I know i mentioned a while back that i wanted to discipline myself to exercise regularly and work really hard on toning this tummy.
well, i am happy to report that i have been exercising consistently. I actually miss it when i don’t do it. i know, weird, huh?
anyway, i am thankful that the Lord has helped me to discipline myself in this area.
however, i am a bit bummed that this tummy of mine hasn’t gotten much smaller since i started exercising regualrly. 😦
i am only 9 pounds away from what i weighed 13 years ago when i first got married, so i’m pretty sure that this tummy is just weak abdominal muscles from having my kids.
and it’s disappointing to work so hard to tone it up and not be able to see results.
as a matter of fact, if i’m not careful, i can easily make an idol out of wanting a flat tummy. okay, maybe not a flat tummy, but a tiny tummy. a tummy at least 1/2 the size of mine.
i have come across a work out that was put together by a gal who specializes in helping women reconstruct their abs after having babies.
i’ve emailed this gal (who gets great reviews by the way…and no, it’s not jillian michaels. she scares me.) and when i explained my tummy and the fact that i had 4 of my kids in under 6 years, she told me that it was not uncommon for my abs to be lax and that it would indeed take some time to see a difference with regular exercise.
she also has a before and after picture of a gal on her website who had a tummy just like mine(i saw the pictures and i couldn’t believe it) and this lady said that after doing this workout routine for 3 months her abs went almost flat. she lost inches off of her tummy and went down a couple of sizes.
so i’m encouraged by seeing someone who’s been in my situation and seeing that there is hope for a smaller tummy someday.
and in the meantime, i am working on not wanting the smaller tummy more than i want to honor God. i am thankful that i have a healthy body and that i was able to lose almost 40 pounds in the past year and a half. that’s no small thing and i need to keep reminding myself of that.