Dana M.

UNDER 50 – More to Lose

BODY PART INCHES LOST
Pecs 3.5
Bust/Chest 2.5
Ribs 1
Waist 2.5
Abs 5
Hips 3
Right Upper Thigh 1.75
Left Upper Thigh 1.5
Right Lower Thigh 2
Left Lower Thigh 2
Right Calf 0.5
Left Calf 0.5
Right Upper Arm 0.25
Left Upper Arm 0.5
Total Inches Lost:  26.5

 

Essay:  

I started T- TAPP exactly two months ago, after feeling very inspired by my friend Margaret Barry, a T-TAPP Trainer. I have had the BWO+, Total, and HHMM DVDs for almost a year, but finally started doing T-TAPP for the first time on the first day of the challenge. Today I want to share my 2 month results for the 60-day challenge because I AM SO EXCITED! I have lost 27 inches and 10 pounds! I am wearing a size 12 pant, down from a size 16! In two months! I want to shout from the rooftops how much I love T – TAPP!!! I have improved my “chronic” pain issues (they are GONE!), my mood is FABULOUS, my happiness is not measurable because it’s off the charts! I can’t wait to see what this next year brings, as I look forward to continuing T-TAPP forever! My 35th birthday was March 30th, and I’ve never been this excited to get older because I feel so young right now! Thank you Teresa Tapp and Margaret for helping me get my life back! After a traumatic incident and a 50-pound weight gain, I am finally getting back to ME again! Here is my story:

I was always pretty, happy, and physically fit… until I wasn’t. That may sound vain, but bear with me. I grew up a soccer player, and became pretty obsessed with power-lifting from ages 18-26. I was smart, pretty, fit, and accomplished. At age 22, I graduated college and joined the Navy as a Navy Nurse. I was conditioned to run, lift weights, and do push-ups and sit-ups. I ate a Standard American Diet, high in bread, pasta, sugar, and processed foods. Looking back, I thought that I had the perfect life, diet, and exercise routine.

At age 26, I deployed to Kuwait at the end of 2008, and my world changed after a very traumatic incident. I was sexually assaulted during the first month of my deployment by a fellow medical professional. I was so embarrassed and afraid of what would happen if I came forward and told my story. I worried that no one would believe me because he was a respected officer, higher in rank and prestige. I felt alone, depressed, and couldn’t tell anyone. Phone lines are commonly tapped, so I didn’t even tell my husband or family until I got home from deployment 7 months later. The person who assaulted me apparently did this to at least 30 other women while in Kuwait. I was eventually able to talk about it, which was another traumatic event all on its own. I became one of 15 victims to testify against this person in a high profile court case that was reported on all over the world; the largest news story for the Navy at the time. I was back in the States, working in a Naval Emergency Department, and I had so much stress trying to balance my Naval career with this traumatic issue that took over a year to resolve (unfavorably) in court. I got out of the military within 2 years of returning from my deployment, and I ended up morphing away from the confident, fit person I always was, into a totally different character. I realize now that I was sabotaging myself—trying to make myself ugly, overweight, and unattractive, so that I would not attract unwanted advances from another devious criminal. I gained 50 pounds, despite moving to a new city and trying to focus on eating a real-food diet. I would sneak sugary treats to try to combat depression. I worked in a high stress job. I have since changed careers, and I have way less stress!

