The following are my current measurements, and the numbers in brackets detail the change since I started the programme, not since last Staturday.
Still nothing dramatic or to write home about. After gaining some weight, I’ve pretty much lost it again… but my body fat percentage is lower now than it was which is a good thing.
I spent most of today preparing excuses for why I wouldn’t do two workouts today. My final agreement with myself was that if, after Dynamic Core, my partner hadn’t set off from work (according to the Find My Friends app!) then I’d do Speed 2.0. And as luck would have it, he was still at work so I ended up doing both workouts.
Like yesterday, I found them decidedly more exhausting than normal. Maybe I’m a bit run down, I don’t know… I’m going for a job interview tomorrow so maybe that’s been preying on my mind. But anyway, I struggled through… I really find that Speed 2.0 is tougher than I remember. In particular the “hop hop squat” seems to go at such a ridiculously fast pace and I can’t keep up! The other move I really struggle with is in Dynamic Core and that’s the pike ups – my hamstrings are so tight I just can’t really get very high.
Overall, exhausting and sweaty. But there are only 2 more weeks to go. Job interview tomorrow, birthday next week, and then another interview the week after. Busy times!
Not sure what was going on today but I found today’s workout really exhausting. I’m going to blame a general malaise which I’ve been experiencing due to some unexpected sensitivity on one of my teeth. Yes, another random ailment. It came on all of a sudden, and even a sharp intake of cold air can make me wince right now. I’ve done a sudden switch to sensitive toothpaste so thing should get better, but I’ve spent a lot of today in a low level state of discomfort.
Whinge? Me? Never!
I did a daring thing today – I tried Speed 2.0 with my new measures of ankle strap and high top shoes… and just about managed it too! I’m still a little wary, but overall it went much better than I expected. It’s been a big shock to me how avoiding cardio workouts for a few weeks – even though I was still working out – has reduced my cardio capacity: Speed 2.0 was much tougher than I remembered, and as a consequence not as much fun. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did and I feel better for getting some cardio done.
And that back injury from yesterday? Seems to have vanished now, thankfully!
After yesterday’s return to Core Cardio, I’ve got that aching muscle feeling today… especially in my glutes! So it was a few days since I last did Upper Focus and it was nice to do it without already being exhausted from upper body work.
Overall I’d be tempted to say that I nailed it today, were it not for a couple of moments when I took a micro-break to recover and then threw myself back into it.
One downside… I may have hurt my back. I’m so bloody fragile it isn’t funny!
But on the plus side, someone mistook me for a 21 year old student today. I’m 34 next week. Admittedly it was a pensioner with very thick glasses, but I’ll take what I can.
Against common sense, I decided to risk doing Cardio today. I put on an ankle support and wore some shoes which were definitely not designed for working out but which came up above the ankle in the hope they would offer some kind of support.
And I’m glad I did! There were a couple of moves I had to avoid but by and large I made it through without any problems. It’s a shock to the system coming back to Core Cardio after such a long break though. I feel better for it though – the cardio workouts are very different from the intense muscle work of what I’ve spent the last few weeks focussing on. It was weird to be covered in so much sweat again, but weirdly reassuring.
End of week 7… although annoyingly if I’d not had my ankle injury this would be the end of week 9 and I’d be entering the final stretch (pun intended).
Because of my break, it’s quite a while since I actually did the stretch workout and I was surprised how much some of the earlier moves hurt my ankle – I’ll have to watch out for that next week. Also, I’d been intending to try returning to Cardio and Speed 2.0 next week but I think that plan may have to go on hold in light of this.
But as ever, the stretch workout was enjoyable and it does feel really good to stretch out some of those muscles. My long standing back problem has been playing up a bit last week – the movement in Cardio and Speed 2.0 really helps it, so skipping those workouts has had a detrimental effect in that sense, but stretching through this workout has improved matters. Stretch is really, really important. Follow Mr Thompson’s advice – never skip the stretch!
After a week’s break, I decided enough was enough and that it was time to get back on the exercise wagon. Part of me wanted to wait until my ankle was well enough so that I could resume Focus T25 – ideally just after a 1 week break, but more reading up on tendonitis suggests that’s unlikely to happen. Apparently tendon injuries like this are very slow to repair, and by the time you feel them it’s actually the accumulation of several weeks of damage.
But that’s not a reason to not exercise! So I looked at my workout DVDs and decided that today I would do TapouT XT Buns & Guns. Why? Because it’s a short workout (just over half an hour), and the focus on glutes and arms should give my legs a rest.
Actually, the warm up had a few spots where I felt my ankle a little bit, but not too badly. The main workout wasn’t too bad either, but I did skip a couple of areas because there was a lot going on around the house and it was tricky to focus.
But the important thing is I’m back on the wagon. So yes, I can’t follow T25’s programme exactly but my aim in a lot of exercise has been to improve my torso so let’s focus on that whilst my ankle recovers – I’ve got plenty to choose from: Pilates, push ups, TapouT XT Buns & Guns, TapouT XT Strength & Force Upper, Focus T25 Upper Focus, plus the ab and core workouts from Insanity, TapouT and T25.
I’ve got a trip to Los Angeles coming up in April. I will have muscle by then!
I’m feeling really dejected right now. Today was supposed to be Core Cardio, but 5 minutes in I knew that I couldn’t go on. My left ankle is getting noticeably worse when I work out… with a few weeks left to go, I’ve got to face facts and my ankle isn’t going to last that long.
Do I want a ripped torso, or a healthy ankle? Well, in truth, I want both… but I won’t get the former if my ankle is ruined.
So where now? I’m in week 7 of Focus T25, so I’m loathe to quit here. I managed Dynamic Core yesterday, so that workout may be OK. I’m also hopeful about Upper Focus. Speed 2.0 upsets me though… I loved that workout but I suspect it will probably be the worst for my ankle.
So this week, I’ll stick to schedule and try to get a feel for which workouts work and which ones don’t. I won’t push my ankle too hard, and we’ll see where we get to by the weekend. With just under 4 weeks to go, I’m hoping that I may be able to make it through to the end on some kind of modified version of T25, swapping the workouts which hurt my ankle for others.
It’s upsetting me that this has happened. Up until now, on T25 I was feeling tough and energised and proud of the state of my health. Then suddenly, I’ve had to take a round of antibiotics (unrelated to T25) which have left me with an upset stomach, and I’ve got these tendon problems… I suddenly feel fragile and old!
Houston, We Have a Problem
I definitely have an ankle problem. Done a bit of reading up, and I’m convinced it’s my tendons, specifically my peroneal tendons. Apparently this is common amongst athletes and those who do a lot of jumping and is caused by the tendons repeatedly sliding backwards and forwards… which sounds a hell of a lot like T25.
Now, I’ve had some problem with my right peroneal tendons for many years but only in a very minor way – these problems are most definitely worst in my left ankle, which is totally new (a few weeks ago I mentioned I felt like something was “locking” in my ankle – same problem, same place).
So today I bought an ankle support and it definitely makes my left ankle feel better when I’m wearing it. Fortunately today’s workout doesn’t feature too many lateral moves, but where I wasn’t sure I dropped back to Tania’s lower impact modifiers. I don’t want to quit T25 since I’m so far into it, but equally I don’t want to end up with a serious ankle injury.