I have the c section shelf (so gross) plus a tummy pouch for a repulsive ripple effect. As the first phase in Operation MILF, I decided to do the 30 Day Abs Challenge.
My core muscles have always been strong and my stomach has (almost) always been flat. During pregnancy and my c section, abdominal muscles were separated from their homes so to speak. In fact, post-op you cannot use your ab muscles at all (and you discover how much you need them!). I know rebuilding these muscles will help me achieve my shelf-free objective. I did not anticipate how much strength I lost in those muscles! This morning I did day one and was thinking 'wow, this is going to be so easy - guess I will do it a few times'. 10 situps, 5 crunches, 5 leg raises and a 10 second plank. Please. That is not an ab workout, that's an easy set.
It was not easy. It was the most challenging one of my life.
It became apparent there is still a lot of healing going on in my abs - and I'm kind of questioning if I will be able to complete this 30 day challenge. But at the same time, letting those muscles atrophy further will not solution anything. So I'm going to see how far I can go, and if it becomes genuinely painful I will certainly stop.
I will check back in next week with an update!