Cecilia A.

Cecilia A.

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Day 79: Mermaids Don't Wear Jeans

  • Dec 2nd, 2015 at 5:11PM

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So I'm digging the fact that I can run for 40 minutes, I'm digging my improved push ups and body scoops, and I'm digging the reflection that I see in the mirror. I don't think this makes me vain (it doesn't), it just makes me pretty proud of my efforts and grateful that today I can appreciate my body for what it is and what it isn't.

Back when Kenzai Body still shared a moniker with a street drug, we had these pretty cool banners at the top of our individual pages. And on these banners we had to select someone whose body inspired us. I'm pretty sure mine was Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwyneth Effing Paltrow in all her bony 5'10, 100 lbs ectomorphic glory. And I used to get so down because my body looked nothing like her's (yea, no crap Lucy Liu Sherlock!). It wasn't until after I completed PCP, that I finally (FINALLY) started to appreciate my own body- both what it looked like and what it could do. Better late than never! #bodyacceptance Cue the Dove commercial.

Which is the build up to say, I like my body and what it's doing but I don't think them white jeans in that smaller size are going to work out. The waist & booty are fine- but the good lord gifted me with strong curvy (read: muscular) legs that stayed strong and curvy these 70-something days. I like my legs. Male body builders like my legs (or more accurately, they admire my strong healthy calves as they try in vain to bulk up their own calves).

But the white jeans in 91% cotton/ 7% poly/ 2% elastane premium denim from the Cone mill in the 26 inch waist? They do not like my legs. And I'm OK with that. My legs don't like them jeans much either. They rebel being so tightly constrained. My legs need room to breath! I'm not the problem, the jeans are. So the search goes on for that perfect blend of white denim as we continue to #raisethebar.

In other news, I've signed up for some private swim lessons to kick off the week after KB2! All the chatter about swimming recently made me realize it's high time I move past the drowning puppy stage of my mermaid evolution.

So now the annoying first world question is- pack of 5 or 10 lessons? I also need goggles and a proper swim suit. Got any goggle recs? Tis shopping time! Who am I kidding, everyday is shopping time with Amazon Prime.

 
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12 comments

Liz B.Liz B.Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
over 3 years ago

I completely identify with your sentiments. Each time I do a training cycle, I have this strange hope that my thighs get smaller and all the chub is gone from my waist. But this time I am fully recognizing that I don't have a long distance runners build- I've got thick muscle legs and a totally straight waist and after 2 babies that pooch in the front is never going to be entirely flat. But I can mountain bike for hours without getting tired, I can rock out 70 push-ups, and I can do a chin-up (no pull ups yet for this big bottomed girl!) so I hear you and I'm with you in the body acceptance crew!! Those new white pants will find you now that you are looking in the right place.


    Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
    over 3 years ago

    I love this post Cecilia!!!!! Oh - the wisdom in it..... (personally I rebelled at the thought of picking an inspiration image during PCP). You look stunning in your latest photo, even if you have left out your beautiful strong legs from every photo. Hope you find the perfect white jeans to go with that amazing tiny 26" waist! And well done on attacking the swimming post day 90. Afterall you're a California girl!


      David M.David M.Kenzai Member
      over 3 years ago

      What a cool post!
      Be healthy and be happy - and if the white jeans don't work out, so be it. It's funny how we all want what we don't have.
      Very cool about the swimming. Hands down, Aqua Sphere goggles are the best training goggles I have used - and I have tried every brand and all the styles (full face mask etc.). And lots of colors for the fashion divas!
      http://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Sphere-Kayenne-Goggle-Regular/dp/B00208EIRQ/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449061660&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=acqua+sphere+swim+goggles


        Angela WorthingtonAngela WorthingtonKenzai Member
        Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

        Love this blog Cecilia.....fantastic! Also loving the fact that you have signed up for swimming lessons...go for it do 10! Treat yourself!


          Jane N.Jane N.Kenzai Body 2 | Day 65 (Member)
          over 3 years ago

          I am so pleased you decided to break up with those jeans - and for good reason, they will never do you justice and why should we try to shape our bodies to an item of clothing - let's instead chose the clothes to accent our awesome bodies that we work darn hard for, quirks and all!


            Jess SwarbreckJess SwarbreckKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
            Trainerover 3 years ago

            Love this post, I guess it's something guess we all battle with in one way or another. However you feel about the jeans, you are looking AMAZING. Thank you so much for sharing :)


              Jess SwarbreckJess SwarbreckKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
              Trainerover 3 years ago

              Ps. Can't wait to hear about the swimming lessons. What an amazing next move!


                Cecilia A.Cecilia A.Kenzai Member
                Trainerover 3 years ago

                @Liz, I've commented else where, but 70 push ups is fit as a fiddle no matter which way you cut it. On my more yogi days, I like to think our strong sturdy legs just means we're more rooted to the Earth's energy, root chakra raka ra.

                @Janet- You're one of my swimming heroes!

                @David- the Drones will be dropping off the goggles on Friday! Thanks for the rec!

                @Jane, Angela, Jess- stayed tuned for more fashion updates :) I'm already fretting about the pool water on my hair. But I am way psyched to be learning a new skill/ sport!


                  Elissa ImranElissa ImranKenzai Mind | Day 16 (Member)
                  Trainerover 3 years ago

                  With you and the other ladies there. Thick thighs, saggy bits - embrace the body you've got!

                  I took swim lessons last spring. 5 lessons worked a charm for me. Used to think of myself as a good swimmer, but my kids' swim teacher pointed out otherwise! So I hired her. Now I get compliments on how great I look when I go do laps. I only worked on crawl and back crawl. Maybe another time I'll add in some more lessons for other strokes. But for now it's working for me.


                    Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
                    over 3 years ago

                    @ Cecilia - Tip from the guy who does my hair - wet your hair with fresh water before you get in the pool. Hair absorbs water, so if it absorbs the fresh water first, it won't absorb the chlorinated water. I also have started using a bathing cap after I wet it unless I'm at a resort. In Japan they are required for everyone anyways.


                      Kim BensonKim BensonKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 8 (Member)
                      Trainerover 3 years ago

                      Great blog Cece! Love the honest reflection and that you have realized it's not you, it is the jeans that have the problem. Have you tried Eddy Bauer? Not a super sexy brand, I know; but their pants fit me really well. We have similar strong legs. I even had to buy knee boots with a wide shaft so I could fit my not skinny calves and skinny jeans. Much love to you girl! You've rocked it!


                        Jessica B.Jessica B.Alumni
                        over 3 years ago

                        Hahaha you crack me up! You are one cool lady. :-)


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