One month ago I began a journey of empowerment, a long journey to regain the strength and confidence I let slide for nearly 10 years. I vowed to follow the program on the Carin app designed to strengthen my pelvic floor. In addition, I would stick with an eating and exercise program to improve my overall health. I knew it would be challenging because not only am I the queen of procrastination, but I also give up when things get uncomfortable – never a good combination. However, I knew that if I wanted to stop living a life of regret, I had to stick to my goals.
I told myself “four weeks, just give it four weeks.” You know what? I did it. I stuck with it for four weeks and am still going strong. I switched to a plant-based diet, focusing on whole foods – nothing processed. I incorporated strength training and cardio in my exercise routine and practiced yoga every day. At the end of each yoga session I spent 10 minutes following the exercises on the Carin app. Since I began in February I’m pleased to say that I’ve lost five pounds (about 2.5 kilos) and no longer experience any leaks.
Carin makes it easy
Carin made strengthening my pelvic floor so simple. Each day I kept track of my liquid intake on the app. I keep my phone in the kitchen so I could log in anytime I had a cup of tea, water, or the occasional glass of wine. Once a week I wore the underwear and monitor throughout the day and during the night. Then, once I synced the monitor to the app, I could see my progress.
My first cycle registered barely a dribble. During the second cycle I had the flu, coughing uncontrollably for nearly two weeks, which led to much higher measurements. Then I remembered something I saw near the end of the Week 1 exercises. I should tighten my pelvic floor muscles every time I cough. I tried it and when I measured the following week nothing showed up, even though I was coughing constantly. The remaining cycles have also been clear. If only following the diet and motivating myself to exercise was as easy!
Carin’s comfort and effectiveness
My monitoring time may be done, but I will definitely continue to wear the underwear. It’s not only pretty but also extremely comfortable. It holds its shape after numerous washings and contours my body perfectly. While the underwear is great and the whole monitoring process is fascinating, it’s the exercise program, both its pace and content, that really sells me on Carin.
Nancy Cuppen, a sport professional with 15 years of athletic instruction, designed Carin’s exercise program. The program is split into several cycles. You spend the first cycle just getting to know how to locate your pelvic floor. The strengthening exercises begin during the second cycle. A stability ball and an exercise mat come in handy here. These exercises may look simple on the video, but you can really feel them working. The first few sessions I was grateful they were only 10 minutes. By the end of the cycle, however, I was ready to move on. As each cycle progresses the exercises get more and more challenging. A stronger pelvic floor not only benefits incontinence, but improves your posture as well. I certainly notice myself sitting straighter and walking taller.
I feel great. Not only do I feel lighter in my body but also lighter in my mind. I no longer have to carry around the guilt and regret of not following through on my goals. I’m grateful to Carin for making the program so easy to follow, which has made it easier to pursue other goals. I’m now officially hooked on the plant-based lifestyle. This spring I’ll be running my first half-marathon in nearly 20 years. I still have a long way to go but I’m off to a great start!