Caledon - I hear ya on that remark...always having heavy thighs no matter how lean the rest of me is
The thing is...the way that most women store fat - it generally goes to the thigh/hip area first, then to other areas of the body. And when you lose bodyfat...generally speaking...it is a matter of 'first on, last off'. Unfortunately, you can't decide WHERE the fat is going to come off first - it's systemic - your body will burn the MOST ACCESSIBLE fat first, and (again generally speaking) the most accessible is the fat that was most recently stored.
My favorite analogy of fat storage and burning is this: picture a garbage can, packed with garbage...like at the back of McDonald's or somewhere like that. They generally use a compactor so they can smush the garbage down and fit more in a smaller space. So...the new garbage on top is going to be easier to remove than the stuff that's down in the bottom that's been there for awhile...being compacted and stuck to the container.
THAT is the fat that is really going to take a lot of work-and TIME - to remove (and I hate to admit this, but 70-80% of this fat removal is through DIET...calories in/calories out...although exercise IS important - especially when maintenance is concerned). Losing bodyfat isn't especially a 'quick' or 'fast' thing to do - and the thighs (for women that is!) are the most stubborn at holding on to their fat.
For instance - back in my 265-pound days...when I started losing weight - the first place the weight-loss 'appeared' was in my face (losing chins, cheekbones making an appearance) then in my boobs, arms, back, tummy...the thighs have always been my most stubborn body part.
Last summer...when I was making my journey from a size 6 to a LOOSE size 4...and was FINALLY able to fit into those itty bitty short-shorts from the Macy's Junior Department...staying on a strict competition diet...lifting heavy...lots of cardio...along with horseback riding and cycling...I STILL had saddlebags and jiggly thighs. They were proportionately smaller, but they were there
despite all my work. I've done enough research and reading to know that you get to a certain point where those stubborn fat deposits - no matter how much you exercise or how clean you eat - are just not going to go away (of course, the extra fat cells are there to stay).
That's when I decided to go the surgery route...and had liposuction in February of this year (you can read about it in my journal). I am NOT advocating that EVERYONE run out and get plastic surgery - but it IS an option that is available and worth researching...if you find yourself close or at your goal weight and still have fat pockets that you can't get rid of and they BUG you.
Just my two cents - off on a tangent as usual...