It began with this post. Just one woman posting a tribute to her body and all that it does for her. That one post sparked a movement, with other bloggers posting their own pictures and tributes. I read one today by Lyn at Escape from Obesity, one of my favorite bloggers, and her post about her arms inspired me to do my own.
Longtime readers will remember my posts from last summer about my experiment with bearing my arms, arms which I viewed with more than a little bit of disgust, arms which I refer to as my “bat wings.” I challenged myself to appreciate my arms for what they are and wore sleeveless shirts to try and be more comfortable in my own body. And it worked.
For a while.
Now that the weather is warmer and I’ve started wearing short-sleeved shirts, I’ve started noticing my arms again. Every time I reach for something at my desk, I see the flab. And it takes a lot of willpower for me not to instantly think, “Ugh, arm flab! Gross!” But I am trying to remember that 1) no one really cares about my arms, and 2) my arms happen to be an essential part of my body that can do a lot of fantastic things. They are not perfect–far from it–but they are mine, and they have come a long way.
Usually when I pose for pictures, I make sure my arm flab is not so prominent, but not today. Today I am going to grin and bear ’em. So, blog world, I present to you my arms in all their flabby glory:
What about you? What do you appreciate about your body?
P.S. THANK YOU for all of your wonderful, supportive comments on yesterday’s post! I really, really appreciate them. You guys are awesome!