For the first time since I started T25, I had a setback. My regular readers know that I’ve had back surgery and as a result, I deal with chronic pain. Unfortunately, I had a bad flare up that lasted for the entire week, which caused me to skip most of my workouts (the horror!). It can be really challenging for me to listen to my body as opposed to just “working through it.” My back still doesn’t feel great, but it’s a lot better than it was, which I’m sure is due to the time off T25 and a massage from my favourite RMT.
I’m not going to rate myself for each video because I am going to be re-doing Week Four. I am definitely improving overall, but I’m not where I want to be yet. One of my kind commenters pointed out that I am still making gains, so I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I do agree with the sentiment, but I’ve set the tone that nailed it means exactly that: I got through the entire workout with no modifications. I was thisclose on certain videos (despite my sore back), so I’m hoping to have good news next week.
My Week Two update shared some details about one of my current health struggles, which is my underactive thyroid. DK has reminded me that in addition to poor thyroid health, I am also getting old. My retort is that I am still in my twenties…it may be my last year, but I’m there (yes, the “and counting” caught up to me pretty fast and I am now 29. I’m sure I will have several 29th birthdays). Despite my lack of physical activity and unresolved health challenges, I did manage to lose weight this week, which was a boost a positivity I definitely needed.
Do you struggle with taking time off even when your body insists?
Day 23: Cardio
For a change of pace for both of us, Grams joined me for the cardio video this week. Her feedback was that the modifier isn’t on screen nearly often enough for her to get a good sense of how to do each move correctly.
Day 24: Total Body Circuit
I skipped today because of my back pain. Really, I should have skipped the day before too.
Day 25: Lower Focus
I did this video today, even though I probably shouldn’t have.
Day 26: Total Body Circuit
This was yet another day off. Man, that hurts to write.
Day 27: Ab Intervals and Speed 1.0
I decided to do only one of the two videos scheduled for today (hint: it was not core work). Grams joined me for the Speed 1.0 video, which she found to be more challenging than the cardio video. She told me that time seemed to be going by slower than it should be, which is how I feel every time Shaun T is in the room. My feedback is that burpees don’t help back pain (so much for stretching things out).
Day 28: Rest
At least today was supposed to be a rest day.
Day 29: Stretch
I didn’t stretch today. In fact, I didn’t do anything except hope that I would feel better to restart Week Four the next day.