A Walk Down Memory Lane: Fifty Pounds Ago

A Walk Down Memory Lane:  Fifty Pounds Ago
 by Charlotte Siems
Sometimes a little walk down memory lane serves us well.  Returning to a familiar place often brings back memories.  Having just attended a T-Tapp event at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in Florida, I was reminded of my very first trip there five years ago. 
My weight loss had reached 50 pounds and I had 50 to go.  I was worried about keeping up during the workouts, a common fear of people attending a fitness event like a form clinic. 
During one of the first workouts I sat down on the steps while everyone else continued exercising, and cried like a baby.  I was perfectly happy, excited to be there, yet I started sobbing.  T-Tapp is so lymphatic and cleansing that it cleared out my tension and emotions like crazy.  I felt a little embarrassed, but a trainer assured me that it was normal.
I took more water breaks than just about anybody else.  I huffed and puffed and caught my breath, then started again.
My form had issues.  I was on the front row in workouts like Critter Crunch or Total Workout Super Slow, and when I watch them on DVD now, I can see that my core was collapsed, I was flopping my arms, losing the tuck and more.  But I certainly did the best I could with my body and fitness level.
I thought I needed to try to do every single rep of every single workout.  After pretty much knocking myself out, I returned home sore and exhausted.  I pushed myself beyond my max.  Fewer reps in good form beats all the reps in sloppy form, and getting to the point of exhaustion didn’t benefit me or my form.
I share these memories to encourage you that Yes, You Can.  I wasn’t perfect and yet I still managed to lose the next 50 pounds.  My form left a lot to be desired, I didn’t do every rep, and I got tired, but over the long haul I stuck with it.  Believe me, if I can do it, so can you. 
What you are living right now will be your memories next year.  I hope that your walk down memory lane will be a pleasant one when you see the results of today’s choices.
Please leave a comment below!


Charlotte Siems is a home-maker, home manager, T-Tapp Trainer, teacher, speaker and author.  Her story of losing over 100 pounds with T-Tapp has encouraged thousands of people all over the world.  She specializes in making home management and T-Tapp “doable” for real people and real life.  She is happy to be a wife and mother of twelve children whom she has successfully taught at home for 25 years.


  1. Tacitdiddle says:

    Thanks for posting this, it’s very encouraging, and a great reminder that t-tapp is a progressive workout. I was despairing over my form yesterday, but you made me remember that I will still get results as long as I do my best, so thanks again!

  2. Thank you for the inspiration.  This came at the right time for me.  I just recieved my DVDs last Friday and will be beginning my 14 day bootcamp this morning.  I am very excited and hopeful and I hope to experience a walk down memory lane similar to yours a year from now.  Thank you 🙂

  3. Dollyfinn says:

    I so needed to read this today, thank you for posting this!!

  4. Thanks Charlotte, I needed to hear this. You have encouraged me yet again!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Charlotte –

    Thank you for the encouragement of today’s post.
    My goal has been to get through a two week bootcamp – yet, I can’t even make three days in a row!
    Thank you again!!!


  6. Found you through Heavenly Homemakers, and have been a Tapper for the past 5 years on and off.  Here is the crazy thing: yesterday I dusted my DVD off and did the first part!  So, to find you today thru her website was a divine encouragement to me!  I am blessed! Thank you!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Cool!  Love those coincidences that are not coincidences! 🙂

  7. This is good to hear!  I am a perfectionist and a quitter most of the time.  I am just starting (size 16w pants & 18w-20w shirts)….and am hoping to be at a “getting fit” 12 by late summer and a toned 8/10 by this time next year!  🙂

  8. lauriegirl says:

    way to go. i love your inspiration to just begin and be the best i am.

  9. “I hope that your walk down memory lane will be a pleasant one when you see the results of today’s choices”.


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