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    Hello my dear fellow Tappers. Apologies in advance for the long post... I used to be pretty active on the forums over 10 years ago when I first discovered T-Tapp. I didn’t lose clothing sizes but I synched in so much and became very trim and toned and people thought I lost loads of weight. The scale indicated I had only lost a few lbs!

    Towards my late 20s, due to various personal issues I fell off the wagon and I tried to get back on over the next few years with little success. I’d stick to it for a few weeks and then stop. I then started studying for a degree later than most of my friends and I feel ashamed to say I became very, very sedentary. I started putting on weight but more annoyingly I gained inches. I was focused on passing exams and I neglected my fitness completely.
    Then, just a few years ago, in my mid 30s, I wound up with a hormone problem which was most likely due to my weight gain. I think I don’t produce enough progesterone. Long story short, my gynaecologist put me on the pill to regulate my cycle. Of course now my body has to fight the hormone problem to lose the weight that got me into the fix in the first place! Lovely eh? ????

    I decided this year that I couldn’t sit here feeling sorry for myself and I had to get my life and health back. It was a very hard slog at first. If you had told me 6 months ago that I would be bootcamping and doing TWO, I’d laugh so hard. I started with MORE Instructional and my gosh, I could barely get thru PBS! My legs would burn, my body would quiver and I had to kick out several times… during PBS! I felt so embarrassed knowing how fit I once was. Some days I would just do PBS, TTT and HDs and be done. I felt like crying and I’d tell my mum I just felt like giving up. But I kept at it. After a few weeks I could do more. I took lots of water breaks, kicked out a lot and kept going. Eventually I got to the point where I could do most of the MORE workout. So I pushed forward to Instructional 1, then BW+, Instructional 2…I also did SATI for some cardio and because on those days when I didn’t feel up to it, SATI made me feel great afterwards. My legs would still tire and burn and I would have to take loads of breaks with SATI too, but I still did as much as I could. I didn’t over train. I took days off. There was no point feeling sore and giving up. I had to get to TWO somehow.

    Then finally in the first week of November, I did a 4 day Bootcamp with TWO (Beginner/Rehab)! I had to keep pinching myself over how I had got here. After my 4 day BC I took one day off and did an EOD schedule for 3 weeks. I had one small hiccup right at the end of EOD where I couldn’t workout for a few days but I moved onto my Every 2 Days schedule.
    That’s where I am now. My Every 2 day schedule goes till the end of December. So far I have also done SATI on a few off days. I cannot believe the stamina I have now. Even my flexibility has improved so much. I can get thru SATI with just a few water breaks, and I keep moving while drinking my water. I don’t feel that extreme fatigue I once did. Even on an off day or when I have my period I can still get thru my workout with decent form. Sure, I still do a few less reps on some moves like Oil Wells. I bobble a lot on balance, and Torso Twist and even some of those airplane like lunges in the leg section. But I am so happy with how far I have come.

    I know have a long way to go. But I never imagined I would be doing TWO by Christmas! So this journey has been worth it. My goal is to get back to a UK size 12 (US 10?). I am currently a UK size 16 (I think that's a US 14?) but my clothing is already loose. I have more inches to shed before I can get to a UK size 14 and I know its going to take some time, but I will be patient. I am honestly not worried about my weight on the scale. I am currently 165 lbs. I was 170lbs when I started 6 months ago. I would rather be 10 or even 20 lbs heavier than I was in my 20s (I was between 135 and 140lbs then) and still be nice and lean and fit into smaller clothing.

    Ok, my big question is how to schedule my workouts after I finish Every Two Days with TWO?
    I plan to maintain my results by doing TWO twice a week and then adding on some shorter workouts on some of my off days. I know SATI is safe to do. What are my other options? Is there a way for me to try the Tempo workouts on some weeks in place of TWO? I would like the variety to keep things interesting. I also want to incorporate Healthy Hormones coz I feel my hormone issues will benefit greatly.

    FYI I have the following DVDs: Hit the Floor Combo, SATI, Step it to the Max, Tempo Arms, Tempo Torso, Tempo Lower Body, MORE, Healthy Hormones. I ordered Barefoot Basic, the Broom Workout(the longer clinic one) and CRT during the sale, so those are on the way.

