*I first need to note that I am not selling either of these products. I am simply sharing what I worked for me in case there is someone reading this feeling completely hopeless that they will ever find anything that can help them get to where they want to be physically*
Since my last post, I have (somewhat) successfully completed two programs.
The first one was the Mutu System. This was a 12 week program that is designed to correct diastasis recti. In short, diastasis recti is a condition where your abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy, and cause your core to weaken, among other problems.
After having my second child I had a gap above my belly button three finger widths apart, and a gap at my belly button four finger widths apart. My core was so weak it was hard to sit up from a lying position. I had constant back pain. I had a stomach bulge that would not go away.
I completed 8 weeks of the 12 week system, and still do some of the exercises on a regular basis. At the end of the 8 weeks my gaps had gone down to 1 finger width apart above my belly button, and 1.5 finger widths apart at my belly button. This was four weeks ago. Today, I am half a finger width above my belly button, and 1 finger width at my belly button.
This program made all the difference. It taught me the proper exercises to restore your core. It was gentle and relaxing. If you are suffering from this after having babies, I would highly recommend it. I found mine on Amazon, but it can also be purchased directly from the website.
The second program I have completed is the 21 Day Fix. I will fully admit that when hearing about this I thought it was just anoher gimmick. Another get thin quick thing. I was wrong. I absolutely love this program, and have started my second round of it, with no intention of ever stopping.
The workouts are 30 minutes long, and, really, who doesn’t have 30 minutes? Even if you are a working mom with two kids, there is always an opportunity to squeeze in a 30 minute workout. There is a different workout for each day, which keeps it interesting, and kept me from getting bored and quitting.
Beyond the workouts though, is the meal plan. This was, and still is, my biggest struggle. How do you know what to eat, and how much to eat, and how much of what to eat? This program breaks it all down for you. It seriously couldn’t be easier! When I first got my containers in the mail I thought “Oh my goodness, I am going to starve”. Wrong. Most of the time I can’t eat all of the food. I didn’t follow it to a T, because, life. In real life there are going to be birthday parties, and cake, and holidays, and picnics. And to me, that’s okay. We are all going to indulge here and there. But what this program taught me is that you don’t need to indulge every day at every meal.
I can honestly say that I have never felt so good. Yes, I have lost weight, and inches. And yes, that is definitely a plus. Beyond that, though, I have gained muscle, and strength. I have more energy. Yesterday my (almost) three year old said “We need to exercise to feel good!” and my one year old was trying to do squats with me. If you haven’t seen a one year old try to do squats, I highly recommend it. So, I’m doing it. I am showing my children what it is to live a healthy lifestyle. I’m making time for me and my health. And let me tell you, if I can do it, anybody can!