Monday, July 16, 2012
Six months ago I wrote a blog about getting back at it, getting mad at setbacks, and then I proceeded to do virtually nothing all winter and spring. In fact, I did so much nothing, I gained 10 pounds.
To be fair, I did have some medical issues. I developed an allergy to corn, and I experienced a couple of anaphylactic shocks. Not fun. I also found that I am allergic to my migraine meds. Also not fun.
My elderly mother fell in April, and the princesses and I were able to drop everything and go take care of her for a couple of weeks. Teaching online took a lot more hours than I anticipated, because of the learning curve. I'm hoping this fall will be easier.
However, it wasn't totally wasted time. I did some research and found a fitness program that so far works well for me.
With the advent of the corn allergy, my asthma has been especially bad this hot, dry spring and summer. I live, quite literally, in the middle of miles and miles of corn and bean fields. My allergist has advised me to stay inside with filtered air as much as possible. I went outside once to pull weeds, and within 10 minutes I was wheezing and itching all over. Not gonna do that again!
So I've had to find something that would meet my needs:
1. Be gentle with my spine. The scoliosis and lingering headaches from whiplash last year are making me feel pretty old.
2. Would fit with my schedule. Between teaching at a community college, homeschooling the princesses, keeping up with Purple Princess's therapy schedule, leading a troop of 60 American Heritage Girls, and interpreting for the deaf at church, in addition to household duties - I'm busy! Oh yeah, my husband wants me to spend time with him once in a while, too. I simply cannot spend 2 hours a day walking and working out.
3. Be something I can do inside without a huge monetary investment or huge clunky equipment.
Enter T-Tapp. (www.t-tapp.com)
I spent a lot of time (hours, in fact) reading her web site, reading all the testimonials, lurking on the forum, and reading reviews online. I bought a video - the Basic Workout Plus. (BWO+)
I started doing it in June, taking it easy, every other day, until I could do the whole BWO. It's only 15 minutes long, but it's HARD! I thought I was in decent shape. I could easily walk a couple/three miles with a decent pace. However, the BWO focuses on CORE strength. My core is limp linguini, I guess. My back and legs were quivering and half-set jelly after just 5 minutes! I had to take a couple weeks to work up to the 15 minutes. Then we got super busy with 4-H crunch, and I got smacked with a raging case of bronchitis. (4-H was a sweet success, btw. 2 girls, 8 projects, all blue ribbons, 1 Reserve Champion, 4 Champions, 4 projects going to State Fair.)
However, I loved the workout so much, I ordered more of her videos - primarily Total Workout (TWO) and Step Away the Inches (SATI).
So I started doing it again on July 1. I again had to work up to the 15 minutes, but this time it only took me a week to get there. I'm now on week 3 of doing the BWO+ on MWF and SATI on TThS. I rest on Sunday.
My goal for July is to continue doing BWO+ on MWF, and to build up to doing the whole SATI by adding 5 minutes each week. It's a 25 minute, 2 mile walk. I don't know why, but walking in place is much harder for me than walking on our country roads.
Her web site testimonials tout lots of inches lost. So far, I've not lost much, but I can tell I'm getting stronger. My weight hasn't changed, but that may be because I'm building so much muscle. While I am not thrilled with what I weigh, Teresa Tapp is right - it's not the scale, it's the inches that really matter. I don't want to wear a 22-24W any more. I want to wear a 10, or even an 8.
I don't know if I'll start running at this point. I don't know if it's necessary. To be honest, it's probably not a wise goal. My mother has had both her hips replaced. My sister, who is but 11 years older than I, has already had one hip replaced. I think I'd rather be kind and gentle to my hips to make them last as long as possible.
I'll post once in a while about my T-Tapp successes. It will be slow, and not much to trumpet. But it will be solid and reasonable and realistic. I'm famous for going gung-ho, then crashing and burning. I'm really trying to be realistic and reasonable this time. Gung-ho and crash hasn't been working well for me, obviously.