20-Somethings - Thunder calves!




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Kelbrina
09-20-2008, 12:21 PM
Hello guys :)

Bit of a complaint coming in...

My calves are huge!! I've been overweight my entire life and my body has had to carry that around, and thus, my calves are absolutely the most muscled part of my body and it shoes.

Now, I'm doing lots of cardio (treadmill, ddr) for weight loss, and it's just working out my legs even more. I don't want muscled calves! Is this unavoidable? How do I get a good cardio without workin' them legs?


luvja
09-20-2008, 12:23 PM
ditto.
my legs aren't fat, just muscly. :(

CandyKisses0204
09-20-2008, 12:25 PM
Why are you upset that your legs are not jiggly? Maybe try swimming that not really any work on the calves


sh3l5
09-20-2008, 12:39 PM
mine are huge....
very muscular....

HeatherMcG
09-20-2008, 01:02 PM
They might not seem pleasant now, but I bet in time they will become proportionate. At least they don't jiggle, or I think worse, have extra skin hanging! :)

Kelbrina
09-20-2008, 01:03 PM
Why are you upset that your legs are not jiggly? Maybe try swimming that not really any work on the calves
They're jiggly on the thighs ;)! But I'm not upset that they're "not jiggly" but once I get down to my desired weight I don't want huge muscle calves, I want nice lean svelt legs, ya know? A girl can dream!

Cats tongue
09-20-2008, 02:21 PM
I'm pretty sure they'll even out...

One thing I've always thought to myself when i look at "before/afters" of people who have lost a significant amount of weight is how sexy/awesome their legs are because they're so muscled from carrying around extra weight.

So I bet by the time you're smaller you won't hate your legs. :)

JulieJ08
09-20-2008, 02:43 PM
I honestly think I'd rather have calves a little too big than too small. I'm not a fan of the flat underweight calves look. But the fact is women are real people, not objects that can all conform to one ideal. We can't even, as individuals, make ourselves reach our own exact ideal. There's beauty in all sizes and shapes. I'm only offering the perspective that svelte calves aren't the only ideal out there. When you see those old-fashioned pin-up style paintings, the calves are always quite curvy. I love that look.

Blcarter84
09-20-2008, 03:55 PM
Having muscle is awesome!! Even though you may not like the look of them now, they will get smaller with the rest of your body and be proportionate...its just getting there that is the hard part:):)

FB
09-20-2008, 04:04 PM
Do the cardio, do lower body workouts, disregard the notion that your legs are too big. Don't worry, they'll even out with weight loss, I promise.

My legs have always been muscular, even 110 pounds ago. The difference between then and now is that they are lean, they're compact and they're killer if I may be modest. They look nowhere near as big as they did when I started. How could they?

And, without building them it would have been impossible to get as far as I've come, it's taken hours of cardio and incredible leg strength to get me here. Thanks legs!

When I flex my calves and see the doubles I've worked so hard for I feel proud as heck. Same with my crazy quads. I worried at first that they were too muscular and my husband reassures me that no, they're sexier than they've ever been.

Besides, your leg muscles are some of the biggest on your body. Those babies burn serious calories.

Kelbrina
09-20-2008, 06:06 PM
That's awesome to hear FB! And wow, 110 lbs lost. :bravo: I look at everyone's trackers and they're all losing phenomenal amounts of weight, it's like, wow, I want /need/ to do that!

e32
09-21-2008, 05:12 PM
it's true, your calves may well become slimmer and just as strong as you lose weight. our bodies don't lose weight from every area at the same time...it takes a while for things to proportion out. at least, this has been my experience so far. i've only lost 14lbs, i know, but even with that small amount i've seen this to be true. for me it's my arms that are extremely muscular...in time, your muscles may become more proportional to your (now smaller!) frame. :)

some of the other ladies bring up a good point too--muscle burns more calories than fat, so i prefer to thank my biceps...even though i wouldn't mind if they suddenly shrunk a few inches :)

take care and good luck!

ella

SavingServo
09-21-2008, 07:47 PM
I've got big calvesitis myself. Fat, skinny, it doesn't matter, theys big. The only thing I've found that helps is heels if you're wearing a skirt or shorts. They don't have to be 4" monsters little 1" ones will do, but they make a world of difference. Knee-high boots too. Both sexy and both faithful friends to the thunder calfed girl.

NishKitten
09-21-2008, 08:50 PM
In high school the guys nicknamed me "super legs" due to the length my friends would always tease and talk about my 'ballet legs'.

I knew they were really muscular and toned(I was notorious for my vertical leap on the varsity volleyball team) and my instructors always told me I had strong legs in a positive way, but I never understood what they meant until I saw a group photo and all of us were wearing mini skirts. HOLY CRAP!!!!! My legs were like 2 times the size of everyone else!

