Can I be chubby and still have a good time at the beach?
May 4, 2009 1:22 PM Subscribe
What should a less-than-skinny woman know about vacationing in a beach area? How can I deal with my self-consciousness?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (60 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Anon because I talk about my weight and related issues.
I'm in my 40s, and like a lot of women, I've gained some weight since I was younger. It's not a huge deal; I don't typically feel "fat" - I just know that ideally I need to lose a few (15 or so) pounds. But now I'm going to be visiting a location in Mexico where hanging around on beaches is one of the main activities (and one I believe I will enjoy). My husband and I normally don't have beach vacations; we usually go to places with a more moderate climate. So now, I'm starting to get concerned about whether I will be self-conscious and miserable exposing that much of myself to the public.
The details: I'm about 5'6" and weigh around 160-165 (depending on the accuracy of my scale). I don't want to wear a normal bathing suit and certainly not a bikini, so I plan to get a couple of pairs of women's board shorts. This will help me get around the dreaded "bikini area" defoliation issues too (very sensitive skin).
Am I worrying too much about how I look? Are there things I can do to look better out there? If you're a woman at my weight or thereabouts, is this a concern to you? How do you deal with feeling pudgy on the beach?