flabby arms | The Shrinking Jeans of Christy


Posted by christy on April 10, 2009

Today was Day5 of the 30 Day Shred here at the Sisterhood, and I have to say it was my best day yet! I can honestly say I loved it today!!

Here’s how it all went down. I put my daughter, Mia, down for her morning nap as usual and planned to get Shredding right away, only this time with my 5 year old son. I knew I needed to invite him to do it with me, otherwise I’d end up cussing at him instead of Jillian because he can be quite annoying distracting when I’m trying to concentrate on something  that is not him. He was very excited to join me and drug out the mat and all the hand weights while I got the TV on and the DVD player set up. The only problem was I couldn’t find our universal remote, which meant I couldn’t switch the TV to the DVD player input thing, or whatever. You know what I mean. So after 20 minutes of searching high and low, and realizing the last time I’d seen it was when my previously mentioned daughter, who’s 16 months old, was hauling it around when I was making dinner last night. Yep, there was no chance in hell I was going to find it, so I started pushing buttons until I saw Jillian’s punk-ass face on the screen. Of course I realized that I could have been done with the damn thing by then, but I got up and got started. My son was seriously cracking me up! If it had been an earlier day, I might not have been able to handle him being right next to me, since I was in such intense pain before. But today was much easier, and I even swapped out the 3 pound weights for the 5 a couple of times. The anterior raises and side squats still made my arms tremble, but not AS much!! So he pretty much did the whole workout with me, except he did have to sit out a few of the exercises because he ‘needed a break’, but I was impressed with his stamina and coordination.

I had fun, and I did it despite all the roadblocks I had to navigate around: lost remote, son being home, etc. The old me would have easily said, “screw it, I’ll skip today and pick back up tomorrow” or “I need a day off, it’s been 4 days….” Yeah, that was me. I hated to exercise and looked for every excuse in the book not to do it. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever stuck with anything exercise related for 5 consecutive days in my life.

Did I mention I hated to exercise? I lost almost 50 pounds without exercising one tiny bit, and dammit, that’s how I was going to finish it off. Now I realize that it can’t be that way. It’s harder to lose now that I’m getting closer to my goal, and my body is trying desperately to hold on to that muffin top and saddle bags. I have to exercise to jump start my metabolism. Plus, who wants to lose all that weight and be all jiggly and flabby? What’s the point of being thin if you’re going to be too self-conscious to wear shorts or *gasp* a bathing suit, right? And to be honest, I hate my arms. HATE them. They are flabby and not pretty. I want to wear cute summer shirts with cap sleeves, or no sleeves!! So exercise I must, and I’m so, so, so glad that I’ve finally found an exercise program I can stick with. And I can stick with it, and I will stick with it, because I LOVE TO SHRED!!!

p.s. I found the remote tonight. In the pantry, behind a bunch of crap on the floor. Silly little Mia.

p.p.s. I’ve been on Amazon all night checking out Jillian Michaels’ other workout DVDs and several of them look very exciting to me! Particularly the Banish Fat Boost Metabolism and No More Trouble Zones. I think I’ll be adding those to my list and picking them up as soon as the 30-Day Shred is done!! I can hardly wait!