Side view before and after
All these pictures show my tummy in a relaxed state. This first one is my “before” side view. I’m not pushing out or pulling in, or trying to align. I had my last child 2.5 years ago. I could do endless crunches, V-sits, plank poses, and more. My belly formed a decent six-pack when I sucked it into a deep, bracing flex, but the second I relaxed it became evident that my core had deeper issues.
My transverse abdominus and pelvic floor weren’t doing their jobs correctly. My core seemed strong, yet it was also stretched out, distended, and dysfunctional. I wasn’t managing my intra-abdominal pressure – no one had ever mentioned that word to me up until this point. Trying to always suck it in and keep my abs flexed made me “leak” more.
Now for the “before” front view:
As you look at this picture, you can see my “outie” bellybutton, proving that my connective tissue was thin, allowing my internal organs to push out on my navel. Second, notice my sides and how straight they are: not much of a curve to my waist. Third, you can’t really see the lines on either side of what used to be a lovely six-pack. I’m not saying this for vanity; I’m saying all this so you’ll see the big difference in the next photo.
Again, these pictures were taken in a relaxed state—no pushing out or pulling in. Kelly retakes them if you cheat! And I assure you, these photos have not been doctored in any way!!)
What do you see now? I see that my “outie” is now an “innie” again! I see that my side curves are back! I also see my six-pack re-emerging.
Now, I’ve never been one to flaunt my body. I film in modest attire, and I was raised in one-piece swimsuits.
It takes some courage for me to share these things.
When I started rehab, I had a three-finger split under my ribs, a 3.5-finger-deep split at my belly button, and a three-finger split above my pubic bone. I was open from top to bottom with “deep” connective tissue like cellophane; my waist measured 37″. I am now closed at the top and bottom with just a 2-finger, medium separation in the middle, and my waist is now 34″ . . .
So I lost 3 inches in six weeks without dieting, doing crunches or massive amounts of cardio.
All I did was core rehab. My lower back pain is gone. My dragon-boating is more powerful in my core. I’m not leaking anymore when I sneeze or cough (and I just had a cold, so I know!). This is the note my husband left me this morning: