I have a muffin top. Love handles. These awkward fatty deposits that spill over my jeans and jiggle over my belt. They are ugly. Always have been. And the rise of the jeans doesn’t matter. Low rise means I have an entire pack of muffins popping out. Mid rise is okay as long as the jeans stay in place. High rise is somewhere under my boob and I look pregnant with those. Which I am not. My weight isn’t low. But and this is important so lean in, I don’t hate my body. I don’t think it’s ugly or want another one. I like it. Except the love handles, those I cannot handle. Whattey wordplay, Mansi.

You lazy.

Love Handles

Now you may think that if I haven’t found a fitness routine that could get rid of my love handles, I am probably lazy. I am not. *whips out phone, clicks on Google Photos, reveals plenty of post workout selfies, hides nudes*. I workout everyday and I have been doing that for a while. But the love handles? Stubborn. Like S.T.U.B.B.O.R.N . Won’t move. Won’t budge an inch. Continue to jiggle into a frenzy everything I attempt something low slung . Peep out of fitted tops. But I am not lazy.

Well, what’s changing that?

love handles

After various gyms, classes at gyms, trainers and gyms and everything in between, I found running. Yes, the free for all exercise that can be done anywhere without paying anyone. What? Yes. Running. I started running because my husband does that for fitness. Overweight and understaminaed , I thought it wouldn’t be for me. I worried people would laugh at my jiggly rear.  Well, that changed quickly. Now, running is my fitness routine that gets me going. My adrenaline pumping. And I don’t care if my rear jiggles. The love handles are disappearing and I am thrilled.

It’s not magic, it doesn’t happen overnight and it’s not easy. But running is the one exercise that’s shaping my body, in a good way. And I am not letting that go. *exhales on your screen*

Besides my love handles, there are plenty of other benefits of running. Read about it here: https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/running/benefits-of-running/?page=1




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