It’s that time of year again … when women’s magazines trumpet how to get a bikini-ready body in just eight — no, six! no, four! — weeks.
We found a much healthier countdown plan: 28 Days to a Bikini Mind, written by Marina Wolf Ahmad and published at Shapely Prose.
Ahmad is the founder of Big Moves, which describes itself as “the only producing, training, and service organization in the world dedicated to getting more people of all sizes into the dance studio and up on stage.”
As she parodies women’s health magazines that are heavy into guilt and one-size-fits-all expectations, Ahmad’s essay is all about getting more women of all sizes to feel comfortable no matter what they wear.
If you’re a one-piece kind of woman hankering for a bikini-ready body, I’ve got news for you: EVERY body is bikini ready! Got tits of some sort? Got a crotch to cover? That’s what a bikini is for! When fashion magazines talk about “a bikini body”, they’re just selling you more insecurity. If you want to wear a bikini, all you need is a Bikini Mind.
Here’s a plan designed to shift those pesky mental blocks that all the dieting and the exercise in the world won’t. Don’t worry — if a string isn’t your thing, and you’re more of a tankini kind of gal, or you’re simply hoping to feel better in a suit with a daring back or a few strategically-placed keyholes, this mental workout’s for you! [...]
These exercises will strengthen and tone your bikini mind. To feel even better in your own skin, try to eat intuitively from an assortment of foods and drinks that you actually derive pleasure from, and move about in ways that are enjoyable and comfortable to you. If you stick to the plan, in as soon as four weeks you’ll be more at home in your body, and that’ll help you feel great in whatever bathing suit you choose!
Make sure to read the full training regimen, which includes handy technique and safety tips — just like those “fitness” articles.