Good Idea or Bad Idea?

by Heather on February 23, 2010

Hey guys!  Hope your Tuesday’s been a good one :)  Thanks so much for all of your uplifting comments about what you want to see more of on the blog…you really know how to make a girl smile!  I’ll just keep doin’ what I’m doin’ :)

Lunch today was another Hot Chile Grilled Cheese made in the toaster oven, and a super juicy tangelo!

This was such a great lunch…I really can’t get over how awesome this sandwich is!  I think I said it before, but it’s basically a deconstructed chile relleno, and it’s face-rocking good!  You should go make it now :)  Tonight we’re going to our community group, and I’m taking a FREE SALAD that I got from lunch just in case there’s nothing meat-free being eaten.  I bet there’ll be something good, but I’m gonna take it just in case!  I made a little somethin’ last night that I’ll be sharing later, but it’s a secret still ;)

SO, on to the reason for the title of this post.  Please observe the item wrapped around the waist here:

NOTE: This is the only picture of this I could find.

This picture is NOT so that everyone can check this guy out.  I was on my walk today and kept having to remind myself to pull my abdominal muscles in, and started to get pretty frustrated with myself.  Now, I know these bands are mainly marketed as “slimming you down” by sweating out all the water in your stomach (really guys?  really?), but I was thinking about hitting up Walmart for one for the sole purpose of wearing it as a reminder to keep my core strong and firm.  I don’t want to wear it to lose weight or anything, but mainly as a way to strengthen my core.

What are your thoughts on this?  Do you think it would be a better idea to just get over it and constantly remind myself?  What fitness products have you tried?  Which ones have worked?  Which ones haven’t? Confession:  I’ve actually owned one of these bad boys before, and although it didn’t make me “lose weight” in just my stomach, I do feel that it helped me to remember to pull my core in during a workout!

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1 lpskins February 23, 2010

if youve had it before and it serves that purpose I say go for it. i never remember to keep the core in so its kinda hard to just start remembering. are they uncomfortable? i feel like its sort of like a corset?

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2 Nicole @ Making Good Choices February 23, 2010

I also say go for it! If it makes you feel good and reminds you to hold in your core then why not? I can remember my mom buying these shorts that make you sweat when you exercise and laughing at how ridiculous they looked!

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3 monicaonthego.com February 23, 2010

Hmmm, definitely wouldn’t work to lose weight, but I could see how it could remind you to keep your abs pulled in.

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4 Ashley February 23, 2010

I don’t know when I started keeping my abs tight during my normal day to day…really, no clue. But sometimes I realize I’m doing it and release and I’m like “weeeeeird!!!!” If that makes sense..haha..not sure what to tell you about the band? Maybe it would help train your muscles? I have heard sitting on an exercise ball at your desk is really good practice….but that could be weird in an office setting ;)

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5 Salah February 23, 2010

I always try to remind myself to keep my abs in tight during class when I’m just sitting in a chair and slouching instead of sitting up straight

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6 christie @ honoring health February 24, 2010

I am terrible at keeping my core muscles tight in non-exercise situation. Like sitting at my desk or walking from place to place. I need a constant reminder.

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7 Anna February 24, 2010

I’m all about random products that seem wacky…I live for a good infomercial. So yeah, I’d say go for it :-) …as long as your expectations aren’t too high :-)

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8 Can You Stay for Dinner February 24, 2010

Hmmm, I don’t think it would work to lose any weight but I think it could be really helpful. Especially to maintain good posture, something I’m always trying to be more mindful of!

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9 Kelly February 24, 2010

One way I try to engage my core is by using a stability ball instead of a chair when I am working at my desk. It forces you to have good posture and keep the abs tight or else you will fall off! :)

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10 musingsofthegranolagirl February 24, 2010

I don’t know about those waist band things but I’ve heard good things about p90x to shape up your abdominals.. I’ve seen a couple friends’ before & after pictures and it looks pretty promising

(I’ve downloaded p90x.. just haven’t gotten around to trying it out yet!)

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