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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: " 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 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.

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LOVE2WALK1 2/6/2011 2:24PM

    Thanks for sharing this, especially since the scale is not that cooperative!

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ENDURANCEWINS 2/6/2011 12:57PM

    The other important fact about T-Tapp is that all the movements promote lymph drainage, which is so important to our health. She's not an exercise guru, but a well educated physiotherapist so she knows her stuff.

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CELEST 2/6/2011 10:14AM

    Well if you're the salesperson, Im sold just to get some money together emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/5/2011 7:41PM

    Carol, we don't eat right either..nor do we move. No wonder our bodies are struggling.

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    Very interesting. I was reading a SP article yesterday and it was talking about how we adults in this Country have so many health issues while those in places like the Phillipines have so much less. It is because we have shots for all the childhood illness and they don't use them. As children, they get and work through all the illnesses building their immune systems. We don't build immunity to anything so we get diseases and other issues because our immune systems are almost non existant.

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Tidbits from 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.

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MARIE4950 2/7/2011 12:06AM

    Thanks. emoticon

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HODGESLOVE 2/4/2011 1:17AM

  I don't like the scale myself. I haven't wieghed at all just measured.

The exercises I have been doing have seriously helped with cramping. I usually can barely function for that dreaded 7 days however, this month I haven't had to take tylenol, ibuprofen or anything because I have not had one cramp. I am totally amazed..

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CELEST 2/3/2011 7:51AM

    That is fabulous. Im glad that you are finally getting the results you're looking for. I must go and see if we have T-tapp in our stores. It sounds pretty interesting and even exciting.

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LOVE2WALK1 2/2/2011 10:23PM

    Share, share, share...and congrats on the missing inches!!!!! emoticon

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    Thanks, please do share.

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BOOKWERME 2/2/2011 8:43PM

    The scale is only ONE if many indicators of health and fitness. (I am grateful for that!!) emoticon

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/2/2011 8:42PM

    I like that idea; not worrying so much what the scale says!

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Winter storm approaching...but Spring will win out!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Even with Winter storms approaching, the plants and animals know what is ahead. Some of us were talking about the plants already stirring with Spring growth. I find it interesting how the daffodils seem to know when to come up...some years I see the first signs in December. This year, late January..and I had to go LOOK for them. Hyacinth, daffodils and even the iris are stirring. Yet tonight the storm that is sweeping across much of the country will drop our temperatures and bring us snow (no accumulation expected here..hope they are right!)

For Carol, I took pics of my early risers.

The hyacinth:

Daffodils on the South side:

Daffodils on the West side:

I know it isn't much to see. My survey did remind me that soon it will be time to get busy clearing all the debris from winter...and clean up the mess the chickens and moles have made all over the yard. This year it seems much worse than usual. Ah..but yard work is good exercise!!! I will look forward to it..when it warms up again. emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/7/2011 8:40AM

    I had to LOOK for they are readily visible..and I can even see some of the blooms beginning to form!!!!! Yea!!!

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MARIE4950 2/7/2011 12:04AM

    Already????? Wow. I just got 4 more inches of snow. NO GREEN.
email me.... Do you live near Pulaski, Tenn?

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MRE1956 2/2/2011 10:05AM

    I should hope so!

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CELEST 2/2/2011 8:38AM

    I can picture in my mind how fabulous that cluster of flowers is going to look in full blossom. Our town is draped in thick thick wonderful cool mist. So great after yesterdays incredible heat. I walked into town to meet my partner for fs and by the time I actually had done fs and walked home my feet were aching, and I was steaming hot. So Im super grateful for the new cool.

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HODGESLOVE 2/2/2011 12:44AM

  I am so ready for warmer weather, blooming flowers and to be able to go outside and not shake violently from being cold.

Got the bad minton set ready.... Great exercise and fun for all.
Come on warm weather...

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/1/2011 5:41PM

    I think most of us ~perhaps all of us~ are ready for Spring!! The pictures are great. Thanks for sharing.
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    Great pictures. Would you believe I found a tulip yesterday? It's about an inch high. What a surprise. It's under one of the snowball bushes we had transplanted from the back yard to the front.

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CASJ57 2/1/2011 2:07PM

    A good reminder to me, time to prune the roses.


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Moving firewood is great exercise!

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.

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CINA-MINI 1/30/2011 9:07PM

    Asta, Your husband looks SO much like my Dad! My son came over while I was reading your blog and asked me if that was my Dad! lol

Great pictures! It's always nice to have a silent supervisor. She is adorable.


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CELEST 1/30/2011 10:12AM

    emoticonI LOOOOOOOVED this blog Asta and my word you are an amazing woman driving a back hoe.....I have driven a Fergusons vaaljapie tractor when I lived on the farm. First thing I did was take my foot of the break incorrectly and nearly ran my brand new husband at the time down. emoticon
Thanks for the trip around your farm.....I envy you (in a good way) your still living on a farm. Thats where I wanna be in the paradise, on a big stretch of land with horses, cows etc.

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POUNDSTOGO3 1/29/2011 10:21PM

    Wood cutting/splitting is work. I know as we have burned wood for 58 years plus. Really good pictures of the whole operation. Be careful of that woodsplitter. My 18 year old grandson smashed his thumb last year. Took a while to heal but he's back bowling.

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MUEHLBBO 1/29/2011 9:08PM

    Great pics. Standing outside in shirt sleeves. I'm so jealous! Hope you had fun on that back hoe!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/29/2011 4:54PM

    Asta, emoticon blog. I love all the pictures. I would love to see your place. That will be in the New System though. Nice equipment to help you do your work.

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MUSICLVR98 1/29/2011 4:27PM

    Love the pictures! It was like a mini mental vacation...

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GAMOMMY3 1/29/2011 4:27PM

    You look great driving that back hoe! Looks like fun!

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Don't like what I see..but here it is

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This is the edited view to bring it closer. DH took the pics and is not used to the the time we took this, I forgot to stand up straight..but unfortunately, what is showing is really there.

Side view.

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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CASJ57 1/31/2011 12:23AM

    Not only do you look great, I LOVE your rug!


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MOMMYNURSE 1/29/2011 10:48PM

    Asta - I think the problem with these pictures is that your clothes are way too baggy on you! You need some slimmer fitting stuff! Strut your stuff mama! :)

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BBGYRL4 1/29/2011 7:42PM

    You'll be so happy to have this pictures in the end so that you have something to look back on.

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GAMOMMY3 1/28/2011 6:24PM

    Even if you don't like what you see, we all think you are beautiful! emoticon

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LOVE2WALK1 1/28/2011 12:04PM

    You "before" pics are actually quite lovely! I can't wait to see the "after" ones because I KNOW you will reach your goals!

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CELEST 1/28/2011 10:06AM

    I always smile when I see relatively trim people using their photos as before.....for us...its our dream photo. But Im savvy enough to know that any excess weight is weight that must come you go girl. We are proud of your commitment and dedication to the program.

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SUNNYDAZE9 1/28/2011 9:39AM

    Keep it up!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/27/2011 8:53PM

    Great work, keep up the awesome job!

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HODGESLOVE 1/27/2011 8:33PM

  You are going to do GREAT!!!!!

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DEBBAK710 1/27/2011 7:30PM

    Good luck to you! I wish you all the best in your challenge!

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