September 15, 2010

Checking in - From Sunny South Carolina

Morning yall!

I was hoping my first blog on vaca would be about my mud run, but alas that is not the case.  Sorry to disappoint.  If you're friends of mine on facebook then you've already seen the photos, so all you're missing out on is my witty captions between them.

I figure you're not missing much so I post at my leisure.

Shrinkvivor Challenge at the Sisterhood!

Today starts a new challenge over at the Sisterhood.  I'm pretty sure its too late to sign up - its all complex with official weigh in submissions and teams and stuff.  The challenge for me?  Not participating.  You see I'm at a place where I need to focus on liking me.  And I can't do that if I weigh myself every week and get disgusted at my lack of progress.

Sure I've gained some weight this summer, but I wasn't happy with myself all the way down at 122, which tells me I gots to fix my head before I can even think about shedding these extra pounds.  (Last check I was back up to 131.)

My goals for now are finding the positives of my body and getting across that Anchor Splash finish line.  Which is in less than two weeks BTW.  Any suggestions, recommendations, checklists for seeing this thing through would be appreciated.

Okay so on to the check in.  I ran once and swam once on vacation.  According to Christie O's standards that officially makes me an athlete - exercising on vacation and not just because you feel like you have to, because I wanted to.

The other part - loving my body.

*Big sigh*

A few months ago The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans did a swimsuit giveaway courtesy of Lands End.  Never one to back down from an opportunity to get something free, I entered.  As many times as possible.  And I won.

Totally cool right?  Yeah until I came time to order.  Apparently the sizing at Lands End isn't compatible with the President of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee.  Their smallest size was still too big for my girls. 

Via Twitter, the Shrinking Jeans ladies recommended I use the live chat feature to speak with a Lands End rep about my issues.  Wouldn't ya know it but my rep was a man.

Me: Hi, I've got the smallest girls in the world, what can you do for me?
Lands End dude: We're clothing makers, not miracle workers.

Okay so that's not how it went.  He was helpful and recommended their Canvas line, which is geared more toward teens.  But the Shrinking Jeans ladies weren't sure those were included in the giveaway, so I picked 3 suits that had tie backs (the only 3 they offer under their regular line).

And all of those were out of stock.

But once again the reps were incredibly helpful (and never mocked me - to my face at least) and went ahead and sent a suit from the Canvas line - very similar to one I picked out on my own.

*Big gulp* so here I am - in all my bikini glory.  I must say that my husband is a bigger fan of the suit than I am, but hey if he approves of me showing this much skin who am I to argue.  I ask if he just wanted to share in on Facebook as a taunt.

*Said in best Borat voice* "You'll never get this!"

Of course we spent the rest of the day speaking like Borat.  I love my husband - I never have to worry about looking goofy in front of him.  He thought I was hot at the mud run, he thought I was hot on the beach in my new suit.  Okay so maybe not so hot speaking like Borat but definitely amusing and lovable.

So there you have it ladies - my own personal "Survivor" style challenge.  Posting a picture of myself in a bathing suit, instead of weeping when I see it.

Hopefully yall are having an excellent week.  Check back tomorrow - I hope to have my mud run post up by then.


  1. Kudos to you, Brooke. Despite the fact that we all think you look amazing, I know it took a lot of courage to post that pic. You look great!

  2. You are SO rocking that suit! If I could look half as good as you, I'd be shouting from the rooftops. I know if took some major cajones to post that picture. I just wish you could see the beautiful, fit woman that we all see.
    Love you!

  3. SEXY!
    My husband would love for me to post a picture like that of me in a bikini... and I might once I hit the 120s. :)

  4. You look great. I'm so glad you had the courage to post it. Once again, you are amazing :D

  5. you will never get this, you will never get this. :)

    You look great .. enjoy your vaca! xoxoxo

  6. Wow-o-WOW!!! You look FABULOUS in a bikini! Yep, it was time to stop hiding that lamp under the bushel basket, girlfriend! ;-) You know, I wondered the same thing, with regard to whether my husband would mind my showing so much skin in a bikini. Funny, he didn't seem to mind at all.

    And I'm proud of you, not just for posting the lovely photo, but for turning down the Shrinkvivor challenge. I know that took a lot of strength, too.

  7. You are H.O.T. Seriously! I'm so proud if you for posting a pic in a bikini! I could never do that! Well, I did post a pic in a tankini, but the shot was from the collar bone up! ;) I think it's great that you aren't doing the challenge ~ it'll be good for you!

  8. Oh my goodness Brooke! I LOVE your suit and I think you look ADORABLE! Perfect. What girl wouldn't want to look like you?

  9. Woooo, hottie! Have fun at the beach!

  10. THE IBTC? That's freaking hilarious! You look great! Believe it!

  11. It looks great! I hope you're having a great time!

  12. You look freaking amazing!! Woot woot!!

    Angela/Pretty in Orange

  13. You look AMAZING! Gorgeous. Smart, strong AND sexy!!!!

  14. CUTE suit! and you look amazing. naturally :)

  15. You do "gots to fix your head"! You look amazing! Way to go!

  16. I don't know what you're so concerned about, you look great in the swimsuit! It sounds like you and I have similar body issues... Good job at bravely posting the pic! I know it must have been super hard. Keep up the good work.

  17. I'm not doing the challenge either and I feel left out! =(
    I guess I should be doing the check-ins to feel included!

    Love that you are the president of you know what...I'm definitely in that club!


    Good luck with the liking you part! I'm with you on that journey!


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