Guest Post By: Lindsay Sutherland
Before I say anything more about this I want you to know that your post baby body is beautiful. It tells a story of the miracle of new life. And I’d like you to have a look at this (even if you have seen this before, it’s good to look at it again because sometimes we forget that there is more to physical beauty than what we see on TV and in magazines): http://hobbsphotography.ca/a-mothers-beauty-2017/
The reason I am on a journey to heal my diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction has more to do with function. I obviously don’t want to pee my pants every time I sneeze or jump and also, I have a not-so-great back (I have already had to have surgery on it) so I need my abs and core to be at their best to support my back. Of course I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care what my tummy looked like. But I think in my journey to heel my core, the look of my tummy will take care of itself (I’m not talking fitness model 6 pack or anything, just something that I will be confident with 😉 )
I think it is important to take a minute and think about how you view exercise. I think many people may see it as punishment for maybe enjoying too much of your favorite snacks. Or maybe some people see exercise as just something unpleasant they need to do because they know it is good for them and they just want to get it done and over with each time they hit the gym.
I think a much better way to think about exercise is to see it as a reward for your body for all the hard work it does for you (including the amazingness that is baby creation!). Exercise because you LOVE and cherish your body, not because you hate it and/or want to change the look of it.
So, on to my update on my journey!
I have finished week 2 of this program, so I’m half way through now and I do feel my core getting stronger. The program is also teaching me to think about proper alignment during the day whether I’m sitting, standing, picking up my toddler or making supper.
Again, not much of a different in the way my tummy looks, but this is all I can show you for a visual lol. PS, I’m not sucking in my tummy or flexing my abs or core or anything, I’m also not pushing out my tummy…this is just a neutral tummy posture (very technical term here lol!). These pics were all taken before a workout. I find that sometimes right after a workout your muscles are more toned looking than they usually are, and I wanted a try story of any improvement so I’m keeping things as realistic and consistent as I can.
Tips for today:
If you are embarking on a journey to heal your diastasis recti and/or pelvic floor dysfunction, think of it more as a marathon and not a sprint. It takes time to build any type of muscle in your body, your core and pelvic floor muscles are no different. Think more in terms of months rather than days or weeks when it comes to seeing a difference.
Stick with it:
The important thing is to stick with it, even if it doesn’t feel like you are doing much compared to traditional exercise programs where you sweat a bunch 🙂
Don’t check your ab gap too frequently:
Going along with my first tip (to be patient), try to resist the urge to check your gap too frequently. I try not to check mine more than once a month. Sometimes I’ll go a few months before checking it. Why? Well, to check it you need to hold a crunch position and crunches can make your gap worse. I checked my gap last month and I’ll check it again at the end of the program that I’m doing now so that I can report on any improvement that has been made as a result of the program.
Be careful with high heels:
Wearing high heels changes your alignment as you lean back to compensate for the angle that the heels put your body at. This causes increased intra abdominal pressure which you don’t want while you are trying to close your ab split. If you are like me and love to rock some 4 inch stilettos this is pretty terrible news I know! Realistically I knew I couldn’t give up high heels completely, so what I do is try to limit how often I wear them and how high the heel is. Luckily the trend right now is a low block heel which is great for so many reasons! So I have been wearing 2 inch block heels, some flats and some shoes with a 1 or 1.5 inch heel most of the time. Occasionally, for short periods of time I will rock a 3 or 3.5 inch stiletto 🙂
If you missed my first post about this, check it out here 🙂
Cheers my beautiful ladies!
**Thank you so much Lindsey For sharing more of your journey here. If anyone wants to talked to Lindsey or follow her journey as she continues to rock it out , here are her social media and blog site links again: