This morning I was so proud of myself for doing 12 reps at 50lbs on the triceps extension machine. What I’m finding with the weights is that am actually capable of lifting more weight than I think I can, but 50 was a pretty big accomplishment. And this is good, because my arms? They need work.
While I’ve always been heavy (well since about 6th grade), I’ve been blessed with the luck to be fairly well proportioned. I carry the extra weight evenly distributed throughout my body, and I’m a fairly good height (5’6). I go straight up and down the same width the whole way, pretty much. But ugh, my upper arms, I do hate them. I know I shouldn’t hate any part of my body, but these upper arms are the bane of my existence. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve had to not buy clothes that would fit otherwise, but my arms wouldn’t. That makes LoLo a sad bunny.
So while I know that one can’t pick a specific spot on their body and work towards losing weight in that one area, I think (am I right?) that if I work on toning the muscles in that area, the rest will come eventually. Holy Hannah I hope so. I don’t do a specific arm workout in my regimen, but when I’m doing the weight circuit I really focus on trying to be able to build up to more weight on the arm machines.
My goals here? To be able to un-self-consciously wear tank tops, especially to line dancing. I’ve braved it a couple of times but thought about what I looked like the whole night, and that’s not doing me any good, or letting me have any fun.
It feels like my upper arm area might be the last to see improvement, simply because they have the farthest to go. But I can report that I now have itty bitty guns, I know they weren’t there before. I guess I should take measurements now so I can see any improvement, but I really don’t want to.
Do you keep track of your measurements other than your weight? What areas are you working hard on to see improvement?