Sunday, February 06, 2011
I was so pleasantly surprised this afternoon. I have a jacket, not new, that I wear as dress clothes. I bought it on sale (a GOOD bargain) but it didn't fit exactly...I pretty much had to wear it open.
Today, I put on my jacket and hooked all the hooks right up the front!!! WOW! Progress.
I took pictures after I got home....SAW them on the camera, but they seem to have disappeared off the card. Boo hoo!
Well, my pictures may have disappeared, but the progress I have made is there for all to see! Will try the pic thing again later.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I am enjoying that T-Tapp is a "functional fitness approach" that "makes T-Tapp workouts safe for many people with shoulder, hip, knee, nice and back concerns, ..." p.11
I again watched the seminar video where Teresa explains the concept of "a left-brain/right-brain, mind/body workout." It has to do with the fact that each side of our brains controls the opposite side of our body. Working with that helps us train our brains to work better but it also helps burn fat since it uses more energy. p.11
So, "T-Tapp's focus is not on losing weight but on shedding inches and completely reshaping your body so you look and feel better."p. 12 Of course, as you move, reshape and shed inches, the weight follows. Muscles require more fuel than fat...and will use fat for fuel. OK by ME!!
I was interested in the thought also that we tend to "stop listening to our bodies." I know for me it is easy to override my body telling me that I need to move...by telling my body I am too tired or it is too late...or whatever. I can convince myself to do the opposite of what my body is demanding..that I MOVE. If I listen to that...I ALWAYS feel better afterward.
BTW...the seminar video is really interesting. Like in the book, Teresa explains the origins of these workouts, why and how they work and demonstrates the basics. There are "samples" of her workouts online...via her website.
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.
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