This post should be dated February 20, 2014. That's when it was written, but I really thought I was going to come and polish it up....complete it, add more.... I didn't, so here it is. I actually haven't blogged because I knew I needed to come and finish this post before posting more...haha. How's that for champion procrastination!
So, here it is... The post that hasn't changed since I first typed it, but took two and a half months to publish.
So, pretty much like everything in my life, I'm an awesome starter. I'm also a terrible finisher. I'm all in, but then fizzle out quickly. This course was different. It was so easy to do the things I needed to do, and as I found out, even I couldn't totally mess it up, but I still did a pretty good job trying.
Honestly, I had trouble in the first two weeks getting all those checks where they were supposed to be, but then the third week came, and the third week I felt like it all came together and it rocked. I could do my holds standing up while cooking at the stove, or while brushing my teeth or whatever. Honestly, I'd already been doing that because I really couldn't find enough times a day to sit in a chair for even 30 seconds and do them properly in the first two weeks. I didn't know what was coming in week 3, and I was already feeling like a bit of a failure, so when I watched those videos and heard the new weeks plan I was so happy!
I know that sounds crazy, that I couldn't find 30 seconds to sit down. I could find 30 seconds to sit down, I sit down all the time, but I couldn't find 30 seconds to sit down without someone trying to climb on me, or some other disturbance. Basically, with three kids aged 3, 1 and less than one, if I'm sitting, someone immediately runs over to climb on. A few times a day, sure, I can get that time to myself, but not more than a few.
Edit: Updated May 10th. I swear..there was more to this post... MORE... where did it go... not a clue.
Anyways, if I had published my whole post, I would have said that while I was a partial failure...iit turns out I wasn't. Yep, that's right. I took about 2 weeks off in the middle, days and days went by as I tried to find the time to catch up. All I did was my transverse holds and squeezes and worked on trying to move right during the days. I was SURE I had totally failed the course and that I was so so far behind and this was yet another thing that I didn't finish properly (I have a way with not finishing....) but as it turns out, when I finally got over my dread and just watched the videos, I had already naturally started doing the next things in progression. WHAT!??! Not failure? Sweet! I was behind on stretching, and I was behind on some of the learning, but I had not lost my progress, and I could just pick up, and keep moving. PHEW!
So now, that's where I'm still at. Is my diastasis totally closed? Nope. Do I look better? Yep! Do I feel better? SO MUCH BETTER!!!! I think my biggest change in physical appearance was in the first few weeks. I didn't change much in how I looked after that, but I did keep changing in how I felt. I kept feeling stronger and stronger. My back is SO MUCH BETTER!!! It's an amazing difference.
Kelly said at some point, either in the course or in the forum, that there are certain times of the month for us women, that we're more likely to have the back problems, if we have them, and I've absolutely experienced this. I am still having a few days every month when my back aches, and I'm quite sure at any moment that I'm going to be turned into a pretzel, but, so far, with the stretching I've learned I've been able to keep it from clicking into the "bad!" position. It's not a fun few days, but it's so much better than it used to be when I would end up locked into some contorted position unable to stand upright and in pain for a week.
I still have a tummy....I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I'm down 31 pounds, and I'm still working on the things I learned in the Core Foundations course (somedays more than others) and I'm still trying to remember to stretch. I think it will be a long process for me, but that's OK, because I have already changed so much, that even if I never progress further than this, life for me now physically, is so much easier than before.