The Tummy Team – A Story of Healing

The Tummy Team – A Story of Healing

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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If you can answer yes to any of these question, then you need to read on!
  • Do you exercise?
  • Do you do crunches to get rid of the belly that won’t go away?
  • Are you pregnant?
  • Have you been pregnant?
  • Do you plan on having a C-section or abdominal surgery?
  • Do you look pregnant but aren’t?
  • Do you have back or belly pain?
  • Do you sit or bend over a lot?
  • Do you accidentally wet yourself and can’t do certain activities because of it?
  • Do you have an outie for a belly button?
  • Are you a female or male? (This can affect both!)
  • Are you going to have abdominal surgery?

Even if you haven’t answered yes to any of these, yet, this is info YOU NEED TO KNOW.  Why?  Because I DID NOT KNOW this. I didn’t know the warning signs or that this was even possible.  So I continued on in my “no pain, no gain” mentality and missed what my body was trying to tell me.

I Want You to Know because I Didn’t Know

I went from a runner to a mother who could barely walk without major pain after her 4th child was born because I DIDN’T KNOW and ended up hurting myself because I DIDN’T KNOW any better.

BUT now YOU CAN KNOW! And if you are facing this now or ever do in the future,
YOU WILL KNOW where to turn to heal your body!

My Story

A few years ago all of a sudden my body was not working but I didn’t know what to do, other than exercise to try and get back into shape! And NONE of that worked.  It just kept getting worse.

The Realization of Why my Body wasn’t Working

I couldn’t figure out what in the world was going on and one day, while I was talking to my Pilates instructor, who was pre & post natal certified, She asked,

“Did your doctor mention Diastasis Recti?”  

I replied, “I’ve never even heard of that. What is it?”

She stated, “It’s when your abs muscles separate.  Go home and self test and see if you have it.”

So after self-testing, I realized that yes indeed, I had Diastasis Recti. (Watch the video below to learn how to self-test.)

They determine the level of severity based on how many fingers you can fit between your abs and how far you can push down.  Normal is 0-1 fingers, but at the time, I could fit my whole first in between my abs and push down quit a bit!


What is Diastis Recti?

It’s a separation of the abdominal muscles.

Healthy Abs vs Diastasis Recti

I was so thrilled to finally KNOW what was wrong, but now had to figure out how to fix it! I immediately called my doctor, who sent me to physical therapy without hesitation.

My first go round with physical therapy actually hurt me a little more than helped.  The second therapist I tried had helped others with Diastasis Recti, but our schedules didn’t mesh at all, so I was stuck at home trying to work on what I had gleaned from these therapists and not doing very well.


THEN, I Found the Tummy  Team!

So after becoming frustrated and not getting any better, I began researching. I found a blog post about Diastasis Recti written by a lady who was sharing her personal experience.  She had been able to retrain her muscles so that she didn’t suffer from Diastasis Recti anymore. And she did it from her very own living room with the help of The Tummy Team!  


What I love about The Tummy Team
1. My Body started to heal because of what The Tummy Team teaches!

After working with The Tummy Team’s online courses on and off for the past year and a half and using the techniques they provided, my Diastasis Recti has gone from being able to insert my entire first to only 3 fingers! But better than that my core is strong and I can do amazing things like jumping and chasing after my kids again!

I cried the first time I was able to chase my kids again.  It was such a momentous occasion.

And if I happen to do something stupid, like play Wipe Out on huge inflatables (don’t judge), then I KNOW what I need to do when I hurt myself again!


2.  For those you can’t make it into their office in Washington, they have online courses!

Being able to watch an online session at any time of day or night, was just what this busy momma of 4 who lived in Oklahoma needed.


3.  The Online Courses are Affordable!

I was amazed that an entire online course was less than what I was paying for one rehab session!


