Oh, my, the thighs! I am definitely a pear shape! Well, was ...
In the 80s and 90s, I was lean & strong up top, perfect upper body if you ask me. My legs were GREAT from mid-thigh all the way down, my waist was fab ... but butt and thighs, OH MY!
But I have always been really grateful, b/c all I needed to hide my problem areas were a good skirt just long enough to cover, or boot- or straight-cut pants (the tapered pants of the 80s & early 90s are NOT a good look for pears, same with 'skinny jeans'). People always thought I was 10 or 20lb less than I was. I was never smaller than a size 8, b/c the sizing is so dependent on thigh size, but my waist was always much smaller than that, and I always wore a S in dresses & shirts.
When I started getting out of control with bingeing on sugar, I started gaining in the middle. THAT has sucked hard. It is so unattractive, and so hard to cover and so hard to flatter. As I started losing it with PB, the middle has been the first to go. Interestingly, when I started hitting the sugar again this spring, but was still eating 98% PB, the weight went on th ebutt and thighs first. Interesting!
In the peak of my fitness, I was doing tons of lifting (cheerleading, squatting and throwing other girls in the air, along with serious weights) and stretching (very flexible) and leg lifts. The more I exercised the quads, the bigger they got, so I stopped doing squats and front leg lifts and switched to just working the sides and backs of my upper legs. I think it helped, but not sure. It certainly didn't take the fat off!
The silliest thing is that calipers would show me at 12-13% BF. Ridiculous. They just didn't measure the places I carried the most fat. Upper arm, belly, hip, and the one leg spot were just not my fattest places. It would have been interesting to get an underwater measurement back then.
I'd give just about anything to be back where my only fat was on my upper thighs again. Sigh!
5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
*Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________*Goal: 135lb
*Deadlift: 225x4________________________________________*Back Squat: 165lb
*Bench: 125x2_________________________________________*Pre ss: 85lb
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