I underwent a lot of counseling, and I would say that I was emotionally “better” about a year ago, but my physical appearance did not reflect that. I tried getting back into a workout routine, but I had severe adrenal exhaustion and could barely tolerate anything other than walking. I tried weight lifting again, and I got shingles within two weeks from the STRESS that this put on my body. I tried some extreme workout DVDs from Beachbody, and I could not finish a single workout without collapsing. The ONLY workout that I have been able to tolerate and improve from (and quickly!), has been T-TAPP. After taking the plunge and starting a pretty consistent T-TAPP schedule two months ago, I feel (for the first time ever) that I have finally found the type of exercise that I will continue for the rest of my life. I feel so happy, revived, and uplifted in so many ways after doing T-TAPP. I used to get severe migraines and body aches that I was told were chronic. I am now significantly pain FREE! I am also significantly improving my lower back “S” curve and my head position—my posture is dramatically improved in two months! I tried posture-correcting stretches called “Egoscue” for the last 2 years, and I have had better results with my posture with T-TAPP in just two months! I truly believe that T-TAPP is getting me into the best shape of my life, and I am so excited to see my progress in the years to come!

I am a huge advocate for eating REAL food and little to no processed food, but I have always had trouble following that, until last September. I was having so much trouble losing weight, so I decided to consult a Functional Medicine doctor. After doing extensive labs, he diagnosed me with severe Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), two intestinal parasites that I probably got while deployed to Kuwait, and mild candida overgrowth. My abdomen was always distended, and people would ask if I was pregnant a lot (I never was!). My doctor put me on two months of herbal antibiotics to heal these intestinal issues. During my diagnosis and healing period between Sept 20, 2016 and Feb 15, 2017 (the start of this challenge), I lost 10 pounds and 15.25 inches, and I credit that to finally committing in September to “JERF”—Just Eat Real Food. I did not exercise at all during that period, except for light walking through the woods back and forth on my driveway sometimes. I didn’t watch my calories, and I ate whatever I wanted, as long as it was real, non-processed foods. On Feb 8, I committed to continue eating real food, but I started eating it in different combinations specified by the “Alt Shift Diet.” It’s a real food way of eating (I dislike the word diet, because it is not a diet—it is a sustainable and healthy way of eating). I would compare this to Teresa’s “God Made” way of eating. During the entire 60-day challenge, my calorie average has been around 1,800-2,400 cal a day, and I am eating everything I enjoy to eat, but I am making sure to eat higher fat food away from higher carb food. I do not avoid anything that I love. I only drink water, with 1 coffee in the morning with heavy cream. I do not drink sodas or anything else.

I am on no medications, and I only take these supplements: Fermented Cod Liver oil, an Optimal Omega complex, Curcumin, Ginger, and two Probiotics.

As far as the workouts go, I wrote a daily calendar down below, but in summary: I did BWO+ a total of 14 times throughout the 60 days, and I added Lunges and Balance from Total about halfway through the challenge (I get exhausted so easily!). I also added on the “Secret to a Flat Stomach” workout quite a bit. I’ve done HHMM twice, and I JUST got SATI, so I did that a couple of times. After my first SATI experience, I try hard to use the principles taught in SATI while I am walking on my driveway. I did PBS and random Hoe-Downs on days where I was too exhausted or busy. I also walked on my driveway a lot in the past 60 days because the weather has been so beautiful.

As far as the workouts go, I wrote a daily calendar down below, but in summary: I did BWO+ a total of 14 times throughout the 60 days, and I added Lunges and Balance from Total about halfway through the challenge (I get exhausted so easily!). I also added on the “Secret to a Flat Stomach” workout quite a bit. I’ve done HHMM twice, and I JUST got SATI, so I did that a couple of times. After my first SATI experience, I try hard to use the principles taught in SATI while I am walking on my driveway. I did PBS and random Hoe-Downs on days where I was too exhausted or busy. I also walked on my driveway a lot in the past 60 days because the weather has been so beautiful.

I desire to win this 60-day Challenge because I want to be the example that helps other women like me. As painful as it was to write about my personal story, it was HEALING, and it gave me more mental strength than I can express. I want people to know that you CAN heal from traumatic stress, you CAN heal your body with T-TAPP, you CAN heal your diet, and most importantly, you CAN get back to your life in a healthy, nourishing way. Today I can honestly say that I finally feel pretty, fit, and physically fit again. EVERY person deserves to feel this GOOD! YES YOU CAN!