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
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.
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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.