Ask Away Wednesday: How To Get Rid Of Arm Flab (And more)

by TaylorR

Happy Wednesday. I used to hate Wednesdays, but lately they haven’t been so bad. I think it’s because there is so much going on that I don’t really have time to even think about what day it is.

To be honest, there are several times each week that I get so busy that I forget all together what day it is. Does this ever happen to you?

It also doesn’t help that my schedule as changed a little this month so my Tuesdays and Thursdays are completely different in the mornings. Trust me, I love that I am actually getting 7+ hours of sleep on those nights but it does throw me for a loop. I keep feeling as if I am late for something or that Sunday came early. Lol! Loving the multiple pancake breakfasts each week. Too bad it’s just for 2 more weeks. :(

Anywho… on to Ask Away Wednesday!

Ask Away: Clean Eating, Flabby Arms And More! 

A lot of you told me you were glad that it made a return last week so as long as I get questions, I’ll post up the answers (if I have them). Deal? Deal!

Q: Whats the best way to get back on track with clean eating after the holidays? 

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A: Great question! Even though the holidays are behind us now and the Christmas trees have been tossed (though I still have neighbors with lights up), the eating part is a bit harder to give up. During the holidays you might indulge a bit more than normal but then something terrible happens… it becomes a habit and cravings rev up. So how can you clean it up for the New Year?

  1. First, clean house. Take cookies, cakes, and all the other junk to work for co-workers or send it out with your husband.
  2. Next, make a meal plan. Search and find some awesome looking recipes for the week ahead, and plan them out. What day will you have each and what do you need? If you have a plan, you won’t be seduced into the idea of grabbing takeout or going out to eat.
  3. And finally, keep a diary. Hold yourself accountable by keeping track of the food you eat. If you eat a brownie, you have to write it down. Drink 2 glasses of wine? Yup, it goes down. Knowing that you have to track helps you to make better decisions.

If you feel you got WAYYY Off track and can’t seem to find your way, then start making small changes. Take out just 2 things you know you shouldn’t be indulging in this week. Then next week give yourself something else. Small changes over time create big results! For example, last week at boot camp I challenged everyone to give up alcohol. This week they are challenged to give cheese AND to add in 2 (at least) vegetarian dinners for the week. Mini challenges are fun!

Q: What are best and most effective exercises to do that target women’s upper arms?

A: Bat wings are an issue for a lot of women. In fact, this was my most common question I received! So let’s dive in. First off, you can not “Target” arm fat. To get rid of the jingle there are two things you have to do: 1. Lose fat 2. Tone up

The toning up part we can give specific exercises for, but to first lose the fat that is hanging out around your muscles it takes a fat loss program. One that includes eating right and having a workout plan around cardio and strength training. I wish I could say to do push-ups and you’ll see the jiggle melt away, but it doesn’t work like this.

Here are some previous LR posts and videos that might help:

Good luck! But remember, no matter how hard you workout if you eat crap then you won’t see results. Keep it clean and the fat will melt away.

One last point: If you have lost a lot of weight then you might see some residual hang from excess skin. The only way to get rid of this would be to talk with a plastic surgeon.

Q: What do you think about Polar Ft watches? I would love to start tracking my calorie burn during workouts. 

A: To be honest, I don’t know about the Polar watch. I have heard great things about it though. I used to wear a Suunto heart rate watch and I loved it. I enjoyed being able to see how hard I was (or wasn’t) working during exercise and it was a great tool.

Having a good heart rate watch can help determine which “zone” you are in and help give an estimate of calories burn. It is important to understand that this is just an estimate as each person is different.

The watch uses a set equation, you put in info like age, weight, height, sex, etc and it spits out how many calories you are probably burning.

Not completely accurate but a great tool to give estimates. I have a lot of friends that are endurance runners that use a heart rate watch so they can keep their zones low and add on miles.

Overall, I think it’s a go just read reviews on the different models so you find the one that is right for you!

And that’s a wrap!

Again, I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing from you so ask away below in the comments or on the Facebook page. I’ll do my best to answer your question next week.

Enjoy the day and make the best of it! Just 3 more days until the half mary! Ahhh… getting excited! {Source of image}

What’s your favorite arm exercise? 

Favorite clean eating meal? 

 

 

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