Friday, July 15, 2011
My Abs Are Getting Stronger!
This week was the hardest so far! Monday I completed all of the head lifts and most of the seated exercises and my body was so sore that I didn't do any of the exercises on Tuesday. On Wednesday I did all of the seated exercises and one set of the head lifts. Thursday, I did everything(30 head lifts 3x + 10 sets of 100 seated contractions) and was sore but not as much as Monday. Today I am going to do all of the seated exercises and tomorrow I will try to add in the head lifts again.
From now on I'm going to use the checklist as a tool to help me achieve the goal of more exercise by the end of the week instead of pushing myself to do everything by Monday or Tuesday which makes me too sore to do anything the next day. It's strange but my chest(sternum area) gets sore from the exercises also. I was having lots of hip pain last week but that has been much better this week. It's amazing how much the ab muscles affect the rest of the body!
It is becoming easier to hold my muscles in when I do something which requires them. I'm still being careful about what I do each day. I try not to bend down to pick things up often. I'm getting better at directing the children to pick up after themselves and help me when I need it.
My husband says my tummy is less mushy and feels like there is some muscle in there now. I don't think I've lost any girth. (My measuring tape is missing so I don't know for sure.) I took photos this week but I can't tell that I've made any visual progress since I started. I do feel much stronger and like my abs are taking back some of the work they should be doing from my back. My midsection feels more pulled together and I have hope that I will see some improvement soon to match the improvement I feel.
Amy at Raising Arrows was my inspiration to get back to working on my abs. She wrote post full of great tips this week. She has also set up a support forum which you can find at the beginning of her tips post.
Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion.
Previous posts on this topic:
My tummy problem
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