Last Year’s Workouts: Consistency Pays Off
by Charlotte Siems
Having done workouts in the past, whether that’s last week or last year, is a good thing. You’ve probably built some strength and muscle.
Unfortunately, it’s not a permanent effect. In order to maintain and/or move forward with inch loss, you have to continue to exercise. This sounds overly simple, but you’d be surprised how often our fond remembrance of workouts we’ve done seems like a guarantee of continued results.
After about 25 years of being overweight and completely out of shape, I’ve spent the last four-plus years reversing the effects of that lifestyle with the T-Tapp workout.
Reaching a size 6 was pretty exciting, having started out as a size 22W. But even more exciting is the fact that I’ve STAYED in a size 6, for years, without knocking myself out in a gym or dieting.
Continuing with exercise has been a major factor in maintaining my shape and size. I’ve gained and lost 15 pounds or so, but managed to stay in the same size.
That’s a great benefit, but I just discovered another, really major benefit to staying consistent with T-Tapp—for years.
You’ve probably heard that I was recently involved in a car accident. When the ambulance guys arrived on the scene, their first concern was for my back and neck. I told them my chest really hurt from the airbag deployment, but I had no pain in my neck or back.
As the days passed, the soreness spread to my entire upper torso, including muscle soreness in my back, but I didn’t experience problems with my back or neck.
After a week at home I attended church and during the service I began to feel throbbing discomfort and nerve pain in my back and injured left hand from the hard pew. I sat up straight, lifting ribs, away from the back of the seat. The pain immediately disappeared, along with the sciatic nerve sensations in my hand.
At that moment it dawned on me that the strength in my back and core from years of T-Tapp had probably protected me from further injury and ongoing problems. I realize that there are many factors determining the extent of injuries in a collision, but I wonder….If I hadn’t stayed consistent with a workout that concentrated on the muscles that support and protect the spine I would probably be in a whole lot more pain (and believe me, I’ve had enough as it is).
I would guess that the majority of people that the ambulance crew sees in a car wreck don’t have that spinal stability and strong core.
Exercising “just in case” is probably not enough motivation to keep most of us going on a daily basis. Fortunately T-Tapp provides so many other benefits for your shape and your health, that there are plenty of reasons to keep going.
Is it hard to stay consistent at times? Of course, absolutely. We’re human, our lives aren’t perfect.
All I know is that inconsistency leads to regrets. Consistency leads to gratefulness.
Acknowledge and celebrate your past consistency. You’ve built a foundation, you’ve gotten benefits. Now move forward with staying consistent, starting today. You won’t regret it.
I love to hear what you think–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.