Post # 1
Sooo… I’ve been running 5 nights a week on the treadmill for at least 45 minutes. Yep, believe it or not, with only a few 2 minute “slow-downs” between the long stretches of heart-pumping (seriously, like 178 on the heart rate monitor) spurts of cardio. By the time I’m done, I’m dripping with sweat and I feel like my heart is going to explode out of my face. Gross, but true.
My concern is that I’m not going to get the skinny-legs results that I’m so yearning for. You see, I’m ok with being short (5’4″) and having short legs, as long as they are SKINNY short legs. This, my friends, is the main VANITY factor for me to be exercising at this intensity. Health benefits are a big reason too, but push those aside for the moment and that leaves the deep-seeded desire to have thin legs. Sure, my tummy & waist could use some trimming as well, and I know for a fact that THAT is where it will come off of first, but I’m likely to not be able to see the forest for the trees when it comes to this.
My legs are muscular. (but not in a OMG she looks like a pro-body builder kinda way). They always have been, even when I was younger. I guess I have hours and hours of gymnastics in my front yard with friends to thank for that one, and by the time I was 12 years old I had a serious complex with myself. I started noticing that my legs weren’t as small as those other girls my age, so I put myself on a diet (YES, at 12 years old! In middle school!) and started doing the Step exercise with a neighbor. OOPS. Probably not the best way to slim down my legs. I just built them up more. Hello genius. *sigh* Ever since then, my weight has been a struggle and at this moment in time, I am EXTREMELY motivated to do this. I’m enjoying exercise for the first time in a long time, but I’m hoping my goal is an attainable one.
I’m counting calories on a daily basis as well, and focusing on more veggies and protein, but because of the intensity of my workouts, I’m keeping them to 1700 – 1800 a day. I’m not doing any strength-training either. Striclty cardio. I don’t want any more muscle added to my already bulky legs 🙁
Why can’t I just be one of those tiny girls?
Post # 3
We are pretty much the same hieghth, so I feel your pain lol.
Just remember that it takes a few days to weeks for the results to show, something that I detest lol
Post # 4
OMG, I’m in the same boat as you. I feel as though everything I eat goes to my thighs…I’ve been walking everywhere in an effort to thin out my legs. I’m about 5’3 and have a small weist and thick legs. I’m hoping that my daily 6 mile walk will do something to thin my lower body out. Goodluck!!!
Post # 5
@ bobbypinpearls – I totally hate waiting for results! Patience is not my strong point!
@ janelyz – It seems like everything I eat stops and permanently camps out somewhere between my belly button and my knees. That is definately where all the pudge is.
Good job about walking 6 miles a day. That should definately get results 🙂
Post # 6
Don’t worry, I’m in the same boat except I’m even shorter. My hips and thighs are enormous compared to my waist and bust. I’m going gangbusters right now though since I only have seven weeks till the wedding. (And eight till the honeymoon when it really matters). I just want to be a happy weight on my wedding day so I can think back happily when I compare.
I don’t think non-cardio exercise is going to make my thighs any bigger, though most of my strength training is focused on my wiggly arms. They’re the only part I’m really worried about on my wedding day. I need to learn how to pose with my arms away from my body so they don’t look so massive.
Post # 7
thigh fat is a bitc$! good luck with your exercise program!
Post # 8
I have pointy hips. (Sigh)
Post # 9
Have you had your leg fat measured? I know that sounds weird, but some women have some muscular legs naturally and don’t have much fat to burn off. So you can run and run and run, and it’ll never budget.
Get measurements though. Same spot every time. That’ll tell you if your legs are slimming down.
You could always try adding some other stuff to your regimen, too. I dunno, i’ve seen runners with really long slender legs and I’ve seen girls with larger thighs, like soccer players. They just look like athletes! But i never think it’s a bad thing! Just make sure your goal is actually feasible.
Post # 10
Here is something to make you feel better. Last night the boy and I started a new exercise plan and I took our measurements.’
I am 5’0, 104 pounds and my thigh measured 19.25 inches
The boy is 6’4, 203 pounds and his thigh measured 22 inches
He is almost a foot and a half taller than me, weighs 100 pounds more and our thighs are almost the same size. Sight :/
Post # 11
I mean this in the most positive of ways, but running may not make your legs thinner. It makes my legs get bigger – solid, but bigger. And I’m way shorter than you. There are days when I don’t like it – particularly sitting down when you can’t really tell that my thights are like 90% muscle. Meep! But I get such a rush from working out, and now that I play ultimate frisbee and collide into large men all the time (because I am a spaz), having a very solid base is pretty helpful.
Yes, exercise and healthy eating may slim you down some. But we all have our genetic body shapes and there’s not much you can do outside of that, barring in some cases surgery. Maybe you’ll slim down some, but if you don’t, your thighs can hang out with mine. And also my excessively long torso and all those other weird things that I am learning to deal with.
Post # 12
I agree with Entangled that you probably won’t see dramatic changes but exercise and diet might help to get it under better control. My thighs are my worst body part too so you aren’t alone.
Post # 13
You really should add some strength training in. It’s not going to add bulk unless you start taking steroids.
Post # 14
Thanks ladies for your kind words and advice!
@ ejs – I need to start measuring my legs from tonight. I’m really curious to see how much or if they will change at all. I’m sure hoping for the best!
@ babyboo – I know what you mean! My husband is 6’1 and weighs 185 lbs, and freaks out if he hits 190! My thighs are bigger than his and he weighs 25 lbs more than me. It seems like all he has to do to lose weight is substitute ONE bowl of cereal for a meal and walk around the block twice. Poof! Like magic, he’s lost 5 lbs..
@ Entangled & MissAsB – Oh noes! That’s not what I wanted to hear! I agree though that genetics makes a big part of it.. I’m just going to keep running and try to be the best I can be. Even if I just lost a little on my legs it would be worth it.
Post # 15
I would try other cardio along with just running. That will help with fat burning. I’m not saying that you can’t see changes but I just don’t want you to feel too down if you don’t get to having stick thighs!
Post # 16
I have a thigh problem too. I have been measuring myself for over 6 months and have only lost ONE INCH! Let me know when you find a solution.