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The other day, whilst waiting for my train, the headline “thin thighs in 30 days” caught my eye.*
30 days. Wow! That would be great. Wouldn’t you like that? Thin Thighs in 30 days?
Do I Need Thin Thighs In 30 Days?
I am not overweight but like most women I have a “thing” about my bum and thighs.
I want trim athletic looking toned thighs.
You may have a”thing” about your tummy, your nose, big forehead or skinny arms. But one of my things about my body is my thighs. I have wobbly thighs and I want trim athletic looking toned thighs. Now. Not in 30 days.
As I reread the headline I tried to read the rest of the article (I was peeping over a fellow commuters shoulder – till she gave me a funny look and pulled away…) I glanced at my thighs and felt them expanding and ballooning up – like the red balloons I blew up at my daughters’ last birthday. God. I want to go on holiday. How can I show my legs on the beach?
Internal dialogue..”wow..that is a good headline (blogger in me) quickly followed by “why am I fussing about my thighs. Of all things going on in my life, why am I fussing about the size of my thighs…?”
I found myself reflecting on the way women seem to be programmed to dislike/mistrust body parts.
Where has that come from?
What insecurity had such a simple headline triggered inside? Am I that shallow that a headline can cause such a reaction in me?
All I Want Is A Healthy Baby
I am sure, like most of you, when you heard you were pregnant all you desired was a healthy baby….10 toes, 10 fingers….yet once your baby is born all kinds of insecurities and fantasies arise – especially, if your baby is born with a medical condition or disability.
Thin Thighs in 30 Days
Why would I, a perfectly normal (well some would disagree!) 40 something year old, mother of 3 teen daughters be worried about having thin thighs?
Thin thighs. Thin thighs? Thin Thighs.
The more I reread the title the more I started to laugh.
An image of a dreadlock green stick insect came to mind and I started to laugh out loud. I couldn’t help myself.
Can you image what my girls would say if I came home, bags of grocery shopping in my hands looking like a stick insect….”hi princesses…guess what I picked up in Tescos? Thin Thighs. They were doing a special offer. Buy One Get One Free. I know right…I couldn’t resist it….” And then I would whip out my Special Offer and parade around the living room.
The image felt so real and vivid I burst out laughing and shaking my head. ..much to the amusement of fellow passengers. I could read their eyes. It is 7.02 …is this woman alright?
I quickly composed myself, put on my grey suit and made a silent vow.
As soon as I could I would buy a copy of the Daily Mail and read all about how I could have thin thighs in 30 days. Then I would be happy and can wear shorts on the beach.
Yet how absurd is that. How can having thin thighs in 30 days make me feel happy. My life is full. I am full. And bottom line (no pun intended) my thighs are fine. My legs are good. May wobble around a bit but I am fine. I am healthy. And as long as I continue with my regular daily walks, walk up escalators, eat well, drink water, stretch when I can and feel good about myself, then I am fine. And all is well.
Have you ever been caught short like that? Busy minding your own business when out of the blue something catches your eye and makes you smile, laugh or jump around. I have a feeling the more time we spend being happy, allowing magic and wonder to fill our lives the less time we would have to worry about “thin thighs” and how we look.
What do you think?
How do you feel about your body? Are you happy and at peace with the way you look? Do you wish you could change something about your body? Share your thoughts by writing a few words in the Comments Box below. If you are worried about something, maybe I can offer you some easy yoga exercises to help you feel better about how you look. Write away…
*Daily Mail, Monday January 17th 2011, Article by Mandy Francis
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