Total Gym, Total Mom Challenge – Week 1 Update

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Week one is done, it’s over and I’m EXHAUSTED! I knew coming into this that the Total Gym Challenge would be physically exhausting, what I hadn’t prepared for is how emotionally exhausting it would be. The constant struggle to find the motivation to get out of the chair and into a workout was something I’ve battled with every single day this past week.

Aside from the workouts, I’ve also been struggling with food management. It’s very difficult to go from eating a lot of sweets, very few meals and tons of soda then all of sudden forcing myself to eat small meals more often, cut the sweets and replace the soda with water. I haven’t been a 100% successful with this but I can say I’m on the right path. I’m drinking more water every single day, I’m replacing snacks with apples and bananas and I even skipped the usual Medium sized Oreo Blizzard last week, replacing it with one of the new Mini sized Blizzards. <— IMPROVEMENT

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Now as far as my workouts with the Total Gym go, I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy. It’s not! Through the workouts I’ve done, I’ve learned a few interesting things about myself;

1. My Upper Body is WEAK – The Total Gym XLS offers 6 incline settings. Each number (1 is lowest/easiest, 6 is highest/hardest) in the incline is a goal for me. Given the fact that I can’t complete any upper body workout at this point beyond a 2 shows me that I have a long way to go.

2. My Lower Body is STRONG – For the lower body workouts I skipped straight to the level 6 incline and have been breezing through them with ease. I must credit this to the years of running I did as a teenager. I’m happy to see that some of the that muscle strength is still there, just covered by an ugly fat layer these days.

Another I’m really struggling with right now are abdominal exercises. During my last pregnancy I experienced Diastasis recti, a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the belly area.

Unfortunately, this problem got even worse after giving birth and is the reason I tend to look bloated all of the time. My abdominal muscles are extremely weak and very separated. Making matters worse, I also tore an upper abdominal muscle during my first pregnancy that left scar tissue and causes extremely painful spasms with too much physical exertion. My plan of attack here is slow and steady.

I do have body measurements to report this week that really haven’t changed much. I don’t expect overnight results, so I’m just going to keep plugging along and hopefully we’ll start to see a steady decline in the numbers in the coming weeks.

Start Week 1
Weight 182.8 181.6
BMI 29.5 29.3
Body Fat 38.8% 38.6%
Bust 42 42
Chest 38 38
Waist 39 39
Hips 43 43
Thighs 26 25 3/4
Arms 11 1/2 11 1/2

For those of you that are considering a “total mom challenge” of your own, Total Gym is offering a special discount just for following my journey. When you purchase a Total Gym System (<–using this link, not an affiliate) you will receive 15% off your order. That’s a nice little chunk of change back in your pocket. And at this point, I think it’s worth the investment if you’re serious about toning your body.

And last but not least, THANK YOU for the encouragement last week. It really is motivating to know I have so many people rooting me on. In fact, I may just print off some of the comments and tape them up on the Total Gym to remind me that I CAN DO THIS!

I hope you’ll also visit the other Total Gym Mom Challengers and give them a little extra motivation too.


Disclosure – As a Total Gym Mom, I was provided with a Total Gym XLS system that was facilitated through Blog Friendly PR. Opinions expressed are my own.


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  1. I’m so impressed with the diet changes you’re making. So far I’ve only managed to go from regular Coke to Diet Coke. I definitely need to drink more water, too.

    I don’t think I’m even going to measure myself this week. I’m afraid I would get too frustrated! Maybe every other week instead?

  2. Keep it up Cat!! You’re doing great!

  3. Awesome job Cat, keep at it.
    FYI: your Total Gym link for the 15% off is missing. :)

  4. I admire you for being able to stick to the workouts everyday. I have started riding a bike in the last week, and I need to do some strength training too. The bike-riding is fun, however, except for my behind being sore. We have an older strength training machine in our basement, the first part rhymes with polo, and the second part rhymes with hex. :) I have not yet found the motivation to go down to the basement and work out on that. That looks like a really nice machine you are using. Where did you put it in your house? The picture makes it look like it gets its own room. I also like your chart of body measurements. I might do something like that chart on my blog. Great Job!

  5. I know you can do it. You have everything you need at your figertips and I think printing out your friend’s motivation will help you, cause then it’s right there whiel you are working out.

  6. Keep up the great work! This is fun following along! Kudos to you! Braver than I ;-)

  7. I do all the leg stuff on level 6 too…well the squats and that.

    You lost some weight this week, that’s great!

  8. Oh gosh, I just love you. I giggled when I saw you write this “I even skipped the usual Medium sized Oreo Blizzard last week, replacing it with one of the new Mini sized Blizzards. <— IMPROVEMENT"

    You are adorable, and you're gonna KICK THIS CHALLENGE'S ASS! #justsayin

    <3

  9. Debbie Stanton says:

    they say the first week or two is the hardest… you will get in a routine. Good job!

  10. Wow you did amazing the first week. It’s definitely hard and takes a lot of motivation but you can do it. Congrats on the weight loss!

  11. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says:

    Go Cat! Best of luck! Changing the food is so important too so it looks like you’re on the right track!

  12. Those are some awesome improvements! I don’t think anyone can up and give everything up overnight, and why would you ever give everything up? I couldn’t live life without sweets and such. As for the diastis recti, I hear you. I’ve been running – A LOT the last 6 months, and I can still get 2 fingers inbetween my abs. Thus, I look pregnant or bloated too if I’m not sucking in all of the time. I’m pretty little everywhere else, so I get asked often if I’m pregnant. :(
    Love your table of the comparisons, that’s a great idea. That way, you’ll be able to see your long term results over the week. Keep it up Cat!!

  13. I had that exact same thing happen to me with my first pregnancy and I think it got worse with each pregnancy after that. While I was told the only way to correct it is a tummy tuck (where they sew your ab muscles back together), I was a lot told that with ab workouts you can still es vast improvements and I have seen some slight improvements so there is still hope :).