So, how am I a fake, you ask? Because we had to time the picture to ensure that I was holding my stomach in when he took the shot! My abs certainly don't look very tight on the picture but they are even looser than they appear. My core is not where it should be. Shame on me! I am now running and I have been doing other strength training classes (shout out to Charles Shepard of Body By Nature Fitness (www.bodybynaturefitness.com) for his awesome kettle bell classes!). I have even met with a nutritionist to alter my diet. But I look light a scoop of chocolate ice cream over a cone when I let my stomach roam free.
Okay, what's the deal? Why do I have a pooch in the middle? Lack of consistency and discipline, that's the deal. I haven't met a cheeseburger that I haven't liked. And I haven't met a couch that hasn't invited me to the intimate experience of sitting with it, laying on it and taking a nap. Let me tell you, though. Nothing is more humbling than a photograph. They don't lie unless they are retouched! And the photo (and the story behind it) remind me that I need to make some serious changes and to get my butt in gear!
And I'm not by myself with this! I recently took a picture of Mike laying out in our backyard and he was shocked to see that his midsection wasn't as tight as he desired. So we WILL be doing a challenge soon! Stay tuned! I'll provide the details of it! We will no longer be the chocolate and regular flavored Teddy Graham couple!
There's more to having a strong core than vanity. I have learned that it's crucial for healthy activities - including running! It helps to improve your running posture and speed. A strong core also increases stabilization in the torso. I find that the longer I run, the more I lose my form because of fatigue. A strong core will help me maintain a strong form so that I can avoid injuries.
So, no more faking! I've faced the facts. Time to get my core strong and stable....FOR REAL!