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Getting my head realistic

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. (

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.
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    Wow - you are amazing! And I see that you just emoticon
    I, too, have found some challenges in the workout scheduling department. I've been using a lot of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds DVD's. Unlike you, I find walking outside harder than walking in place; but as my core is strengthening, I'm learning to use my core strength and have been able to increase my time, distance and stamina. Like you, I've been walking, I've been exercising but the weight is just not dropping - well, it's dropping VERY slowly. Twelve pounds in six months - sigh! God is teaching me perseverance and endurance right now. I'm also taking advantage of the fitness classes they offer at my workplace: strength training, butts & guts, and Zumba. I shied away from strength training for the longest time, but somehow it is easier for me to do it under the instruction of someone and somewhere else. And I have lost some inches. Check that, maybe you are losing inches instead of weight?

    Your DVD's sound good and I'm going to check out the website. Do you need to get down on the floor for these? I struggle with that. I have a Biggest Loser cardio DVD that I bought and a BL strength training DVD that I have borrowed. I do my workout in our basement because I have a better place there and so as not to bother my husband at 3:30 a.m. I'd like to get a little area set up with some matting/carpet, etc., but right now I just don't have it and I don't have a good place to get down on the floor. So I have my eye peeled for workouts that don't require this.

    Like you, I would like to run, but the fitness trainer at my work place has several criteria that need to be met before she would release me to run, and I've tried to follow her guidelines. After all, she is the expert. Some people suggested some of Jeff Galloway's books on running. They say they are excellent, and I've been reading the blogs of LDRICHEL who is following his running program right now in preparation for a half marathon this fall. She has never run before and I was impressed with his training program. I was looking up information on it for a friend, when I came across a book he has on walking - Walking The Complete Book. I thought I'd like to read that and found it on Ebay for $1.00 plus shipping - yay! I highly, highly, highly recommend it! Really, I do - even if you never want to run. He takes a section to introduce running, but the book is about walking and I wish I had read it before I started training for my 10K. For me, it has been well worth the read. Now if I can just conquer this plantar fascitis and the hip pain that is bugging me, I feel like I could walk forever, and I feel validated.

    Dear me, I have written a chronicle! Forgive me! So glad to see you still pushing on this journey. Blessings, my friend.
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    Comment edited on: 7/22/2012 9:01:46 AM
    It sounds like your summer has been busy and full of challenges, but you keep rising up to meet them. Slow and steady wins the race, and you are taking this at our own pace -- that's good. I'm going to have to check out the t-tapp program. Hang in there -- you're doing great.
    2041 days ago
    So glad you found something you like. emoticon
    2042 days ago
    You are so on point with this. Gung ho does not work for me either, and time has proven it. Congratulations on the success with 4h! And congratulations on establishing where you are and being kind to yourself with readjusting your goals. I'm right there with you.
    2044 days ago
    I have been doing T-Tapp off and on for years. I really enjoy her workouts. Lately I have been doing the Step Away the Inches workout. I think it is harder than walking outside because of the form and the fact that you are going roughly 4 mph. That's pretty fast! I like this workout because it focuses on intervals with raising and lowering the heartrate consistently. I was doing the BWO+ with a kettlebell workout on MWF and then the Total Workout TTSa with just the BWO+ on Sunday mornings basically just for a stretch. This is when I really felt my best, but I don't feel like I have an hour to devote to exercise along with an hour to clean up each day. This is fairly unrealistic for me at this point.

    I'm glad you have found T-Tapp. I believe Teresa's Physical Therapy approach to fitness is really going to help you with your various injuries and family history. The Total Workout is REALLY intense. I really feel like an athlete when I can fit that one in on a regular basis. I have a hip that feels chronically out of place, which makes the balance portion of the workout extremely challenging, but I can still do it!

    I hope you can post on a regular basis to let us all know how you are doing. Some people are paying attention!

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    2044 days ago
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