4. They teach you techniques that you can use in everyday life!

Because I had the “No pain, No Gain” mentality as an athlete, I have had the opportunity to go to rehab therapy multiple times.  What I loved about The Tummy Team’s program is that instead of just teaching you how to engage your muscles while you are laying down on the therapy table, they teach you how to engage your muscles during the course of life.

My family leads a very busy, nonstop life, so being able to take the concepts that I learned in the online course and use them while I was driving, in the shower, playing and lifting my kids, sitting on the floor and reading to them, and even while working, truly made all the difference.


5.  They explain how your body works and why engaging your core is so important.

Did you know that we were all gifted with a God-given corset?  Yes, it’s called the transverse muscles.  In fact they are the only set of muscles that wrap around your entire body.  They hold all the organs within your upper body together. So if your transverse muscles are weak, then they can no longer hold all those organs in place and now your body has to work extra hard to compensate for it and your energy is used up faster.

Then, there is your pelvic floor, which if strong and engaged, holds everything up in the body nicely by acting as the floor to the corset.

Through this program I learned that I not only had Diastisis Recti but also learned that my pelvic floor had dropped.  This is why I hurt so badly and had problems walking and running.


6.  They teach that no amount of crunches will get that belly that looks pregnant back under control.

The transverse muscles are the muscles that allow our bellies to stretch out when we are pregnant.  When these muscles become weak due to pregnancy, working out or in the normal course of moving through life, they begin to not be as tight a corset as before.  If we do exercises like crunches, we can actually make them weaker because crunches cause them to pull apart more.

Yikes!  I did so many crunches and cross training workouts when trying to get back into shape.  I KNOW now that only made my Diastasis Recti worse.  Who knew? I sure didn’t but now YOU KNOW!

The Tummy Team - Pregnant

7. They teach us how to love our bellies.

I don’t know about you but I found myself becoming very upset with how I looked.  I was frustrated that I looked 6 months pregnant when I wasn’t.  Kelly challenged me to rethink these thoughts and appreciate what my body has endured.  My body has served me well.  I have 4 beautiful children and have put it through so much in my 37 years.  If I’m going to heal my transverse abdominals then I needed to emotionally connect with them again and love my body.


8.  Last but not least, The Tummy Team “Team”- Kelly & Gillian

is led by Kelly Dean, a physical therapist specializing in the rehabilitation of the internal muscles of the abdominals and back, and Gillian, a core rehabilitation and pelvic care specialist.

These two amazing ladies have lived through this same thing, have healed their bodies and now are helping others do the same!  They understand that this is more than just physical. It is mentally and emotionally draining as well.  KNOWING this, they not only work on healing the physical side but encouraging healing on the emotional side as well.

Kelly & Gillian - The Tummy Team

Kelly pictured above & Gillian pictured below are educating women how to understand their bodies and strengthen their cores.

New Habits to Strengthen our Cores

When we, in the normal course of living, stretch the transverse muscles either through exercise, positioning our bodies incorrectly, pregnancy, etc, we have to learn new habits and ways of engaging our bodies so that they can function the way God intended. And that is exactly what The Tummy Team does!


Check out their list of online courses and see how they can help you!  Sign up below for your chance to win YOUR CHOICE of any one of these online courses.

1 person will win an online course of their choice & 3 will win a 40% discount to any one of the courses!  How awesome is that?

The Tummy Team – Online Course of Your Choice Giveaway

Online Courses

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Core Foundations is designed for anyone with core weakness, low back pain, diastasis recti, pelvic floor weakness or just a poorly functioning core. Core Foundations builds the foundational strength of the internal corset muscles and gradually integrates that essential strength into your everyday life.

This program is also our recommended program for women recovering from birth.

Core Integrations Online Course

Core Integrations is the next step of your rehab journey. When you have restored your core and are ready to challenge those muscles in a new way, this program takes the foundational core strength you learned to the next level.

The prerequisite for this program is either personal clinic work with The Tummy Team, Core Foundations or Prenatal Core Training.


