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8/29/07 9:41 P

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May I suggest "The Bar Method"? It's an awesome workout that I have recently purchased and I honestly notice a significant difference in my thighs and hips. Check it out!!

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MRSMCGARRY's Photo MRSMCGARRY Posts: 1,627
8/29/07 7:40 P

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YES... those pesky hips and thighs!!! I too have trouble and it bums me out... I think that maybe, just maybe I need to work my legs more. I know that if you have more muscle in the legs that they will appear smaller.

I agree that spot training doesn't work so I too find it a waste of time. But strength training is good and should help with that area :)

I will never give up... I will just keep searching for my diamond in the rough.


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JOSIENUTTER's Photo JOSIENUTTER Posts: 648
8/29/07 2:03 P

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I went back to my old blog posts to see what's changed since I started at SP.

When the changes are gradual, it's easy to forget where you came from sometimes! :)

I will reemphasize how much I like squats, lunges and deadlifts-- in a little less than 3 months, I lost 1.5" inches from my thigh and 1.5" from my hips. (Definitely way more noticeable from the thigh.)

For those of you interested, here is where I learned proper form for these exercises:

Learning the squat
http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displayart
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Deadlift and straight-legged deadlift
http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displayart
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Definitely check out the rest of that site though; Krista has a TON of fantastic info about her weight training journey. (And she's not some scary muscle bound Amazon, either!)

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8/28/07 10:10 P

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That's great to know - I started running/walking last weekend. More walking than running, but I know something has to come of it :)

It's so motivating to see all the success stories here.

Wendy
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"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." — James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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8/28/07 9:59 P

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I've always hated my thighs because they have always met, or tried very hard to meet. I agree with what josienutter suggested. Squats, lunges, and deadlifts have been a key part in my thigh shrinkage. That and the fast walking/running that Vivian mentioned. It can be done, but it definitely takes work. My thighs are living proof of that. They aren't perfect yet (probably never will be) but they have slimmed down a ton since I really started focusing on running and lifting. The tops are still trying to meet in the middle, but it is now high enough up that my shorts cover it. Of course, with jean season just around the corner I will have to come up with some other way to camouflage this.
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Hang in there!
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Goal 1: 130 by Labor Day (met 8/28/07)
Goal 2: 120 by Halloween (met 10/25/07)
GW: 115 by Christmas (met 12/8/07)

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8/28/07 9:47 P

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That's the important part - working on it. In the meantime, we'll have to find various ways of camouflage ;)

Wendy
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"I have achieved oneness with the road - Please dial 911 for me" - Unknown

"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." — James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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8/28/07 9:44 P

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i know how that feels. my worst areas have always been my inner thighs and hips. The love handles are horrible. i never buy jeans anymore & i'm not going to do it until i lose the pounds because no matter what it looks horrible & i can't wear fitted shirts with jeans because of it.

and my thighs are just sad. i refuse to wear skirts. When i wear shorts & sit down i put my purse/bag on top of them so no one would notice how thick they are. *siiiigh* i'm working on it.

 
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8/28/07 7:08 P

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Even at my thinnest I still had larger hips/thighs. My mother used to tell me "those are good baby-bearing hips" And they did come in handy, but I'm done bearing children now! :)

Thanks for your input, everyone. The grass is always greener, as Leslie mentioned. I'll continue with my squats and lunges and be patient :)



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"I have achieved oneness with the road - Please dial 911 for me" - Unknown

"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." — James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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8/28/07 2:55 P

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Leslie, that's a good one - LOL!

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8/28/07 2:47 P

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Thanks funny Vivian!! My mom use to say that she actually had concaved nipples, that's how small she was. emoticon

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without lighting our own--Ben Sweetland

Never look down on anybody unless you are lifting him (or her) up.---Jesse Jacksons (Spark quote o' the day 8-26-07)



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8/28/07 2:40 P

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Forget spot training - you're right, it does not work. Running is by far the best thigh (overall leg) and hip toner and reducer there is. If you don't like running, a sweat-producing, arm-pumping, fast-paced speed walking workout is a good substitute.

PS. Don't even get me started on the boob shrinkage - all I have left are nipples - LOL!

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8/28/07 2:08 P

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My trouble spot is my lower belly / hip area - I just keep working and working on it!

... Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars...

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GW - 118 - 10/13/07


 
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JOSIENUTTER's Photo JOSIENUTTER Posts: 648
8/28/07 12:58 P

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I am a hip/thigh person, too. My whole 20% bodyfat goal is *REALLY* just a decrease in visible cellulite goal. (Fitness models I've spoken to say they didn't get rid of theirs until ~16-19%.) I've gone from 31% to 26% since I started an account here.

So yeah, all we can do is continue to work at decreasing our overall bodyfat % and eventually even the problem areas will get smaller. :)

To burn fat more efficiently, I am all about building muscle. (Women don't have to worry about "bulking up" because seriously, we don't have the hormones for that! Female bodybuilders take all kinds of supplements/drugs to get huge.)

I'm a fan of squats, lunges, and deadlifts.

I will never have skinny legs, so I've given up even trying for that. I calf raise 200 lbs on the leg press machine and am FINALLY starting to get that little cleft in the middle of my calf-shelf that I have always admired on bicycle messengers. :)

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8/28/07 12:30 P

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Like 2BFit I have the issues in my belly area! Sometimes I am jealous of you "pears" who have small waists and a bit of a "booty". I have no butt and sit on my sit bones. I wish I had some cushioning in the butt, because when I sit on hard surfaces, like the church pews or even my bathtub, it hurts!
According to Spark I am actually an avocado (that's a new one) and not an apple.
It's funny though, that we all want what is different from what we are. Like the fact that my hair is curly and people have always said how lucky I am. I always use to wish my hair was straight. Somedays I would love to just shave it all off. emoticon


Edited by: ROGUE58 at: 8/28/2007 (13:13)
We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without lighting our own--Ben Sweetland

Never look down on anybody unless you are lifting him (or her) up.---Jesse Jacksons (Spark quote o' the day 8-26-07)



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8/28/07 11:57 A

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I'd have to say that from my knees to my waist is my problem area! I have lost weight in all those areas, but it's not near what I need to. I am positive I've lost weight in my boobs too, and I don't have much to loose in that area!

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8/28/07 11:51 A

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Ugh! My trouble spot is from the waist down. I have read that unfortunately weight in your hips and thighs are the hardest to lose. I have lost some inches there but wasn't consistent. After looking at Vivian's photos on her sparkpage, I now have hope and determination. She did it and so can we! I am going to give it my best to lose inches in my thighs and hips this time. The kissing thigh thing is not cute!

Edited by: ABHSLH at: 8/28/2007 (11:53)
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8/28/07 10:50 A

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My trouble spot is my tummy pooch. At my goal weight it is still there emoticon so I'm going to have to keep working on it. I've heard that you always lose in your trouble area last.

Just keep plugging along. You're doing great! emoticon

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If you enjoy it horseback riding really works the legs. Even if the horse is just walking you will burn lots of calories.

Only you can get yourself off your ass. (this is my orignal quote)

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8/28/07 9:42 A

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Hello, I was wondering if any of you had trouble losing weight in your hip/upper thigh area? I know we all carry our weight differently and it depends on age, but I'm curious as to what was the most difficult place for you to lose.

I'm down six pounds now and I've been recording my measurements. Of course, I've lost the most inches in my boobs :) but my hips just aren't going down at all.

I don't do spot training as I've read it doesn't work - any other suggestions?

Wendy
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"I have achieved oneness with the road - Please dial 911 for me" - Unknown

"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." — James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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