I bought a swimsuit yesterday. I haven’t bought a swimsuit since early 2008, before going on a family vacation to Key West. I still have that swimsuit, so the first thing I did when I got home was take a photo to compare my new swimsuit to my old one.
But before you go clicking on those links – check out my Incredible Shrinking Swimsuit!
I lined up the seam along the right side of the photo (left side of the swimsuits) to create the optimal comparison. The purply-grey pair with the red side panels is a size 3XL. I never liked the color – it’s hideous and unflattering – but I didn’t have many options at the big & tall store when I bought them. I wore them almost daily to the pool during that week in Key West, and actually, now that I think about it, that may be the last time I’ve worn a swimsuit. Almost three years ago.
When I was growing up, if I had been told that there would be a period in my life where I would go three years without wearing a swimsuit, I would never have believed it. I practically grew up in water. The house I grew up in had a pool, and I have memories of being in it before I knew how to swim. I actually learned to swim as a toddler at the YMCA, and I have memories of that, too. And then there were the 10 years of being on competitive swim teams, and 2 years of water polo – all told, I spent thousands of hours in the water by the time I graduated high school.
I bought the new swimsuit (the black one, which is a size XL) because later today I’m headed to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving week at my sister’s house, and she and her hubby take their kids to the local pool every Friday night, and I’m excited to go with them. I was in Colorado last year for Thanksgiving too, and opted not to go to the pool, because I didn’t want to wear my swimsuit (although that wasn’t reason I told my family at the time). If, a year ago, I had been told that in 1 year I would be excited to go to the pool, I would never have believed it.
Just because I was curious, I scoured the photos I have from that Key West trip to see if there was one of me in my old swimsuit. There’s not, which doesn’t surprise me – I wouldn’t have allowed anyone to take a photo of me shirtless – but I saw other photos and decided to end this post with a ‘Before’ and ‘Current’ photo comparision.
Me in Key West (I was in a head-shaving phase):
Me now (another photo from a recent visit to see my friend Judie, who has llamas):
Keep it up, David!