“Is It Worth It?”

You browse the T-Tapp website and read the success stories, sort of like flipping through a magazine.  One story catches your eye because of the similarities between their “before” photos and your current state.  Your heart beats a little faster.  You make a new commitment to get started again because you want to be one of those success stories. 

Then the rubber meets the road.  Starting again requires putting on shoes and pushing *play.*  It means leaning against resistance when your brain is saying (or rather, whining) “I don’t wanna!”  Starting the journey involves rearranging the schedule, pushing your body and paying attention to form.  It means actual sweat. 

Is it worth it?

I speak from the other side.  YES.

I just attended the annual T-Tapp Retreat in Safety Harbor, Florida.  You can see a video of me taken at my first retreat in 2007.  Remember, I had already lost 50 pounds in that video.  It was an odd feeling to stand in that same place last week, an additional 50-plus pounds lighter than that first year.  I had just gotten into a size 14 then.  I wore a size 6 to the next three retreats. 

Standing in the Baranoff Room a few days ago, I wanted to cry with joy.  I wanted to shout to everyone, “YES, IT’S WORTH IT!!!”  And on top of that, “YES, YOU CAN!”

After having gone from a size 22W to a size 6, can I share with you a few of the ways it’s worth it?  Going shopping in the regular sizes instead of the plus sizes.  Taking clothes into the dressing room and zipping them without breathing acrobatics.  Choosing outfits based on the color instead of the requirement that they cover my stomach and backend.  Sitting in an airplane seat and cinching in the seat belt, when it used to barely meet.  Not worrying that my thighs were going to touch the next person in that seat. 

Note the question:  “Is it worth it?”  Not “Is it easy?”  Easy, no.  Doable, yes.

Let me ask the question in another way.  I can choose to avoid doing T-Tapp.  By default I choose to feel creaky and old, and get muffin-y around the middle.  Is it worth it?  I can choose to eat way beyond being full because the food tastes good and besides, I had a bad day.  By default I choose to gain weight and lose energy.  Is it worth it?  

The road to success is paved with things you don’t want to do. 
The road to failure is paved with things you don’t want to do.

As with all of life, think it through and choose wisely the things you don’t want to do, then do them anyway with diligence and excellence.  Post a comment and tell me what you’re choosing to do.  It’s worth it.  


  1. It was the post I needed to read….and just at the right time!!!

    Thanks Charlotte, once again, you have given me my “wake-up call” to take consistent action. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

    I am glad you enjoyed the retreat….I hope to attend one in the future…..!!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness Charlotte! Were in my bathroom this morning reading my thoughts?????? I had just showered and was brushing and looking at my stomach area that still has a pouch and wondered this exact thought! Is it worth it? I need some encouragement. I feel discouraged! How can I feel discouraged when I was a size 2XL/20-22W and now I am a 14 on top and 10/12 on bottom? Well in the heat of that brushing moment I could not remember that. All I could see what was before me and wondering how much longer before I see improvement. And with a big sigh I dressed for my date with my hubby, came to the email and there you were to encourage me! Providential timing I am SURE of it! THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  3. Thanks for this encouragement, Charlotte. I tend to have an all or nothing mentality….well, I can’t do the total workout X times this week so I just won’t do anything but sit on the couch and eat too much….and clearly that’s not working. I need to refine my thoughts on diet and exercise because my body needs and deserves that much.

  4. Beautifully put, Charlotte!

  5. Dawn Gehling says:

    Dear Charlotte,
    I too have become a convert to the wonderful effects of T-Tapp! I work in a public library and saw Fit and Fabulous and checked it out. It sounded great and when I checked the website, lo and behold you were hosting a seminar in Bethany a few weeks later! My daughter and I attended and I loved it. We purchased the complete set for beginners and in typical fashion pretty much laid it aside when it arrived! That was this summer. By God’s mercy I got inspired four weeks ago and actually started the basic workout plus hoe downs. I made the mistake of not measuring myself before, but I am now comfortably down a pant size, have tremendous energy and have had significantly less pain with endometrial lesions that I have battled for six years. Last year I suddenly jumped up a size and in spite of my best diet changes and workouts was continuing to climb in weight and girth. I am now slimmer, eating better, feeling better and loving adding some spot workouts for my legs and arms. My daughter is now doing it with me and is loving the results as well. I have lots of friends that are interested. Are you planning to return to Bethany anytime soon? I would love to get in on another workout with you now that I have been using the workout for awhile. Let me know! Thanks again for great testimonial and continued encouragement!
    Dawn and Apryl Gehling – Bethany, OK

    1. Anonymous says:

      I LOVE that you’ve started back up again, Dawn! That’s the kicker–not being perfect, but getting back up and DOING. Just the other day I had the thought that I need to do another clinic in Bethany. Maybe a jumpstart to get through the holidays?? If you have ideas on a location, you can email me at charlotte@t-tapp.com!

  6. I’m working on it, girl! 🙂 Thanks for all the encouragement! Seems I can always tell inch loss in my back and sides first, so I’m seeing it already. I’m very interested in the brushing.

  7. Great reminders, Charlotte. I have done T-Tapp for seven years now and it is the best exercise there is. I have not lost much weight (I was a size 8 when I started) or even inches but I’m toned and my top half isn’t two sizes smaller my bottom half. I encourage everyone to try T-Tapp.

  8. Charlotte…I couldn’t say it better myself. It was so great to see you again at the retreat and I love to see how far you’ve come.

    Big hugs!

  9. Chatzakity says:

    I’m choosing to study a 465 page Personal Fitness Trainer manual.
    It’s been years since I last studied something, anything, and it’s really hard because it involves biology and science. (never my favourite subjects)
    Nevertheless, I’m studying it because I have found T-Tapp.
    T-Tapp has made me a better person, a healthier person who takes an interest now in health and fitness.
    I want to be a T-Tapp Trainer to show others how wonderful they can feel and look, and so, in order to achieve that goal I have to put myself through the rigours of study.
    Like you said –
    Is it easy?? NO!!
    Is it worth it?? YES!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Good for you! Your motivation and hard work will help many others and give them hope!

  10. LOVE IT! And yes, it’s worth it!

    And I chose Renew U 2 to help me get back to consistency! 😉 So glad I got to see you and talk with you a bit at the Retreat!



  11. I feel so much better, have more energy, & can be a better witness for the Lord since I lost 95 lbs. 17 years ago.

  12. Charlotte Siems says:

    Wow, keeping it off for 17 years is amazing! Congratulations and best wishes!

  13. Charlotte, I am on day 4 of T-Tapp More. This is my last day to view the Instructional before I start the regular More workout. I was sore yesterday. I know you’re right when you say it’s worth it but when I look in the mirror or have trouble getting around because my weight hurts my joints, it’s hard to think past the here and now. My only goal right now is to be consistent and finish this bootcamp. I’m actually very proud that I have even made it this far – so is my husband. He is even trying to walk without “duck feet” LOL. I love your encouragement and try to read a post every morning. Thank you!!!!

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