Flat tummy

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I am the mother of two kids...the last one birthed 5 1/2 years ago. They are wonderful little beings that are a source of incredible joy. Bringing them into the world was quite the experience. It left me in awe of what my body is capable of.


(you know what's coming, huh?!)

Pregnancy also left me with a strangely misshapen and flabby tummy.

For the first two years I didn't care AT ALL. I was too tired and distracted by how huge my boobs were from breastfeeding. (p.s. They do not stay huge. My husband still mourns this.)

When my youngest was 3ish I started trying flatten my tummy. I missed it. It had always looked so snazzy in jeans and downright lovely in a swimming suit. I wanted to never, ever, ever, wear spanx again. (C'mon...what postpartum mom hasn't squeezed into those torture devices in hopes of regaining what was lost for the bargin price of $29.95?!)

I tried all sorts of flattening methods. Crunches (countless kinds in crazy positions), cardio (so much running!), P90x (the thought of ab ripper X still brings tears to my eyes), adult gymnastics (ever seen a gymnast with a flabby middle?), and triathlon training (when I realized running alone wasn't cutting it).

It never flattened. I finally let the dream go and set my eyes on being healthy...calling my squishy middle a small price to pay for my two little miracles.

Imagine my surprise this morning when I noticed in the mirror....A FLAT TUMMY!


My husband confirmed I was not hallucinating (though he did not appreciate being woke up to render an opinion on my midsection).

Apparently all my crunches, running, P90x'ing, attempts at gymnastics, and tri training had done their job!

It was just hidden under a bunch of extra calories (about 10lbs worth) nicely stashed in my lower abdomen.

Who knew?

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  • CATHRINE2010
    So funny! I have heard all the excuses as to why the tummy never goes away. I knew they were wrong! Hard Work,Dedication=Results. You did it ! Congratulations! Order that new suit,your gonna rock it! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2643 days ago
    Uh I still have some what of the POUCH. This is a result of my two c-section deliveries. So I have a nice flat mid section middle area, but below that- NOPE. Feel like that NEVER is leaving- and I am with an 8 yr old and 6 yr old. I too need to drop about 10. People say less- its due to me being tall- 5'8 so I guess I hide it well. I am 160- I would LOVE to be 150 or really ideal 145. So here I am - at it yet again. We shall see if this set of training sessions and continued diet tracking get me there.
    2646 days ago
    You have confirmed what I have been reading over the past few weeks in various places. That most people do have nice abs, especially those exercising, but they are hidden under fat. A personal trainer used to tell me that you have to burn the fat first and then you will find the muscle. Congrats. I am a mother of five 21-6 and have lost 20 lbs. I am three pounds away from my goal, but I still have a small roll through the midsection. Most likely I will have to go a bit below my goal and continue to use resistance to build muscle weight to go up. I think your story is a good testimony for moms. Keep going, burn that fat, watch those calories and don't give up. It is possible. emoticon
    2646 days ago

    Great Find! And so true!
    2646 days ago
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