Donna S.

OVER 50 – Average to Lose

BODY PART INCHES LOST
Pecs 1.5
Bust/Chest 2
Ribs 1
Waist 2.5
Abs 1.75
Hips 2
Right Upper Thigh 1.5
Left Upper Thigh 1.25
Right Lower Thigh 1
Left Lower Thigh 1
Right Calf 1
Left Calf 0.75
Right Upper Arm 0.75
Left Upper Arm 0.5
Total Inches Lost:  18.5

 

Essay:  I love a challenge, and the 60-Day T-Tapp challenge I love most of all. It motivates me to get up and move. It motivates me to push myself a little harder than I would normally do. I know that if life gets in the way and I miss two days for a school band trip, or even eight days because I was sick, it really doesn’t matter. With T-Tapp, less really is more. Even with days off, I was extremely excited with my results.

I started out doing the two week walking challenge. I did Step Away the Inches and Step it to the Max, my two favorite workouts. At the end of the two weeks I had already lost 7 ½ inches. Also, on March 1st when I needed to measure, take pictures, write my essay, and send my information in, I woke up very very sick with the flu (even though I had taken the flu shot). I managed to measure myself, write my essay, and have my husband take my pictures. He and my daughter entered everything into the computer for me because I was too sick to do it myself. They both asked me if I wanted to look at my pictures but I said no. I didn’t feel like looking. I never did look at those pictures until two days ago, which caused me to scream, call my daughter and ask why in the world did you send in those awful pictures!? If I had looked at them I probably never would have let them be sent. I looked so dreadful. I now know why they kept asking me if I wanted to look at my pictures.

I survived the flu, but for the next eight days I wasn’t able to do any workouts. I was barely able to get out of bed. On March 9th I decided I could finally start back slowly. For the next 5 days, I only did Step Away the Inches; then for 6 days I switched to Step it to the Max. On March 20th I decided to add Basic Workout Plus, Awesome Legs, and Diva Derriere to the mix. On the first day I did these I discovered muscles I didn’t know I had! (And for several days I was extremely sore!) I continued doing Basic Workout Plus, Awesome Legs, and Diva Derriere for 5 days then added back a walking workout. Some days I would do Basic, and some days I would do Step Away the Inches or Step it to the Max and occasionally do both. I continued doing Awesome Legs and Diva Derriere every day until the end of the challenge. For the last eleven days of the challenge, I did Basic Workout Plus, Step it to the Max, Awesome Legs, and Diva Derriere every day, I also walked 3 miles every day for the last five days. So how much T-Tapp did I do in 60 days? Step Away the Inches-15 times, Step it to the Max-36 times, Basic Workout Plus-24 times, Awesome Legs-24 times, and Diva Derriere-24 times, I also walked 3 miles-9 times, and on 10 days I did nothing at all. Also, on most nights I would body brush.

I survived the flu, but for the next eight days I wasn’t able to do any workouts. I was barely able to get out of bed. On March 9th I decided I could finally start back slowly. For the next 5 days, I only did Step Away the Inches; then for 6 days I switched to Step it to the Max. On March 20th I decided to add Basic Workout Plus, Awesome Legs, and Diva Derriere to the mix. On the first day I did these I discovered muscles I didn’t know I had! (And for several days I was extremely sore!) I continued doing Basic Workout Plus, Awesome Legs, and Diva Derriere for 5 days then added back a walking workout. Some days I would do Basic, and some days I would do Step Away the Inches or Step it to the Max and occasionally do both. I continued doing Awesome Legs and Diva Derriere every day until the end of the challenge. For the last eleven days of the challenge, I did Basic Workout Plus, Step it to the Max, Awesome Legs, and Diva Derriere every day, I also walked 3 miles every day for the last five days. So how much T-Tapp did I do in 60 days? Step Away the Inches-15 times, Step it to the Max-36 times, Basic Workout Plus-24 times, Awesome Legs-24 times, and Diva Derriere-24 times, I also walked 3 miles-9 times, and on 10 days I did nothing at all. Also, on most nights I would body brush.

Even with setbacks, by the end of the challenge, I had lost a total of 18 ½ inches. I was excited when I measured myself. But, I already knew the results were going to be good, because my slacks were becoming slack and my tops were less snug. I even have breathing room in my jeans and have to keep tugging them up during the day, (it might be time to wear a belt or go shopping).

Even with setbacks, by the end of the challenge, I had lost a total of 18 ½ inches. I was excited when I measured myself. But, I already knew the results were going to be good, because my slacks were becoming slack and my tops were less snug. I even have breathing room in my jeans and have to keep tugging them up during the day, (it might be time to wear a belt or go shopping).
During the challenge, I did all but one workout with the videos. I have found that I pay better attention to my form when I am listening to Teresa’s reminders. I even find myself telling myself to tuck my butt when I realize I’m not doing it just seconds before Teresa tells me to, or to get behind the ears, NBT, or the other reminders that helps me keep my form. The hardest thing was keeping my shoulders back, which told me that I was starting to have stooped shoulders. It took until week 6 that holding them back was becoming easier. I also found that when I would tuck my butt, it would pull my shoulders back, so I started doing this more and more throughout the day. My mother and grandmother were both stooped over for many years before they died, my mother also had osteoporosis bad enough that she was in a wheel chair for years. So when I was having trouble keeping my shoulders back it was a very serious wake up call for me. I went and had a Dexa scan done and it showed I had osteopenia in my spine and hips. This challenge was becoming more than me just wanting to look better or win a trip to Safety Harbor. As I was looking at my family health history and my heredity, I knew where I was headed if I didn’t change this from a 60-day challenge to a permanent life style change. Thank you Teresa for your awesome T-Tapp workouts, and what I was able to accomplish with them. Thank you too for all the encouragement you give to all us T-Tappers.