Post # 1
So… I’ve lost 27 pounds! Pretty proud of myself. No real diet plan, just more exercise, correct portions and MUCH less junk food. I’ve mostly focused on lifestyle change for the long term rather than short-term dieting, because I want this to stick.
I’m pretty tall (5’9) and because of it, NO ONE has noticed my weight loss lol. Except for my man, of course. I can see a huge difference myself, and I love that I can wear clothes that I haven’t been able to wear for quite a while–my face is so much thinner, too. I started out at 173 and am now holding at 146. I originally thought 145 would be my goal but at 146, I still have a slight tummy and thighs much larger than what I want! 90% of my excess is in my thighs, ARGH.
Seriously… it’s so annoying. You can literally count all my rib bones. But I have thighs that jiggle like jello! What the heck, body?! I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, though. I don’t want to look anorexic, just a little less jiggle. One thing I do love about being pear shaped is it’s nice to have a curvy booty!
Oh, the joys of being pear-shaped…. any advice or stories are welcome, y’all!
Post # 3
Congrats on the weight loss, that’s amazing!! I’m pear-shaped too, size 10 on top, 14 on bottom… I’m 5’5 and I went up to 190lbs about 4 years ago, went down to 140 last year, and gained 13 lbs since April 2011. I’m trying to get back on track, but it’s hard!!
Sorry, I’m hichjaking your post there. What worked for my tights was, in order of effectiveness:
– Exhale Core Fusion DVDs: amazing, completely changed my shape
– Squats and lunges
– kettlebells exercises
Good luck! And please keep us updated, I’d love to know how you’re getting on, and hopefully that’ll motivate me!!
Post # 4
@sweetaure: How did the exhale core fusion DVD’s change your shape? Are you less pear shaped now? Just wondering.
Post # 5
Congratulations on your weigh loss! That is incredible.
I feel your pain though. I hate being pear-shaped!! My stupid thighs seem like they will never, ever get smaller.
Post # 6
seriously, I work out a LOT. I even kind of have stomach muscles that show and my biceps aren’t too shabby either, but my thighs?? HUGE! I know that a lot of is is muscle, but I know a LOT is still fat. I just want to be able to walk without my thighs rubbing together! C’mon!! lol
Post # 7
I’m the same shape (36-28-43!) and I feel your pain! I am doing a lot of lifting and squats now and I have really noticed my butt getting smaller (lost 3 inches since January). I think that’s really the key building muscle in the lower body and then your shape will change. I’ve been much skinnier before but I was ‘skinny-fat’ so no muscle, and I was completely the same pear shape, just smaller. Now I’m finding with building muscle I have less of the saddle bags and wide hips!
Post # 8
@Ms. Martian: You are right!
If you want stuff to stop jiggling around building muscle is the way to go. It replaces the fat. I swear by Jillian Michaels DVDs. They are cheap, fun and they work. Killer Buns and Thighs is the way to go. I thought my legs would get too big, but they stayed the same/got smaller and they are super toned. I can wear shorts again. Me!
Post # 9
My hips and butt are a lot bigger than my waist, but I also have large boobs. It’s more pear shaped with boobs than a true hourglass because my ribcage is fairly small. I’m also short and on the border of being overweight, though this is a reasonably ok weight for me.
I run and bike and that helps to burn the calories and keep my legs muscular.
I should do more upper body work.
Post # 10
Interesting to hear that shape can change! I am completely the same with sticky-out ribs but seriously jiggly thighs.
Post # 11
@goodasitgets: I was but now I’m back to being more pear-shaped again I had saddle-bags, grr hate them! But originally, I only wanted to do some yoga or something not too strenuous, soI used the ECF DVDs at home. And I started tightening up very quickly, it was great. I broadened my shoulders and tightened my bum and hips, and the saddelbags pretty much disappeared, and my body looked a lot more balanced.
The other things on my list really work too, I love the kettlebells, it’s a full body workout and it works wonders for us pear-shaped ladies, as it helps define shoulders and tightens the tum/bum areas, so you end up with a more hourglass shape.
Post # 12
I hate my shape. At age 15 my bum and thighs just came from nowhere, I’m now 29 and they are still huge. Tried various diets and exercise plans but nothing works I’m now back up to my heaviest weight. I am doing something about it. I’ve just joined WW and I will lose 3 st! But it’ll result in a tiny waist and visable collar bone and ribs.
Post # 13
ugh, I think after 29 years of being pear shaped, I’ve finally grown to appreciate it! I’m a size 8 on the top and 10/12 on the bottom.
All I’ve gotta say is I give HUGE thanks to J.Lo, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian for making big butts hot again.
Post # 14
Indeed – but we need role models with jiggly tights!!
Post # 15
@rubybride718: LOL Amen for them, right? One of my SO’s friends calls me Wooty–as in, Booty. Don’t know why he changed it to W but whatever lol. But I like my butt!
Nice to know I am not alone in my pear-shaped journey! It’s so weird, because when I lose weight it comes off the rest of my body really quickly and easily. But my thighs? Uh uh. Ain’t movin’!! It’s getting better but lordy it’s stubborn! I don’t really have saddle bags anymore. It’s mostly on my inner thighs.
Going to take the advice that some of you have given! Thank you!
Post # 16
THIS is what I’m talking about. I came across these pictures looking at the sales from The Climb. She doesn’t look photoshopped to look thinner (I see some lighting imperfections and skin color unevenness so I think they mostly left it as it was–yes, I am a photog lol). It’s so refreshing to see a model who is pear-shaped and not overly photoshopped!
She is thin. I mean, you can see her hip bones. But look at those thighs! I’m not saying she’s fat at all, but you can see she’s got a little something extra only on her thighs. I think this is probably what I will look like in about another 5-10 pounds. 😛