A past boyfriend once told me, "You could lose a little weight in your legs." Naturally, as a female, this stuck with me. Stick me next to any girl with smaller legs than mine and my self-consciousness heightens immediately. We all have it, right? The "problem-area". How has that phrase even become so common? #firstworldproblems.
Ironically, a handful of you have commented on my legs on this blog. "Smokin'" and "dang" have both showed up in my comment box, and I must say, it is weird for me to read those statements directed towards the one area of my body I stress over most.
Then the other day I came to a subtle, yet full of impact, thought. Why do I hold some ideal future-self in my head when really, I am happy as I am? Giving myself something to aim for - a goal, per se - has always been a part of my life. Until I realized.... my legs are beautiful and strong and yes they're a little squatty and stubby and my torso is the length of the PCT but it is what it is. Not to mention, if my body didn't change for the worse... I think I'd be okay, happy even, with the way that I am.
Anyway. All that aside, while I do fight the typical battle of aiming for whatever is next-thinnest vs. accepting myself as is, I try to live a healthy lifestyle. And since so many of you have made comments about these legs of mine, I thought I'd share a little about what I do to stay fit.
|[the peaceful centergy classroom that I am lucky enough to enjoy]|
I am allergic to gluten and dairy which cuts out a lot of unhealthy foods right off the bat. Bread, pastries, cheesy dips... they're all off the list. I eat lots of meat, lots of veggies, rice, eggs, fruit, and nuts. Occasionally you can find me munching on gluten-free cereal in the AM and definitely FroYo in the summertime.
My exercise consists of two classes: Centergy and Club Dance. Centergy is a mix between pilates and yoga which lengthens, tones, strengthens, and relaxes me. It's the perfect way to end a busy day. On the other end of the spectrum is Club Dance - a cardio, upbeat, exhilarating workout where I also get to put my booty-shaking to use. Thank goodness that talent can be directed somewhere. :) I don't do much running because it makes my legs bigger (and we've already discussed the leg problem) nor do I do much heavy weight lifting. To me it's all about staying healthy - strong enough but not too strong, toned, and able to play a pick-up game of any sort without running out of air in the first 5 minutes.
Everybody is different. Find what works for YOU - something you love, something that makes you feel confident, and something that you can maybe even turn into a social event (i.e. - I bring as many of my girlfriends as possible to Club Dance).