Size 22 to 6: Five-Year Anniversary of T-Tapp!
by Charlotte Siems
This week marks my five-year anniversary of starting the T-Tapp workout. The traditional anniversary gift for five years of marriage is wood or silverware, but I’ll take better health and looking good instead!
In 2007, I weighed 258 pounds and wore a size 22W. Over a year and a half, after T-Tapping and eating my way down to a size 6, I had lost more than twice my 5’11” height in inches. That first workout happened on March 1, 2007.
To encourage you—especially newbies and those who are More to Lose—here’s a peek into the beginning of my journey, taken from posts on the T-Tapp forum:
Today I took my “before” measurements and the moment of truth hit me. I’ve been so busy with my large family for many years that it was easy to ignore the shape I was in.
Losing weight aside, I’m terribly flabby and my thighs qualify me for Queen of Cellulite. I guess I have “sticker shock” after getting the numbers.
I tried [Hoe Downs] today after Instructional #1 and I don’t know if my legs were tired, but I felt like the earth was shaking in the neighborhood on each step and I couldn’t keep up the speed on Basic Workout Plus.
I lost 14 1/2 inches and 4 pounds in two weeks doing only the Basic Workout Plus!! I did the BWO+ every day (except one day I was dragging so I only did PBS and Hoedowns) and faithfully took supplements and did the brushing.
I am a True Combo and at 5’11” I’m not quite down a size, but I have a feeling I’ll be in a new size in another week or two because my clothes are definitely fitting differently.
I didn’t change my diet except for adding more water, eating raw almonds, and cutting out almost all diet pop. In fact, I probably ate more fattening foods than usual this week because my son is playing in a basketball tournament in another city and we’re eating more fast food.
Other changes I’ve noticed:
–no more knee fat and I actually feel muscles in my legs and arms
–definite improvement in cellulite
–no more crepe-y, saggy-looking cleavage (firmed up quick!)
–virtual disappearance of chronic sinusitis
–more energy and flexibility (one of my sons said “You don’t look tired all the time now”)
–extreme difference in blood sugar issues (I’m actually eating less because I’m not having peaks and crashes)
–even my fingernails are thicker and faster-growing!
Challenges I’ve faced:
–about a week and a half of PMS-like depression (that “what’s wrong with me” feeling); I chalked it up to detox and drank water, took salt baths and cried on my husband’s shoulder
–having to look at myself in the mirror in workout clothes every day (after 12 babies and many years of ignoring the truth)
–awakening long-dormant muscles after years of NO exercise
Today is measuring day and so far I’ve lost 29 inches and 9 1/2 pounds!! It’s true that EOD works–5 inches lost this week.
Of course I’m one of those more to lose, so I have, well, more to work with. My biggest challenge is not getting discouraged day by day when I look in the mirror and see how far I have to go, but those good-news measuring days help boost my confidence.
My husband and I were talking about T-Tapp the other day and I ended up weeping when I told him how grateful I am to Teresa Tapp for giving me hope for this body.
Hey newbies, stick with it!
Back in late February I posted for the first time that I was trying to look better for two of my children’s upcoming weddings. Well, the last wedding was Saturday and I reaped the sweet fruit of my T-Tapp efforts. It was wonderful to bask in the compliments (and surprise, I might add) about how I looked. Three sizes smaller, toned and tightened…it was a great reward.
All those sweating, huffing, puffing workouts were worth it!
I started out with Basic for about a month then s-l-o-w-l-y added Instructional #2. In fact, TODAY was the first time I did the B/R workout through TTN without pausing for extra/longer water breaks.
I still have a lot of work to do but I wanted to tell you newbies that T-Tapp works (if you work T-Tapp), even for a More-to-Lose person. If this sedentary, totally out-of-shape mother of twelve can do it, YES, YOU CAN!