[QUOTE=sbhikes;881680]I guess you guys are right. Having bulging man-thighs should make men think twice before they mess with me, I hope.
Why do you think I swear like a sailor when I'm out on my route?
[quote]Oh my god I have these huge bulging thigh muscles that bulge and ripple as I walk. It's almost horrifying. I look like a guy. I felt so embarrassed and self-conscious as I walked back to my office. I thought everybody must be staring and judging. I know they say that women won't bulk up, but apparently some of us do. I don't even do heavy weights. I must be full of testosterone. But how could I be if I hardly have any sex drive at all?[/quote]
When they talk about women not bulking up, they mean upper body. While they wax poetic about the fat on women's thighs, they do not mention that it is normal for women to have huge lower body strength and good muscular development. Female soccer players/runners quickly become quad dominant, same happens with ardent spinners unless they are born exomorphs, and most women, unlike men, never have problem of a skinny calf. Have you ever noticed how frigging obsessed men are with calf rises? Well, most women get a well turned out calf from cardio, for gods sake.
And it is again, thanks to childbirth prep. It takes one heck of the LB strength to get the baby out without med assist. So, your large quad is very feminine.
One thing for it: balance the hamstring and glute! Deadlifts and two-handed KB swings is just what the doc ordered, trust me on that! My quad is large (and exaggerated by the fat layer/budge), but one of my biggest achievements is that i finally have that sweep along the back of the leg that makes it even.
Egads in my exercise classes all they ever do is glute stuff. It drives me crazy. It hurts so much. I get crazy sciatic nerve twitches going during those and then later my glutes are sore for days. They are sore today. It sure does help though. Things are more shapely back there. I don't have a weight room to use.
My thighs are bulging....with fat. Lol. Can't wait until they are bulging with muscle and a more reasonable amount of fat! When I get close to that 100 pounds lost I hope to be fit, strong, and ready for a warrior dash, cellulite be damned!
The good thing about the Warrior Dash is that cellulite is the last thing that you will be worried about once you get to it and for a day or so after. After I sprint, I feel amazing for about an hour, and then life becomes very, very, very challenging :)
[quote]And now, I have a black pencil skirt in my reward drawer that I'm only a couple of pounds away from being able to wear proudly. I am so looking forward to that. I haven't worn a pencil skirt in years. [/quote]
OMG, I have THE SKIRT as well. It hangs in the closet... waiting. It is not a pencil one, it is a godet (? i dunno proper word in English, tight on tope, opening up on the bottom, 6 sections?) so we both are cheering upon the waistline. Or at least I hope the skirt wants to be worn, not to be send to the Thrift store....
I have a wrap-around sport skirt like that. Funny thing is that now that it fits I haven't worn it. I really should.
I will always have to live with cellulite and saggy skin after I lose the excess fat. I will be one of those women who looks great in clothes but perhaps not so great naked. I have been overweight far too long and to such an extreme degree that I am sure irreparable external damage has been done. I can live with that though. My goal is to be strong, healthy and look as good as I can. It sure as hell will be much, much better than where I am at now!
I think every woman has "that" article of clothing. For me it was a dress I wore to a wedding umpteen years ago. Black column dress with a slit on the side, very fitted. Hung in the closet for ever. I finally got into it, never wore it anywhere, then got back out of it (it was too big). It went to the donation pile when we moved. Funny thing, when I got into it I was almost 20 pounds more than when I wore it the first time, but it was too big.
[QUOTE=Leida;883751]OMG, I have THE SKIRT as well. It hangs in the closet... waiting. It is not a pencil one, it is a godet (? i dunno proper word in English, tight on tope, opening up on the bottom, 6 sections?) so we both are cheering upon the waistline. Or at least I hope the skirt wants to be worn, not to be send to the Thrift store....[/QUOTE]
I think they call that a tulip skirt. I've got one of those I wore to a couple of weddings last year. Really great thrift store find. It won't be wearable much longer though, and it's not as versatile as a pencil skirt. But I absolutely loved wearing it.
[QUOTE=KimT;883816]I think every woman has "that" article of clothing. For me it was a dress I wore to a wedding umpteen years ago. Black column dress with a slit on the side, very fitted. Hung in the closet for ever. I finally got into it, never wore it anywhere, then got back out of it (it was too big). It went to the donation pile when we moved. Funny thing, when I got into it I was almost 20 pounds more than when I wore it the first time, but it was too big.[/QUOTE]
Okay, how does that work? I've been assuming that they've changed the sizes since I was young, as I'm wearing smaller numbers now than when I was married and weighed 135. But in your case, it's the same dress... Do we develop a heavier core as we age? LOL! Sure isn't extra muscle in my case.
I'm not sure either Judg! I know the sizes have changed. I had been dieting up to the point of wearing that dress and remembeer the weight I made it too. For me I did lose fat while gaining muscle. I was doing Muay Thai and then a lot of heavy kettlebell lifting. I like the idea of a heavier core. I guess I just became more dense.
Fortunately for me, my mom was able to salvage a lot of clothes along the way by altering them. It was strange mentally though to be wearing the "same" clothes, but knowing they were sizes smaller. I actually would rip the tags out of the ones she fixed so I didn't have to look at the size.