I lost 0" from my belly measurement.
I've been wearing the tummy splint 24 hours per day since last Sunday. The first few days of wearing it all day were frustrating. My muscles hurt, my tummy was slightly unsettled in the evenings after eating, and I was very grumpy. I tried to take it easy with lots of rest and alone time. My upper back feels tired most evenings and my tummy muscles hurt off and on throughout the day. But it is getting easier each day!
|Yep, they were worth it!|
I have a hard time holding my tummy muscles in with and without the splint. I need to work on being more aware of my movements and holding my tummy in when I use those muscles. When I have the splint on it feels like I'm using my muscles differently. I feel like I'm using my tummy and back muscles together when I bend instead of just my back. No wonder I've had back pain. I think my back has been doing most of the work while my abs have been on vacation for the last few years.
I also had a pain in the back of my right hip off and on the first few days but now I have less lower back and hip pain than I've had in a very long time. The back of the splint is structured and must work almost as a back brace. When I'm not wearing the splint(shower) I automatically hold my tummy in whereas before I did not.
|Woody is demonstrating how my tummy felt this week.|
I may have to review the DVD this weekend and make sure I'm wearing the splint correctly. I also want to review the section on using my tummy without making the diastasis worse. I want to pick up a few more pillows to keep on the chairs I use often so I don't sit with my back at an angle and cause pressure on the front of my tummy. I also sleep on my tummy at night and that probably isn't good for the separation. I'm trying to prop myself up on my side with pillows instead of being flat on my stomach.
This morning after I measured and found out I hadn't shrunk at all I worked really hard at pulling in my stomach when I did my exercises and realized that I have been slacking off. I am motivated to work even harder this week so I can see some results next week. I do think the top of my abs have gone in a little. I noticed that I can pull them in more than before I started and the tape measure went around that spot easier than last week.
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So that's it. No results for almost a week's worth of hard work. I will admit I did not work to my max on the exercises every time I did them and I wore the splint loosely the first few days. I will make this next week count!