Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Love Your Body Tuesday (on a Wednesday): Legs

Welcome to another installment of Love Your Body Tuesday [on a Wednesday]! Apologies for the delay; a Florida vacation caused me to lose track of time. I promise to be back on schedule next week.


It took me a while to decide what part to focus on today. My first instinct was to go with another easy part... eyes, feet, nose, etc... but I decided I need to practice what I preach and focus on a part that I tend to feel insecure about--my legs.

On our condo balcony last night
I've never liked the way my legs look; for as long as I can remember, I've been acutely aware of my seemingly stocky, shapeless legs. My cankles and thick, jiggly thighs have always meant that pants shopping was never easy. I've always preferred longer skirts and shorts, and skirted bathing suits. Until recently, I hadn't worn shorts in years.

But you see that picture above? I'm wearing shorts. Not short shorts, mind you, but shorts nonetheless and it's certainly a start. I've actually bought two pairs of shorts this year; the pair above, and another black and white pair. I mean, so what if my thighs jiggle?? It's HOT outside! I'm pretty sure no one's going to run away screaming because my legs aren't as lean and trim as some other people's legs.

My legs help me to run and walk. They take me everywhere I want to go! Although I am tall, they are not so long that I need to buy tall pants, so they make shopping just a little bit easier. Posting the pictures in this post and this post were hard for me, but I'm glad I did; every time I post a picture that includes my legs, I'm chipping away at the shame I've felt about them all these years.

While I'm not always thrilled with the way my legs look, they are my legs and there is nothing to be ashamed of. I don't need to hide them and constantly fear what people might be thinking about them; chances are, they're not thinking anything about them!

One more thing about my legs--they are my mother's legs, through and through. I feel like I have a link to her because it's something I share with her, and we used to commiserate together about our legs. The gift that keeps on giving ;)

I think she was about 16 here

4 comments:

  1. I love this series that you are doing!!! Your legs are wonderful! My legs are wonderful. I mentally and verbally bash my thighs too. But, I would really miss my legs if they weren't there. You look a lot like your mom in that pic. :-)

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  2. I'm always embarrassed of my legs too, but I do appreciate what they allow me to do! I'm loving this series too.

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  3. Our legs can do amazing things! Good for you for keeping that in mind. I love that it's a link between you and your mom. :)

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  4. Love the part about you and your mom! Great picture :)

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