    FYI: I am 39 years old and 5ft 6”. I might be a half inch taller, coz my most accurate measurement is from when I was about 19 years old. I am a short torso long leg of some kind. My main problems are tummy, back and bra fat (those dreaded rolls above and below), I also have heavier thighs, hip pads (I have high hips, so I have that pudgy shelf and then it dips in a bit around where a long torso might have that nice hip shape). Oh and my bum could use a lift.

    So sorry for the long post. After more than a decade away I figured it would be helpful if you knew where I was coming from...

    Looking forward to your advice.

    Pash
    Last edited by easterchild; 12-09-2019, 01:21 PM.
    Pash
    Singer, Daydream believer, Foodie.
    Lover of rainy rays, a good book, tv show marathons, a hot cup of tea or coffee

  • #2
    Wow, how inspiring! You have done well! I'm sure someone will be along to answer your questions, eventually.

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    • easterchild
      easterchild commented
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      Thank you! And yes, there's been some lovely advice and I'm looking forward to incorporating it into my routine.

  • #3
    Welcome back!! What a great testimony you have! Personally, I cannot do TWO so I don't really know what to advise you. I do like HHMM and More a lot. Do you have the different More levels? Just remember that less is more and that a rest day per week is good for your body. Our muscles continue to work when we rest.

    Just a thought: slow Pliés from SF have helped me with the back fat.

    Feel free to jump into our accountability thread. Right now, we are mostly in the challenge thread.

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    • easterchild
      easterchild commented
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      Thank you for the welcome! Sorry it took me so long to reply. December was a huge blur!

      It took me a while to work up to TWO but its always a challenge. Bless Teresa for creating this system. We can't really slack off hehe! I have the HHMM dvd but haven't done it yet. Got it for my mum but turned out I needed it too! I am hoping to try it once a week as a variety workout coz I agree with you-I am sure to benefit from it.

      Oh for Plies I remember being told once to hold the plié and do the arms so I have been doing that so I can keep proper form and its still worth it. I don't have Senior Fit but was thinking maybe at the next sale of dvds I might just get it coz I know mum will like to do more moves at a comfy pace. She's pretty good with Standing workouts though. She can do BWO+ and HHMM and she enjoys doing Tempo Arms.

      I haven't been around for a bit so I might not know where the thread is. Let me go look and I will buzz you if I cannot find it!

  • #4
    Welcome back. A schedule is a trial and error, but if you can do TWO regularly, then do TWO Day 1, rest on Day 2 or do a short from More (More Chair or More Stepping or More Boom) , Day 3 do a floor workout like Tempo Lower Body or HIt the Floor softer, then rest on Day 4 as you will need it (I am short torso too and floor is very taxing but rewarding), then Day 5 More Broom, Day 6 TWO, Day 7 rest.

    When you are going to buy more DVD, next time get Turn Back Time or Brain Body Floor, they are the best for short torso! You will have no more hip pad.
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    • AlisaJDrury
      AlisaJDrury commented
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      Ooh BBFF & TBT for hip pads...I need to make a note of that. For whatever reason whatever I am losing is shifting to my butt and thighs LOL, which isn't a horrible thing because it will probably burn better there (big muscle group). There is a testimonial on the T-Tapp Workout FB page about a lady who did BBFF only for a 60 day (I think) Challenge and lost her back fat. The results are amazing and that is the only workout she did. This inspired me to continue working on Trisch's TFFS class through this present challenge.

    • easterchild
      easterchild commented
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      Late reply from me, ayj67! December was crazy and I don't even know what was going on the last few weeks. I just wanted to get past it haha! I sorta slowed down in the last part of December as fitting in long workouts was impossible. I managed to squeeze in BWO+, SATI and MORE wherever possible but am trying to get back to some kind of schedule now.

      I loved your suggestions for a schedule so much! I am going to try and incorporate some of these. Thank you! I need to get back to Hit the Floor. I used to do this 10 years ago but since i got the Combo vers I can start with Hit the Floor Softer.

      I was thinking when i saw your reply that I should have checked in with you ladies before buying my dvds, but the sale is on right now! And I was so happy to see Turn Back Time also available for download. I am hoping to get it tonight! I still have to get around to Hit the Floor but having Turn Back Time ready to do in the future will be perfect. Yes, those hip pads need to go down. Weird thing is I have hip pads but I also have that slight saddle bag effect on the outer thigh. I maybe a short torso combo of some kind but I don't know. My mum is a true short torso and has long slim legs. I have stuff all over the place in addition to tummy and back fat. Hip pads, outer and inner thigh and what not.
      Do I need the Brain Body Floor one as well? Or is Turn Back Time a really good all-in-one sorta workout. After you told me I checked it out and I keep reading great things about it.