I was really embarrassed by it for a few months after that, but yanno... all of my friends had and still have skinny little stick legs, but now that they're in their mid-twenties the teenage elastic is wearing off and they've all got cellulite and floppy skin, but I sure don't!

Put on your high heels and work it girl. :D


They'll probably slim out as you do, but love them anyway. It could always be worse. At least you don't have cankles. :p

Kelbrina
09-22-2008, 12:45 AM
I've got big calvesitis myself. Fat, skinny, it doesn't matter, theys big. The only thing I've found that helps is heels if you're wearing a skirt or shorts. They don't have to be 4" monsters little 1" ones will do, but they make a world of difference. Knee-high boots too. Both sexy and both faithful friends to the thunder calfed girl.

Oh god, don't I wish I could wear heels! My boyfriend is 5'7" and I'm 5'9.5" so they're out of the question unless I want him to talk to my chest, haha!

AmberShimmer
09-22-2008, 11:30 AM
I have huge, muscular calves, too. Years of walking when I lived in another country. We didn't own a car so on an almost daily basis, I'd walk at least 5 miles a day and climb 8 flights of huge stairs at least twice a day (no elevators, either). I'm hoping they shrink a bit with the weight loss because they're quite big but other than that, I don't mind having calves that look a little bigger than others.

saintxio
09-24-2008, 12:43 AM
I have huge calves too.. but then again I had wide yet short feet. I walk alot and it shows.. but I don't mind it. My ancestors had their feet bind and crap like that.. so I'm just happy I'm able to walk and run and chase the heck out of the city bus I'm 2 minutes late for.

So cheer up! Strong is very beautiful! :carrot:

kamesennin
09-24-2008, 04:26 AM
Mine are 14" around and they are giant. But then again they have always been big. I'm short so they look even bigger. I bet stretching and exercise like swimming which someone else mentioned would help. Mine aren't going anywhere, though. LOL

JulieJ08
09-24-2008, 10:19 AM
Mine are 14" around and they are giant. But then again they have always been big. I'm short so they look even bigger. I bet stretching and exercise like swimming which someone else mentioned would help. Mine aren't going anywhere, though. LOL

Hmm .. well, I started with calves over 16.5" (I didn't measure until 2 weeks in) and they are now 15.625. I've been quite liking them. I've never been under the delusion that they're small, but I've always thought they were just right :D. I'm pear shaped, but not extremely so, and they seem quite in proportion to me. But I'm sure my height probably helps some ;). I think they will still get smaller but not drastically - I mean, it's so far taken 21 weeks and 40+ pounds to lose .875", and I only have an estimated 25 pounds left to lose.

Note - reading over that, I just wanted to say that I didn't mean that you were making me feel bad. I love my calves ;). Just offering another perspective.

kamesennin
09-24-2008, 02:06 PM
Hmm .. well, I started with calves over 16.5" (I didn't measure until 2 weeks in) and they are now 15.625. I've been quite liking them. I've never been under the delusion that they're small, but I've always thought they were just right :D. I'm pear shaped, but not extremely so, and they seem quite in proportion to me. But I'm sure my height probably helps some ;). I think they will still get smaller but not drastically - I mean, it's so far taken 21 weeks and 40+ pounds to lose .875", and I only have an estimated 25 pounds left to lose.

Note - reading over that, I just wanted to say that I didn't mean that you were making me feel bad. I love my calves ;). Just offering another perspective.

Hey no fair! You have 8 inches on me in height. :cool:I'm still trying to learn to love my body for how it is. I don't really spend time thinking about my legs too much. But I am obsessed with arms. I love muscular arms. Esp. with tattoos...

ghost
09-24-2008, 02:34 PM
I just had to measure my calves...they are 16.5". I'm short and have stocky legs, huge thighs and a very big bum. It seems like all the weight I've lost, over 60 lbs now, has pretty much just been from my upper body. I've never been able to wear knee high boots, or even mid calf boots, my legs are just too big. And its not too much fat, at least not sub-cutaneous fat anyways. it doesn't jiggle. I just swore off short skirts and dresses years ago.

angelanicole23
09-24-2008, 06:41 PM
my calves are big as well...mostly very muscular however I HATE that I cannot buy any boots w/ zippers in them..just cannot get them done up...I love shoes/boots so much and it depresses me when I try them on and cannot get them on :(

Wolf Goddess
09-24-2008, 07:55 PM
Mine are 13.5 - they're absolutely stocky compared to the rest of me. I never wear shorts - mostly capris during the summer. Yoga has actually helped mine become more toned - up dog/down dog and touching my toes has worked wonders over time.

RememberHowToSmile
09-24-2008, 09:57 PM
Mine are huge but lots of fat. Sorry no help here.