Staying Consistent with T-Tapp: The Sequel
Movie sequels. Some are good, some not so much. The best ones continue the story line with the characters you loved in the first one. There are enough similarities to make you immediately feel comfortable with the story, but enough exciting new developments to keep you interested. Toy Story and Shrek both had some great sequels, almost better than the first movie.
Today’s sequel is about staying consistent with T-Tapp. You’ve read about it before, you know the steps, but here are a few new twists:
1.Make a deal with yourself. Set up a simple rewards system. “If I ______, then I get to ________. Or “I can’t _________ until I ________.” Rewarding yourself for completing a workout (or ten minutes’ worth of moves) will help your brain associate pleasant consequences with working out.
2.Make a schedule. Don’t leave it to chance. The weekend before the coming week, sit down and sketch out your workout schedule. Use your planner, your calendar, your smart phone or a piece of paper on a bulletin board where you’ll see it. Give yourself a challenge like Organs in Place/Half Frogs (or Awesome Legs/Diva Derriere) every night before bed. Some weeks you can plan a prize and find a friend to keep you accountable!
3.Figure out what time works best for YOUR life. For most people, in the morning before the day begins is best so that you have energy for your day and you don’t put it off. There are exceptions for work schedules or other considerations. Maybe for you it works best to do a workout right after lunch or during toddler naps. The important thing is to keep it consistent. You wouldn’t brush your teeth in a different place every day. You wouldn’t deposit your paycheck at a different bank every week. Same time, same place helps you make it a habit.
4.Be realistic about what you can and will do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the workout that works is the one you’ll do. It’s great to plan and do a challenging schedule—for a while. That works especially well for reaching a goal for an event or contest. But eventually life happens and it’s better to keep moving forward with consistent short workouts than planned (and skipped) long workouts that don’t happen because of your life circumstances.
5.Tell yourself the truth. We do make time for what we want to do. Someone said that negative emotions are caused by blaming someone else for something. Blaming our kids or our spouse or (fill in the blank) for our lack of exercise is easy but not true. We say our time is not our own, but in truth, we make choices. I blamed the fact that I had a bunch of kids, babies and toddlers for a lot of things I didn’t do, when in fact I chose not to do those things. It’s not bad that I didn’t do other things, that I made choices to do what I felt was most important. I needed to recognize that I was not helpless and choice-less, so I would stop blaming and being a martyr. Ouch.
6.Decide. Make the Big Decision and then make the daily decision. Realize that the little choices do add up, especially with exercise and how we eat. I don’t know of anyone who was an overnight success with T-Tapp. But I know a lot of people who were over-months successes.
Like a movie sequel, you may recognize some of the elements in staying consistent with T-Tapp. But hopefully this sequel had a few new camera angles to show you some new insights for your upcoming smash hit with T-Tapp.
How do YOU stay consistent with your workout routine?
Hi Charlotte ,
Just finished reading you email about staying connected with ttapp. All 6 were good ideas, #5 tell your self the truth was what spoke to me most. Like you said (ouch) . The truth is hard to hear, however it is very freeing :). I appreciate your emails and enjoy reading them. Blessings to you and your family. Julie (GPJ)
I’m glad you enjoy the newsletter, Julie! Thanks for taking time to let me know!
I make my schedule and then I don’t “discuss” it with myself. I just get up and do it.
Love it, Phyllis! 🙂
As another mom of many (I have 10 children, ages 4-26–5 boys and 5 girls) and am turning 50 this year and being 6’1″ tall and doing THM, I decided after your testimonies to order the basic plus workouts (the June special for T-Tapp). I already do spin 2x a week and strength training 3x a week but haven’t lost any weight (I am currently 198.4), so here we go and just wanted to say I am encouraged by your testimony!
True story, Denise! T-Tapp can really make a difference in your body!
Thank you for your encouragement. I see from the forums that maybe I shouldn’t do any other exercise with ttapp unless it’s walking. Is that what you did? Have you done THM? The counsel I received was to give the ttapp 2-4 week exclusively and then maybe integrate the other classes again. What do you think?
I did mostly T-Tapp during my weight loss and ever since. I did a bit of walking and some neighborhood biking, but T-Tapp was my main exercise and has continued to be so. I did THM for a while and think it’s good, but I don’t adhere to it strictly. It’s good to do only T-Tapp for the first month or so to learn the form and develop muscle memory (and give yourself a chance to see what T-Tapp is doing).
Did you lose the 100# by just ttapping or doing the spray thingie or the shakes too?
In my original weight loss, I did lots of T-Tapp, used PG Spray, and ate less. I currently drink Plexus Slim daily, more for health than weight loss, although it’s helped me lose some. Getting to your goal weight isn’t permanent–there’s always an ebb and flow, depending on hormones, health issues, and life.