About That Tummy
By Charlotte Siems
“What exercises can I do to help me get rid of this tummy?” “I seem to be losing everywhere but in the stomach. Help!” “My belly is my worst area!” These are common concerns for women everywhere. Two groups are especially interested in solutions for this body area: those who have had babies, and those who are entering midlife.
Having experienced the tummy that caused embarrassing questions like, “When are you due?” I understand the concerns. When I started with T-Tapp I looked like I was permanently six months pregnant (and this photo was taken after I’d lost two sizes!):
My abs measured 52”. Fat deposits and stretched-apart muscles caused an overhanging “apron” of flesh and fat that hung down. It wasn’t pretty and I was very self-conscious about it.
There’s good news and bad news about that tummy. First the bad news: my tummy was the last to go. Sometimes my stomach kept me out of the next size down as I lost inches. My hips and thighs would have fit into a smaller size but my belly needed more inch loss before I could zip the new pants.
Then the good news: be patient and consistent with T-Tapp and it will get better!
I wish I could give you the magic recipe to make YOUR tummy melt away. Hormones, health issues, body type, skin characteristics, what you eat, and T-Tapp form are all factors. But here are some things that helped my belly go from perpetually pregnant-looking to pretty darn flat:
Consistency. If you don’t know what this means, there are approximately 83 posts on my blog that mention it.
Patience. Did I get frustrated with my tummy area? Of course. Did I sometimes despair of it ever looking better? Yes. Did I give up? Absolutely not.
Brushing. I used T-Tapp’s skin brushing program from the very beginning. I had to lift my belly up to brush underneath when I started.
Alfalfa. It feeds the skin and is clinically proven by dermatologists to reverse aging of facial skin. Last time I checked, skin covers my entire body.
Lift ribs. If you watch the video, you’ll hear me say that when I asked Teresa Tapp what I could do to help my tummy, she said “Ribs lifted, lats set.” I did that a whole lot in that second year of T-Tapp (and still do). My stomach is much flatter now than it was in the second half of that 2008 video.
Remember that I have given birth twelve times. My largest baby weighed 11 lb. 10 oz. (and he is now a 6’5” college sophomore!). The way that T-Tapp has rehabilitated my abs is pretty incredible. Now it’s not a miracle and my tummy won’t see the light of day for public view, but it looks fine in clothes and I’m good with that.
There are consequences for being overweight for 25 years and bearing children. I’m willing to accept reality. And I hope you are, too.
The next time you get discouraged about slow progress with your tummy, remember that for many people, inch loss starts on the outer edges of their body and moves towards the center. Keep lifting those ribs and learning to engage muscles in your core. Stay consistent and be patient—the results for that tummy will be worth waiting for!