Us women all have parts of our body that we don’t really like much don’t we
Despite encouraging this not to be the case with all the amazing women I meet, I’m just the same as anyone.
My legs have always been an area of my body I’ve never really chosen to display. Often largely because I’m always bloody cold unless it’s at least 25 degrees… and also because they’re just not how I’d choose them to look.
Ever since I was a kid they’ve just naturally been muscly, and the place where my body likes to store fat. Personally I love having a bit of muscle. I’d just prefer slightly more slender legs too.
To be fair this could be achieved through eating a bit less, but I’d rather have these legs than eat less food. (I really like food)
Anyway, the point of my story is this. On Sunday, I did a 10k trail race at the K2 in Crawley. It was the first official 10k I’ve done, and it went really well. I beat the time I was aiming for and actually felt really proud of myself. When I got back home after the run, I looked down and for the first time in a very long time, thought, ‘I’m really bloody proud of my legs.’
They just propelled me 10km through woods, up and down hills, and had enough strength and energy in them to blitz the last km to the finish.
It doesn’t matter how they look. They helped me ACHIEVE something.
Training at the gym to get strong and toned, and now also training to improve fitness for running, has made me so much more appreciative of my body and what it can do.
That’s what I’d love for more people to discover and focus on.
Our bodies are amazing. They carry us through life, dealing with whatever crazy things we eat/drink/do. For a lot of women, they’ve carried and given birth to babies.
They are capable of so much more than we think.
It’s totally fine to want to lose weight, tone up, feel better in your clothes. But you can love the body you have while working to improve it.
And if you go about improving it by focusing on what it can do – helping it get fitter and stronger, rather than just trying to make it smaller, you will amaze yourself at what you can achieve, and how great you’ll feel for doing it. Hope you have a brilliant weekend.