UNDER 50 MORE TO LOSE
|BODY PART||INCHES LOST|
|Right Upper Thigh||-0.5|
|Left Upper Thigh||-1|
|Right Lower Thigh||-3|
|Left Lower Thigh||-4|
|Right Upper Arm||-1.5|
|Left Upper Arm||-1.75|
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|Total Inches Gained:|
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Essay: I did it! I completed the T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge!! Had you told me I would even be T-Tapping a year ago, I would have scoffed. I mean, I bought the 2004 Basic Workout Plus DVDs on close-out in 2009 or 2010 and had only barely attempted the workout! Still, I recommended T-Tapp to people, because I knew it was good, but I wasn’t ready to do the workout myself. I have also been getting the newsletter for six or seven years! I never cancelled, despite the fact I never felt ready to do any more than look at it. Every year, I watched the updates, retreat details, and Challenge. It just wasn’t for me. You see, I hate exercise. And when I say hate, I mean despise, detest, abhor, and even resent it. Exercise has caused me no end of mental anguish over the years and I resented that I might “need” it to deal with my weight issues.
Oh, yes. There’s that. I’ve struggled with my weight for about 35 years. I’ve tried most diets and have had times where I would force myself to exercise. I would struggle along for a few months crying, kicking, and screaming. I never felt like I was moving forward, I would get frustrated, and would give up. The shame I carried was immense. How do you accurately describe 35 years of shame, pain, and failure? How could I be this way? Why could I not control my weight? Why are people so judgmental? Why can’t I just be like other people and deal with my shame of being overweight? Why can’t I just force myself to control it through diet and exercise? Last June, I had a hernia repaired and after the surgery the doctor perfunctorily told me, “You should consider losing some weight.” I thought, “Really?! That’s brilliant! Why have I never thought of that!?! I’ll go out and do that right away!” I was once again ashamed, angry, and hopeless.
While on a follow up visit after that surgery, they found gallstones. It was time for a change. I began T-Tapping. I did it faithfully for about 2 months, taking off only a week after my 2nd surgery. I began to feel better. I lost some inches and I even began considering the 60 Day Challenge coming up in 2016. But the autumn and winter were difficult and I stopped. Only this time, I didn’t feel like a failure when I stopped. I knew I was pretty good at it and (yikes) might even enjoy it. I was just so overwhelmed by circumstances and I wasn’t at a place on my journey where I could deal with life and exercise. In January, I hit rock bottom and knew I was ready to try again. Beginning in February, I cleaned up my diet (as opposed to dieting).
I decided that I would officially enter the T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge and I would complete it. Not only would I complete it, I would win it. I began with a four day Bootcamp and have done Basic Work Out Plus four times per week since the Challenge began. I even T-Tapped on my 43rd birthday! My 8 year old daughter asked me why I was T-Tapping on my birthday. “Why not just relax?” she said. I told her I was doing it because it makes me feel better and I’m doing it for me. And the most earth-shattering part was I realized that I MEANT IT!
Somewhere along the way, during the Challenge, I realized that even if I didn’t get chosen as a winner, I still would have won! And, truly I have won. I am a different person now. I know there is hope. I feel better than I have in a long time. Since February I’ve lost a total of 39 inches. I feel stronger than I ever have. The aches, pains, and stiffness are nearly all gone. I have more confidence. I am less depressed and my energy levels have dramatically increased. I now look for ways to go out and walk and move (with my ribs up, lats set, shoulders back, my toes forward, and big toes up, and buns tucked of course)! I have shifted my thinking about exercise, well about T-Tapp, anyway! I’m doing it for myself. I really do enjoy T-Tapping. It’s efficient and effective, which is what I needed. I feel better each time I finish BWO+.
I would like to win the Challenge because it has truly changed my life in 60 days and winning is the only way I will get to attend a retreat, as we live overseas and finances do not permit it. We happen to be in the U.S. this summer and I want to meet and workout with Teresa, the T-Tap Team, and fellow T-Tappers. I’d like to say, “thank you.” I want to know the stories of other people succeeding and struggling in this endeavor, and I want to share mine. I know being able to attend and participate in the retreat would motivate me on my journey, which is far from over. I also want people to know that if I can do it, they can do it! The, “Yes, you can!” motto is so very important. The more you say “Yes, you can!” the truer it becomes.
Comments: Thank you very much for holding the Challenge. It’s been amazing!