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01-02-2010, 08:03 PM
I need an action plan. I am 47, hypothyroid, on medication, have worked out for 30 years, have cardio and strength fitness but don't look fit, need to lose 50-75 pounds, been doing total workout for about a month or so every other day, gymn for 2 days in between for cardio, 1 day walk away the inches and 1 day off, don't see inch loss, weight has been hard to get off for past 15 years without starving myself. Try to eat healthy and small meals more often. I used to go to gymn 5 days a week doing 30 minute cardio, 15 minutes weight machines, and 15 minutes core. I am working out differently now with more variety with t-tapp. How long till I should see results? Tips on an action plan for faster results? Thanks!
01-02-2010, 08:16 PM
Donna, you may want to get in touch with a trainer. Many of them have individualized programs for around $50-100 a month, that would be specific to you. Anyway, check with some of them and see if they can give you good pointers.
01-02-2010, 09:28 PM
Welcome, Donna! I'm also 47 and hypothyroid and on compounded thyroid!
I'm not a trainer, but I am wondering if maybe you might be overtraining? Not to say you have to give up your gym altogether, but T-Tapp has cardio built in!
How long did you do the instructionals? They are very important for establishing that mind-to-muscle connection.
Bump this back up tomorrow night or Monday--it's slow on weekends and the boards have been slower than usual with the holidays.
Also remember that T-Tapp rehabs from the inside out--your body cares more about healing than how you look. Are you noticing any improvement in stamina, energy, less aches and pains?
And yes, as Nita said, the trainers can help give you more specific help and guidelines. I personally only walk and do T-Tapp. I've lost 7 (almost 8!) sizes in just about 3 years. But I have also improved my health, stamina and joints in ways I can't "measure"!
You can also see by my signature line that I don't put much stock in weight! :D
Welcome to T-Tapp and keep coming back to the forums for answers and support!
01-03-2010, 06:39 PM
Thanks for those words of encouragement "Blessed Mama". Because I have been working out in a gymn disciplined 5 days a week I already have great stamina and muscle, but I do have bulk that needs to change. I do need to lose a lot of weight and inches. I am a size 16-18, 250 pounds, 5'11. I believe I am a long torso, long leg body type. I have always been a heavy weight, at 200 pounds I am a size 12, 180 a size 8. I haven't seen a size 12 since 20 years ago before last baby and before hypothyroid. I just started t-tapp a month ago. I am trying to master the total workout. It is coming and I do focus on form. I don't work out in front of a mirror but I check my form with Teresa's reminders on her instructionals. Compared to the results others report, it seems I should see some inch loss, but my pants are not any loser. I don't have aches or pain and I feel healthy, I just don't look healthy with all the extra weight and inches. I think my body has gotten so used to being overweight. I have worked with trainers at the gymn and I have been told I am the most fit overweight woman my age they have seen. I know hormones have a lot to do with my battle. Ifr I could find a t-tapp trainer near me I would see them for some help. Thanks!
01-03-2010, 07:24 PM
Donna, according to Teresa's definitions, you can be either long torso (which implies short leg), long leg (which implies short torso), or combo. You cannot be both a long torso and a long leg. Maybe you're a combo, or a combo "leaning toward" either short torso or long torso.
I'm a combo and have not seen much change in over 20 months of T-Tapping. You'd think I'd be discouraged, but I'm not. I've gone from exercising an average of 60 or more minutes a day to more like 30 minutes a day (if that), so I'm maintaining without spending so much time working out. Plus I can feel the good things that T-Tapp is doing to my body. And I'm a combo (leaning toward short torso, I believe), which means it's harder to lose a size.
I also believe that even though I'm trying to maintain good form that I am probably lacking in that, too. I went to a clinic in June 2008, but it is not very convenient nor do I feel I can justify the expense; maybe if there were someone else living nearby who would carpool. I just keep trying and reading the forums for tips. Sometimes they "click," but most of the time the written word just doesn't compare to seeing things explained in person. Still, it's worth coming to the forums, just for the encouragement from all the other T-Tappers.
