Hi. I am a 42 year old mother of 3. I’m an artist with a studio in my home. I thank God for that because it allowed me to be a stay-at-home mom when my kids were little.
Although never an athlete, I was generally pleased with my body throughout my twenties and thirties. With each baby, nursing helped me return pretty close to my pre-pregnancy weight, although it seemed that each time, I kept around 3-5 pounds extra. In my late thirties, I began to see that with each year 2 or 3 more pounds began to creep on and hang around.
In the spring of 2006, I had major throat surgery, and as you can imagine, when you don’t feel like swallowing anything, you can lose weight. I lost about 15 pounds in less than a month. It was the first time in my life that I’d actually ever gone backwards in weight without being post-partum. However, it wasn’t due to exercise or diet, so of course, I didn’t sustain those losses for long. But the experience did show me that the pounds didn’t have to be permanent. Even though I’ve never had the willpower to stick with a diet more than about, say, 3 days, I saw that it was possible.
I’m 5’8” tall, and so I’ve always thought that I could weigh a little more and still look okay. I guess I fooled myself into thinking that people would guess I weighed less than I did.
Anyway, after turning 40, it seemed that I was not only adding those extra couple pounds each year, I was also feeling very flabby. I’ve always understood that I need to exercise, usually did walking or running, but I don’t enjoy the treadmill, and so half the year, was very sporadic, and even in good weather rarely achieved much consistency. This summer, I had to face the fact that I either needed to find something that would work, or start buying the next size up in jeans (16s).
Another factor (read excuse) for my sporadic exercise was chronic back and neck pain. I’ve seen chiropractors since high school, for curvature of the spine. So of course, anytime I was sore or achy, I didn’t exercise.
This summer, my chiropractor kept asking me if I thought my thyroid was sluggish. So surfing the web on that topic, I came across the T-Tapp website and looked into it. I went to the bookstore and bought Teresa’s book. Then, since I wasn’t at all sure I was doing it right from the pictures, I bought the Total Workout DVD. I took my measurements and started a boot camp on August 14, 2009.
In just over 3 months, I have lost 27”. More important to me, is I’ve found that it IS possible for me to be consistent with something. When asked to submit my story, my first thought, was, “But I’m not a success story, YET!! I’m not there, YET.” But just the fact that I have been more consistent with T-Tapp than I’ve been with anything in my life means success to me.
The first month of doing the workouts, I could feel the growing strength in my back, neck and shoulders. During first week, I could always feel PBS was tugging something into place! I’ve cut down on the visits to my chiropractor. When I have seen him in the last few weeks, he’s complemented me on my progress!
I am a combo, so that 27” loss means that I’ve reversed the slide and my 14s are again comfortable and even getting loose.
My posture is improved—I was 5’8 in high school, and last winter my as my 15yo son was inching taller than me (and checking every other day!!), he measured me at 5’7 ½. I was bummed at the thought of shrinking already. My mom and grandmother both had osteoporosis. But with T-Tapp, I have gotten that lost 1/2 inch back!! I’m hopeful that I can keep bone density as I get older.
My back pain has decreased, my overall health is better, and my attitude and outlook on life is more positive. I know I can and will stick with T-Tapp (I now own about 5 of the different workouts, and I even drove 3 hours for a clinic a few weeks ago!).
I can’t wait to see where I will be in 6 months and a year!! Many, many heartfelt thanks to Teresa and all the team!! I also must give credit to participating on the forum for helping me learn more and stay motivated.