Kathleen H.

OVER 50 – Health Improvements

Pecs 2
Bust/Chest 2
Ribs 1.5
Waist 2
Abs 1
Hips 3
Right Upper Thigh 1.5
Left Upper Thigh 1.5
Right Lower Thigh 1.5
Left Lower Thigh 1
Right Calf 1
Left Calf 0.5
Right Upper Arm 1
Left Upper Arm 1.5
Total Inches Lost:  21


Essay:  WOW! I did it! I completed the 60 Day Challenge!! 21 inches off and 6 pounds down!
This has been a very interesting ‘experiment’. I am the type of person who doesn’t enjoy exercising. I purchased numerous T-Tapp DVDs over the years, but something always stopped me from exercising on a regular basis. I needed to find a daily routine that suited me. The 2 week Walking Challenge was just the ticket!!

I purchased a Fitbit in September, 2016 to record my steps and track my sleeping habits. When I first started walking I couldn’t go far without feeling major pain in my left hip. I was SO out of shape. I was not using T-Tapp technique at all at the time and almost quit walking due to hip and knee pain. Being overweight and 70 didn’t help either. I finally checked with my doctor in December, 2016 and he assured me the pain was muscular, not arthritis, and suggested I get a deep tissue massage, which I did and got some relief. Then Teresa’s email about the 60 Day Challenge came and the Walking Challenge really got my attention! I had been trying to get just 8,000 steps a day, but wasn’t doing it regularly. I had the ‘Step Away the Inches’ (SATI) and ‘Step it to the Max’ DVDs already so I was all set to go. I loved ‘SATI’ and learned the T-Tapp technique and the arm/back exercises. The 25 minute routine was just long enough and was easy to remember, so I began using the T-Tapp techniques in my daily walks outside – I was getting my steps AND exercising at the same time! Perfect! Soon I upped my steps to 10,000/day and never looked back.

As of today I no longer experience any pain in my body and continue to walk almost every day using T-Tapp technique. I also use the T-Tapp technique throughout the day and it has become second nature now. I memorized the arm exercises from SATI and on the days I walk outside I usually save the arm exercises for when I get home because I walk in a crowded area. I try to do them several times each day while stepping in place.

The interesting thing about all this is that my choice of food has gradually changed. I no longer crave something to eat in the evenings and my weight is slowly going south! I try to focus on whole foods and limited portions. This has all been a gradual process. When I look back on the last two months I can see the milestones I accomplished and didn’t even realize it – getting stronger, enjoying walking more, feeling good in my body and losing weight. I plan on continuing using T-Tapp technique for the rest of my life. Who knows, I may even graduate to the more strenuous DVDs as my body gets stronger and lighter.
My next doctor’s appointment is in December, 2017, so I’ll continue walking, using T-Tapp techniques and losing weight until then. My expectation is that my BP will be so good I will be taken off the meds.

Thanks, Teresa for the two week Walking Challenge within the 60 Day Challenge – it helped me get started on the perfect exercise plan for me!