I'm guessing you have a lot of muscle (I believe I do, too). I think the people who report the fast results (like a size or two in a month) tend to be people who have a lot of fat to start with. Those of us with more muscle (even though we have fat we want to lose) tend to be slower losers. Remember "fat shift" affects us too! That's when things are changing on the inside, and the fat on the outside moves along with it.
Finally Lani has an expression that really hits home: "You carve your figure with a fork" (or something like that). Teresa says you don't need to "diet," but that's only true to a point. I've never been able to get results -- either weight loss or inch loss -- without being diligent about exercise as well as what I eat.
I don't know if any of this helps, but I wanted you to know that you're not alone. Some of us take a lot longer than others to show results. I wish the book didn't make it sound so foolproof; it takes longer for some of us.
01-03-2010, 07:41 PM
And do read the Must Read Threads. http://forum.t-tapp.com/showthread.php?t=57929
They are chock full of information and form tips and tweaks.
Take time to really apply all you can to one move each week or so. Don't be in a hurry!
Yes, the book seems to promise 2 sizes in four weeks, but let's face it--would you have bought a book that said, "Increased muscle density and inch loss through comprehensive compound muscle activation"?! ;)
Book publishers title it to sell, and Teresa did not pick the title! But it draws us in to check it out. I like to say the inch loss reels us in, but we find so much more--stamina, energy, less aches and pains, hormonal balance, emotional balance....that's what keeps me tapping. I've had periods of loss and periods of plateau, and the discouraging inch-loss-but-it-doesn't-show times, too!
I was a fat fit person! I was doing a LOT and getting nowhere. I was flexible, but not losing a single inch or pound. I had some health benefits, but nothing like T-Tapp has done for me!
Here is Diane Adamick's bio, and you can see she didn't see results for NINE MONTHS!
Hang in there! I had been discouraged to not see a big change in my belly. It got smaller, but it's still the part that sticks out them most! Well, this fall and even into this winter I saw a BIG change---it's still the biggest, but it's reshaping and not so noticeable as it used to be!
Don't forget to keep track of the things you can't measure, too!
HUGS to you!
01-04-2010, 07:24 AM
And remember----T-Tapp is rehabilitative. It works from the inside out. As Trisch/BlessedMamma has said many times, T-Tapp will affect the inside before it starts working on the landscaping! Because of some of your health concerns, T-Tapp IS working through the lymphatic system which is why you may not be seeing much on the oustide yet.
I would seriously think about scaling back on some of your "extra" exercise. Maybe just T-Tapp for a couple of months.... Slow it WAY down and concentrate on your form and Curling the Core.
I agree with the other poster about having muscle to begin with, it makes a whole lot of sense!
01-04-2010, 08:47 AM
Maybe you can look into the several different January options from the various trainers. Many of these are distance-optional meaning you use the computer and a webcam. I am doing one with Lani in Feb but I know that there are more being offered in January as well. I know that Carol Heinrich from ILL will do a via the email or webcam anytime and she helps you work out a schedule.
Good luck, I understand your issues. I have Hashimotos and am severely estrogen dominant which I now believe caused my thyroid issues and adrenal issues. That weight gain can also be from estrogen dominance.
Starting T-tapp is a great start.
01-10-2010, 05:24 PM
Thanks for all the encouraging advice. I am keeping on and hope for the best!
01-10-2010, 06:05 PM
Do you realize you have a most fabulous trainer who has regular events in Odenton,
Laurel and White March??? Check out the events page.
Most of us have to drive a day and spend the night to see a trainer!! Kiona kicks butt!
You also have Cheryl http://www.t-tapp.com/trainers/cheryl/index.html and
Webra http://www.t-tapp.com/trainers/webrapricedouglas/index.html in Maryland.
Just not sure about their training schedules or locations....
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