As part of my year of 30 day challenges, I’m doing a 30 day abs challenge for September.
Once upon a time I had a lovely shapely waist and flat stomach. After pregnancy and an emergency caesarean (and probably being over 40 doesn’t help!), I now put on weight on my stomach, and find it hard to shift.
Despite having lost 2.5 stones through slimming world, and about 8 inches from my stomach (I measure straight around where my belly button is), my stomach is still far from flat, and though I’m not interested in getting washboard abs, I would like it to be a bit flatter. I like my curves, and I love a fitted dress, and they look so much nicer if your stomach isn’t sticking out. And it will mean I don’t have to dig out the Spanx when I want to wear a clinging dress!
I love Pinterest for finding fitness stuff, and checked out quite a few 30 day ab challenges. Some are completely hardcore, and I chose one that I thought was achievable (lesson learnt from the failed 30 day plank challenge).
I chose this challenge from blogilates. It builds nicely from a relatively easy start, and is definitely doable in less than 10 minutes (I do fitness stuff in my bedroom when my daughter is in the bath in the evening – it’s a habit I got into when I was doing the 21 day arms challenge, and I find it works really well). I downloaded and printed the picture, and the blog post has clear instructions how to do the exercises.
So (deep breath), here are some before pictures..
And ta da… Here I am 30 days later. I have been continuing on my Slimming World quest, so have lost about half a stone too (I’m a believer in the saying that a six pack starts in the kitchen not the gym!):
It’s definitely not a six pack, but my stomach feels much firmer and feels more ‘pulled in’. It’s not just the fat loss (though that of course helps), I can definitely see it is more defined, and feels less jiggly!!
Here is a side by side comparison.
Now November is all about the butt…!