Bare Arms

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Growing up, my Mom never wore shorts. Ever. Sometimes, it would almost be awkward. It could literally be 99* and there she'd be dressed in long bottoms or a long dress.

In the way that only a teenage girl could do, I razed her about it quite often. Her reasoning was due to several comments she had landed over the years that her knees always looked dirty, due to scarring inflicted through childhood play.

And, I'm just going to say it now, that's a stupid reason to not uncover your knees.

I'm a little more thick skinned when it comes to people's comments.

But I just realized the other day, that I'm not as thick skinned as I thought, because along these lines, I've become the awkward one. It's become more and more clear to me t hat I have a complex with my arms. It can be and literally has been 99* and I refuse to take off my cardigan. I just don't like to subject anyone to the jiggle and I guess mostly, I miss the arms that I was able to sculpt when I lifted in college.

So instead, I have to wear longer sleeved t-shirts.
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[tear, look at my little man Isaac]

Or, I subject myself to long sleeved shirts or a cardi, over everything.
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Do you have a body thing too?
 

19 comments:

Kelly Bartlett said...

I was thinking about this over the weekend. I have weight that I need to lose, but the part of my body that I dislike the most are my arms. I would love to have arms like Madonna. I would be sleeveless every day. Crazy how we are our worst enemies. I am sure you have great arms.

Emily said...

I totally have an arm/upperbody hang-up, but it keeps me in either long sleeves or sleeveless tops in lieu of short sleeves b/c I think that short sleeves cut me at the thickest part of my arm and also at my chest. I have gigantic ribs and a strong back from 15 years of competitive swimming, and I think it makes me look much bigger than I am up top - so I'm usually in black tops, and they have to be long or sleeveless :)

Kate said...

i've had horrible cellulite since middle school, so bad it extends half way down my thighs! so ugly!

Sky said...

I don't like the stretch marks I have on my thighs, but since my hubby doesn't mind, neither do I! :-)

LC said...

It's the arms for me too. But this summer, my second after Ethan was born (but the first where I feel I should look better than I do), I think I'm going to have more insecurity issues. I've never noticed that I have cellulite on the FRONT of my thighs. Nice. My arms look terrible. And don't even get me started on the tummy. Bikinis are a thing of the past for me!

d.a.r. said...

I refuse to wear boatneck or cap sleeved shirts/dresses. My shoulders are so broad that even my own grandmother teased me about looking like a linebacker. At 5'7 and 110lbs, I could still pull off the "I just spent too much time pumping iron and taking 'roids" look. I am still not over it, I guess, ha!

Court said...

Dude. You have awesome arms. Show them off skinny minny!

My body thing is my entire body at the moment. Hate being pregnant. I want my body back! (Should clarify: don't hate that I have a baby in my belly or that I will be a mom soon - just hate the changes my body has made.)

Bekah said...

mine is the same as your moms actually, I am really self-conscious of my knees! I own one pair of shorts!!

Megan said...

I hate wearing shorts because of cellulite, I hate wearing short sleeve shirts because of chubby arms... pretty much, yes I have a huge "body thing". :)

Sara said...

This post hits pretty close to home for me. I refuse to wear shorts and I have to wear shirts with sleeves as well. I don't like the way I look in shorts, and I, too, have the arm jiggle that never used to be there before. :)

Kristal said...

I do not wear shorts. Ever. I will wear dresses above the knee, but never ever will I wear shorts. I have very muscular legs, especially my thighs, and I have a terrible time finding shorts that don't get too tight around my thighs when I sit down and make them look fat. I probably haven't worn shorts in 10 years, maybe even longer.

Honestly though, I doubt anyone even notices because my go to outfit in the summer is always a dress or linen summer pants with a top so I don't think I ever look out of place. :)

Sarah said...

Growing up, I was always told what skinny legs I had. To this day, I hate to wear shorts, or dresses, or anything that will show my legs. I have learned to deal with it, especially in the summer, but I absolutely feel self concious 100% of the time when I am baring my legs. I wish that I could get over this, but I am facing the fact that I am now in my 30s and still not over it, so it will probably be "thing" for the rest of my life! :)

BTW, love the Tigers shirt (big Tigers fan here)!

Adrienne said...

Same.

Arms are hard for me. I have to have a cardigan or a capped sleeve shirt. And gaaaah, tank top season is coming!

Doh!

I totally understand, but you are beautiful :)

Elena said...

This reminded me of my sister. She has an upper arm thing too! Yes, I have my own insecurities. It's sad, but I think all women do. We are way too hard on ourselves. Great post though; I can definitely relate!

Ashlet @ LifeAsAshlet.com said...

ARMS. You nailed it.

Erin said...

Well, apparently I'm not alone, according to all the other commenters before me! I definitely also am plagued with really bad cellulite. I literally remember being on a bus in DAYCARE and pointing out to some other little girl that I had "cool dimples" in my thighs. If only I still thought they were cool :) I need shorts/dresses/skirts to be nearly knee length to be comfortable.

Immortal Beloved said...

Mine has always been my pooch which is now worse from my c-section. :(

Meredith said...

I'm really glad to hear I'm not the one one with really bad cellulite! Man, I *hate* wearing shorts because of it!

W said...

I definitely have days like these, where my "flaws" seem to peer back at me from the mirror and slap me in the face. Then I stop to consider how I would feel if my daughter were to have those same insecurities. As a mother, I would be heartbroken. She's perfect!

I also think about God. I'm His child, created in His image. I don't want to take that for granted and think I could improve here, there and everywhere. I am perfect in His eyes. When I remember that, I honestly feel the insecurities fading away. Hope I make sense (I don't often do!)

 

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