Weight Gain or Natural Shape?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@ddstobe2015:  YES I have; I used to be 200+lbs, and got down to 137. I gained some weight back after I moved home from college 2.5 years ago, and was up to 155. Now, I’m eating right and exercising again and have gotten down to 146 (and working on losing 10-12 to get to my goal weight). The first time I got to 137 I was 21, and it just came off everywhere.

Now, at 24, it’s like my hips are saying, “GIVE ME A BABY!” and my brain is going, “Bitch please.” So yeah, what I’m focusing on is this: I’m getting healthy, and the fact that weight loss comes with it is a perk. I’m eating healthy foods for every meal, I’m exercising, and, if my butt and hips are insisting that they be a little thick, I will at least tone. So, I do leg and butt exercises so that even if they’re thick, they’re thick because of muscle.

I don’t know your genetics, and I’m positive that’s part of it. But also, I’ve always been told that as you get older, your body naturally changes. The things that I could eat at 16 that didn’t break me out will kill my face now. Things that I could do to lose weight at 19 are a warm up for what I have to do now. I try to keep all of these things in mind when I want to lose weight, and understand that it’s still 100% possible to be in control but I just might have to approach it differently than I did 3, 4, 5 years ago. And, my mantra and RULE #1: LOVE YOUR BODY, LOVE YOURSELF, RIGHT NOW. 🙂 Confidence is sexy as hell girl, and I love that you said you love embracing your beauty!!

Post # 5
939 posts
Busy bee

@ddstobe2015:  I noticed that while it is still easy for me to loose weight off my middle and arms, it is harder for me to tone up my butt and thighs than it was when I was younger! I’m 27, but I also don’t mind having curvy hips and thighs!

Post # 6
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@ddstobe2015:  the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader workout video will make your hips, legs, and butt reconsider their decision to exist! I highly recommend it but you will definitely be sore the next day. I love that you are also embracing your body as it is now, and not trying to be 18 forever. I see so many girls women who can’t seem to come to terms with the fact that they are growing up, and that it’s not a bad thing! Do you really want to be 30 with the body of a teenager? I don’t, and it sounds like you don’t! We’re women, and as long as we are healthy, strong, and confident…could we BE any more gorgeous??



Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ddstobe2015:  Do you run fast or up hills/incline or with high resistance on the elliptical? All of those things build mucle mass!

Running for longer distances on flat durfaces or doing the elliptical with lower resistance will help you increase your lean muscle and thin your thighs!

Post # 8
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

I am the same way. When I was a teenager I was stick skinny. Since I graduated high school when I gain weight it all goes right to my butt, hips and thighs. Never to the chest or stomach. My arms are getting bigger too. I need to lose 10-15 pounds to be down to my HS weight, but I know I’ll still be a little pear shaped. 

Post # 11
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@ddstobe2015:  Ugh, the thickness in the thighs is so hard to lose as we get older! I heard it’s an evolutionary thing; we need the fat in those particular areas for baby-harvesting.

Having a trim waist and tones arms is good enough, just go with it 🙂

Post # 14
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MrsHalpert:  Now, at 24, it’s like my hips are saying, “GIVE ME A BABY!” and my brain is going, “Bitch please.”

I just snorted out loud at work.

Post # 15
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ddstobe2015:  I have a very similar shape! I’ve worked hard on improving my fitness over the last year, and have well-defined arms and a very small waist. But I’ve noticed much less dramatic changes in my butt and legs. Only recently are they slimming down a little bit. 

Like some PPs have suggested, I try to do exercises that target my thighs (e.g., running, playing soccer, strength exercises like squats). But I’m also working on embracing my shape like you mentioned. Many women in my family have thicker legs as well, and I try to be realistic about my body’s natural shape to some degree. 

I don’t think there is any harm in targetting areas that are a bit slower to change, while at the same time being happy with yourself and how you look at present. While I could critique my body in many ways, I am feeling pretty healthy these days. It sounds like you have quite a positive attitude in that regard!! That’s admirable 🙂

Post # 16
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Same thing is happening to me! It’s never been VERY hard for me to lose weight, as long as I put the work in. Now I’ve just got this stubborn thigh and butt and tummy fat that is just sticking! I’m 25.

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