Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'm a dancing machine

Big Bertha (my treadmill) has been getting minimal use lately.  I was religiously plugging away every single day for at least 30 minutes.  One day I noticed that the speed kept slowing up and slowing down without touching any buttons.  It would hesitate or stall when both feet were on and then speed up as soon as I would pick up my feet.  This gave me the feeling of falling and I've steered clear (probably just another excuse on my part).  At first I thought it was my weight, but I got the torture device when I was well over 300 pounds and haven't had an issue.

Instead of sitting around eating bons bons, I decided to plug in one of our many dancing games.  Let me tell whole body hurts!  My arms especially are killer - even just to raise them above my head.  My body is moving, I've got swamp ass (sweat in my unmentionables), my head is swinging in time with the beat, and I'm singing off key.  It's the most fun I've had in quite awhile.  The kids are even getting involved and have become my back up dancers.  Those little monkeys would outshine me if I wouldn't push myself to move and we can't let that happen! 

I'm having a blast!  I'm moving and shaking my ass! And I'm loving every minute.  How silly is it to finally realize that if you do something you love, then it doesn't feel like exercise? 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

One year ago

It's been a year since I made the decision to change my life.  The realization hit that in order to keep living, I had to lose some weight.  I have lost 56 pounds in 1 year/12 months/52 weeks/365 days, however you want to see it. 

I remember saying to myself "if only I lost 2 pounds per week I would lose over 100 pounds".  I would be lying if I said that I wasn't disappointed by not losing that amount of weight.  I would also be lying if I said that I wasn't proud of myself for losing 56 pounds!  I could still be weighing in at 335 pounds (or worse).  Instead I'm continuously learning how to change my lifestyle, my food choices, my exercise plan, and improving my life in general.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Arm fat

I've been looking at recent pictures of myself and for the first time (in a long while) I actually don't feel cropping myself out of every picture.  My boobs are finally sticking out further than my fat roll, I don't look like I'm 9 months pregnant,  my cheek bones are making an appearance, no longer can I be mistaken for Chewbacca, and my butt isn't a mile wide.  After focusing on all the good things that have changed there is one thing that always draws my eyes.  My arms. 

For those people who have had weight issues or have been obese you know what I'm talking about.  The dreaded arm fat or bat wing that hangs below your tricep.  That flabby / fatty part of your arm that seems to never go away no matter what you do. 

Only one word:  DAYUM!

I've done several Internet searches on "how to get rid of arm fat" and not surprising received several different opinions. 
1.  Using weights to specify a muscle group will allow you to tone and define flabby arms.
2.  Using cardio will eliminate fat, but you will lose it all over.  Not in a specified part of your body.
3.  After losing weight you will have hanging skin which may or may not shrink with time.
4.  It's not possible.  Deal with your bat wings and move on.

So my question is:  What have you done to help with flabby arms?  Am I being unrealistic to think that I can get rid of this nasty fat?  Has anything worked for you?  Provide videos if possible or link a website that has helped!

I'll leave you with one last picture.  This one flaw is what peeves me the most. 

This little beauty is on my left bicep.  Kinda looks like a butt.