The other day, I had the thought, "I like my thighs."
So yeah. That's a first. I was getting ready to go running and I put on some tight running capris and then thought that. And then I thought WHOA.
This is not to say that my thighs are now fat- or celulite-free. Oh no. They are not. Nor is this to indicate that they are small. When I tried to wear my khakis recently, I found that yes, they are tighter in the waist than they used to be, but mostly the problem was that it looked like my thighs were about to bust through, all Hulk-like. And in the aforementioned capris, they look big.
But people, they are pretty solid. I discovered during my SCUBA pool session, when we had to prove that we could float or dog paddle for ten minutes, that my lower body is no longer inclined to float. My upper body has no problem whatsoever with floating, but my legs sink now. So that's new. But even more telling about said SCUBA class was the way that I was walking around in my swimsuit and feeling totally unselfconscious about my legs. I never had the urge to wrap a towel around my waist the way I always, ALWAYS previously have.
(My self-consciousness would have been completely focused on the way that athletic swimsuits push all of the fat in my upper body out into the hole in the back, except I was able to wear a running shirt over the swimsuit under the guise of "rash guard". I did take comfort in seeing the other girls' suits doing the exact same thing to them. Maybe this is meant to be motivational to make us swim more laps? Or maybe it's just a mean trick played on us by the hard-bodied designers of athletic wear. Bitches.)
So score one more for the life of perpetual long-distance race training, I suppose.
And please note that I'm officially reclaiming the term thunder thighs as a compliment for team Girls Who Would Not Blow Over in a Strong Wind.
Upper body: I AM COMING FOR YOU NEXT. Though I really don't think we can ever, in any way, redeem the word backfat.
(I literally shuddered upon typing that word.)
(Ugliest word in the English language.)