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Weeks 2 and 3 of 12

March 22nd I begin Week #2 of the Ab Rehab Program. The only change to my routine is that the contractions are now done from 4th to 5th Floor, instead of 3rd to 5th. This proves to be surprisingly hard- most notably I really feel an ache through my lower back at the end of the set when I take the belly breath. I am really surprised at how much more difficult it is, but at least I feel like I am really working!

I am developing 100+% more awareness within my core- I can feel the muscles as I attempt to isolate them. I feel stronger through my core!
I accidentally do this for 8 days, so I begin Week 3 a day later. I complete it 100%

March 30th I begin Week #3. Now the contractions progress to 5th to 6th. I am expecting this to be very difficult and it is! Most remarkably:
  • This is the first time I had trouble breathing. I had to stop periodically and "reset" myself by taking 2 full belly breaths.
  • My upper back begins to feel tired as I recruit the adjacent muscles to help with the exercise. I really can feel how weakened my transverse muscle is. I am optimistic about strengthening it.
  • It was very difficult to do this exercise slowly and I found myself rushing through the sets.... 
But I am DETERMINED to progress so I kept going! I complete Week #3 99%. (I think I missed 1 PM set)

I am really noticing that I am forgetting to log roll in and out of bed. With a new baby, I bolt upright during the night when I hear him in the monitor. I start to pay more attention to this.

NEXT: Week #4 knocks me on my ass!

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