Karen M.

OVER 50 – Less to Lose

Pecs 0.25
Bust/Chest -0.25
Ribs 0.75
Waist 2
Abs 1.5
Hips 1
Right Upper Thigh 0.75
Left Upper Thigh 1
Right Lower Thigh 1
Left Lower Thigh 0.5
Right Calf 0.5
Left Calf 0.375
Right Upper Arm -0.25
Left Upper Arm 0
Total Inches Lost:  9.125


Essay: What a crazy 60 Day Challenge! But come to think of it, that’s what I’ve thought for every challenge I’ve participated in. Maybe I should just say – what a crazy life!
Looking back over the last 60 days, life has overflowed, to say the least. Having done three other challenges, I knew I just needed to keep going, doing as much as I possibly could, and see how things turned out in the end.

Oh, Teresa! “We” did it again!

For whatever reason, if I don’t start a day with a T-Tapp workout, in all likelihood it just won’t happen, and over this challenge I only got in about 12 short workouts and one full one. So through all the craziness – trips, adult children in and out while looking for a job, wildfires around us, school overload, flu running through the family, (and just horrible eating choices) – I decided to “at least” concentrate on Curl the Core and Ribs Up, and I do mean concentrate. I attempted to start each day that I didn’t do a workout with some mix of three moves – Primary Back Stretch, a variation of T-Tapp Twist with a towel, maybe a set of Plies or Hoe Downs, or some of the T-Tapp Tuesday moves. (I loved Margaret Barry’s links on T-Tapp Support on Facebook!) I did these in my closet in front of my mirror so that I could check my form. During the day I very diligently and thoughtfully concentrated on curling my core and ribs up… well, most of the time. I’m a teacher so every day during the pledges I would curl the core, engage lats, KLT, and making sure my feet were straight. Throughout the day just a tap on my thigh reminded me to get ribs up. At home while washing dishes I would purposefully curl the core. While talking to my family I might do a set of No-Jump Jumping Jacks or a set of Hoe Downs or Organs in Place to end the day. While walking I would concentrate on “feeling slim” by lifting my ribs, tightening lats, feeling my abs. While sitting, while driving, whenever – think, think, think! It really is mind to body fitness.

I know I didn’t put as much effort into this challenge as others, but once again, I’m living proof that “Less is more with T-Tapp!” It’s my secret weapon for child-induced stress (adult and/or younger children!), poor eating, or wearing my favorite pair of pants! Once again, thank you,Teresa!