I need to up my work out routine!
I went to the Renaissance fair last week, not to be confused with my blog title, which is named for an aspect of the time period, not as a devotion to the time period. Not that I have anything against it, it was a fascinating time period, but my blog title refers to the well rounded man of the time period.
My husband and I love the Renaissance fair, enough to usually go every year and occasionally go several times. We went to our usual stop, the Bee Shop, full of honey, candles, and all sorts of honey and wax related products. I got Sangria and Riesling, and was allowed to taste mead from a random generous stranger in the alcohol line.
We did a few new things, like making candles and panning for gems in fake stream, both of which were fun.
And then we came around to the book store. I love books, and historical books are definitely a favorite. There was an author outside the store signing books. We chatted for a few minutes and I ended up buying several of her books. I’ve started one and it’s wonderful so far. I’ll eventually do a full review on it when I finish.
I took a picture with her, and that was the moment.
My arm… I don’t even know. Seeing that picture was a shock. I was really happy when I took this photo because I enjoyed talking to the author so much, but I cringed when I saw it. I’m embarrassed that my arm has so little tone and looks so flabby. I lost weight this year, but I haven’t been doing many arm exercises, resulting in my saggy arms.
I debated if I should post this or not, but I decided that in the end, the important thing is that this was a happy moment in time, regardless of how I look. I don’t want to live my life ashamed of how I look. Yes, looking at that picture I wish I had toned arms, but since it bothers me, I can change it. I can start right now, and in a few weeks I won’t have this regret anymore.
I have started incorporating weights into my treadmill routine. As of last week, I walk on the treadmill about a mile and a half a day. I was doing more but I pinched something on my tailbone so that’s all I can stand it until the pain is too much. I have 8 lb weights that I set out and every quarter mile I pick them up and do some arm raises. Its only been a few days, but I do feel a difference. Before, my arms were basically bone and skin. I literally could pinch my fingers around my arm bone, and then there would be skin hanging down. Now, I feel a little bit of muscle before the bone. Not a lot, but a tiny amount. It’s a good feeling.
I’m going to incorporate more exercises, but I don’t have a lot of equipment at home. I’ll be figuring out something.