Body Image and Issues after Weight Loss - Pear shaped ladies, talk to me!




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fyreflie24
04-12-2012, 03:32 PM
Hey!

Well I have that stereotypical Latin/Mediterranean build where I carry it in my butt and thighs. I have 20-30lbs to go. My bodyfat without the thigh measurement is 23.5 which is the low side of normal; with the thigh, it's 28.5... I know the thighs are going to be the last to go, but I just thought I'd ask some of you ladies with the same issues how their legs look now that you're finished. Did you have to lose more than expected to get your legs to look better? What about skin? (The skin over my knees sags down, makes me NUTS!).

Just asking for some hope for folks who have been there!


Butterfly1987
04-13-2012, 06:24 PM
Hey hey, fellow pear-shaped lady here (grr). Well I've lost 4 stone and my thighs started off at 25 or 26 inches and are now 20. I'm not going to lie, I've still got upper thigh bulge/jiggle and although people tell me they don't notice, it bothers me still! I did put my weight on fairly quickly so I had stretchmarks on my innerthighs which have made the skin not as firm as I would like (hence the jiggle). Like you've said, you are aware that your thighs will be the last to go and I'll confirm that my thighs were the last place to start shrinking and I found it quite depressing losing my boobs first but my thighs are catching up and weight training is helping tone my arms (bye bye bingo wings) and squats are certainly helping tone my legs! I know It'll take A LOT of effort to get rid of those stubborn bits because that's my natural shape but I am doing my best and my thighs don't look half as bad as they did!! You can't even really tell when I wear tights. I'll post pics when my post count is high enough to do so :-)
Let me know if you have any questions :-)

Edit: If you click on my name there is a pic of me...

puneri
04-13-2012, 06:36 PM
Hi,
I also have large thighs, they have just started shaping from outer side. I started feeling my bone. But, from inner side, there are bulges.
But, how do you measure your body fat without thighs?


rainydays
04-13-2012, 10:16 PM
I have 11 lbs to goal. My thighs are finally starting to go, but they're by far the fattest and most jiggly part of my body still, especially my upper thighs. I wish I could shift some of that fat up, because I've barely got a butt anymore! :lol:

luckymommy
04-13-2012, 10:25 PM
I'm definitely a pear too! I would say that I now feel that I'm starting to look ok on the lower part of my body. I'm sure it's not anywhere near perfect, but who cares? It's good enough for me and my hubby. ;) I do have some jiggle in my inner thighs but really, it's not that noticeable and I don't wear short skirts because I feel like my legs are still too thick for that....but overall, I'm quite happy! Originally, I wanted to weigh 155 or below and now, I'm really hoping to weigh somewhere between 142-145. We'll see about that, but I can honestly say that you'll know when it's time to stop because you'll feel so much confidence. :)

fyreflie24
04-14-2012, 09:16 AM
THANK YOU!

Bodyfat is normally measured with arm, hip, stomach measurements for women. My nutritionist said I'm definitely the except and someone for whom the traditional method doesn't work.

The part that makes me NUTS is the skin hanging over my damn knees! I could live with a lot but that's just ugly. We leave for the beach in 10 weeks and it's going to break my heart if I don't feel good in a bathing suit after 10 months of work. That said, everyone who will be there will be awesome but still. Between cycling and yoga, I can see some real definition UNDER the blubber, I'm just waiting to see the real legs! My husband said my legs look better at this weight now than they have when I was this weight previously, but oy veh, patience is not one of my strongest suits. If bathing suits aren't bad enough, bike shorts are pretty unflattering too! Thank goodness for below the knee knickers!

Thanks again for chiming in. I really appreciate it!

sontaikle
04-14-2012, 11:10 AM
Have you tried weight training? I was a pear when I was heavy, but as I lost weight with strength and weight training it helped balance me out and I was an hourglass.

I still have thick thighs (my waist is 24" and my thighs are 20"!) but I think they're mainly muscle at this point. If you poke them you have a small layer of extra skin and then BAM hard stuff. I probably just kept all the muscle I had from being obese because I weight trained and did lots of spinning allll the way down.

Butterfly1987
04-14-2012, 01:01 PM
Yep, weight training should help - I'll second that! That's what I'm doing :-)

fyreflie24
04-14-2012, 04:10 PM
I'm doing copious amounts of yoga and cycling. I replaced weight training with yoga because it was a better bang as far as overall benefits. I have insane muscle UNDER the damned fat LOL!

fyreflie24
04-14-2012, 04:11 PM
Hey hey, fellow pear-shaped lady here (grr). Well I've lost 4 stone and my thighs started off at 25 or 26 inches and are now 20.
Edit: If you click on my name there is a pic of me...

How much is a stone again?

And OMG I'd KILL for your legs! Congrats! I saw your goal post, well done!

Butterfly1987
04-14-2012, 04:54 PM
How much is a stone again?

And OMG I'd KILL for your legs! Congrats! I saw your goal post, well done!

1 stone = 14lbs and thank you! They don't look good without tights but ho hum.. they're a lot better than they were!

ValRock
04-14-2012, 05:36 PM
My thighs are the only thing keeping me from calling it *goal* right now!!! I'm thin everywhere else, but those darn things don't wanna budge!!!

