I hated my legs for a long time. I thought they looked like tree trunks and don't even get me started about my inner thighs rubbing together when I walked. When I would wear shorts, they would bunch up as I walked, showing off more of the legs that I was disgusted to look at.
For most of my adult life I didn't wear shorts or leggings at all. In one of the first kardio dance classes I taught I wore tight fitting pants.... I yelled "SHAKE IT" and some guy laughed with the woman next to him, and said "Oh it is!" From then on it was baggy pants only while dancing.
Even when I was at my lowest weight, my legs never seemed to change. I told myself it wouldn't matter if I were 100 pounds, my legs would always be this way. It is what it is.
About a year ago I read a life changing book, As A Man Thinketh. The gist is that thoughts become action. Our entire reality is a product of all of the thoughts we've had over an entire life. So, after an (adult) lifetime of self deprecating thoughts about my legs, and arms (too muscular, not feminine), I realized something... Thinking these thoughts, and believing these things to be true about myself was leading to behaviors that only perpetuated that reality. So, I ripped off the baggy pants. I stopped asking lulu for all drop crotch, and hit up the legging wall.
In the meantime, crop tops also came back in style. Hallelujah! My stomach is one part of my body that's been easy for me to love. I say that just to keep it honest and say it wasn't all negative... But the negative has a way of outweighing, right?
It was a bit of an undertaking, but here was my
PROCESS FOR LOVING & THUS SHIFTING MY BODY:
1. FOCUS ON THE GIFT/FUNCTION OF EACH BODY PART: I began focusing on my legs for the gift they are. They are strong and muscular. That allows me to do the things I love: dance harder, jump higher, and take me on all sorts of adventures!
2. EAT FOODS THAT WILL SEND MY BODY LOVE: I pay closer attention to the way foods make me feel. Working out for a living, how I feel, and the way foods affect my energy, or digestive system, is MAGNIFIED!
*FIRST when I get hungry I DRINK WATER to make sure I'm not actually dehydrated.
*TRIAL AND ERROR: I avoid the foods that are uncomfortable to digest. (ex. When I became vegetarian I ate a lot of hummus and cheese at lunch, and by evening classes I STILL felt like there was a brick in my belly. So, I limit beans, and switched to goat cheese.. I did slim down some, (bonus).. but MOST importantly, I know that fruits, veggies, eggs and nuts make me feel GREAT, and I really didn't miss meat or lack energy).
*DON'T OVEREAT OUT OF PROCRASTINATION: I am mindful. I notice when I am satisfied & I then tell myself I love my body more than the food. I recognize that I am trying to put off a task, and tell myself the quicker I start it, the quicker it will be finished.
**HERE'S THE MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO BODY CHANGE
3. IF I WANT TO CHANGE, I HAVE TO BE WILLING TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT: I began incorporating REGULAR Primal workouts into my routine. I swear to you, the thing I was most afraid of, was ultimately the answer to what I thought was IMPOSSIBLE. My legs actually did change shape! I noticed the "cuts" from my quads on the side, less inner thigh touch, and I no longer view them as tree trunks.
I am naturally muscular, so I had avoided strength training as to not "bulk up." However, I realized that as long as I'm not overeating (even the healthy stuff), the strength training (Primal), sculpts a gorgeous, lean shape.
I am no longer ashamed of my arms. They are feminine... and I'm ā STRONG ASS FEMALE.
HIT ME UP. WHAT THOUGHTS DO YOU HAVE THAT ARE PERPETUATING THE PROBLEM? I am happy to help you shift your mindset & your body.
Keep the Passion,