Skinny Legs

by danielle on January 10, 2013

This post title may be misleading. I’ve never ever had skinny legs.

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You best believe at 3 years old I had no idea that my legs were anything. In fact I probably didn’t know what skinny was.

Then as I got older I was known for my strong legs by my sister. I remember her joking with me and saying they were like weapons. It never phased me much.

Then I got into dance and started to not like my legs so much. They were a little bigger than everyone else’s and as my thighs continued to expand from more and more dance I hated them even more.

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Enter CrossFit and let’s be honest, my legs are not skinny. I’m not afraid to admit it. I took a picture of my brand new custom Nanos (thanks Katelyn) before crossFit and groaned at my massive thighs sticking out in the picture. Then I stopped and thought about what I was doing. My legs have carried me through years and years of dance. My legs have put up with years of restricted calories only to never once fail me with an injury. My legs have helped me to back squat 215lbs. That very day my legs jumped on top of a 24 inch box 60 times without failing me. My legs are strong, and they may never be skinny but I am proud of them. My legs show just hard I push every day in CrossFit. They show that I don’t often give up on something I believe. They show that it is okay to be strong and powerful and still feel pretty in a skirt. I may never love jean shopping and I may never have dainty. pretty legs but you can bet that my legs will continue to carry me through years and years of fitness and that is something to be proud of.

So tell me…

What are you proud of? 

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Lucie January 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

Danielle, that is such a beautiful post. You are so right being proud of your legs and happy with them, they deserve it!!! And WOW, 60 boxjumps?? Girl, you rock!!! Besides that and I know that sounds stupid, but everything looks ‘bigger’ if you look at it from the top. It’s not real :-) I love that pic of you as a kid, SO cute! Is that beach in Boston area?

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thanks so much Lucie. I believe the picture is from Cape Cod which is in Massachusetts but a ways away from Boston.

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Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife January 10, 2013 at 10:31 am

before my accident my mom would always comment about how big my thighs were getting with MUSCLE! I loved it. I can’t wait to get it back with some more time at the box! (:

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

You will get back there in no time!

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Jessie January 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

Danielle… you got ROCKIN legs!!!! Wear a skirt, wear shorts.. Embraceee them =)

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thanks Jessie!

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Miz January 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

WHAT JESSIE SAID.
STRONG is the new STRONG.

xoxoxo

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Hahaha love it!

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Claire @ Flake and Cake January 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Thank you so much for this post Danielle. I feel exactly the same – I grew up alwys worrying about my ‘fat legs’.. one ex-boyfriend even told me to cover them up or he wouldn’t be able to find me attractive (real confidence booster he was ;) ) but had a moment of clarity as I finished my half marathon. My legs are strong, they have carried me through life, never let me down and are my powerhouse. I’m proud to have ‘big’ legs!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Yay! Be proud of those legs girl and I’m sure they’re not “big”!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

This is an awesome post! Way to be proud! :)

If we are talking physical-wise, I am super proud of my abs. I work hard to make them look good so I think it is great to be proud! It makes putting in the hard work and effort that much easier to do.

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Thank you! I’m so happy you are proud of them. You should be with all that hard work :)

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Laura January 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Such a fabulous way to think of a body part! No one remembers how our legs support us all day long and then we add in exercise and expect more. Much better to have healthy legs than scrawny little twigs that can’t take life. Your legs look healthy!!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I agree! Thank you Laura!

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Danica @ It's Progression January 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

That’s the best perspective to have–look at all of the amazing things your legs allow you to do!
Physically speaking, I love my legs too! I can relate to this post so much because I feel for too many years that my thighs were embarrassingly big, but now I know all of the amazing things they allow me to do, especially when running.

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

It’s so true. We beat ourselves up so often but rarely do we stop and think what these muscles help us do!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I love this post!! We must stop hating on our bodies and start appreciating all that it has done for us! Your strong legs have not given up on you so don’t give up on them!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Thanks so much Kaitlin!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Yes, yes, yes! We all need to adjust our priorities–media has skewed what beauty is! Strong is sexy!!! :)

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I totally agree with adjusting priorities. There is so much more to life than being ‘skinny’!

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Nadja January 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm

You’re totally right, the most important thing is that your legs are strong, not skinny! You can do a lot more with them Being strong than Being skinny!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Agreed! Thanks Nadja!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Something else to be proud of? The fact that you’re able to reframe your thoughts and ignore the goofy voice in your head that has no logical grounding and only wants to take away from your happiness. Beautiful post, Danielle. Strong will get you a whole lot further than skinny.

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Thanks Amanda! Working on that reframing is a daily task but it is so very much worth it!

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Chelsa January 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The only time I ever had really skinny legs was when I was very unhealthy and unhappy. I’ll take my muscular thighs over that any day.

Cheers to having strong legs!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I agree with you! I’ve been in the same boat and I’m very happy to have healthy, full of energy legs!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Great post, Danielle:)
I’ll never have skinny legs, either. I’ve quite embraced my “thunder thighs.” I’m just thankful for my curves. And without those thunder thighs (know I say this lovingly) I probably wouldn’t have the curves in my booty!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

So very true Paige. Great outlook to have :)

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Lisa January 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Yes! We all must stop the hate towards our bodies! It is just so upsetting that I over hear SO many woman complaining about their bodies. If your legs can get you from point A to point B consider yourself blessed. You are blessed to have legs in the first place, why criticize them so much. Strong is just as sexy as skinny. I’ll take my bigger legs over my past malnourished legs any day. Your words are beautiful and so are you! xo

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Thank you so much Lisa! If if we could all realize what a blessing our true health and working bodies are!

