Better late than never, right?
If you want to read the first four posts in the series you can find them here:
The First Post
My Tummy History
The Beginning of My Diastasis Journey
A Four Week Update
I finished the Tummy Team program on March 20th. It has taken me a while because I am still putting the pieces of the puzzle together and figuring some things out. I didn’t want to give an update until I had thought a few things out. Our bodies are fascinating to learn about and we could spend a lifetime learning how it works! God is truly a marvelous Designer!
During the last four weeks of the program, I learned some great stretches. I found out that I was holding A LOT of tension in my shoulders and my pecs were super tight from nursing four babies. My pecs were pulling my shoulders forward making it nearly impossible to not be hunched over. It was wonderful to learn ways to stretch that tension out and be FREED from it!
My diastasis went from a 5-4- too shallow to tell on the bottom to a 3-2-still not sure during the last few weeks. I started to wean from my splint. It was a relief not to be wearing it so much. Even though my diastasis closed moreI didn’t see much change in my measurements after I started weaning from the splint. My measurements when I started the program were:
Waist: 33.5 inches
Belly Button:36.5 inches
By week 4 they were:
Waist: 32 inches
Belly Button: 34.5 inches
My end measurements were:
Waist 32 inches
Belly Button: 34 inches
As you can see the last four weeks didn’t show as much dramatic inches lost. I think those last weeks my belly was adjusting to not wearing a splint. I also think I may have weaned off the splint a little too quickly. ( Can anyone say FREEDOM?) But I still closed up some more of my gap! Yeah! Some of the other improvements I have seen are MUCH better posture, my core activating on its own without me telling it to, my bra band size went down, less bloating, and I am fitting into a smaller pants size.
One of the things I like about the program is that you can continue to progress after the program is over. You are given all the tools you need to succeed. If you have questions, you still have access to the Facebook group even after your access to the program is over. Also, make sure you don’t wait until the last day to go over your videos again. You can’t access it on the last day. I made the mistake of waiting and missed out. Thankfully, I have my folder of information I printed out. A recent ( good) change in the program is that you get 10 weeks access now instead of 9! I could have used the extra week!
My photo for the end…which looks pretty much like the week four picture. I am happy that I have maintained my progress! For my previous progress pictures you can go HERE and HERE.
My gap is not closed yet, and may never be. That is fine with me. I know I still have some progress to make, but I have come farther than I ever expected to come. I have come out stronger and much more knowledgeable in how to care for my body. I am so thankful for Kelly Dean for her wonderful program!
The first picture is about 3 months post-partum, the second is 3months after starting Fit2Be ( diastasis friendly exercises, great program, but not rehab), the third is in January of this year at before starting the Tummy Team Rehab, the fourth is 4 weeks into the program, and the last is this morning- 8 weeks after ending the program. Besides the obvious tummy changes, I noticed that my back is more curved and my tail tucks under less. Sorry about all the wild lounge pants pictures that you have been exposed, too!. Stripes, plaids, polka dots, oh my!
If you are interested in the program, the Tummy Team is having a Mother’s Day sale on the programs, splints, and Skype sessions! Use the code WELOVEMOMS2014 to get 30% off. It ends on Mother’s Day so be quick!
Fit2Be is also having a sale for Mother’s Dy. You can get 50% off a year’s membership with the code mothersday.