Recommendations for fatty calves / thick lower legs

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Recommendations for fatty calves / thick lower legs

Postby LeanLegs40 » Sat May 02, 2015 10:09 pm

Hello, :wave:

I am a 40 year old woman, 5'4" 136lbs. I carry a lot of weight in my appendages and have since puberty. A number of years ago (5-6) I used to lift heavy and had a strong, lean body, but my lower legs have always been heavy/thick, including my ankles (genetics is a primary cluprit, I know, my mother is from "thick English stock" as she likes to say). My weight has not change by more than 5-6 lbs in the past 10 years, although my body composition has.

Several years ago (4) I had a knee injury followed by knee surgery. That injury combined with a time-consuming relationship with a man who did not share my interests in health and fitness lead me to fall out of my regular workouts and to relax my diet a bit. I am trying to get back into a fit lifestyle, but question if I can commit the amount of time and energy I used to to my weightlifting and cardio routine. As I try to figure out what exercises (type and amount) is truly sustainable moving forward, I have become more and more focused on my fatty lower legs. Even though my waist is slim, and no one who sees me on a day to day basis (in my pants and long skirts) would call me "fat", I cannot wear many clothes that most women take for granted. Dresses and skirts do not look good on me and I only wear them rarely and with dark stockings. As we head into another summer, I shun the shorts and dresses most women rely upon to be comfortable. After a trip to the department store today, I am truly fed up with my fatty legs. I walked around wondering if I should make my own clothes - so many things are "skinny" or tapered - and I wonder what heavier women do.

To be clear I am not like other people who complain about "big, muscular calves." Mine are just big, and hang there in all their pale, flabby sadness. (And even when I worked calves regularly years ago, they did not develop into beautiful big calves, they just jiggled a little less - they are...quite simply... aesthetically displeasing).

So, to the point: does anyone have any suggestions? Does anyone suffer the same malady? My internet searches have not revealed many "normal" size women complaining of this issue. (Big, muscular calves, yes. Fatty lower legs, not so much unless the person is significantly overweight). One website that actually addressed that area of the body suggested jumping rope. Does anyone here have any other ideas for getting fat off of my calves, tightening up and leaning out my lower legs?

Thanks very much.

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Re: Recommendations for fatty calves / thick lower legs

Postby Boss Man » Sun May 03, 2015 7:19 am

Hi LL40, it's good to speak with you.

Yes I feel we can be of some assistance to you at this time.

What I would like to know first of all though is few things about your current and past lifestyle habits, so as to be able to try and help you better.

You say you used to be quite strong and lift regularly some years ago now, but can you remember the routine you used latterly in terms of the exercises reps and sets and which days you trained on?

This is just to get a rough idea of what you liked doing and may be able to start doing again.

What times do you eat at and what foods do you eat at those times?

Thanks :).

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