The Dirty Secret- Published in the Vail Daily

  Okay. I am putting this out there. I have this thing that I really don’t like to talk about. It is something that I have that I know other women have, but mine just seems horrible. It is this thing that bugs me to no end. I try to do things to prevent it, but it seems no matter what I do, it just doesn’t go away. What I am talking about…


It’s like a 4-letter word. I remember getting a spray tan once. I was naked for a more even effect. No tan lines. I was standing with my butt facing the aesthetician and the lovely lady that was giving it to me said without hesitation… “Don’t worry…everyone has cellulite.” Now, I need to preface this by saying that I wasn’t talking about it, wasn’t mentioning it, and was actually feeling pretty decent in my naked body. Until I heard that. 

I guess it was jiggling and dimpling under the pressure of the airbrush gun? To this day, I am not sure why that was ever really a topic of discussion. A nod to my “normal” body? The sisterhood of the dimply thighs and butt?

I am a runner, I ride my bike, I swim occasionally, Kick box and even will do an occasional Pilates and yoga class. I use my legs for nearly every activity that I do. And still… the C word. 

I exercise just about 5 days a week. I have run 2 marathons for crying out loud. And still. There it is. My little friend that just sits there in just the right spot to make me feel self conscious every time I walk by a mirror in shorts. 

I am obsessed. I look at all of my friends’ legs and it appears as though I am the only one to be blessed with this affliction. How do my gal pals get off without a dimple in their thighs? 

For crying out loud- I have had a literal dimple on my butt since birth. It has always been there. Like god misplaced the smile dimple and put it right on my bubble butt. Just there. Even when I was a soccer playing, ski racing gymnast. There it was. The dimple. 

So is it just genetics? Someone told me once that eating dairy would cause more cellulite. I have read that I just need to lift weights more often. (I have tried that believe me!)

I did a Google search on “how to get rid of cellulite”. Cosmopolitan Magazine has some great tips for camouflaging. But they cut right to the chase… yet another thing I can blame my mother for. As if I haven’t had enough therapy to get over that… thanks again mom… it’s genetic.

Prevention Magazine, Women’s Health. They all talk about it. There are laser treatments, pills, serums, surgeries, diets, and exercises. This is a multi-million dollar industry. Maybe even upwards of the billions. 

The funny part about it is this… when I talk to my husband about my hatred for my body at times; he looks at me and just tells me that I am beautiful. (There are lots of reasons I married him including this one!)

My husband doesn’t look at me and see cellulite. That is all I see.

It is amazing that somewhere along the way, I went from confident girl to insecure woman. Just because of some lumps on my legs. That is sad. And honestly another topic entirely. How the female body image gets so skewed.

I know that I need to focus on the positives. My body is strong, and does things that a lot of others don’t. I am healthy. And I suppose that in the end that is all that matters. 

I just can’t help but wonder- does garnicia cambogia really work??