Leg Confidence


Recently I posted this image on my Instagram. This image was the first image I looked at and thought "wow I like my legs". 

For some women, worrying about their legs isn't ever necessary because they are born with naturally brilliant legs or have known how to get them look good and keep them looking in great condition. The "ideal woman" will have nice long, tanned, toned, slim legs. I am not the ideal woman. 

Being 5 ft 2 has meant my legs are pretty short. I had a complex throughout high school over them because I got called Thunder Thighs and Chicken Legs various times and those names stuck. I have a mother who is also short and quite stumpy. She had chicken skin and those genes passed down to me. My dad has psoriasis and has pretty veiny skin and I too have a touch of psoriasis and veiny legs in some areas. 

From being 11 until I was 16 I hadn't worn my legs out in front of my friends. I just decided one night to get my legs out for a party and that was actually where I met my boyfriend, Ellis, and he loves my legs! 

Although I'd got my legs out for that party I knew that the reason my legs looked decent was actually due to wearing killer heels. I still was very insecure about having my legs on display in a public place without heels. During Winter I did nothing because my legs would be covered but by the time Spring came I realised I needed to change them if I hated them that much.

Working Out
My working out is still not brilliant but it's so much better than it used to be! My workouts used to be a walk to the bus stop or running up the stairs. Now I will wake up at least twice a week early (like 6/7am) and do 30 minutes of exercise. Cardio is the best for shedding off the weight so I actually did Jillian Michael's 30 day shred a few times but obviously not 30 days. It really worked a lot and I felt in pain which to me meant it was working! I do lunges and squats as these help with my legs and also my bum. I've found that using two 2kg dumbbells have helped me make my legs more toned. I can now touch my inner thighs and feel the tone...shocks me! 

Changing my eating habits
I haven't really changed what I eat too much. I have cut down on white bread and rarely eat it. I try not to eat too many carbs but I won't cut them out completely. I love pasta made the traditional way so I still eat a nice portion of that. I haven't really changed what I've had for my dinners but I've started to 'like' vegetables a bit. Well two - asparagus and broccoli. I eat a lot more fruit than I used to. I will choose to snack on this now as opposed to biscuits. For my breakfast I will either have Weetabix with bananas and semi-skimmed milk, skinny banana pancakes or poached eggs on bagels or brown toast. I will on the rare occasion have a bacon butty because who can resist one of them? I tried Green Tea but I don't like it so that didn't work well. I do like Peppermint tea however and drink this after I've had my dinner. In my regular tea I have stopped having white sugar and now have a few squirts of agave nectar syrup instead. I drink so much more water now and rarely have fizzy drinks because they make me feel bloated and burpy. I have a cup of warm water with lemon as soon as I get up and then I will drink plenty of lemon water throughout the day. 

Embracing the cellulite
I have finally come to terms with the fact that a lot of women have cellulite and I am one of them. There are of course ways to reduce it but I've not quite got to that point yet and so I will just pretend it's not there. It doesn't really show up in images and no one actually notices it except for you. 

Clothing changes
I have began to wear shorts! I realised that there are more shorts out there then the bum-cut denim ones that are extremely unflattering for myself. I have bought recently plenty of more baggier shorts that fit well and don't show the bad areas of my legs. 

Not judging myself
I've found that when I've looked down at my legs from my point of view they have looked awful but from other people's point of views they look incredible. I have spent so much time in my life trying to take a decent photo with my legs not looking fat but it's difficult for me because I have a negative point of view of them. Ellis took this picture of me and I realised that wow we do look different from other people's eyes. Ellis' mum and Grandma complimented my legs on that day and I was just in shock because I really had negative views on my legs. 

Go out and embrace those legs of yours. If you are unhappy with them then change them! It's all down to what you decide to do with your body! Don't keep your legs cosied up in leggings or tights - let them see the sun. 

Lots of Love
Jen xo

8 comments:

  1. What a fab post! I've recently become a lot more appreciative of my 'thunder thighs.' I'm also 5ft 2 and have a fear of my stumpy legs. But whilst away in America last month I wore shorts with no leggings/tights underneath (mainly coz it was so hot) and I felt a lot more comfortable with my legs out. I think doing lots of running and embracing the cellulite has altered my own feelings towards my legs! If the weather does get a lot warmer, I will be embracing the shorts over here :)

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    1. Aw I'm glad you're getting more confident with your legs!

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  2. I'm 5ft 4 but carry weight on my legs and bubble butt!!! Yes bubble butt thats what I was called in school!! - however, exercise and good clean eating helps also. They'll never be perfect but I do get lots of compliments when I'm in heels and a curvy dress! :) I also don't tan so its rare you'll see my pale legs out on display!

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    1. Aw bubble butt is a nasty name! :( xx

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    2. Rebecca - everyone wants to have a bubble butt these days thanks to Kim Kardashian! Better than no bum haha

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  3. That's lovely that you've managed to make small changes and gained a lot of confidence. To me your legs look great but we all have our hang ups and sadly it's often brought on by comments at school. I've always hated my ears and got teased at school. I don't think I put my hair up until I was 19! Good for you for feeling great about the progress you've made :)

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  4. I'm a fellow short arse and have hated pretty much every single part of my body at one time rf the other - by the time you learn to love and appreciate your body, you are old! haha Having a husband who tells me im beautiful everyday helps - especially being a pregnant heffalump! Great post - I think you legs are sexy lady! ps - pale is cool, classic and better than being tanorexic!

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    1. My boyfriend is a big help too and has definitely increased my confidence! Thank you lovely! I haven't worn fake tan for a few years because it's too much effort for my lazy self! xxx

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