Independence, January Jeans & Flabby Underarms

6th December is the Independence Day in Finland, and it’s also a holiday in Finland. It’s quiet, cold and everything is covered in snow, and there isn’t much to do except watch the Independence Day Ball that is celebrated at the President’s Castle in the evening.

And if you’re wondering about the connection between the Independence Day in Finland and flabby underarms, there is one.

You English speakers don’t seem to have a word for flabby underarms, but we Finns have one!

It’s allit (plural). Flabby underarms were named after the spouse of one of our earlier presidents, Alli Paasikivi. You can see for yourself why, if you check the picture below where she dancing at the Independence Day Ball (probably in 50’s).

So we Finns just refer to our allis when talk about our flabby underarms. I have huge ones of course. 🙂


Marion published an invitation to join the January Jeans Club on her blog and I decided to join. In order to better procrastinate on doing something else I’m supposed to do (also related to Marion), I created a badge for her club.

You can use the badge if you like it.

The club was created because, in Marion’s words:

In the past, I have gained up to 10 pounds in December, and was very(!) upset with myself by January. I looked so lumpy and had tight clothing.  Never again!

Please join me, and my lovely young daughters, J (23) and K (20) in the January Jeans Club. We are pledging to each other to eat in a way that makes us look good in our jeans in January. Our goal: Either keep our weight the same or even lose a few pounds in December.

My personal goal is to keep my weight the same during the Christmas holidays.

I don’t know if it’s going to be hard to decline from gross overeating during Christmas. I don’t much care for the traditional Finnish Christmas dishes, but there will be plenty of chocolate and other treats available. And I think part of the overeating happens just because long holidays can be so boring.

Anyway, the peak of my Christmas will be meeting my lovely little nieces.


P.S. I’ve advance in my FBB strength training program so much that I had to buy a new pair of dumbbells for myself!