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Prenatal Core Training is designed to help expecting women prepare their abdominal wall and pelvic floor for pregnancy, labor, delivery and birth recovery. The Prenatal Core Training Online Program will systematically and safely help you rebuild the internal core muscles and then effectively prepare the pelvic floor for delivery.

This is a perfect program for any expecting mom and is especially popular with women who had difficult previous deliveries, c-sections or excessive tearing and want a better experience. This program is also very helpful for women who have a diastasis and are now pregnant and do not want the separation to become worse.

Prenatal Crash Course

The Prenatal Crash Course is designed for pregnant moms who may not have 6 weeks left in their pregnancy to complete our Prenatal Core Training (PCT) online course.

This condensed version of PCT includes the essential information our Core Rehab Specialists™ would give a client if they could only be seen for one session. The course will provide clear background education about the anatomy of the core, the role of the core in labor and delivery, and step by step exercises to help you prepare for effective pushing and birth recovery.

This is a perfect program for expecting moms that do not have much time before delivery but still want to prepare physically for birth.



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The Core Preparations for Cesarean birth is a 4-week online program helps expecting moms prepare physically for a planned cesarean birth. The strength of the core and optimal awareness of alignment during pregnancy and birth recovery can make all the difference in your birth experience.

This program is great combination of the information from our Core Preparations (for abdominal surgery) and our Prenatal Core Training program. It includes specific information for C-section birth preparation and birth recovery, and provides you with an effective and realistic post-partum plan.


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The Core Preparations for abdominal surgery is a 4-week online program helps clients prepare for abdominal surgery.  The strength of the core and awareness of alignment and optimal movement are key to helping clients recover from abdominal surgery. Preparing the muscles and body prior to surgery can prevent so many complications.

This program is great to prepare physically for any surgery but we specifically see clients with hernia repairs, hysterectomy, bowel resections, back surgery, scoliosis surgery, tummy tucks, gastric bypass, gall bladder surgery and more.  This program is beneficial whether you are having a full incision or a laproscopic procedure.

Which course would help you the most right now?

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The Encouragement Challenge: Loving God with Body, Heart and Soul

The Encouragement Challenge: Loving God with Body, Heart and Soul

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Have you ever read the verse “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” and wondered HOW?

Of course, we want to do this!  More than we can ever verbally express, we want to live for God with our entire being, but how?  Then I think of Luke 2:40:

And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. (NIV)

When I read this, I fill with hope.  Jesus grew.

It’s a process.  It’s all about growing in the Lord. Growing is a process.  A seed must be planted and watered.  The roots must grow deep into the earth and bring about stability so the rest of the plant can grow without toppling over.  Slowly, it matures until it is ripe and ready for harvest.

We are no different than Jesus. We will love him with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength, IF we are willing to take the time to plant the seed, water it, and let it take root in our lives. We’ve got the grace of God and the Holy Spirit is living in us!

As I think of this verse and how we want to grow more in love with the Lord daily, I realize that we have to incorporate our entire beings, not just our spiritual side.  We have to engage every part of ourselves–our body, our mind, our heart, and our soul!

So I want to introduce this challenge–a challenge to myself and to you as well to take small steps to a big life change.

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“The Encouragement Challenge”
is all about focusing on our walk with God and not just fleeting New Year’s Resolutions!

Day by day, what we are seeking is to grow our relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ, and many times we need a physical friend (as well as the Holy Spirit) to encourage us along the way as we invite Him into all areas of our lives.  So that is our challenge for January.  We want to walk with you on this journey as we grow closer to our Lord and encourage you every step of the way in all areas of your life.

Starting January 4, we will be offering interactive ways to encourage you as you take small steps to make a big life change.

1.  Sign up now to receive our newsletter so you can receive all the info that will keep you encouraged during “The Encouragement Challenge” including:

  • The Encouragement Challenge Calendar so you can stay on track to fulfilling what God is calling you to this year.
  • A Weekly Exercise Video Series that includes daily exercises with a video at the end of the week that includes the entire combination. This is a 5-minute exercise series that will help everyone (from beginner to returning from injuries to advanced) strengthen their bodies with things around the house.  This will help us strengthen our bodies so we can physically serve our Lord, our families, and others. Double or triple this series for a more intense workout and still get it done in 15 minutes!
  • Scripture memorization cards.
  • A list of encouraging music that will get you moving and fill your soul with inspiration.

