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Clicking and Flopping

Okay, maybe the whole jogging idea was premature. My left foot has been hurting a bit when I bend it a certain way the past two days. (I know, I know, I just shouldn’t bend it that way, right?) In the morning it even makes a little clicking sound, which would be great if I were a Flamenco dancer who’d lost a castanet. Alas, I only know a box step.

As long as we’re talking about strange noises my body makes, I’ve noticed in the last couple weeks that when I move my outstretched arm back to my body quickly, like after closing the refrigerator door, my upper arm fat makes a slapping sound as it hits my body. I don’t recall this happening before, which makes me wonder if any of the following has happened:

1) Due to the sub-arctic temperatures we keep the house chilled at, my body fat, like most matter at cold temperatures, has shrunk.

2) My arm fat has always made this sound, I just finally stuck the Q-tip deep enough down my ear canal to get rid of all that excess ear wax.

3) I’m losing weight everywhere, including the accursed, flabby, upper arms.

I have no idea. I didn’t think losing weight in my upper arms would suddenly make me an accidental foley artist. But if the arm fat actually is getting smaller, I suppose I can learn to deal.

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Kirsten • December 14, 2005 at 3:59 am

I have tried – like anything – to reproduce the slapping sound, and have to confess myself baffled, although I have the accursed sort of arms also.

As for the jogging – take it gently and you will adapt, but do stop if things are hurting. Injuring myself was my greatest fear when I started (touch wood, it hasn’t happened yet, after 10 months). New trainers might help if there’s room for them in the budget.


Dee • December 14, 2005 at 7:10 am

LOL Kirsten!!! I was like just doing all these weird arm movements too to see if I could make the clapping arm sound too!!! Atleast i know I’m not the only one – and I unfortunately couldn’t either.

I am a big believer in fat being lost @ the weirdest places, like I mentioned before my feet lol and now my wrists and ankles!!

I agree with Kirsten with the jogging, I’d say just do as much as you can and when it hurts take it as a warning from your body to ease up – you’ll build up to it no need to be a weekend warrior and be all full on straight away. I am totally with ya on the finding odd pains by bending things certain ways, and continue to do it. LOL if you’re anything like me – you’d find a bruise on your body and keep poking it hehe!


PastaQueen • December 14, 2005 at 9:19 am

I hope you all were trying this in private because the thought of you trying to slap your arm fat in a cubicle or at a desk is cracking me up!

I think it depends on what I’m wearing. Yesterday I was wearing a kind of loose sweater and it was doing it, but today I’ve got a tighter knit top on and it’s not happening.


Kirsten • December 14, 2005 at 11:01 am

In the bathroom. It did occur to me to wonder what you were wearing when this happened…


Heidi • July 2, 2008 at 1:07 am

I know you probably get a lot of weird comments from bazillions of people who’ve lost a bunch of weight saying they totally understand and you’re just like them, but I’m telling you, reading your blog is eerie. Just add me to the list of weirdos.

The arm slapping thing is not just the hanging arm skin–for me, it’s a combination of the hanging arm skin but, even more importantly, floppy skin on my chest wall to the sides of the girls.

I definitely think I’ll want a tummy tuck some day if I ever get down to half of me, like you did, but first I want to get rid of the floppy, slapping chest skin. (I don’t think it will happen with the arm skin alone.)

Thanks for writing this blog. I just discovered it and am waiting UPS to bring your book. I started at 385.5. Now I’m at 269. I’ve been beginning to think I can’t lose more than I have. You’re living proof that it can be done.


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