I seem to be going in the right direction then, as I'm already feeling so much better within myself after losing what I have. Although I was getting to a good place in which I was accepting my body for what it was and learning to love it, I wasn't truly happy. My shrinking frame, the fact that I have more energy and not being in pain all the time with my back and knees has left me with almost a permanent smile.
This is why I decided to buy a few things that I had wanted to wear for ages but hadn't felt brave enough to. After all, you can't really make the most of the summer weather without showing a bit of skin.
This has changed over the last month and I've ditched my leggings in favour of bare legs - although I still wear shorts underneath my dresses. I originally switched to cropped leggings to show my tattoos off, but then I figured I might as well go all the way and make the most of the sunny weather.
I've slowly gotten more and more confident, partly due to my weight loss and because I've had some really lovely comments from total strangers. This made me think that I should just buy a few styles that I have been afraid to wear before before the summer is over.
I haven't worn anything like this since I was a size 14 a very long time ago - we're talking over a decade ago - so I wasn't holding out much hope that I would feel comfortable in them. I also ordered a size that I thought I may need to shrink into, so I was pleasantly surprised when they fit and even more so when I actually really loved them on me.
I don't care that my thighs are still rather chunky or that I have muscly calves and I wasn't bothered that my stomach is visible through the dungarees. These make me feel cute and are the ideal thing for wearing when I've lost more weight as they aren't going to look odd when they get a bit too big.
Often, I wouldn't wear something revealing like this outside, using outfits as my indoor comfy options, but I didn't give a second thought to heading out in them and felt completely happy doing so.
Again, I was really happy as soon as put this dress on, even though it's a bit short so shorts are a total must-wear. I was worried that the top would make my boobs look crazy big but I honestly don't care and happily wore it to the beach - it's really great for wearing your bikini underneath as you can get changed super quickly.
Not only have I worn these outfits without any issues or questioning, I've happily worn my bikini on the beach. I usually pack a couple of swimsuits to give myself options, but this time, I only packed my bikini so I would have to wear it. Although it is already getting to be on the big side, I've been happy lounging on the sand and swimming in the sea without worrying about what other people think. In fact, I've just ordered another bikini ready for my next holiday.
Choosing to get a bit more skin out this summer has really helped me to feel more confident. I'm only going to get happier and want to experiment more with my clothes over the next year, especially as I'm getting to the point where I really don't care what other people think about what I'm wearing or how I look.
In fact, I wish I had even more revealing outfits at the ready in my wardrobe!