I alluded to the fact that this year my husband got crazy and bought me a Valentine’s Day gift. It’s the first one I didn’t pick out myself, and that wasn’t flowers. SCORE one for the husband. He was all giddy about picking it out, doing the research and buying it himself. The thing is I never really shared with you what the gift was.
Honestly it’s taken me a little bit of using it to decide whether or not I wanted to share it. But today I’m feeling Irish invincibility so here goes.
The only hints my husband gave me before it arrived at our door was I could use it almost anywhere. Even while cleaning…haha! Great at this point I honestly was expecting a vacuum or dishwasher which would have been fine, but nothing to make a fuss over.
Backstory: I have a belly. I talk about it a lot and make no excuses for it. I have some family genetics that I’m battling and I’m working hard to overcome them. But still two children later the one part of my body I still have issues with is my midsection. I know abs are made in the kitchen and I have been working hard to clean up my diet. But they are not anywhere near where I want them to be.
My husband got me a Slendertone Flex Pro Abdominal Muscle Toner! No joke. At first I was very skeptical I mean seriously? Just like fad diets I’m not buying in! Troy went on to explain he read all the reviews and even talk to his old lifting coach about it. Sure it won’t work if it’s ALL you are doing but it could be a great way to boost enhance the work I am doing. Troy and I are both really open about my workouts and eating habits. And really his too for that matter, as he begins his weight lifting again. So he knows my struggles. Plus after 9 years together he’s been on my journey as much as I have.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using it. It’s a crazy feeling at first. Like getting tickled in the belly for twenty minutes at a time. The belt works through EMS Electronic Muscle Stimulation. Basically it zaps your muscles into contracting and relaxing in a similar way to when you workout. You can see the three pads in the photo above. They are like a sticky gel that attach to your middle.
I’ve been using it while I watch TV at night…yea I feel like a HUGE looser using it while sitting on my couch but I’m at a level where I can FEEL it working. And it’s more comfortable to use it there.
I’m running 20 miles a week at this point gearing up for my half marathon along with classes and other weight workouts. If there was ever a time I should be seeing results it’s now.
- My Abs do feel sore like I gave them a workout afterwords
- I’m not relying just on the belt I’m also doing other activities
- It only take 30 minutes (that’s at the level I am on now, it might get longer I’m not sure? I started at 20 minute sessions)
- You control the level of intensity
- Timer counts down the session and keeps track of your level, you can’t skip ahead.
- I am seeing more definition in my mid section (gasp!) yes I know.
- It takes some getting used to the EMS
- The beeps from the control are kind of annoying, but you can turn them off.
- The pads need to be replaced every 30 uses, about once a month.
- When put on the wrong spot my leg goes numb, have to re-adjust, again things you would in time get used it.
Yes you read that correctly it’s working for me. The world’s biggest poo-poo er of silly weight loss quick fixes is saying it seems to be working.
Strangely enough it seems to have also increased my running speeds as well as given me more “definition” if that’s even the word in the middle. Running is just as much an ab workout as anything else, and I feel less draggy when running? Like my middle is helping me power through? A month ago, two months ago I would have rather died than shown my stomach to anyone let alone posted a photo here but in the spirit of keeping it real….
Here is my current middle that I’m trying to widdle, there it is!
If you don’t want to see it, skip down fast….
I plan to keep on using my Slendertone belt for me it’s complimenting the work I’m already doing and I’m hopeful it will continue to help me in my quest. Please understand I’m not a doctor, I don’t even play on TV, and I’m not giving you medical advice. These are my opinions about a product I’m using. I’ll give you a monthly check in progress report. I’m curious to see how it works over time. I’ve got to give it to Troy the gift I really thought I might hate, I’ve grown to like. Who knew morning infomercials with Denise Richards and Janet Evans could persuade a guy to buy one? 😉 Now if only I could schedule infomercials for shoes!
Question of the Day: Have you ever tried a Slendertone or similar product? What was your experience like?