Post # 1
So..I’m hoping someone can relate here.
I’ve been doing really well on losing weight and getting in shape, BUT Mr. almost keeps telling me he’s afraid I’ll get too skinny if I keep this up and he wants me to stay how I am right now. The thing is, I’m far from being underweight (5’3″ 130) but I’ve always been VERY curvy. Big hips, legs and booty, and he loves that. I love it too, but I DON’T love the pudge on my belly! So I’ve been working out like crazy to flatten my tummy, but (go figure) I didn’t start seeing improvements until I started running, and then I started losing weight everywhere.
So I guess here’s the dillema; I can’t decide whether I should stop trying to lose weight and JUST work on my abs (which has little to no effect) to keep my hips for hubby (and me, too). Or if I should keep running until I have the tummy of my dreams and deal with the skinny legs that come with it? (No offense! skinny legs look great on most people! I just like mine a lil larger =)
Post # 3
Here’s the thing you may have to get REALLY skinny to lose that extra layer of fat on your tummy! Every bodys body is different and I personally have NEVER been able to see a nice washboard stomach on myself no matter how skinny and toned I got. Even when I was really young and tiny I still had that extra layer of subcutaneous fat and my mom was the same way! On her wedding day she was 5’0″ and 98lbs and still had a bit of pudge on her tummy!
Have you ever had the stomach of your dreams? Like when you were younger?
If you think it is possible – It really depends on what is more important to you a flat tummy or your curves!
Post # 4
I have chicken legs , lol (I prefer the terminology “model’s legs” but hell, who ever says that to me? haha)
The PP is right, you have to lose a lot of weight before it comes off your stomach. I still carry a decent amount on my muffin tops. Oh well! That being said, thighs and stomach are where most women start running into road blocks. They either lose it in one or the other. There are lots of flat-tummied women out there with larger hips and thighs and women like me, with skinny legs that carry weight on their stomach.
Make sure you are staying healthy and checking your body fat percentage–no matter what size your SO loves you at, if it’s you know, 30% body fat that’s not good. Shoot for 20-24% which is normal. Maybe talk to a trainer and see if there is a way to keep the shape you want down low. Chances are you’re looking at squats, lunges, and heavier weights so they don’t get skinny but stay more muscular. Mine “block up” when i add weights on and I get that curvy leg look but I only had that in high school during sports.And, keep in mind that while your legs may get skinnier first, you’re past the first hurdle and the rest of the fat will come off so you will look proportional if you’re scared of the chicken leg syndrome =]
Either way, make yourself happy first! Maybe your SO is just telling you that b/c he doesn’t want you to change too much AND he doesn’t want you to think HE wants you to be all model-skinny? He might be pleasantly surprised by your new shape. Congrats on the weight loss!
Post # 5
On the BMI scales (not the ones that are tailored specifically for you, just the general ones for the mass public) for women, your 130 lbs and 5’3” height are in the normal weight range. So, where you are now, you’re definitely not overweight. I agree with everyone else: everybody and every body is different, as is how you think your body looks good. I’m a short girl too (5’2”) and I’ve always been bigger in the hips/butt/thighs. Like your Mr, that’s one of the things that attracted my fiance to me. He likes my curves, and he would be devestated if I lost a lot of weight. I am pretty short and muscley, so if I lost fat, I would lose my soft, feminine look and I’d be semi-cut. Plus, I don’t know if this happens to you too, but I lose all my boobage when I hardcore workout. So while I would love to be as cut and sexy as Jillian Michaels, I just decided I look a little better with curves. 🙂 At 5’3” and 130 lbs, I’m sure you look pretty awesome, so I’d just do what exercises you need to do to maintain your healthy weight. Good luck!