On Not Reaching Your T-Tapp Goals
by Charlotte Siems
It was a beautiful spring day. The sun was shining warmly and the trees were covered with a mist of new leaves. Easter was just around the corner and it was time to go shopping for a new spring dress for church. The mall was crowded with shoppers as I made my way to the department store.
[break][/break]A month earlier I had begun doing a workout called T-Tapp. The last skirt I had bought was a size 22/24 and I felt depressed when I tried it on in the dressing room and it fit. I tried not to think about it as I packed for a trip to California a few weeks later, but it was hard to forget when the airplane seat belt barely clicked together. Even worse was the feeling of my thighs touching the passengers on either side of me in the seat. Now it was time to do some more shopping and I dreaded the ordeal.
[break][/break]The dresses only went up to size 18W in that particular store so I chose a couple of spring styles and headed to the dressing room. I was absolutely amazed when the dresses skimmed over my body and zipped without acrobatics. I was in a size 18W! Unbelievable!
[break][/break]The seat belt didn’t fit any better on the way home, but I had new hope that things were changing. However, I stayed in that size 18W for three more months, even though I was consistent with my T-Tapp workouts.
[break][/break]I had hoped to be wearing a size 16 for my son’s wedding nearly two months after Easter. Nope. I neatly wrote over the goal on my goal list “size 18” and accepted the small victory of wearing a Misses size 18 instead of a Women’s size 18.
[break][/break]For my daughter’s wedding two months later, I hoped for size 14. Nope. Once again, I took pen in hand and wrote over the goal “size 16.” Then I wrote a note “easily fit into size 16W capris without sucking in to zip!” I remember walking into the church where family was gathered to help decorate the day before the wedding. It was the first time they had seen me in months and they noticed a difference. I cherished the comments and allowed them to encourage me right where I was, size 16W and all.
[break][/break]After that point, the goals list didn’t need to be modified any more. I reached the hopeful goals I had set for the rest of the events that year.
[break][/break]Those first two goals were the reason I started T-Tapp. My son and my daughter were both engaged and I didn’t want to walk down the aisle wearing the biggest size of my life. But if I had quit T-Tapp when I didn’t reach those first two goals, I wouldn’t have eventually reached a size that was beyond my dream, size 6.
My e-book Renewing Me: Size 22 to 6, 15 Minutes at a Time
gives all the details on how I kept going and what I did.
[break][/break]Don’t let NOT reaching goals stop you in your tracks!
Is it disappointing to not reach a goal? Absolutely. Is it discouraging to hope for a goal to be reached for a special event, and then find that the dress doesn’t fit? Of course.
[break][/break]So what do you do when that happens?
[break][/break]Go ahead and cry. Feel the feelings. Then pull up your socks and push play.
[break][/break]You’re dealing with a human body, not a room you’ve decided to clean. Sometimes there is healing and rehabilitation that needs to happen on the inside before it shows on the outside. You can’t predict how your body will react because of the many complex factors involved. Believe in the process and stay consistent.
[break][/break]Goals are great and they are mile markers on the road. Celebrate each and every one. Just don’t feel like a total failure if they need to be revised along the way. Celebrate revised goals, too.
[break][/break]Not reaching goals can be frustrating or discouraging, but don’t get stuck there. Every change brings you one step closer to your final goal.
[break][/break]Giving up on your goal completely gets you nowhere.
[break][/break]Find some support and encouragement on the T-Tapp forum
and then put one foot in front of the other. Yes, you can!
[break][/break]Have you set some goals for your fitness this year? Have you ever NOT reached a goal and kept going?
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