A couple of months ago, The Tummy Team was offering a coupon code for people who shared about their site on Facebook. I had been mulling over the idea of doing their online rehab program since I love their splint (read more about it here), and that was the push I needed to take the leap and buy the program.
I need to take a moment here to talk candidly about my diastasis, and the journey this has been. You may have seen my Diastasis Recti page here on Raising Arrows, but I haven’t updated much lately because its been too discouraging. Yes, I posted recently about how I was ready to get to cracking on it again, but frankly, those efforts (along with my weight loss efforts) have been slow. As in, so slow you can’t even tell. I had pretty much resigned myself to having the surgery to correct the gap in my belly, until I did more research and realized the surgery would be a bandaid. I would still be weak in the core and the mesh would not be a guarantee.
A few months ago, I signed up for a program called MuTu, but quickly realized there were exercises on the program that are absolutely not good for someone with a DR as large as mine. I found myself in tremendous pain (especially at night and first thing in the morning), and so I asked for my money back. (They were very gracious, and I hold no ill feelings toward the company. They have a lot of great information, and I would still recommend them for understanding alignment.)
So, I felt like I was back to square one. I couldn’t seem to be consistent with the Tupler exercises. I could never find the time once a day, let alone 3x a day to do all the exercises.
I knew about The Tummy Team, but the price tag seemed too hefty, so I ignored the online rehab, despite the fact that I loved their splints.
In one word, I felt DEFEATED.
I wish I felt comfortable showing you photos of what my belly really looks like, but I’m not. You’ve seen the non-braced photos:
You can probably imagine what my belly really looks like. Some of you probably know first hand.
And I imagine some of you feel defeated too.
When it came right down to it, I decided I would try The Tummy Team because their prices are a WHOLE LOT CHEAPER than surgery (surgery that is listed in most cases as “Cosmetic”).
So, I’m only a few days into Week 1. I am realizing this program is DIFFERENT than anything I’ve tried so far in that I feel like Kelly doesn’t just want me to heal, she believes I CAN! Her video lessons are telling me things I never knew in ways that make sense! Here are just a few of the things I am loving about this program…
- There are lesson videos that help you understand the muscle and why you lost function of it.
- She addresses how you feel about your middle.
- She expects you to be a busy mama.
- You do the exercises on YOUR time. You don’t have to carve out a ton of time.
- You keep a journal of how you are feeling and your measurements.
And the biggest thing I love about the program so far? (hold on tight…this is going to reveal something rather ugly about my character…)
She only gives you ONE WEEK AT A TIME.
I can’t skip ahead. I have to focus RIGHT WHERE I AM. I cannot look ahead and come up with excuses as to why this is too hard or try to do the hard stuff first because I think I can get further faster if I do that. Nope. I’m stuck in Week 1. And it is actually making me do a BETTER JOB of fitting the exercises in.
And I am slowly feeling LESS DEFEATED.
I realize from her discussion of how we feel about our middles that I truly am disconnected from my middle. I can put my hand to my stomach and feel nothing…except maybe disgust. The only time I feel connected there is when I am pregnant, which ironically is the only time I’m allowed to be big in the middle. I don’t use those muscles. I’ve learned to compensate and allow those muscles to atrophy.
But, now I have HOPE!
I’m praying. I’m praying hard. Please, Lord, let this be it. Let this be what keeps me from surgery. Let this be what finally strengthens me. Let this be what relieves the pain. It feels like this may be it! Please, Lord, give me the stamina to stick with it, to not sabotage myself, to see this through to the end. Amen.
And yes, I WILL keep you updated on my progress!