Is inner thigh Gap a Big Deal? Heck yes it is!!!!!!!! Inner thigh Chafing is a very sensitive subject for a lot of women and even some men. For those of you that do not know what I am talking about, it is the resulting rash from inner thigh skin rubbing together under hot weather conditions. It can happen in cold weather but is much worse when it is hot due to sweating and moisture in the area. And it doesn't take long for a rash to appear. I can remember putting on a pair of shorts on a hot day and leaving for school after forgetting to rub baby powder on my inner thighs and being in pain all day after lunch. I would be too embarrassed to go to the nurses office and ask for band aids. I would just walk kinda funny with my legs as far apart as possible and try to avoid walking as much as possible until I got home. At that point, it is too late for preventative measures and its time to medicate and wait the week for the rash to scab up and heal. Do any of these look familiar to you thigh chafing sufferers? I speak from experience because I suffered from inner thigh rashes all summer long ever since I was in junior high. I would look forward to summer because it meant I could use my pool and quite honestly I can't stand cold weather. I am a tropical person, lol. None the less, the one thing I always hated about summer was wearing skirts and shorts. No matter what, when wearing a skirt, you were getting a rash unless you took preventative measures. As far as shorts, you could only avoid a rash if you got shorts long enough to cover the areas that would rub. Does this look familiar? I learned to accept that this was just a part of my life and that I could not buy the cute shorts that I really wanted to wear. And if I did and happened to be good about using baby powder and keeping the inner thigh area dry, I always had bunching of the shorts between my thighs. I looked like the fat pockets on the top of my inner thighs were trying to escape my shorts, ugh!!!! I would be constantly pulling them down and they would eventually be all wrinkled between the thighs and just looked really bad. I knew that my problem was that I had no thigh gap. This is what my thighs looked like.So I started researching Thigh Gap and found my future Beachbody Coach's blog. She had achieved an amazing transformation with a workout called Brazilian Butt Lift. That was enough for me, I purchased it. It arrived at my house within a week and I hit it hard. I followed the workout calendar and nutrition plan and really enjoyed the workouts. There is a lot of booty shaking and I really like dancing so this was a perfect workout for me because I was not bored with it. I started to see and feel results after a few weeks and I remember getting crazy excited the first time I could see a hint of light between my thighs. It started at the very top and was very faint but damn it, it was happening. I completed the program and finally got my thigh gap. I have since moved on to other Beachbody workouts but I always incorporate this workout into my routine because I have proven that it works. I have spent hours on eliptical machines at the gym and tried countless diets but this is what did it for me. Thank you Brazil Butt Lift!!!! Weight loss is not easy. Especially for women with hormone disorders like PCOS. Follow this link if you would like to hear my whole weight loss journey.
I can honestly say the best part about my Beachbody transformation is that I no longer have "thigh rub". I know other ladies know what I am talking about. The days of having to use baby powder if I want to wear shorts or a skirt are gone! And On a hot day, baby powder only worked for a short while. I had to keep a travel size one in my backpack purse. Remember when those were in? Well it's when I was in high school over 10 years ago. I had thigh rub problems way back then. In fact, I don't remember it ever not being an issue. I remember days when I forgot baby powder and literally had scabs from the rubbing. I know I can't be the only person to experience this. But it is a thing of the past which I refuse to re-visit. I just picked these shorts up at the thrift store for $3 and they look and fit better than any of the $50 shorts I used to buy when I was "thicker". My body and wallet are both loving my transformation. Hard work pays off. And I can kiss the inner thigh rash days goodbye. Over anything else, for this I am most grateful. If you want to know how I did it, read My Story and learn about my Challenge Groups.
