Saturday, February 05, 2011
This morning I was visiting friends and got complimented...they said they could see that I had "lost weight" but truly...I am streamlining more than losing pounds. THANK YOU, T-Tapp. I am beginning to sound like a broken record extolling the benefits of T-Tapp and Sparkpeople!
I was talking with another friend who says he has been asking his doctors why he (my friend) gains weight in his belly. One Dr. finally said it had to do with his testosterone..put him on some med and my friend said he promptly gained 20 MORE pounds! WHAT! So we got talking about what I have learned from T-Tapp about body type and structure. And, what help I have found at SP.
Teresa Tapp says: "...to ignore the scale and focus solely on inch loss." "[N]o matter how much you work out, your body type and structure may simply not enable you to ever wear a size four or six. Looking your best is more about having everything fit, firm, and in the right place." p.7 I agree, while the scale is one form of measurement, a trim larger size may look and feel a lot better than a flabby or frumpy smaller one!!! It was thinking about this that inspired me to examine the book more closely and to blog about what I find important.
My friend also has aches and pains. What I have learned through T-Tapping myself is what Teresa explains...the same movements that help you trim down and firm up, also help manage back pain and "alleviate muscle soreness". p.8 When I started with T-Tapp, there were movements I wouldn't even attempt on the more extensive workouts...my knees wouldn't allow it. NOW, though, I AM doing them..with no crunching noises and no pain.
The thing is, T-Tapp looks almost TOO easy. That is probably partly what appealed to me...and also that I did them in too lax a manner is probably why I did get results, but not to the degree I expected in the beginning. NOW I know. "Fair warning: T-Tapp moves may look simple, but...there's a lot more going on than meets the eye." The "comprehensive movements always work five to seven muscles at once." P. 10 You get an intense workout in a short time with great results. Do I sound like a salesperson? I'm sold!
This is the important thing, I think, that this is "...a rehabilitative approach to fitness, which means that the moves...are designed to help your body help itself repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate." p.11 I have felt it work. I am seeing results.
The book is filled with personal experiences of those who have not only lost weight and/or increased their fitness levels, but also who have found relief from chronic pain ...even pain from chronic illnesses. My interest is mainly to help me keep my type 2 diabetes under control...keeping blood sugars down in the normal range, and of course, to look FIT and Fabulous.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
"Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes" is the title of the book by Teresa Tapp with Barbara Smalley. It outlines her workout routine that really does shave off inches and make you feel wonderful.
When I first tried the basic workout plus, I expected miracles...after all, the "lose up to 2 sizes in 4 weeks with the T-Tapp workout" line certainly appealed to me. I got the workouts and got started. Well, I didn't get the results I expected...though I felt great...and even felt taller!! I loved the workout, but when I wasn't suddenly svelt and down two sizes, I was soon not quite consistent doing it after that...and didn't bother to measure again. Not until recently did I discover that I had lost 8 inches...which I must attribute to T-Tapp.
What worked? I got the book, listened to the instructionals again, began to do things correctly. FORM MATTERS.
This week, I began rereading the book, treating it as a text book and making note of what points are important to me. I've only just begun. How can I not like points like the initial introductory comments including:
"You'll also discover how less is more, since T-Tapp's special form and techniques maximize muscle development, enabling your body to shed inches in record time. In fact, the stronger you get, the more you get out of T-Tapp - and the less you have to do it to stay in shape." p. 3
Now I understand why I didn't have the success I had expected the first time, AND I am beginning to GET the results I am seeking.
THIS however is important. As Teresa developed this program, she learned things along the way. T-Tapp does more than just burn calories. It "helps the body maintain optimal metabolic processing regardless of age." In her work she discovered: "100 percent of ...women reported the results of better hormonal balance - far fewer cramps, bloating, hot flashes, and mood swings - after trying [the] workouts." p. 7
I have learned that as much as we want the scale to show results, "INCHES COUNT, pounds don't." p.7 Models don't worry about their weight..they worry about their shape..since it is their measurements that assure them work. "...if the clothes [don't] fit, a model [doesn't] work." p 7 I honestly would like the scale to move, but it truly IS more important how my clothes fit, what my shape is, than what that scale says.
So, as I find the points that matter to me, I will share some of them with you, too.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
A la Celeste' who shares wonderful picture documentaries , I remembered to take my camera and took pics of today's outdoor activities. Bruce was cutting firewood and together we picked it up, loaded it on the trailer and then split it as we unloaded the trailer. Hope I can access the photos to show you.
This is Bruce as I found him when I walked down to where he was working.
And me as I got going.
THEN, I got my first lesson in driving the backhoe!!! I can't remember why Bruce took it down there.
Mind you, Bruce is just learning to use my camera (I am not far ahead of him in that process. lol)
Moving the tractor and trailer to the next workspot.
We were clearing up dead trees that had fallen or needed to be removed. The Electric company had cleared the right of way, mangling a lot of trees, and leaving a lot of mess behind.
Daisy served as supervisor.
THEN we got into trouble...hauling the trailer up the slope, the wheels couldn't get enough traction with the load..and we had trouble with a stump. So, we got the backhoe again and used it to pull the tractor and trailer till everything was moving!! The ground is very wet from all the recent snow and rain, so it got slick fast when the wheels couldn't grab.
Ready to unload.
Using the log splitter to resize the huge pieces..Bruce did that and I moved the split pieces to the woodpile. Then I unloaded the rest of the small logs.
All of this is necessary for us to heat our house each winter. Great exercise and today the weather was perfect for doing this.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
This is the edited view to bring it closer. DH took the pics and is not used to the camera..by the time we took this, I forgot to stand up straight..but unfortunately, what is showing is really there.
These are taken January 27, 2011. My third day on the 8 Week Diabetes Challenge.
I neglected to mention earlier that I had these taken as "before" pics.
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