2.  Follow us on Twitter & Periscope at Create_GreatDay!  Kristi will be scoping her Encouragement Challenge journey and would love for you to share yours too! It’s a great way to stay accountable.

3.  Share your wins with us on our Facebook page! We will have a daily “Encouragement Challenge Wins” thread where we would love for you to share your  daily wins with us.  You might share what passage you read that day, what devotional book you’re enjoying, or that you drank water instead of a Coke. Whatever you are focusing on, we want to cheer you on too!

4.  Mark your calendars for January 30 from 9:30am-12:00pm.  Our very own contributors Julie and Toni will be facilitating a Real Food Cooking Class in Edmond, OK.  More details to come.

Here’s a glimpse into the first exercise of the first week’s series.
It make look easy but it will build your strength!

Julie Wulfert is a certified group fitness instructor with over 22 years of teaching experience She is also a board certified holistic health counselor.  She leads an amazing workout session every Monday &  Wednesday from 8:45am – 9:45am at the New Hope church of Christ in Edmond, OK.  Each class is $5 and you are welcome to attend.


Right now God might be wanting you to focusing on one area.  Great, let us be your cheerleader along your journey and you can be ours!  Just knowing that we have others who are walking the same struggles and being accountable gives us the courage to continue on even when we don’t feel like it.

heartI’m sure you already have an idea of where you want to grow in the Lord first, but if you need some ideas, I will throw some out too.  We encourage you to be praying about how God wants to grow you and follow His lead.

Honoring our bodies as a temple of the Holy Spirit by:

  • Treating our bodies with respect.
  • Listening to God’s image of us instead of the world’s image of us.
  • Exercising in order to become physically strong to do God’s work.
  • Nourishing our bodies better so we can stay healthy.
  • Working towards honing a skill that God is calling us to use for his kingdom.
  • Removing addictive behaviors whether that’s what we consider smaller things like binge junk-food eating to what we normally consider vices–smoking, excessive drinking, sex outside of marriage, etc.

Filling our hearts and minds with the things of God by:

  • Being in God’s word consistently.
  • Memorizing scripture and writing it on our hearts.
  • Filling our minds with things that are noble.
  • Taking the 30 day KLove challenge of listening to Christian music for thirty days.
  • Choosing different TV shows (You know, not watching the ones we watch but wouldn’t feel comfortable watching if Jesus were sitting next to us.)
  • Taking our thoughts captive.
  • Believing what God says about us instead of others’ criticisms.
  • Not harboring negative thoughts of others in our hearts.
  • Believing we are worthy of God’s love. (Oh, how Satan uses the world to smash our image!)

Growing spiritually by:

  • Praying more – maybe starting once a day or working towards praying without ceasing.
  • Praying for others specifically.
  • Allowing joy to be present in every situation.
  • Living in the understanding that no matter what happens on Earth, our souls are forever protected by God.
  • Trusting God to be faithful.
  • Obeying the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • Engaging our children in our spiritual growth so they can grow as they walk with us.
  • Picking a devotional book to read through or a Bible study to attend.

These are all just ideas. The list is endless, but pray about where God wants you to start.  We are each on our own journey but here to encourage each other along the way.  Our journeys will look different from anyone else’s. I will be focusing on some of the things above this year and can’t wait to learn what you will be focusing on!

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The best piece of advice I’ve ever received about making changes in my life was this:

Pick one thing you want to add to your life and start adding it.  Once it feels natural and you’ve got the hang of it, add the next thing.  This will keep you from being overwhelmed and stressed out.

Small steps in one or more of these areas will open our lives to loving God with our complete being!


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