View Full Version : Post-menopause...What can I expect realistically?
02-15-2010, 06:09 AM
I just ordered the basic workout dvd with some hope but also some skepticism. I'm 53, post-menopause, about 100 pounds overweight, with arthritis in my right knee and foot so pain is an issue with exercising. I have no delusions that I will get to where I was at age 20 again, but what kind of results can I realistically expect?
I am "insulin resistant", also known as metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes. I carry a lot of fat around my middle as a result so that's my main issue and motivation to do something more.
I'm also following the blood type diet and just eliminating wheat from my diet has helped.
02-15-2010, 07:32 AM
Firstly, I would recommend the MORE workout for you to start. It's for those that have more health issues and more to lose etc. It is not nearly as twisting as the regular workouts and will be easier on your knees and feet. It is easier to hold form and works you just as much as the others.
I am 57, post menopausal and I have lost 35 inches with t-tapp over the last almost three years! I love the energy and flexibility that t-tapp gives me. The workouts are fun and you have to concentrate on what you are doing, so you can't be thinking-"I can't wait till this is done, I have so much more to do." And once you get started, before you know it you are done.
If the BWO+ is all you can afford right now, call the office and talk to someone there about how you can modify this workout to help your knees and feet.
Check out my sig, I definitely have changed my outlook due to t-tapp.
02-15-2010, 07:46 AM
You are on the right track. I love TTAPP. I, too, am post menopausal. I have used mostly the TWO (Total Workout). I was very overweight, but did not have knee issues. I know that MORE was created for this kind of health problem. As Bev has told you in the previous post.
I will tell you that with TTAPP I have been able to change my health dramatically. I had thyroid, shoulder, osteopenia, adrenal fatigue and post menopausal. My body is continuing to get better and better from the inside out. You will see from my signature that I lost 33+ inches from the 60 Day Challenge. I just finished the 30 Day Challenge and lost another 21+ inches. This is not to mention the changes in my blood work and my all over health.
Please, please, please remember ..... we do not get in the bad health situation we are in overnight. TTAPP is wonderful, but it will not get you where you want to be overnight. You need to work at your maximum level. If that means five minutes three times a day, then that is where you start. You will still get results. You then increase from there. We are all here to support you and cheer you on to your best.
As a side note, I am working with a dear friend who has diabetes and is about 150 lbs overweight. I am using MORE with her. Last month she dropped 8.5 pounds and 20 inches. She is so excited. She has also changed her eating habits to GM mainly. She is also walking a mile on her off days.
Please keep us posted as to how you are doing. You are also welcome to private message me if I can help you in any other way. I am not a trainer, but will be happy to encourage and support.
02-15-2010, 09:57 AM
Thank you Bev and Neecy. I'll keep the MORE workout in mind if the basic turns out to be too much for me, but I have been walking on my treadmill and do some weights and get around just fine so I don't think it will be a problem. What is a problem is the high impact stuff which the t-tapp basic doesn't seem to do so I should be ok.
The main thing for me will be to see results both in how I look and feel in order to keep me motivated. I know it won't happen overnight, but after a few weeks of doing it I hope to see results that will give me reason to continue.
Mostly, at this point, I just want to know that I can reverse some of the issues and regain strength and health. If I know that's possible, that will be another motivation.
02-15-2010, 11:01 AM
Be careful with that treadmill. They are awful for your knees. I would rather see you do an extra set of hoe downs. You can get a good workout with PBS and hoe downs. You can just throw this in through out the day.
Read Charlotte Siems story. She only did BWO+. You really don't need anything else unless you get bored easily. I know that Charlotte would be happy to help you as well.
Go to your max and you will keep getting better. Get a mirror to see your form.
Good luck!!!! Keep us informed.
02-15-2010, 11:46 AM
I only thing I would add, I have a bad knee with a missing ACL. Maybe sure when you get into the T-Tapp stance that you don't rotate to do No Little Big Toe(Not sure if you will here this on the workout you ordered), or KLT (Knees over Toes, I think) by only rotating the knees. You are meant to be rotating with the move starting in the hips when you tuck and then the knees will naturally follow. I think many of us try to rotate by turning the knees out but that will start to make them hurt. YOu may not rotate as much but that is ok more will come.
I hope this makes sense.
02-15-2010, 01:22 PM
Actually, my treadmill doesn't bother my knee as much as regular walking does. I don't have to worry about an uneven or slippery surface, I can control the pace and I have something to hold onto for support if I need it.
Thanks for the tips on using the dvd. I don't want to be doing much twisting or anything that makes my knee feel unstable.
02-15-2010, 03:04 PM
Hi Cindy. Welcome to T-Tapp!
The Basic Workout will be a good place for you to start, especially for the cost right now. There is a modifications you can do to this workout to strengthen your knees faster. On the exercise called Plies you will actually HOLD the Plie Squat instead of going up and down with your legs. Seems like a very simple thing to do, but sometimes the up and down movement can aggravate knees at first.
Doing the basic KLT stance will NOT hurt your knees. Try to apply that technique, and also toes forward, when you walk and stand throughout the day. It can make a difference!
When it comes to the differences between Basic and MORE, I do think that MORE would be the best option for you. But with modifying Plies AND also doing as many reps as you can with good form you can still make progress and get great results with Basic Workout. It's better to do less reps with your best form (maybe 4 or 5 reps) instead of doing all 8 reps with sloppy form. Sloppiness will not benefit you. Even if you can only do 2-4 reps of a movement and have to stop, that's okay! You will get stronger and progress more with the program as you continue to work with it.
Also, if you have any questions or need help with form specifics you can always call our office directly to speak with a trainer or staff member. We've all been doing the workout for over 7 years and are more than happy to help!
02-15-2010, 05:41 PM
Hi Cindy, welcome to T-Tapp! When I began T-Tapp I was 47, menopausal and over 100 pounds overweight. I did pretty much what Casey suggested: I held the Plie squat for several months while my knees rehabilitated. Keep us posted as you get started--everyone will cheer for you as you begin to see results!
02-15-2010, 08:19 PM
Cindy, if there is a trainer near to you or you can find someone close by who has been doing T-Tapp, it will do wonders for you to get some form tips early on in your T-Tapp journey. That way you won't have to "unlearn" any bad habits. Using a mirror and proper form is really key. Fewer reps with better form is the initial goal.
Good luck to you in this wonderful journey.
02-16-2010, 10:47 AM
I have been tapping for years and have been post menopausal for 4 of them. My cholesterol has gone up due to menopause and tapping has not helped it. My bone density has gone down, and even on meds, tapping has not improved it. I have not lost any weight and am not really over weight or large to begin with. Why do I still tapp? Habit and the fact that I used to wear an wedge in my shoe due to unaligned hips which I no longer need to wear since this problem has rehabilitated itself! So I continue to tapp. On meds for bone density and soon cholesterol, but I can wear any shoe I choose now.
02-16-2010, 05:38 PM
I'm inspired by all of your success stories and it was fun visiting your blogs, Charlotte and Casey.
I got an email saying my dvd has been shipped so I look forward to starting it later this week...I think! lol
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