I must say, the knee hangy stuff went away with weight training. I'd like the same situation to cease in my upper inner thighs, too!!!

fyreflie24
04-15-2012, 08:25 AM
My thighs are the only thing keeping me from calling it *goal* right now!!! I'm thin everywhere else, but those darn things don't wanna budge!!!

I must say, the knee hangy stuff went away with weight training. I'd like the same situation to cease in my upper inner thighs, too!!!

I have a feeling I'm going to be ok at 145 but need to go to 135 for this exact reason! And thanks for the info on the above knee 'hangy stuff' (omg that's perfect!). I'm thinking yoga and cycling should help :crossed:

I get totally inspired every time I see your bathing suit pix btw! OMG that's an adorable look on you!

imperialistic
04-17-2012, 05:30 PM
My thighs are the only thing keeping me from calling it *goal* right now!!! I'm thin everywhere else, but those darn things don't wanna budge!!!
I must say, the knee hangy stuff went away with weight training. I'd like the same situation to cease in my upper inner thighs, too!!!

Exactly. No matter what I do, I keep losing from my boobs and my waist. Luckily, I've lost some arm fat over the past month (another problem area) but the hips and thighs barely go down at all. I feel like I'm just going to have to live with it :(
However, I agree with the weight training bit. Doing squats and lunges have made them look way better. I can see muscle definition so it isn't as bad.

aleigh3890
05-03-2012, 01:57 PM
I'm doing copious amounts of yoga and cycling. I replaced weight training with yoga because it was a better bang as far as overall benefits. I have insane muscle UNDER the damned fat LOL!

I'm right there with ya! I have about 10 lbs to go, basically my goal is to lose the belly button pouch and get rid of these thunder thighs!

I loveeee my yoga, and my instructor gave me a tip to help with the above the knee area! When you're doing yoga stretches-try and be "active" in the stretch. Example: when doing a forward fold, lift your toes and knee cap! It's helped tone that area on my leg and has helped strengthen that area for me in yoga too!

fyreflie24
05-03-2012, 04:54 PM
aleigh3890: Yes! Finding tadasana in every asana is exactly how I've been trained, but I didn't realize it would help with the above knee area. Well there's one more reason to have active legs huh? If equanimity and making it through the eye of the storm isn't enough, I'm thinking over-knee-hang! Love it!

VioletRain
05-29-2012, 03:46 PM
i too am pear shape or a hybrid of some kind and on top of that a larger then normal bone structure,let me tell you there is such thing as big boned unfortunately.. i have wide shoulders and wide hips both more bony then fat(normal 28inch waist and small boobs).. i am very insecure because of them..even when i lose weight i still look wide from the front because of my bones.. once i was 123lbs (lowest i've ever been) and i went to try on jeans in a very chic popular store for young adults and the jeans where so tight on me, the girl at the store said that was the larges pair they supplied ..yeah it made me feel like crap even though i lost all that weight..even at my lowest i still felt to big because of my hips being so wide.

i hate having a big frame and having wide shoulders and hips :<

inglesita64
06-02-2012, 02:03 PM
I could call it final goal weight if it weren't for my hips and thighs too. To lose the thighs I should lose about 10 pounds more (I am at 114, 5 ft), but I am afraid if I go on losing I may lose the little that is left of my boobs! So I thought I would maintain for about three months and build muscle before I go in for another round of losing. I also plan to do research on cavitation and other non-invasive procedures to help lose thigh fat. Have you tried that? That is not too expensive where I live, so maybe that is a way out. Any info on this?

fyreflie24
06-02-2012, 07:28 PM
inglesita64: I don't but I'm starting to think about looking into procedures, finances allowing. Report back if you hear anything!

LeilaJey
06-03-2012, 06:37 AM
I'm super pear shaped! My upper body is looking better all the time but my legs are a mess.. especially when you see them in a certain light and the cellulite/skin cast a shadow.. eugh. I'm really hoping they get better/stop rubbing together.. I'd like to wear a nice dress this Summer! Here's hoping.

thundahthighs
06-04-2012, 09:50 PM
I want to second, third, fourth the weight suggestion. I'm training again, and I do about twice as many body weight or weighted exercises for the lower body as I do for the abs or the upper body. The way I see it, I can't fight my shape, so I might as well flaunt full but firm thighs. Also, they're the largest muscle group in my body, so if they're bangin', they're burning TONS of calories for me.

But yeah - the thighs have some hail damage. One word: sarong.

:carrot:

fyreflie24
06-05-2012, 08:17 PM
LOL Hail damage; I need to remember that.

jaded408
07-01-2012, 07:03 PM
Have you tried weight training? I was a pear when I was heavy, but as I lost weight with strength and weight training it helped balance me out and I was an hourglass.

I still have thick thighs (my waist is 24" and my thighs are 20"!) but I think they're mainly muscle at this point. If you poke them you have a small layer of extra skin and then BAM hard stuff. I probably just kept all the muscle I had from being obese because I weight trained and did lots of spinning allll the way down.

I vote for weight training. And squats and lunges, all variations.

I am a pear. I think. I am not really sure anymore. I have big thighs, but I am looking a little more hourglass these days. My legs are looking better with the squats and lunges (and walking uphill).

I've got a ways to go, bt my thighs are down about 3.5 inches since I started. They were about 27 or 28, and now they are 24-5.

I always *thought* I had saddlebags, but in reality, most of my flab is on my inner-thighs. It is pretty solid on the outer thighs.