Flabby Arms… and Other Flabby Body Parts
By Peggy Browning
Free your flabby arms! Go sleeveless.
Last Saturday I did something that I only rarely do. I wore a sleeveless blouse in public. Yes…I did. And I didn’t care who looked at the cellulite and flab on my upper arms. I’m such a rebel…
It seemed like the right thing to do. After all, it was 107 degrees (or thereabout…any temperature over 105 seems the same…too dang hot)…and on the day before that it was 108 degrees. I didn’t really care how I looked; I only wanted to be cool…or at least not quite so hot.
I remember when I was twenty years younger and forty pounds lighter. I didn’t even like my arms back then. I thought they were flabby. I remember putting on a sleeveless blouse and looking at myself in the mirror. I took off the blouse and tried on another one…one with sleeves. And that’s what I wore…to cover my flabby arms. How silly of me.
I’d like to travel back in time and shake my age thirty-something, overly critical self. Good grief. I was young and firm and I weighed 118 lbs. And, in reality, I didn’t have flabby arms. In fact, I looked pretty good
But it’s how we perceive ourselves that matters. I perceived myself as a bit plump and a little flabby. If only I could have known then what I know now…I would have worn that sleeveless shirt with pride. And I wouldn’t have worried one little bit about my arms.
Now I really do have flabby arms. Who knew that the muscle and skin on your arms could droop so low? In the past, I did a lot of worrying over my body. I still think about it some, but not as much or as critically as I once did.
These days, I do feel sort of bad about my flab. And not just the stuff that hangs off my arms. I feel sort of bad about that soft stuff around my so-called waist and on my back. And sometimes, like the late Norah Ephron, I even feel sort of bad about my neck. It’s a little bit loose too.
But I don’t feel bad enough and worried enough to do anything about it…like lift weights or do any other type of muscle-forming exercise. I look at the actresses on TV and wonder what they do to keep their arms so tight and muscular. (I’m pretty sure it involves a lot of stuff that I don’t want to do.) I sometimes wonder if they have plastic surgery on their arms or have collagen injected into them. But I really don’t believe that’s possible. Or is it?
I have my own strategy for dealing with flabby arms. I usually just try to hide them with 3/4 length sleeves, even in summer. That works pretty well until the late summer temperatures soar like they did last week.
But last week, I exercised my 2nd Amendment right to bare arms. I have the Constitutional right to go sleeveless. That works if you’re dyslexic and you switch the spelling from “bear” to “bare”.
Either way…it’s just too dang hot to worry about correct spelling or flabby arms.