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I am a mother in my 30's with three children (within 3 1/2yrs of each other). My 'baby' is now 4yrs old and I am SICK of looking pregnant!
I have not read the book, but am posting about the video and splint here because I wish I had this information when I was reading the book reviews--please forgive the switch up-I hope it's helpful.
I read reviews on the "Lose Your Mummy Tummy" book a few different times in trying to find an answer for my diastasis. Each time I was turned off by the negative reviews and the people saying the program was no more than sucking your tummy in several times a day. I did that (sucked my tummy in, a lot) didn't work. And for new mothers, which I am not.
Everywhere else I turned it seemed it was absolute that there was no way to correct separated stomach muscles other than surgery, period, end of the line.
I went for two tummy tuck consultations over 2yrs and though I was really tempted I ended up deciding it wasn't worth the huge cost, the unsure outcome (may not be able to wear a bikini anyhow--scar could be high or belly button unattractive), and the huge scar...plus the stigma that goes with having a tummy tuck and plastic surgery in general. I also found out that I do also in fact have an umbilical hernia. I thought that I just got stuck with an outie belly button from pregnancy. So...I decided to have that surgically repaired because there are risks that come with leaving an umbilical hernia untreated and the scar was small.
While waiting for my upcoming surgery I decided to throw caution to the wind and spend the $100 on the dvd, splint, guidebook and resistance band. Even though that is still a lot of money to me with young little girls to take care of, it's a whole lot less than a $7-8k tummy tuck. Figured winter was a great time to give it a try.
It arrived a couple weeks before my scheduled hernia surgery and I thought I would just start it before and pick it up again after.
The splint is a newer version I believe. It's good and solid. It rides up, which is annoying, but I see no way to prevent it. Your hip area is wider than your rib cage so when you sit and stand and bend and move it's gonna come up. Keep adjusting it. Over and over.
The video is very thorough. It is not meant to be the kind of video you work out with-but one to teach you the methods, lessons, and reasons to do what you need for the program to be successful. Pay attention-there is a lot of information. If you don't have the guidebook that tells you what to do each day of each week, write down what she says to do on the video. The video is long and dry--you don't want to have to watch it over and over so take good notes. Julie is not the new, fun, cheerleading type personality that we have come to expect with a lot of work out videos. She is serious and to the point. Not great for entertainment value but important.
People complain about the amount of exercises you have to do. It seems like a lot on paper, but it's not that much really-they don't take that long. I do morning ones on the drive to work, my mid-day ones when I'm sitting in the office, and my evening ones on the car ride home. They aren't easy and you have to focus on breathing and doing them right-difficult at first--but gets easier.
As far as people saying it's ridiculous and too restrictive--ie- you have to get out of bed certain ways, can't be in certain positions, and be cautious about your day to day activities, I understand-but, that's the way it is. Sorry. Yes-you can ignore what Julie says--but you aren't going to get good results--she tells you these things because they are important. Not much worth having comes easy and I am taking this seriously. If 18 weeks of repetitive exercises and body awareness gets me my flat tummy back I am in!
That said, I mess up, I get up wrong when I'm in a hurry and am sure do a few other careless things...so far I see no set backs and continue to train myself to do things the 'right way'.
I think we also have to accept that sometimes programs just aren't gonna be a ton of fun.
So, on to how it's going so far.
I am AMAZED at how quickly I have seen results! AMAZED!!!
The first day after wearing the splint my tummy was much smaller and my hernia was fading (completely unexpected).
Day two I measured 3 inches smaller around the middle total (top, middle, bottom)!!!!! 3 inches--I am not kidding you! AND my outie was an innie!!!
Seriously, I promise! I do not know Julie and have no reason to help her career other than wanting to help other people as frustrated as me about their bodies.
Now, I know if I stopped now it'd all sag back out to where it was--but that is pretty promising stuff!
I mean, I was a runner, a Jillian Michaels 30-day shred girl, tried pilates, zumba, weighed less than I did in high school, everything and neither my belly button nor diastasis ever budged.
I have hope that this will actually work!!
I canceled my hernia surgery and am going to give it my best.
I will keep you updated down the line...I just wanted to post a little more information for people like me who have been looking for help!
ps--I think it is imperative that you have the splint btw. Yes, it's making Julie money--who expects her to do this all for free? but I think it make a HUGE difference--it reminds me to keep my tummy in during the day and is supportive (also I can't binge on food anymore because there is no room!).