Rachel's T-Tapp Testimonial, March 2010:
My name is Rachel E. I am a 23 year old from Texas, but I am currently finishing my degree in Oklahoma. I began T-Tapping in June of 2009. I found out about it through the grapevine; my mom knew Charlotte Siems in college, and we heard her story through an alumni e-mail. My mom was really interested in how she lost that many inches and that much weight. So we looked at the T-Tapp website, read Charlotte’s story as well as some other amazing stories, and watched some of Teresa’s “example” videos. The movements looked pretty different, but we thought it was worth a try. But before I tell you my T-Tapp story, I want to tell you a little bit about my life before T-Tapp.
I have played sports practically since I can remember. I played basketball in elementary and middle school, ran track in middle and high school, and then concentrated on volleyball in high school and some of college. I know what working out looks like and how it feels to burn a lot of calories. But even though I worked out for sports ALL the time, I still ended up with a slight weight problem near the end of high school and my first years in college. This, of course, was because even though I was working out hard on a regular basis, I was paying absolutely no attention to what I was eating and drinking. I knew practically nothing about nutrition and “food” health. So, I had lots of bulky muscle, some fat to spare and still didn’t feel like working out. It was not fun or entertaining, it was just work.
After gaining at least the freshman 15 (and the sophomore 5 or 10 that I made up), I decided something needed to change. I began watching my portion sizes and trying to make healthier choices. I drank more water and starting exercising in a different way. Competitive or “organized” sports were pretty much over for me, so I decided to pick up running for ‘fun’. It was never a really long distance; I think the most I ever ran at once was 3 miles. But this running I was doing was finally for myself and not for any coach or sport. So it really did become “fun” for me, and I liked feeling energized and healthier. But the thing about running is, your workout schedule is completely dependent on the weather. And if anyone has ever lived, been to or even through Oklahoma, you know that the weather is anything BUT something to depend upon. I found myself being super motivated to run on warm beautiful days, but what about rainy days? The really hot days? What about cold days? Snow or ice days? Yeah, as you can see I started feeling as though running wouldn’t be enough for long-term health, flexibility and overall fitness (also, my workout schedule became very susceptible to excuses).
Now fast forward to June of last year (2009). I had just returned (at the beginning of May) from a 4 month long ‘semester abroad’ studying in Costa Rica (a VERY amazing experience!!). As you could guess though, living with a family in a different country that didn’t speak the same language as you, prevented most any kind of exercise (except for walking from place to place) or control over my nutrition to a certain extent. By the time I got home, I had put on a good 10 or 15 lbs. This posed a small problem considering my wedding was in 3 MONTHS and my dress was sized to my smaller me (because I ordered it before I left the country).
For me, my coming wedding provided the perfect opportunity and motivation for loosing some weight! My mom and I began T-Tapping around the middle of June with a 14-day boot camp. After those first two weeks I had lost 7 inches (off my whole body). I was AMAZED!! And that was just with the 15 min Basic Instructional and then partly the Basic Workout Plus!! I already felt more toned after 14 days, but I was curious what more this interesting exercise program could do for me. So I continued with the Basic Workout plus every other day for about a month. Then I began trying out the Total Workout to see if I could benefit even more from it. Well, by the time my wedding came along (on August 1st, 2009) I fit into my dress and I was feeling really great about my body.
Since then, T-Tapp has proven over and over again to be the workout that works and will always work. In January I got even more serious about T-Tapp and decided to get some of the other workouts to mix up my routine a little bit. Here are the benefits I have noticed (I’m sure there are many other good things going on inside that I don’t even know about!) since T-Tapping:
· I had lower back pain before I started T-Tapping that would be most noticeable when I lay down to go to sleep. That has not bothered me at first as much and now at all since I started T-Tapping.
· My posture has improved dramatically, and I am much more aware of my body and how it should be aligned throughout the day.
· I can feel the muscles in my body and I have more strength than before. I also have more muscle tone and definition in my arms, core & legs.
· My endurance has improved significantly, especially after doing the Total Workout more often. This has helped me in other areas of interest including biking, running and walking.
· My digestion system is in much better condition, I am now regular and feel very confident that my body is doing a great job getting rid of what it does not need.
· Especially now that I have started body brushing, I have seen a reduction in cellulite in my legs (which is the biggest problem area for me).
· One of my favorite benefits I’ve seen so far is flexibility!! I have become so much more flexible, and to me that is so important for every day life. Especially when you are exercising, because it helps prevent injury.
· I have had so much more energy since I began T-Tapping. I don’t feel like I need a nap in the middle of the day anymore. I actually feel energized after the workout, not exhausted.
· Last but not least, I have finally found a workout that I have NO EXCUSE not to do. No matter what! That is because this workout can be done by just listening, or by video, or even by memorization. You only need enough space for your body to fit in, AND it only has to take 15 minutes!! So no excuse I can think of is a valid excuse not to do T-Tapp. Which is just what I needed to make exercise something doable for me long term. I've also learned that inches are MUCH more important to lose than pounds, and it's helped me stop paying so much attention to that silly scale!
Anyway, as you can see my life is very different now that I am doing T-Tapp. I know this is a program that I can do for the rest of my life, no matter what age or what condition I am in. It works for all ages, all sizes, and definitely all shapes. My goal now is to become a T-Tapp trainer, so that I can share the benefits of this exercise with other men and women who want to not only be in shape, but also be the healthiest they can be. If you made it all the way through my story…thanks for sticking with it! I hope it encourages you to not wait one more minute to get your life back (or not let it go before it gets away from you)! As I have learned very well…YES YOU CAN WITH T-TAPP!! ;oD
Oh and by the way, I've now lost around 10 inches and 10 lbs since starting T-Tapp!! YAY!!