It's a Twinderful Life

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Conquering the bat wing.

on August 4, 2012

Welcome to Saturday. I hope that you all had a fantastic week. We’ve had quite a productive Saturday so far – it’s only 1 PM and we’ve already met with our Realtor to officially list our condo! Woohoo! Now we just have a few odds and ends to take care of around here so that we can take some pics to add to our listing (which I will also put here). We’ve also been squishing our pups and treating a rib of mine that popped out of place in my sleep the night before last. “How the heck did that happen?” you may be wondering. You’re guess is as good as mine.  Apparently I like to do all sorts of crazy sweet dance moves in my sleep. Let’s just say that it’s pretty tender.


My little Saturday morning cuddle bug – Sparky.


A popped out rib’s best friends.

But enough about that. Let me tell about the fun I’ve been having at work. First, allow me to introduce you to my one of my coworkers and his “helpers.” Seriously, he was trying to work on a project and we decided that we would send in more resources to help, hence the “helpers.” Cracks me up.

On Tuesday my coworkers and I were all chatting about health and food and exercise programs when an amazing thought entered my mind – we should have a “conquering the bat wing” contest. And no, we’re not talking about kidnapping a bat and doing something to their wing. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what constitutes a “bat wing,” allow me to illustrate:


Yes, I love you so much I’m sharing one of my least flattering body parts to you.

Notice how the extra skin and fat located under the arm just kind of hangs there. If I were to wave my arm or write on a chalkboard, it would flap (hence the “wing”). I’m still not quite sure where the “bat” in the whole “bat wing” terminology came from…perhaps Bre can comment below since I first heard the term from her. This phenomenon may also be referred to as a “jello arm” or, in Utah, many know it as the “Relief Society arm.” Suffice it to say that it is not a necessarily desirably trait.

So, my team and I have decided to get rid of our bat wings (although I must admit that since I’m the only woman on the team this is going to be harder for me to get rid of then he rest of them since I’m not sure that what they have really qualifies as a “bat wing” in the first place):



See what I mean?

For the rest of the world that doesn’t know what a “bat wing” is we’re calling the contest a “Biggest Loser” contest. I think most people know what the Biggest Loser is. Basically, whoever loses the highest percentage of their body weight wins. We started on Wednesday and the last weigh in day will be on Halloween, and I am looking forward to it! We weigh in every Wednesday. Most of us are shooting to loose those last 20 lbs. that are gently padding our beach body physiques underneath (or at least we hope so) so it should be pretty fair. In our experience, it’s so much easier to reach weight loss goals when you are working with a group of peers who will keep you accountable, so I’m predicting MAJOR success. We’re all using different strategies to accomplish this. A couple are going to follow the P90X program, some are counting calories, and others are exercising more. As for me, I’m going to cut back on my grains again to 3 servings/week and work out more consistently. Bre and I did this last Fall and it worked like a charm!

So, here’s the challenge – join us! We’d love to have you hop on our “trying to be more healthy” train. If you want, you can even e-mail me your results every Wednesday to stay accountable. You could take a “before” pic now and an “after” pic on Halloween and post them here in the comments. We would love to see them! I’ll send updates every now and again.

In the end, I’m looking forward to taking updated pics of the arms above, and, hopefully, there’ll be no “bat wings” to be found.

Have a fantastic weekend!


3 responses to “Conquering the bat wing.

  1. Josh Bulloc says:

    I love this, I am going to share this on my facebook page for fun at work. Keep it up.

  2. Cathy says:

    I am going to cheer you on girlfriend!….I shall indeed be getting rid of a few extra love handles or wings whatever you want to call them!:)

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