Perspectives: Attitude trumps cellulite, it’s bikini season

OPINION – With summer in full swing, I’ve been wondering lately if I am “beach-worthy.” Do I dare wear my bikini? I find it fascinating how much more material my bathing suit contains than it did 20 years ago.

In high school, I paraded around in what seemed like dental floss with scraps of cloth. My bathing suit collection could quite possibly tell the story of my life.  In my 20s, it was a bikini; and in my 30s, during the pregnancies, it was a one-piece suit with an over-sized T-shirt and shorts as I pretended I just didn’t want to go swimming.

Now, I have resorted to a tankini with board shorts; I am going for that sporty look that gives the impression I may go wakeboarding any minute. If I can’t look like a supermodel, I may as well look incredibly adventurous.

At birth, I am convinced that we are given an extra 20 to 40 pounds on a revolving loan. We should call this our own little personal weight savings account.  I never knew that throughout my lifetime, I would gain and lose those same pounds over and over again. It is an ever-present and constant reminder that my rear end gains an extra dimension every five years or so depending on what is happening in my life. Thank you personal weight savings account; you have become the most dependable thing in my life.

Maybe my problem is that I own too many mirrors. My dog has never looked in a mirror and seems incredibly happy and confident –I think he may be on to something.

Speaking of mirrors, it would be a good idea for stores to have a special fitting room just for those of us that dare to try on a bikini. It would be a specially designed candle-lit fitting room with a small mirror that shows only your face and the sexy, masculine voice of Channing Tatum saying, “Kids? You have Kids? Wow, you look amazing!”

For the most part, men could care less about their weight. They own it. They seem even prideful about acknowledging their weight. They don’t even try sucking it in. Men will actually stand there, bellies protruding, admiring themselves for the weight gain.  I wish I were that proud of my mom thighs and could parade them around the house.

When I meet someone for the first time, I don’t know if they have just lost 300 pounds, gained 20 or if they are just bloated from eating a burrito.  But what I notice is their attitude and their happiness level. The person that recently lost 100 pounds would be strutting around as if they owned the place, even if they were still 250 pounds overweight, excited about their accomplishment.

It is all in our minds and attitude, isn’t it? We are our own worst critics. Long-winded diet books could reduce their information to just one sentence if they kept it simple: Stop eating so much and you will lose weight. And if you really want to look amazing in a bikini, exercise. It is so simple, isn’t it?

Bathing suit cover-ups are for those of us that just want to allude to the fact that we look great in our bathing suits as we slurp down our diet coke and munch on our basket of pool snacks. After all, cover-ups keep them guessing.

And to the men of this world, unless you participate regularly on a European swim team, throw away your bun-hugging Speedo. Keep us guessing and put on some swim shorts.

In fact, I am beginning to believe that no one really cares about our weight as much as we do. We obsess over it, think about it, read books about it, choke down celery. And obsess about it again.  Is it worth it?

I think it’s time to cut ourselves some slack. No one cares about our weight as much as we do. Weight has nothing to do with who we are, only how we feel about ourselves.  Wear your bikini with attitude.

Attitude trumps cellulite every time.

Kate Dalley is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are hers and not representative of St. George News.

Email: kated@stgnews.com

Twitter: @STGnews

Copyright 2012 St. George News.

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6 Comments

  • Dr Andrew White July 25, 2012 at 6:59 am

    In your changing room, you need Fran’s nasal whine too. Wasn’t it Fran Dresher who said “the best light for a woman in 30’s is candle light.”

  • Murat July 25, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Quote: It would be a specially designed candle-lit fitting room with a small mirror that shows only your face and the sexy, masculine voice of Channing Tatum saying, “Kids? You have Kids? Wow, you look amazing!” Too much info, St. George News. …

  • Tina Forsyth July 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Kate! You crack me up. GREAT article. BTW – when you see me, feel free to just assume away that I’m bloated from eating a burrito! LOL Love it.

  • Murat July 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    “Weight has nothing to do with who we are, only how we feel about ourselves.” I disagree with this statement. While some morbidly obese people have simply been physiologically short-changed, many are just lazy, dimwitted slobs, and their lifestyle speaks to that.

  • Different Perspectives July 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    This opinion piece is kind of all over the place, but I guess the last line wraps it up for those of us confused about the point. Attitude over cellulite might be fine for some, but for the rest of us, it might be growing old gracefully. I have had three kids and feel no desire to pretend to be 20. I would like to leave some things to the imagination with dignity. It is very similar to 40 year old moms wearing abercrombie and fitch…at some point can we just acknowledge that we are growing older…and be okay with it? I will agree that it is all in our minds…and in our ability to be comfortable in our own shoes. The great part about growing older is that we learn to be healthy rather than skinny…and most of the time, it looks better. I am perfectly okay with looking…and dressing my age. No one needs to see my stretch marks or weight gain in order for me to prove I am comfortable with how I look.

  • Not a Mormon July 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    If you ain’t got it, don’t flaunt it. It is offensive to see grotesquely overweight people baring too much. Keep it covered.
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    If you’re ‘pleasantly plump’, do what DP suggests, then keep them guessing with some mildly alluring clothing and a big smile and nice attitude.

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