Mia and I didn’t coordinate this, but her post today is a fabulous answer to the question we’re asking you to answer for the Panache sports tank giveaway!

We are getting closer to the end of our month long focus on fitness, and I thought it was important to speak about not just the outside of what it takes for a busty gal to get fit but also the inside.

Having large breasts held me back from working out for decades. I was afraid and intimidated, thinking about being gawked at and judged because of my breasts’ size. It’s something I still struggle with and in some ways have not overcome.

I work out at home and run. Finding a sports bra that keeps my breasts from moving around and attracting attention, real or imagined, has allowed me run without thinking about my boobs. Being a member of a women only running group also helped me with that. When I work out at home I am alone. I often lock the door to be sure not even my husband or children can enter so I can focus on the task at hand.

It’s hard to ignore that little voice in your head. The one that is louder than those around you because it comes from within. So instead, I work towards making it a bit more quiet. I find bras that fit, I buy workout clothes that compliment my body, I choose environments where I feel comfortable moving and sweating freely.

I hope that there will come a time when I am completely comfortable in my own skin, but if I don’t, it will not keep me from working towards being healthy. I am not ashamed of my busty body. Being honest with myself about my feelings has allowed me to get closer every day to being mentally and physically fit.