  • #5
    Wonderful testimonial. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.
    As I always say, T-Tapp is God-Given and God Guided. I am honored to have the opportunity to share what's been gifted to me. There is so much more woven within each of the T-Tapp exercise and special sequences within the workouts than just a means to lose inches and look good......So good luck....just do your personal best and you WILL continue to repair/rebuild from the inside out and your body will continue to look, feel and FUNCTION better too. - Teresa (April 12, 2018)

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    • easterchild
      easterchild commented
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      Thank you for the encouragement! I am just glad I was able to work up the courage to post! I spent ages wallowing months ago coz results were slow and I was barely getting thru workouts. Its so different now. Just so thankful.

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    Hello Pash, congratulations and welcome!

    I'm currently a short-torso UK 16 too --- that's usually a US 12 or a loose 14 -- but I'm shorter than you so I'm correspondingly rounder and have a correspondingly smaller goal size. And yes, studying (while also working full-time) also knocked me off the wagon after an earlier go-round with T-Tapp about a decade ago. So although I have a little more to lose than you, we're otherwise in a similar situation.

    I'm impressed that you followed a strict EOD and every two days routine. I've never been able to manage a strict two- or three-day workout routine, because it doesn't mesh with a tightly scheduled weekly cycle. I managed solidly consistent workouts (and cinched in nicely) before my wedding last month by taking weekends mostly off with full workouts MWF and short ones on T and Th. Within those guidelines I had default workouts: First Steps for the long workouts, BBFF segments for the short ones. But if a different workout seemed more appealing on a given day, I let myself follow that impulse. And I didn't stress about occasionally substituting a short workout for a long one if my work or energy level demanded that I back off. I was careful never to put myself in a situation of dreading a workout.

    Right now I'm dealing with a lot of uncertainty and travel so I'm mostly doing short workouts. When I gear up again for another big push, I'll probably follow another weekly plan rather than an nth-day rotation, something the 7-day cycle that ayj proposed for you. I particularly like that she builds in rest after full workouts, and mixes workout types: standing, stepping, floor.

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    • easterchild
      easterchild commented
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      Thank you for the welcome! I'm so sorry my reply is so late. December came and went like a storm and don't even know what happened! Yes, I hear you. Same issues and concerns. Its taking time. I promised myself that I'd give myself time to go down a size. I know some folks shed inches in key places that help them go down a size, but its trickier for me. Maybe us short torsos and ST Combos need to loose more before we can lose a size. Plus I hear the waist and hip measurements in UK sizes are a bit different. As we go up sizes the measurements go up in larger increments. So lets say I have to lose 2 inches off the hips to go from 16 to 14. If I was going from 14 to 12 it might be a smaller loss required. /sigh/

      Oh I followed EOD faithfully but mainly coz I scheduled it early. I knew I'd be heading into Christmas and I'd run into problems. And i did! Haha! My Every 2 days got bungled up so I snuck in short workouts like BWO+, MORE and SATI to keep up the momentum. I have only really got back to TWO these past 2 days. And even then i split it up coz the local weather is so warm I feel drained if I workout too long. I am totally seeing the importance of short workouts like you mentioned. Much more practical to sneak in and i just got BBFF and TBT! So excited to try these out coz Teresa has packed so much into 30 min or 20 min sessions.

      Yes, I like ayj's suggestion too! I'm going to try an incorporate something like that and maybe alternate between HHMM, SATI, HTF and Tempo lower body on different weeks as my variety workouts between TWO (only twice a week). I am so keen to try BBFF and TBT but I want to first be comfy with Hit the Floor, Tempo Lower Body and HHMM coz from what I can see she is doing those jazz hands and thumbs out lat activation and I might be able to learn it better by pacing myself and doing HHMM first to learn the arms/finger positions.

      Honestly I don't see myself doing a bootcamp for a while coz it takes some scheduling and gosh when life gets busy its so hard. I like your idea of sneaking in the short but effective workouts. Also the variety keeps it interesting no? And maybe I will have other bootcamp options when I am up for a BC. Ideally when we have a long holiday over here.

