How I Lost 8 Pounds In 4 Weeks With Total Gym

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I have been in a battle with my weight since the day I was born. Literally – I was 10 pounds, 10 ounces! My entire life has been an endless round of gain and lose over and over again. I was incredibly proud when, about a year before my wedding, I finally got my bad eating habits under control and learned to exercise the right way. I lost over 70 pounds and, more importantly, felt amazing and strong. Then, I had a really, really difficult first pregnancy and gained 100 pounds. After Melanie was born, she was so hard to parent that all self-care fell by the wayside as I just tried to cope and keep my head above water for those first two years. After she mellowed out, I realized that I finally had the time and energy to focus on my health and fitness again… and promptly lost 50 pounds in about seven months! I was so excited! Then, I got pregnant with Finn and, true to form, gained back those 50 pounds that I had lost. UGH. Since his birth, I've managed to lose 20 pounds – mostly notably, I lost 10 Pounds in 4 weeks with Total Gym and I'm sharing with you how I did it.

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I have been in a battle with my weight since the day I was born. Literally – I was 10 pounds, 10 ounces! My entire life has been an endless round of gain and lose over and over again. I was incredibly proud when, about a year before my wedding, I finally got my bad eating habits under control and learned to exercise the right way. I lost over 70 pounds and, more importantly, felt amazing and strong. Then, I had a really, really difficult first pregnancy and gained 100 pounds. After Melanie was born, she was so hard to parent that all self-care fell by the wayside as I just tried to cope and keep my head above water for those first two years. After she mellowed out, I realized that I finally had the time and energy to focus on my health and fitness again… and promptly lost 50 pounds in about seven months! I was so excited! Then, I got pregnant with Finn and, true to form, gained back those 50 pounds that I had lost. UGH. Since his birth, I've managed to lose 20 pounds – mostly notably, I lost 8 pounds in 4 weeks with Total Gym and I'm sharing with you how I did it.

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How I Lost 8 Pounds In 4 Weeks With Total Gym

First things first, I freaking LOVE my Total Gym. I have the XLS model with the ab attachments and having been working out with it for a month. I also have a collection of the accompanying Total Gym DVDs and a bag of the protein shake mix in vanilla. I used a combination of the products to lose 8 pounds in 4 weeks – and here's the kicker… I did it without changing the way that I ate over the holiday season at all. In fact, I didn't even bother to track my food or count calories. I lost the 8 pounds purely by adding Total Gym workouts to my daily routine.

Up until that point, I had been really hit or miss on working out. Some days, I did cardio and body weight strength training but most of the time… I'd talk myself out of it. It was a lot of work to pull out all the equipment and keep myself motivated. I was really struggling. Enter Total Gym! I keep mine set up in the living room with my extra components in a basket next to it. All I have to do is pop in a DVD and, in 6 to 30 minutes, I get a great strength training and cardio circuit work out. In the beginning, I carefully watched and followed the “Get Started” DVD to learn how to use my machine safely and to it's maximum capacity. Then I branched out to using the full length beginner workout DVD + doing one to two workouts from the express 6-8 minute workout DVD. I did that three times a week. On alternate days, I did the core workout and ab workout DVDs for a total of 5 days of exercising. If I had time on the weekends, I'd try to sneak in a quick ab workout using the Total Gym training deck.

In the beginning, I took it easy and kept my Total Gym on a low incline (1 or 2) and didn't push myself until I'd learned to safely use all the components of the machine. That took about a week, after which, I upped the leg portions of the workouts to a 5 (out of 6 levels) and the core and arm portions to a 3. Oh, man! I really felt those workouts! I was really impressed that after a few days of working out – I could feel my muscles getting stronger. I was able to do more reps of each of the workouts and had a lot more control on the ones that were difficult for me. Here's a rundown of my workouts and incline routines:

Monday:

Beginner Workout with Legs at a 5 incline and arms/core at a 3

1 or 2 workouts from the 6-8 minute express workout DVD at a 5 incline

Tuesday:

AbCrunch DVD (do beginner level all the way through) on a 2 incline

Core Centric DVD (modifying workouts as needed) on a 2 incline

Wednesday:

Beginner Workout with Legs at a 5 incline and arms/core at a 3

1 or 2 workouts from the 6-8 minute express workout DVD at a 5 incline

Thursday:

AbCrunch DVD (do beginner level all the way through) on a 2 incline

Core Centric DVD (modifying workouts as needed) on a 2 incline

Friday:

Beginner Workout with Legs at a 5 incline and arms/core at a 3

1 or 2 workouts from the 6-8 minute express workout DVD at a 5 incline

Saturday/Sunday:

Extra ab or core workout at a 2 incline

OR

1 set of as many reps as possible for 30 seconds from the training deck

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And sure, I'm still SUPER fat and have a long, long way to go but y'all – I'm proud of myself since two pounds a week is right on track with recommended healthy weight loss. I found a great piece of equipment that allows me to fit in a full strength training + cardio workout while my son naps and my daughter watches a show on her tablet. Here's my before and after stats:

Weight (before):

210.2

Weight (after):

202.2

Body Fat % (before):

45.1%

Body Fat % (after):

43.7%

*I forgot to measure my waist, chest, hips for a before and after but I promise to remember for next time!

My biggest success of all were a few Non-Scale Victories: my shirts and pants aren't as tight, I was able to move to a smaller sports bra that clasps in back instead of pulls over my head, and I was able to start pulling myself up from a sitting position using my core instead of pushing myself up with my hands. Want to improve your health and fitness, too? You can join me in my yearlong quest for health and fitness, too!

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