My experience with T-Tapp has been nothing short of life changing. Those are powerful words, aren't they? Let me tell you why.
After being a fit, trim, sexy size 8 all of my life, seven years ago I was diagnosed with an illness that required medication. In three months, I gained 35 pounds. What a blow to my self esteem! I didn't even recognize myself.
I maintained my healthy lifestyle, cross training with step, kick boxing, weights, resistance bands - you name it. At least 5 times a week, plus walking 2-3 miles a day with my husband and dogs. I was absolutely the most active person I knew. No matter what I did, the weight wouldn't come off - 7 years with the "new me". I switched medications, ones that didn't have a "weight gain" side effect - but still no weight loss. I had just resigned myself to being a healthy (but big for me) size 12 for the rest of my life.
I missed being sexy. I missed being HOT. And I didn't want to look "matronly". I wanted to be a HOT MAMA! Especially with my six month old son. I didn't want to look good for being a mom. I wanted to look good PERIOD!
After my pregnancy (and yes, I did step and kickboxing to the day I delivered!), I was determined to FINALLY get to that elusive size 8. Worked out even harder...watched what I ate...nothing. Then, I was at the library and saw Dr. Perricone's book. On the section on exercise, I couldn't believe there was ACTUALLY an exercise program I'd never heard of...I had done it all, Tae-Bo, Circuit Step, Power Yoga, The Firm...and I was always up for trying something new in the hopes it would WORK. And that he devoted 15 pages to T-Tapp??? This I gotta try.
So I went to the website. And unlike other programs, there were women just like me. Already "fit", already working out, but not seeing results until T-Tapp. I called and talked to Jeanne. Who spent 45 minutes on the phone with me. She told me she used to work out 2 hours a day. And now she does 45 minutes twice a week. She was awesome to talk to and very motivating.
I was so psyched; I started on the try before you buy exercises immediately, waiting for my tapes. I liked them, but I was like "There's NO WAY this can really work". But I kept saying to myself, even if this is one QUARTER as good as these folks say it is, it's worth it to try. After looking at the forums, I was convinced I'd be a "slow loser" so I was prepared to do it for the long haul and see what happened.
I started with a 14-day bootcamp. I liked the workout - and yes, I was sweating much more than I thought I would. But still, it was weird to me that THIS would actually be effective. And hard as it was for me to give up my other workouts, I cut out everything else I was doing except for walking.
In the first 9 days, I felt like the INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN. I lost 2 inches off my waist and 3 inches off my abdomen. After three days, I had noticed a difference, after 5 days my husband said he noticed a BIG difference. It was UNBELIEVEABLE. Too good to be true - wasn't it???
In the first two weeks during my bootcamp, I lost 9 inches. 9 freaking inches!!!! After working so hard for seven years, I felt like I had found nirvana.
So yes, I hit what I thought was a plateau for two weeks (kept it up though!). Hadn't noticed any other inch loss in my midsection. So I measured again. I had lost 5 inches - 1 of each arm, upper thigh and 1/2 off my calves! My beautiful legs were back! I hadn't seen them in 7 years!!! I couldn't believe that yes, indeed, it was a "Total Body Workout". And to not be using weights??? So weird for me!!
Cut to 6 weeks later. I did order Tempo Torso and Hit the Floor Harder since I like the variety and I really wanted to blast that midsection. And BOOM - one week of doing those - more inch loss. 21 1/2 inches in 6 weeks. And down a size and a half. From a tight 14 (after pregnancy) to fit 12, but a "buttoned" but tight 10. I'm in PRE-PRE Pregnancy jeans, ones I couldn't wear BEFORE I was pregnant.
The weirdest thing about this is, I almost wanted to "TEST" T-Tapp. When I started doing the workout, I just stopped thinking about how much I was eating. I kept making pretty good choices (oh, except for those fries... ummmm... and that chocolate...) and believe it or not, I started eating MORE. Better, but MORE. I was like "let's really see if this works". No clue why I did that, but I continue to eat what I want (and drink beer and wine in moderation - bad girl!). To be able to get results without dieting is crazy to me. But it's working!!!
One of the best parts is that the workout FEELS really good. I feel my blood pulsating and my body tingling after a workout. I love the feeling! And I totally enjoy the workouts, even though the more I do them, the HARDER they get. (So weird, what other workout is like that???). It's really hard for me to get the EOD thing into my thick skull, and if anything, I'm sure I probably overtrain, but it feels so good, I don't like taking a day off :). I at least do PBS every morning (which is an AWESOME way to start the day) and try to do HDs at least once a day no matter what.
I'm the biggest evangelist for T-Tapp there is. I've told so many people about this life-changing experience. One of my friends that's had bad back pain for years - three days of doing T-Tapp - no more back pain. Another has struggled with really bad swelling, low energy and neck pain. One week - feels like a new person. I honestly think that this is one of the most amazing things I've ever done.
I feel so "FREE". Free of thinking about what to eat, or chastising myself for eating "badly". Free of wondering what ELSE I could do to get results, when nothing else was working. Free of thinking about "what workout should I do". Free of the disappointment and energy that went into trying so hard, and seeing no results. Free to enjoy the things I love, in moderation, without tempering my enjoyment thinking how "bad" it is that I'm indulging. And maybe most importantly, FREE of blaming my illness for "taking away" the person I used to be. It's life changing. All that energy, for all those years...to let that go.
I'm hopeful that I will hit that elusive size 8, probably need to actually change my diet to get there :). But I'm well on my way to being "Fit and Fabulous".
Thank you Teresa, and your great team of T-Tapp Trainers (I'm sure Jeanne and Lauren and Bekki are sick of me!). You've answered every question, given me great tips, and kept me inspired. I can't thank you enough for this amazing program.