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Hello, Betty!

Hello, Betty!

I get that I have to do it forever. I do.

I get that it’s not like, I work out for a few months and then I’m done, and I look better and it’s all over and yay! let’s go shopping! I have totally accepted that I have to work out for the rest of my life if I want to look better and I’m OK with that. I’ve even accepted that I will never look the way I want if I don’t eat diet food. I remain skeptical of my ability to do this with any kind of reliability, despite my intense desire to do it, but I accept it as a reality for me, I really do.

I also accept that this is the stupidest of stupid things to be concerned with, and hate that I care (so much) about this, or that it bothers me (so much). But nevertheless, here we are. I live in Los Angeles, and we have reached that point in the year where it’s so freaking hot that everybody is wearing tank tops and this is what my arms look like.

Well, Hello there, Betty!

Uggh. Six months with Travis for this?

UPDATE: Here is just the *last* part of a typical workout with Travis, not even the hardest part. This is why I am frustrated.

Comments (18)

  1. Jun 25, 2010

    I am trying to think of a nice way to say, “Oh my god if you call THAT armfat I need to smack you and even when I lived there that was not enough to qualify as armfat and also you should visit the rest of the country so you can, like, snap out of it and realize what is and is not “fat.”

    Wait here while I keep thinking.

  2. Jun 25, 2010

    YES, but do I need to show you a video of what I’ve been doing to get rid of that crap? That’s my point. Not that it’s so absolutely terrible, merely that the level of torture that I’m enduring is such that I shouldn’t have it. And also, I acknowledge the fact that I’m insane several times above.

  3. Jun 25, 2010

    Yeah, I’m with Kerry: I could probably knock you flat on your ass just by waving my arm in your general direction. Heh. 😉

  4. Jun 25, 2010

    Alright, that’s it. I’m uploading a video.

  5. Ellia
    Jun 25, 2010

    Yeah, it might be insane but I feel the same way. It isn’t like I’m humiliated or unwilling to wear tank tops, but it is frustrating to work very hard to address a particular issue and not get the desired results. Fuck arm flab.

  6. Jun 25, 2010

    Yes, the video makes it clear. You are enduring torture. It should not be so hard. Now I feel guilty complaining about my own workout if that’s just the last part of yours. But you gotta accept your body type and do the best you can. That workout may not be transforming your body the way you want it to but it is doing amazing things for your overall health. And think about what you’d look like if you didn’t do it.

  7. Jun 25, 2010

    Did you know women actually have generally less arm fat than men? It’s because we carry around kids all of the time and they don’t. The best arm exercise ever is to haul around a 15 lb. baby in a carrier. Maybe Mini needs a sibling? ;o)

  8. Michele
    Jun 25, 2010

    I think you might need this. Actually I don’t think you do, because I can fit two of you in my one…but here you go.


  9. Michele
    Jun 25, 2010

    Oh god, while looking for this I can across the SNL version. I think your husband will appreciate this one.

  10. lloyddabbler
    Jun 25, 2010

    You know what I see and hear when I watch that video? A strong woman. And the sound of a supportive, loving guy who digs that strong woman. I live in this brainwashing city too, Anna. Your arms are NOT fat by any standard, including stupid LA’s. I wish I could bottle self-love, or at least self-respect. I’d give it away on street corners. Makes me crazy to hear this stuff!

  11. sosocratic6
    Jun 25, 2010

    1.Puhleeze. You’re adorable in this photo.
    2. I’ve seen worse
    3. So cal is NOT the standard
    Of fit/health/beauty no matter how hard “style/standard-makers” want it to be
    4. Have not watched vid, but keep at it wutev ur doing.

  12. sosocratic6
    Jun 25, 2010

    Ps: totally surprised/glad my comment posted on your blog. I’m usually mobile reading some of my fav blog posts when I have downtime from handheld and can’t’ post via my phone(and no I don’t always revisit/re-read from home so usually just tweet if I want to comment or don’t re-click posts at all) blah, blah glad I could mobile comment on ur blog.

  13. Jun 25, 2010

    Around here they are called “hello Hellens” though I am not sure why…yeah, that totally sucks…do they make Spanx for arms? They should, I would totally buy Spanx for my arms. The solution, though not useful, may be to move to MN. I bet there are only 2, maybe 3 days a year where this becomes an issue.

  14. Jun 25, 2010

    Hm. I think you’re adorable, but I know this circular thinking, and I know that’s not really helpful.

    So instead, I’ll be a douche and turn it around and make it about me: Does this mean you’ll be judging my arm fat harshly in NYC?

  15. Jun 25, 2010

    No, I only do this to myself.

  16. Jun 26, 2010

    I find my arm flab useful. How else could I drink my beer and smack people around at the same time?

  17. I live in Iowa, a land of rich harvest and beefy cows. I have the mud flaps on my arms to prove it. I’m pushing them aside to embrace your power. Also, I absolutely must say, Mr. Right-Click is awesome.

  18. Carla Hinkle
    Jun 27, 2010

    For me, I have completely accepted the reality that working out is good to make me strong and healthy … but to get the APPEARANCE I desire, it is all about what goes into my mouth. Unfortunate, since I love to eat the food that brings on arm fat (which you DO NOT HAVE, by the way). But I keep working out, and eating-to-be-the-size-I-want, in two separate and basically unrelated categories.

    Anyway. Good for you working out and getting strong, but don’t feel bad if it doesn’t equal skinny arms. I think it often doesn’t.

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