  • #7
    Ladies, thank you so much for all the sound advice! I am getting back to workouts after the Christmas holidays. My gosh. It was such a blur and I wasn't able to even reply here to thank you all for the information you gave me.

    ayj67 I got the TBT and BBFF downloads during the sale so I am hoping to slowly incorporate them once I get used to doing Hit the Floor and HHMM. I was watching the routines and I think I see how it will help my problem areas. Thank you so much for the recommendations. I was wondering about Critter Crunch Instructional and CC2 but figure I will wait till the next sale to get the DVDs coz I will benefit from seeing those on my TV screen while I am on the floor. I figure if TBT and BBFF start giving me results I might just get those also on DVD at the next sale or November sale.
    BTW I showed TBT to my mum and she confirmed that some of the positions were like HHMM which is she does and I haven't tried yet. So there is a method to the madness!

    Ladies thank you so much again for the encouragement. It was a hard slog even getting to this point but it was so worth it coz people noticed during the December events that I had lost weight/gone in in several places even though i have not lost a clothing size just yet. I wore saree a few times and that tends to show off the silhouette well. So motivating. I just want to keep going!
    Pash
    Singer, Daydream believer, Foodie.
    Lover of rainy rays, a good book, tv show marathons, a hot cup of tea or coffee

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    • AlisaJDrury
      AlisaJDrury commented
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      I am the same way, I lose but the clothes don't feel lose. I have gotten complements from my daughter and fiance that they have noticed a difference but not different in my clothes.

      When you speak of Turn Back Time, are you speaking of floor, standing or both? I am intrigued by the subject of what to do in order. The What to Buy Next thread https://forum.t-tapp.com/forum/gener...at-to-buy-next explains this to a point but I am not completely sure so I am making notes with you and ayj67's comments

    • ayj67
      ayj67 commented
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      You can buy more DVD, but you can also slow down and learn from one DVD slowly and surely. There are many main roads going to Rome, slow and consistent is the road where you buy more DVD or not. Come talk whenever you have a question. Sometimes, learning on the forum is just as easy as getting more DVD.

  • #8
    AlisaJDrury It can be frustrating no? My blouses are loose but I haven't lost enough to actually go down a size. During December I tried on a few dresses that were a size smaller and depending on the style, some dresses fit everywhere but my back. Basically I couldn't zip up the dress above my bra band. Which clearly means I need to lose a good bit off the back and that bra pudge before I can go down a size. That's a stubbon area for me so I have to be patient. With jeans I feel like things are getting a bit loose. My comfortable jeans are getting loose in the leg area but I think some of the floor work will help with that. When I wear saree its so different coz the blouses are tailored to my body and they are made to fit like a glove. So then I can see shape...so that's been encouraging.

    For TBT I got both the standing and the floor. The standing is like a modified version of BWO without the hoedowns. Teresa has tweaked everything and from what I can see there is more lat activation and even the finger positions look like those from HHMM coz my mum confirmed it (she does HHMM). So it should be really good for us girlies with hormone issues. Its like she threw everything in there. Let me double check floor and see. I am out of touch with Hit the Floor so I cannot tell if its the same as that or similar to BBFF. I will tell you this tho, if you are looking at floor work BBFF looks great. There are 3 short workouts that look like they can be slotted into your day with a lot more ease. One of them is supposed to be a good one for off days. And Teresa does the Ladybug and Crab Claw moves that look amazing for the midsection. I am trying to start Hit the Floor Softer this week as one of my variety workouts in addition to TWO maintenance. But if you are familiar with HTF I imagine BBFF might be a nice option? ayj67 recommended those because of those pesky short torso probs I have like hip pads and thicker waist.
    Last edited by easterchild; 01-12-2020, 01:31 PM.
    Pash
    Singer, Daydream believer, Foodie.
    Lover of rainy rays, a good book, tv show marathons, a hot cup of tea or coffee

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    • AlisaJDrury
      AlisaJDrury commented
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      I was just curious if you were speaking of TBT floor or standing or both. I have done HHMM, looked at BBFF and presently am learning Teresa's Favorite Fascia Stretch Floor that is/was digital. I have heard the Ladybug standing is GREAT for the midsection but you have to know TWO first and I am a long way from both of those. I have back and hip issues so I have been learning/using (two years in May) More Rehab, HHMM, Senior Fit, and most of the walking workouts, the Broom workoutsand all the Chair workouts. When I finish learning TFFS, I plan to learn BBFF. I do need to lost some fluff though too...
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