Our legs. Many of us seem to have issues with our legs. They are too fat. They are too skinny. They are wrinkly. They are pale. They are splotchy. They jiggle. They touch. They have visible veins. They are ashy. And this is a big one… I have heard this from a multitude of women… “I hate my knees and I need to cover them.” I hate my knees. When asked what they hate about their knees, none have been able to provide an answer other than “I don’t know. I just don’t like they way they look.”
*This is a sponsored post by Zaful. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Let me tell you this about my legs. They jiggle. They are dimply. My thighs touch. If I stand with my legs together, my calves touch, too. Heck, my ankles even touch. I have knobby knees. I always have. My legs are thick. And they are pale. I remember as a competitive swimmer in my younger years comparing my legs to my fellow teammates. I would sit on the bleachers next to a teammate and think, “My God! My calves are the same size as her thighs. I must be a giant.” But I have learned something since then that I want to share with you.
Changing the way we perceive our legs is instrumental in arriving at a place of self-love. And I have changed my perspective for sure. All of those things I have just said about my legs are 100% true. But this is also true of my legs…they are thick legs. They are long legs. They are solid legs. They are strong legs. They have carried me far in this life. And they will continue to carry me into the next stages of my life. Right up until the very end. I can rely on my legs.
When my shoulders failed during my swimming career, my legs propelled me forward. When wonderful opportunities presented themselves to me, my legs allowed me to run towards them. When I found myself in bad situations, my legs allowed me to walk away. My legs have been with me since the beginning. And I am predicting that they will be with me until the end. Forty-three years into this life, these legs still allow me to stand tall, stand on my own, and keep moving forward and climbing higher. And because of this, I will not hide my legs because they may “look” unappealing. I will showcase my legs as the trophies of persistence, perseverance, and strength that they represent. They may jiggle when I walk and they may double in size when I sit down. But they are mine and I will cherish them.
Enough about my legs. Let’s talk about your legs. They are the only legs you have. You need them. You need them to stand. You need them to walk. You need them to run. And when life knocks you to your knees, you need them to crawl. They may be bruised, they may be battered, they may be scarred. They may even be weak at times, but they continue to carry you through life as only legs can. They may need assistance every now and again and that’s okay because they will get tired. They will need rest. But they are resilient. They are strong. They are tough. And they will recover and heal. The are quite literally pillars of strength. They hold you up. They have carried you this far in life. They will continue to carry you on. And I don’t care what they may look like to others, they are fabulous and beautiful because of what they have accomplished and what they represent. So if you change your perspective to one of appreciation, you will begin to love your legs. Showcase them. Stand up straight. Stand up tall. Show off your amazing legs.
And if, for any reason, your legs have reached a point where they need permanent assistance, you should love them anyway. Without condition. Because they are a huge part of who you are, who you were, and who you will become. Love all of yourself…including your legs.
So I challenge you all with this…look at your legs. And find at least one thing that you love about them. Share it in the comments. Because putting the words down will reinforce them in your mind. Then be bold, be brave, be strong…and show off your brilliant legs. They deserve it!
In fact, let’s start sharing photos of our fabulous legs on Instagram using #LovingMyLegs. All of our legs are fabulous and they deserve to be loved. Now show me some leg!
If you want to be bold and try a super short dress that shows off your amazing legs, check out what Zaful has to offer. They have some adorable Black Mini Dresses. If black is not your color, how about a sexy White See-Through Dress. Their selection of Pink Mini Dresses is pretty spectacular, too.
Everything else I am wearing has been in my closet for quite some time.
If you need more inspiration to help you in the journey to loving your legs, this Huffington Post article is fabulous: 25 Women Bare Their Gloriously Unretouched Thighs — And Describe Them In One Word.
(Thanks to my children, this video kept coming to mind as I contemplated the content for this post.)
Loving my legs on the edge,
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