hating it for random and obscure reasons. Instead of worrying over what other people might think of me, I looked around and saw the beautiful world around me. And I felt great.
Do you practice positive body image?