The other day, we ran a pilot for Isis Abs– a new class here at Isis — and of course, I attended. If you read my last blog, you know that ever since birthing my twins last fall, I have had a hate-hate relationship with my mid-section. Not that I was particularly fond of it before…but I had made peace with my body after my first pregnancy 7 years ago. I was always striving to live a healthier lifestyle, but appreciated that the changes in my body were for a good cause.
I recently heard a mom describe her abs as pudding, and upon examination of my own, I decided that the term was more than appropriate. And while I think most people are partial to pudding, I’ve never once thought of it as something I’d want associated with my belly.
The woman who created our Isis Abs class, Sara Knight, explained to me how it is not fat I’m dealing with (at least not all fat!), the real issue is diastisis recti, a separation of the abdominal muscles. I won’t go into detail because Sara blogged about this last month, but I actually found this comforting. I know how difficult it can be to deal with fat cells – exercising the abs, while certainly challenging, feels much more doable and enjoyable to me.
So I went to the class. I learned that sit-ups are absolutely the wrong thing to do to deal with this problem – which was important to know because isn’t that what most of us think to do when we’re trying to work on the stomach area? I learned about holding the muscles appropriately while doing focused exercises specific to the momma tummy issue. I learned how to breathe correctly. And, I’ll tell you – I felt it! Not pain so much as that feeling you get when you know what you’ve been doing is effective.
The twins are now mobile, so sadly they won’t be able to join me, but I’ll be in class each week. I’m absolutely motivated knowing that there are many things I can do to work on my core. And the great thing is, I get a workout for other parts of my body that were affected by pregnancy as well.
I’m not looking to trade in my pudding for a six-pack. Strong, healthy….jiggle-free. That’s all I ask for!Becky Morgan Wellness Program Lead, Certified Massage Therapist and mom of 3