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Courtney January 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I love this post :) :) Like a lot. I have muscular legs too, and I want to be proud of them but it can be difficult. You are an inspiration!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Thanks so much Courtney! It can be difficult but keep working. You will get there!

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GiGi Eats Celebrities January 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my body for all it does for me! So many people take themselves for granted but if you think about it, your body does SO MUCH FOR YOU that you aren’t even aware of!! :)

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm

That is so awesome Gigi!

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Sheena January 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

In our family it’s the complete opposite. Myself, my older sister, my dad and my uncle all had chicken legs growing up. My uncle used to wear sweatpants under his jeans to make his legs look bigger. Both him and my dad could eat out every day and still have a hard time gaining weight. Sadly my metabolism came to a screeching halt when I was 16 and I look at fries (my love) and I can feel my pants tightening. But when I gain weight, it’s in my stomach and chest unfortunately. Then I started running. I noticed my skinny jeans fitting differently, and where the legs used to be baggy, they were starting to get tighter. My boots that I swam in before were zipping up quite snugly. Now I’m not self-conscious about my legs anymore because mama’s got muscle and some killer calves!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

That is so amazing!!! Good for you for being so proud!

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Kristen@Change of Pace January 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I’ve never had skinny legs either but they are my favorite thing to work. I just feel amazing doing squats. They make me feel powerful!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

My favorite way to workout too!

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 10, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I’ve never had skinny legs either!!! But you know what? I’ve always had STRONG legs!!! My co-worker jokingly smacked my legs the other day and was like WOAH! I was like wait I wasn’t even flexing.. So naturally I had to flex and made her hit me again lol she was impressed :) :)

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

hahaha love this!!! Must be the running :)

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Brad Gouthro January 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Love this post. Strong bigger legs are sexy. PS 215 back squat is sick…

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thank you :)

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Rachel @ Healthy Chicks January 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I love this post Danielle! Strong legs are beautiful. I too have always struggled with “bigger” thighs & legs and for the longest time was afraid to wear jeans. All of my college friends would tease me as I’d hide away in baggy dresses and leggings with longer shirts. The truth was: I didn’t like how jeans made my legs look.

Once I got over my fear, and started embracing my body, everything started to change most importantly my attitude :)

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Love it Rachel! I’m so glad you got over that fear too :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I love this! You definitely should be proud of your legs for all that they can do! And you should be proud of yourself too for loving your body the way it deserves. :)

Today I’m proud of proud of my confidence and go-getter attitude that got me a part-time job at my favourite cafe/store!

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danielle January 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Thanks so much Chelsea! Congrats on the job!

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome January 11, 2013 at 1:16 am

I’m in the same boat as you. I’ve always had bigger thighs. Runs in my moms family and luckily I got my dads height so they aren’t as big as they could be. I used to hate them just as you did but now I, like you have learned to embrace them. I try to think of others who have no use of their legs, no legs or worse. That makes me feel a little more thankful for my “thunder thighs” :-)

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Yes we should both be very thankful!

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Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy January 11, 2013 at 5:13 am

This is such a great post! I felt like I was reading my own words! I have always had “thunder thighs” and thighs that always touch, no matter how much weight or body fat I lose. It runs on my mom’s side of the family, unfortunately. As you mentioned, they are strong and have helped me to do so many things from gymnastics to CrossFit and I am proud to have them!

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Yay! So glad you can relate and are proud of your thighs too :)

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset January 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

This is a truly beautiful post Danielle, thank you for sharing your words with us. Although my legs are not the area that have bothered me before, it’s my mid-section and thinking of it in a more positive way, what your body has done for you, is both helpful and necessary! Thank you for making this sincere and helpful declaration :)

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Glad you enjoyed it Tessa! Thanks for the kind words!

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Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life January 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Skinny legs are overrated! I’ve never had skinny legs either, but my legs are strong and have served me my whole life, no matter what and show all of the running, squatting and lifting that I’ve put them through. Your legs are strong and your legs rock, so be proud lady!

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

That is awesome Sylvia! I’m glad you’re proud of them!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Love this post! I think your legs look perfect!! I’m proud of my dancer legs too. They are strong.

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Yes! Mine are strong from dance!

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Caitlin January 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I love how much you’ve been opening up in these kinds of posts, Danielle! I just love learning more about you because you’re such a special, sweet person. My therapist and I work on trying to see myself (well me see myself, not her haha) as one WHOLE person. We are not a pair of legs, a stomach, a set of arms. We are US and we need to see ourselves for all our amazing parts and what they can do, just like you’re doing. After all you don’t look at another person and just see her legs! So that standard shouldn’t be applied to you. I in fact saw that picture and saw a girl rocking cute shoes, NO thighs even entered my mind. <3 ya!

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thanks so much Caitlin. It’s so true how we zoom into all these areas of are own that we hate when the reality is, who ever notices just someones arms, or legs, so silly when you break it down like that ;)

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Lauren January 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

You rock, Danielle :) Great post!!! <3

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danielle January 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thanks Lauren!

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale January 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

babe! this post is so freakin’ beautiful. love you. your writing here is so so so gorgeous. xo!

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danielle January 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Thanks so much Heather!

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tara January 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Hi Danielle, I just came across your blog & really enjoy it. I am also from/ live in Boston. Funny how we all crave what we don’t have. I am tall and have thin legs. I look at athletes/ crossfitters who have strong, muscular legs and cannot wait to get thicker, muscular legs! Be proud of all the hard work you and your legs have done to keep them so strong!

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danielle January 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Hey Tara! Welcome to the blog. It’s always great to connect with other Boston people! I’m sure you will reach your goals in no time!

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