Helen Z.

UNDER 50 - Less to Lose

Pecs 0.5
Bust/Chest 1
Ribs 1
Waist 1.5
Abs 2.25
Hips 1
Right Upper Thigh 1
Left Upper Thigh 1
Right Lower Thigh 1.25
Left Lower Thigh 1.25
Right Calf 0.5
Left Calf 0.25
Right Upper Arm 0.5
Left Upper Arm 0.25
Total Inches Lost:  13.25


Less is more?! Past me could not comprehend this as a concept, and would have scoffed at the notion. Present me certainly can. I stumbled upon T-Tapp years ago in 2012, through a mention from the Bulletproof Exec website. I was so skeptical that a 15 minute workout could get results, but today, it is my bread and butter. Back in the day, I was convinced you had to be extreme to get results; my days were filled with running, ellipticals, kettle bells, powerlifting, Crossfit, with very little focus on stretching and recovery. I was a gym rat, working out 6x a week 60-90 minutes at a time. I tried low calorie, low carb, Paleo, intermittent fasting – none of which I could stick with ultimately because they were too restrictive. I had some early successes when first resolving to lose 10 lbs in 2009 and kicking off my fitness and nutrition journey after mostly being a couch potato; but rather than continuing to lose, the opposite happened, with gusto. Through a combination of repeated injuries and stress eating from poor coping mechanisms with a fast paced job, I rapidly gained 35 lbs. Though I was extremely active, I couldn’t keep the weight off! My food had gotten out of control; I was caught in a vicious cycle of overeating and overexercising. I was horrified and out of my mind; my sleep and hormones were totally out of whack. Something desperately needed to change.

In 2013, a studio closure forced me to re-evaluate my life in MD; I ended up moving to Boulder, CO which has proven to be the best decision of my life! It was like hitting a big reset button. I started biking to work. I added some carbs back in. My sanity returned. I gradually lost weight, shedding about half of what I had gained.

In 2014, I dislocated my right elbow on a botched walking handstand attempt. Ouch! At that time, I was big into rock climbing and Crossfit— I had to figure out how to stay active with a messed up arm. I was so traumatized by the idea that I’d instantly gain a ton of weight from my inactivity and lose all the progress I had made. That’s when I re-discovered T-Tapp, which I credit with helping me recover my full range of motion in my elbow! I was doing the Basic Work Out Plus, and the arm movements from the Total workout. Unexpectedly, I continued to lose weight and get smaller even though I was just not as active while recovering. I’ve casually kept up with T-Tapp since, enjoying a BWO+ session here and there in between barre-style workouts, biking to work, and climbing.

In all this time of casually T-Tapping, I’ve never participated in a 60 Day Challenge until now; I did it on a whim to see what would happen! I entered in the Fascia Blasting category, curious to see what the combination of the two could do. My results came fast and early after a 12 day boot camp of mostly BWO+, three Tempo 8 sessions, and four full body Fascia Blast sessions. Afterwards, I was on an every other day schedule of mostly BWO+ (either the first part of Tempo 8, or Tempo BWO+), with an occasional full Tempo 8 session over the weekend or Floor/Core Floor work out thrown in on an off day. I was Fascia Blasting about once every three or four days. I also biked to work almost every day (6 miles round trip), walk around outside once or twice a week in T-Tapp stance for half an hour at a time, and typically climbed for 30-60 minutes for fun once a week. Towards the end of the challenge, my appetite had grown so strong, it was hard to manage! I suspect I should’ve dialed down some of the other activities a bit, as eating in moderation started getting difficult to say the least. I noticed that a day or two after Fascia Blasting was often accompanied by both intense mood swings and a voracious appetite.

I was so concerned about overeating erasing all my results, wrestling with the shame that I hadn’t done better, I had contemplated not finishing the challenge. But, I had remained consistent with my routine throughout, and ultimately felt like I owed it to myself to finish. After taking final photos and measurements, I realized I was able to retain my progress, despite an imperfect diet. I was even surprised by all the slack in my short shorts. My thighs and stomach have noticeably shrunk, and I lost inches all over. I bought my first pair of size 6 jeans ever and saw the lowest weight on the scale since college! I’m having more days where I feel great and have energy, and more nights I’m able to sleep and wake up refreshed. My lower back pain is completely gone. When I take into account my entire journey with T-Tapp, helping me lose over 45 lbs over the course of five years (from 185 to around 138), and adopt a healthier mentality of “Less is More,” I realize I’ve had some enormous victories, not just in the span of these 60 days. Since discovering this concept of fascia and focusing more on restorative, rehabilitative workouts like T-Tapp, I have not had an injury in years since my elbow dislocation.

I’m so grateful T-Tapp is part of my life now! It’s given me a different outlook on how to approach fitness and nutrition, and I’m incredibly proud of the progress I’ve made to date. I am the leanest, lightest, and strongest I’ve been in about 9 years, and I’m confident I have the knowledge, tools, and techniques to continue this journey!

Thank you so much for this challenge! It was amazing for me to participate in, though I had my setbacks and struggles with overeating. I think Fascia Blasting is a great complement to T-Tapp, but the detox symptoms of blasting (maybe from fat lysing and all sorts of interesting things going into the bloodstream) are very tough to manage at times.