Fifteen Minutes Can Change Your Life

A new year (or even a new month) brings new hopes that “this time it will be different.”
[break][/break]This will be the time to lose the weight, to get back into those jeans, to regain the energy you used to have. A few weeks pass and the hopes start to fade because the reality of your life and schedule presses upon you. A couple of workouts get skipped and you despair of ever looking and feeling better.
[break][/break]Don’t give up!
[break][/break]Fifteen minutes is 1% of your day.
[break][/break]Fifteen minutes can change your life. 
[break][/break]Well, actually fifteen minutes over and over. The first fifteen-minute workout may not seem life-changing. It might feel more along the lines of life-ending while you’re sweating and huffing and puffing. When you have 100+ pounds to lose it can feel darn near impossible. 
[break][/break]Hang in there! Feeling uncoordinated and confused soon gives way to new feelings of strength and endurance if you stay consistent and do the best you can. The best YOU can, not the best a Biggest Loser contestant can, or the best a long-time fitness professional can. Start where you are and go from there. That means being kind to yourself when you can only do 4 reps instead of 8. Be glad for the 4 and give ‘em your best shot. 
[break][/break]Fifteen minutes today. Fifteen minutes tomorrow. Do that at least 4 times a week to the best of your ability. Fifteen minutes next week, next month, next year. If all you can ever do is fifteen minutes, you’re way ahead of where you’d be sitting on the couch for those fifteen minutes, year after year. 
[break][/break]Starting out gung-ho is great, but when the rubber meets the road and the workout schedule hits the reality of life, fifteen minutes can be a lifesaver. Fifteen easy, floppy minutes? No, my friend, fifteen muscle-activated, tucked, tightened and sweating minutes. T-Tapp is amazing but it’s not a miracle.
[break][/break]Fifteen minutes changed my life, one day at a time. Those minutes and days would have passed anyway, whether I worked out or not. I’m glad I chose to spend all those minutes doing something that reshaped my life. 
[break][/break]What are you going to do with YOUR fifteen minutes? Leave a comment and get it in writing.
      
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10 Comments

  1. Jane Ballenger says:

    Charlotte,
    So glad for this article! Sometimes I feel as though I’m not doing enough by doing 15 minutes a day but then when I slid into my first size 6 pair of pants this weekend I realized it IS making a difference.

    Thanks for your constant chiding to go to our max! My max seems to be 15 minutes in this current season but it is still making a difference!

    XOXO

  2. Charlotte, you have no idea what an inspiration you have been to me. I have the same amount to loose you did and I am the same hieght. I keep hearing you saying, “stay consistent,” and even when I can’t see the progress that I want all the time I know you have done it so I can too. Thank you.

  3. Charlotte Siems says:

    We all need encouragement and reminders along the way! (and thanks for taking time to encourage ME!)

  4. Charlotte,
    Thanks for the encouragement. Even more than the 15 min, I needed to hear the 4x/week. The weather has been nicer and I’ve just been craving walks and I know part of it is so I don’t have to think. I’m moving and feel good without the same mind energy it takes for me to do t-tapp. I know that I’m going to get benefits from the mind to muscle though. It’s just hard to want to do it. LOL.

  5. Charlotte, Thank you for your encouragement!!! I started the 60 day T-Tapp challenge and after 2 days have had sick children and been sick myself. Your encouragement has helped me pick up where I left off. I still have 5 1/2 weeks left – Some is better than none! Looking forward to another OKC area class (noticed the Piedmont one is sold out).

  6. Thanks for the enCOURAGEment, Charlotte! I just started T-Tapp and the 60 day challenge. I haven’t made it very far because of life and then moving muscles that have not been moved in a long time (the T-Tapp way!) and . . . ouch! However, after 8 days of feeling pretty rotten, I’m finally making a tiny bit of progress. I will stay with it and look forward to the results! One day at a time. One step at a time.

  7. Betti Hofer says:

    I am really struggling with being consistent because i haven’t seen any inch or weight loss and i have been doing T Tapp pretty consistently.. what am i doing wrong ?

  8. Charlotte Siems says:

    Betti, that would definitely get discouraging. It’s hard to tell without seeing you, of course, but it’s possible that form issues are the culprit. Do you live near a T-Tapp trainer?

  9. Thank you so much for your encouragement and advice. I’ve been researching T-Tapp (and your experiences!) for over a month and finally ordered it today!

    I have had a bilateral mastectomy and TRAM flap reconstruction, so I no longer have abdominal rectus muscles–those were moved to my chest wall and they function as the blood supply for the new breast tissue. I don’t know how T-Tapp will work given I literally don’t have ab muscles…but I’m going to give it my best shot! I also have severe lymphedema in my right forearm/wrist/hand as the result of the mastectomy.

    Again, I can’t thank you enough. I’ll probably be driving you nuts with all of my questions in the weeks to come!

  10. Charlotte Siems says:

    Kelly, T-Tapp is such a wellness/rehabilitative workout I can’t wait to see what it does for you! Please be sure to call the T-Tapp office at 877-827-7348 and ask about your specific physical issues. They will probably have some form tweaks for you and they’ll be able to tell you what to work on to help your body help itself. Best wishes to you as you begin!

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