7 Minutes Flat

At least, that’s a goal that most of us share (especially after popping out a couple of kids).  One of the sexiest things to me is a flat, washboard stomach.  Now, I will admit that I absolutely hate exercise.  It’s not that I’m lazy…far from it.  I’ve always been active. Loved sports, climbing trees and riding my bike when I was younger.  I’m very active at work, and with young children I get more than my share of a great workout.  What I can’t stand is working out at the gym.  I’ve wasted money on two memberships in the past, and I’ve learned that I do not have the inclination or discipline to leave my house just to go to the gym.  I’m at my best when playing a sport, game or doing something that is physically challenging.  In other words, my mind has to be occupied with more than just how many reps I’m doing.  To all those out there who are gym bunnies, you truly have my respect, because I can’t stick it out.  A couple of summers ago, I decided to tackle my stomach.  Before kids, it was flat and firm.  After my last child, it eventually flattened out (somewhat), but there was a roll (small one) and my stomach itself needed toning.  It was soft and pudgy and when I poked it with my finger, it would sink all the way in as if I were made of Pillsbury dough just like our little friend on the commercial.  I decided to find an exercise regimen to help with this concern of mine.  At the time I had Exercise TV on demand, so it was easy to browse through what they had to find something for the stomach area.  What I found was 7 Minute Abs.  It seemed perfect, because I didn’t have the discipline for something long, but I felt confident that I could do 7 minutes every other day.

It hurt like hell.

I didn’t know 7 minutes was all it took to bring me to the point of nearly passing out.  My stomach remained on fire for days, but I kept with it and did the routine all summer.  By six weeks my tummy was almost as flat as before I had kids, and I had faint definition lines.   I  put a close friend on to the routine and she adopted my schedule, soon to discover similar results to mine several weeks later.  My stomach went from pudgy to firm.  When I poke it with my finger, the muscle does not cave in. My finger bounces back.  I still use the program on occasion, and haven’t found anything better.  I recommend watching it through one time before starting.  That way you have an idea of the sequence of movements.  Also, a yoga mat is definitely helpful.