Tummy Talk 3: The Education

Check out my other posts on this subject!

Tummy Talk Part 1

Tummy Talk Part 2: A Little History

In my previous Tummy Post, I mentioned starting a free one month sample of a fitness program. That program was just the boost I needed after reading Julie Tupler’s book “Lose Your Mummy Tummy”. The book was good but it was less personal and lacked variety. I didn’t have the focus to keep up with it. The new fitness program I started was Fit2B and it would change my world one day at a time!

I was surprised by how much I liked the videos. This was not a “feel the burn and then quit ’cause it hurts too much” type of program.  The videos start out gentle and encouraging. I could work at my own pace and choose the length. I could pause them if my children needed me. I WANTED to do them, because it felt like I was doing them with a friend! I could see slow, steady progress. There are even stretches and relaxation videos for a hard day. By the end of the first month, I had been doing 3-4 videos a week and had lost 1.5″ off my waist. Talk about encouraging!

The program, Fit2B, is run by Beth Learn with some videos done by Kelly Dean of The Tummy Team. Fit2B has a great facebook forum where Beth answers questions and the ladies are the nicest group of ladies EVER. Over the past year I have been doing the videos I have thoroughly enjoyed them! I have fallen off the wagon some months (maybe quite a few ;) ) and have been more consistent in others. Some months I only worked out twice and others I may have made it close to twenty videos! I have lost three inches and closed my diastasis by four to six fingers! I also learned A LOT about proper posture and alignment. I started out with a 10-10-10 diastasis with some areas being stronger and shallower than others and some being deeper.  That spot on my belly that looks “unzipped” is the widest part of my diastasis. Last I check my diastasis is a 6-5-4. Fit2B offers some sample videos you should definitely check out if you are interested! It also offers challenging videos for the non-decrepit.

Now to answer a question you have probably been asking is ” What IS a diastasis? Diastasis Recti is the separation of your outer abdominal muscles. These are the muscles that support your back and organs. When this separates ,it stretches the connective tissue underneath and leaves it thin. This means your organs are all hanging out in front and not high and tight inside. This could cause some problems! It can cause back problems, hernias, pelvic floor issues, lack of bladder control, sciatic pain,pregnancy discomfort, and a host of other issues. It is caused by outward pressure on the muscles. Things that can contribute to it are pregnancy, hard pushing in labor, c-sections, crunches, sit-ups, bloating, and/or poor posture.
As for me, I have struggled with pregnancy pain in the past, occasional sciatica, fatigue (yes, I have more energy now!), my back went “out” about 1-2x a year, my former “innie” belly button was an “outie”, bloating, and had a bulging belly that made it hard to find clothes that fit. Some of these things I have made progress with in my year with Fit2B and others I haven’t.
Since I started out with such a large separation and am still considered a large separation even with my good progress, I decided I needed to bring out the big guns- abdominal rehab. Fit2B works with and highly recommends Kelly Dean of The Tummy Team. She has an online program ( and a “real life” clinic)that works specifically on diastasis rehab- something I desperately need! I bit the bullet and signed up in January and started rehab online on January 23rd.

I will leave you with pictures of my progress with Fit2B. The next posts will be about my experiences with The Tummy Team.

From the Front

From the Side

The first picture was taken AFTER I had already lost 1.5″. It is 3 months postpartum. Scary, huh?

To be continued…

Tummy Talk part 4: Halfway Through

 

*Note: There are some affiliate links in this post.  I wouldn’t recommend either program if I hadn’t fallen totally in love with them myself!

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5 Responses to Tummy Talk 3: The Education

  1. Norah Fries says:

    Thanks for sharing about this! I’ve had my eye on Fit2B but we don’t have Wifi so I keep putting it off. Do you know of any DVDs?

    • Brooke says:

      You can get Fit2B through Roku which I believe you use with a TV and is fairly reasonably priced. They don’t have any DVD’s, but I think Beth might be working on having some available soon. I hope that helps!

  2. Debbie says:

    Brooke! Look at your progress! Your photos are amazing! I wish I’d taken photos the way that you have. I only have bare belly pics, and clothes pics that don’t show very well. Yours are perfect. (no way my bare belly is going online!)

    • Brooke says:

      I have bare belly pictures just for me to see that part of my progress. Most of my friends who read this probably don’t want to see my train wreck of a belly! My cami does a great job of showing the progress without being too revealing. :)

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