Does it frustrate you to hear that you must lose weight in order to improve your PCOS symptoms when PCOS makes it difficult to lose weight? Yup, that's how I felt, too. Not all women with PCOS are overweight, but it's still important to maintain a healthy body. Check out this article by Katie Humphrey for more information on maintaining a healthy weight with PCOS as we get older. WHY WOMEN WITH PCOS ARE AT PARTICULAR RISK WHEN WEIGHT GAIN SHIFTS WITH AGE Weight gain shifts as we grow older, with younger women tending to gain weight on their thighs and hips. That is me for sure. I pack it all on in the thighs and butt. But after menopause, weight gain often moves to the midsection, increasing the chance of developing the cluster of risk factors for heart disease called metabolic syndrome (syndrome x), which is closely linked with PCOS. Those of us with the hormonal imbalance caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome are already at greater risk of the onset of metabolic syndrome because of numerous "shared" symptoms. These include high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and reduced HDL "good" cholesterol. An expanding waist measurement is now thought by many doctors to be a more accurate predictor of a heart attack than overall weight. Heart disease kills up to almost six times more women than all forms of cancer combined. It's not all bad news, however. Luckily, deep abdominal fat, which is stored around our internal organs, responds more quickly to regular exercise than other kinds of fat. So you have two choices. Either work out a safe exercise program based on the advice of your doctor in conjunction with your PCOS treatment program. Or, if you're experiencing success, be sure to stick with the exercise regime you already follow to help better manage PCOS symptoms like weight gain and avoid the onset of metabolic syndrome. Weight loss will come when you're exercising and making healthy choices. Just be patient, give it time, and focus mostly on wanting to be healthier. If you don't need to lose weight, it's still important to exercise and take care of your body. This week, take a step in the right direction and increase your exercise, whether you're a beginner or a fitness junky. Get moving and you'll feel better and, ultimately, see the effects on the outside! Read My Story and how I reversed my own PCOS and learn about how my Wellness Support Challenge Groups help others reverse PCOS symptoms
I am starting a new Fitness Group for LADIES ONLY! I have put together some amazing material and inspirational stuff to share with this group. Beachbody has helped me change my body and my life and It is my goal to change as many lives as possible. If you would like to participate, visit my challenge pack page and choose a workout or visit my Facebook and send me a message. I am really looking forward to this group. We will be doing day 1, 30, and 60 day photos and measurements. Everyone is expected to check in with the Facebook daily so I can keep you all accountable. We are in this group to support each other and push ourselves! It is going to be great because you are great, you just may not realize it yet!
New research has shown that diet and exercise have different effects on PCOS-linked weight. For four months, Karolinska University in Sweden put 57 overweight PCOS women on a supervised diet, a supervised exercise program, or both. On average, their body mass index (weight) was reduced 6% by the diet program, 3% by the exercise and 5% by the combined diet and exercise. But there was a distinction as to where the body fat was lost. Lower body fat and lean body mass were decreased in the dietary group, whereas upper body fat was reduced and muscle mass maintained by exercise alone. In other words, a healthier diet reduced lower body fat while exercise reduced upper body fat. Amazingly, 69% of the women had a significantly improved menstrual pattern while 34% of the women ovulated, regardless of whether they did diet alone, exercise alone, or did both. Plus, they didn't have to resort to drugs like birth control pills or metformin. Best of all, the women were able to maintain their lower weight and better monthly cycles for several years after the program ended. The message seems to be that if you want to improve your monthly cycle and shed fat, you should start a healthier diet. Or you can exercise. Either one. Or, you can do both! I strongly suggest starting with the diet aspect. 90% of the effort required to reverse PCOS is diet. You can exercises for hours every day but if you continue to eat processed carbs and sugar, your progress will be minimal. The main thing is just to get started and BE THE CHANGE! I have reversed my own PCOS symptoms with the support of the beachbody community. See my story. It was a long and hard road. I had lots of cheat days.... who am I kidding, I had cheat weeks! But I always got back on the wagon. Nothing worth while is ever easy. I got down on myself at times and felt that if I had another ultrasound where my ovaries looked like grapes, I would scream!!!!! But the day finally came when I had a single mature follicle. It took almost a year to change my lifestyle. I found that the key was not doing it alone. It is easy to get sidetracked when you are only counting on yourself not to fail. Having a community of people supporting me was key. Now I am a leader in that community helping others with the same struggle. It can be done. So, where will you get started or take your lifestyle plan to the next level? Let me know how I can help Smooches, Coach Jenn Graham
I have decided that I will stick to my Chalean Extreme workout but that I will do one of my Brazilian Butt Lift videos on my days off. This way I get all the workouts I need to meet my final goal. Chalean takes care of my upper body, arms, quads, and hamstrings. Brazilian Butt Lift hits all the female trouble zones like lifting the butt, saddle bags, and inner thighs. I think this hybrid workout is my new favorite.