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  1. Oddly enough, despite the fact that I have lots of weight to lose and it will hopefully come from everywhere hopefully relatively evenly, maybe even a little from the boobs, if I could target one particular area….it would be my calves.

    It’s bad enough that currently I have to shop in special areas of the store to find clothes that fit me and usually end up having to pay a little extra for the extra fabric, but to not have boots fit either. Seriously, do you know how hard it is to find wide-calf boots in a store without having to pay $120 dollars online plus shipping to find out you don’t like them.

    1. I’m sorry Sandy, that is a tough one! ๐Ÿ™ But honestly, I’m a much bigger fan of ankle boots anyways. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Not sure if that helps any, haha.) You just keep pressing on. I believe in you!!

  2. A few weeks ago I started a lifestyle change, which hopefully includes weight loss. I’ve put on 25 pounds since having my two kids, and I finally decided I was ready to take my health seriously and change some things. Eating less crap. Eating better quality food. Eating appropriate portions. Getting active.

    I’ve lost a few pounds, and of course the exercise is helping me feel much better–I actually jogged (slowly) a total of four miles last week, which is way better than zero–but the Lose 50 Pounds in Two Weeks! mindset of our culture frequently threatens my slow and steady mantra.

    Lisa TerKeurst’s book “Made to Crave” has been helpful in re-framing my attitude toward exercise and nutrition, and so have your posts. Thank you!!!

    1. Awesome Erin! So glad to hear from you. Keep up the awesome work, and keep me posted! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love this Article.. I will go easy on my thighs and ABS workout and keep my Pilates class ans Zumba. Like you say one day maybe one day I will see those muscles again. By the way I lost 54 lbs by going to the gym and cutting Sugars and Process foods out of my life oh and the Soda:)

    1. Awesome job Juana!! That is a huge accomplishment! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And way to do it the right way! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the great work!

  4. Monica, thank you so much for this reminder. I’ve definitely found spot reduction to be a myth, regardless of the workout. But isn’t it awesome that you get whole-body benefits?! I think that’s much cooler than the concept of spot reduction. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The coolness of whole-body benefits and the sketchiness of spot reduction became most apparent to me last year, when I was participating in CrossFit (a big deal for many reasons). Over the course of ~six months, my body slowly but steadily transformed. The best payoff was being able to open almost any jar (seriously, this was My #1 Goal!). I squatted and lifted and repped and ran. I figuratively worked my butt off…

    …and my hips remained squishy. Perpetual Muffin-Top* was like, “Hey, girl, whatchu doin’? Let’s hang out all the time and be BFFs like we have been your entire life.” (*PMT makes itself more or less apparent depending upon the clothing worn, of course.)

    If I’d still been under the influence of the spot-reduction myth, this may have been intensely disheartening. If spot-reduction methods worked, then I would have the most sculpted hips in all the land! I mean, come on, Perpetual Muffin-Top, did you even see how many squats I just threw down?

    But that was just it. Despite Perpetual Muffin-Top’s dryer-sheet clinginess, I was reaching my fitness goals. Overall, I was more toned, and I was much stronger, which was the really exciting part. Perpetual Muffin-Top, my constant companion since my single-digit years (!), was not preventing me from accomplishing things. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, my hips and their accompanying stretchmarks will always make it look like I carried multiple sets of twins to term (although I have been pregnant exactly zero times). Yes, that non-stretch pair of jeans shall cause Perpetual Muffin-Top to rise again. But that “trouble spot” doesn’t define my success as an exerciser, much less as a human being.

    Now I like to focus on all the things I can do instead of the, like, one body “flaw.” As Sarah Silverman is credited with stating, “Mother Teresa didn’t walk around complaining about her thighsโ€”she had [stuff] to do”! (I’m probably taking her quote out of context, but it’s applicable as a standalone comment. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    And as nice as having picturesque hips would be, my hips ain’t ever gonna open a jar of salsa. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. As always, laughed out loud and nodded all the way through your comment. Thank you Rennie! But if I ever write that book, I think I’ll have to quote that last line: “My hips ain’t never gonna open a jar of salsa.” CLASSIC LINE!! Love it, and love you!

  5. So excited and inspired by this topic!! I’ve just had my second little boy and exersizes that can be done at home in 10minutes would be amazing as I just don’t have much time with two kids under two right now ๐Ÿ™
    Gonna have to say it’s the tummy region that i would love to improve on but happy to tone up all over with a workout guide that I can stick to and that’s realistic with my limited time.
    I do get to walk a lot pushing a stroller around and carrying the little one in a carrier but sadly that’s it right now ๐Ÿ™
    Looking forward to future posts!
    Thanks Monica for picking me up again today xx

  6. Monica! I can personally confirm that you are absolutely right! About a year ago I started working out with a personal trainer and my biggest fear was getting big and bulky muscles. I had also contemplated a tummy tuck! (I’ve had four kids). I’m happy to say my body was transformed. It was amazing. No bulk and I don’t even need a tummy tuck any more! It took time but the result is better than I could have imagined.

    1. I wish I could say the same thing I have had 3 kids and I work out in a circut boot camp class 4 times a week and I also run. I am not a slacker and I work hard in class. I eat well. I just can’t get rid of my muffin top!! I am thinking of a tummy tuck or something. I feel I look great everywhere else my whole body looks fit. But then I look at tummy and it is jelly and wrinkly from having kids. Never goes away no Mander how much I work out. Any suggestions!!

  7. I’ve got one word: Preach!
    (And on a side note, those adductor/abductor machines are SO awkward when you accidentally make eye contact with anyone while using them. Yikes.)

    1. haha–I know! Have you heard Jim Gaffigan talk about that? I should really find it and include…XO