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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I did a brick yesterday at the gym. First swimming and then riding an expresso bike.
They roped off a third of the pool for family swim. So I was doing laps in 2/3 of the pool. Instead of doing 11 laps which equaled 1/4 of a mile...I did 22 laps and I figure it is close to a third of a mile swim. Regardless, when I stopped at the rope the happiest smiling Asian woman was looking at me. She was swimming with noodles and oodles of her grandchildren. And she looked so sharp. A nice swim suit, spiked hair and her make up done to the tee. Every time I did a lap by her she would smile and keep on trucking in the water. We both finished about the same time. I ran to the shower to rinse off before changing into my bike wear. Then I went to put my towel in the sauna so it would be dry when I needed it(a trick someone else showed me) There she was in the sauna. She was laying on a bench on a towel in her birthday suit. She turned her head and looked at me and said, " I love to be naked" I left the sauna with a smile on my face. She does not have a perfect body, but she is perfectly content with what she has!
My friend Michael was talking about his dislike toward his body, but how he is not hating himself thin. And this was an ah Ha moment. I keep having visions of that woman on the bench and the sheer joy on her face. I am not the "naked " kind of person. I almost always sleep with Jammies on. I do not like the feeling of my own skin naked with out clothes. I always wrap in a towel in the sauna. I never go in the jacuzzi naked at the YMCA. In fact I guess I am prudish because I am freaked out everytime I see a bunch of women in the private woman jacuzzi naked; it holds 10 people anyways.
I am working toward self love... I guess a lot of us are here. I just love the look of that woman yesterday saying she loves being naked. Hopefully someday I can be that happy with my body. A goal to strive for. I better go write it down!
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  • SUGIRL06
    What an awesome story!!! There is a time and place for nakedness and I would agree about the jacuizzi thing but the sauna wouldn't bother me. I love that she is so confident!!
    3502 days ago
    This is great.
    I'm comfie naked when I sleep. But my image in the mirror at the Y 'bothers' me because I'm surrounded by buff people. I FEEL thin when I'm working out--but the image says otherwise. C'est la vie.
    3524 days ago
    Wow! I can be comfortable naked when I'm alone, but that's pretty bold to be naked in a public place (or a semi-public place at least)!

    I hope I get that content with my body someday!

    Meanwhile, you go Jeanne! Great job on getting in the swim and the biking! You can do it!
    3525 days ago

    I have always thought it is just a matter of being modest..I think the world has stopped teaching modesty to our children...I also think it is KOOL when I see someone with that kind of boldness and confidence...LOL...but it isn't me...even if I were a perfect size...according to society...what is perfect anyway...to me it is a weight I am comfortable with, and healthy at...not what the latest movie mag has to say is perfect!! I say it is just an individual preference to nude or to not nude...I choose to not nude...tho have nothing against those who live a bit freeer lifestyle...to each his own, as long as he isn't harming anyone in the process!! GO nude lady in the sauna...GO!!)))SMILES(((

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    3525 days ago
    That's great!!! totally cool! Me too, I hope to do that - feel the power of self-love!!! You go naked woman in the saunna!!! LOL
    3525 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Heck, I'm not even comfortable with DH seeing me naked . . . we've been married almost 26 yrs!
    3525 days ago
    I love being naked, I always have. Even when I was 30 lbs. heavier, I loved the feeling of walking around naked. Now that I have lost some weight, I love it even more. One of the greatest things about the kids going back to school and me working 2nd shift, is I can swim naked in my pool everyday w/o worrying about someone walking in on me. Its not so much visual for me as textural. The water flowing around my body as I swim, the feel of the sun on my naked skin, it all feels good. Well now everyone is going to think I'm some kind of perv!! emoticon
    3525 days ago
    That is a lot of self love right there. While I wish I had that kind of body confidence, I don't know if the sauna is the place for it because let's be real, not everyone is openminded and that would have turned a lot of people away from using the sauna, me included. I don't mind women walking around the locker room naked but the sauna is so confined that I would feel like we were about to get it on!
    3525 days ago
    I sleep with a t-shirt and panties on, always have. I'm not crazy about the naked look either but I have noticed as I have gotten older that I don't worry anymore about wearing my bathing suit in public. That is a HUGE step for me. I figure I am going to enjoy my summer regardless of what ANYBODY thinks.

    Maybe one day we will be the skinny dippers huh?


    Jeanne-way to go on all of the swimming and exercise...WE CAN AND ARE DOING THIS!!!!!
    3525 days ago
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