Monday, December 19, 2011

The Greatest Gift

Can you think of what your greatest Christmas gift was?


Something big? Something small? They say, "Big things come in small packages" right?

Well a long time ago, there was a big gift that came in a small package, and it WAS the greatest gift of ALL!

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." 
Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas from my home to yours!
May the Love of Jesus Christ fill your heart as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


It has been a goal of mine to be able to hike a mountain for years. Thanks to T-Tapp I was not only able to make it to the top, but I did not come home with any problems with my PF! :) :) It was the first time and it was a special day for us all!
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!
John 3:16

Thursday, September 8, 2011

43 Inches GONE!!

It is time for me to celebrate!
Another 6 weeks is over, a T-Tapp anniversary has come, and 43 inches are gone!

On September 8, 2011 I celebrated my 6 month anniversary with T-Tapp.
It has been a challenging journey, but one that I am so thankful that I have started. Here is a re-cap of the last 6 months:
*Combo body type*

*I started as a snug 18 and now I can fit into almost all of my 14's (still have a couple size 14 dresses I'm waiting to get into)*

1.I started out doing BWO 5 days a week, adding in HD's occasionally in the afternoon ( I do PBS before bed at night with one or two moves like OIP/HF/E or MCB)
2. No dieting (more on that below)
3. No weighing on the scales (no exceptions, I have no idea what I weigh, as the scales only serve as a DIScouragement to me - thanks Trisch!)
4. When I first started TT I could not feel ANY muscles in my stomach
5. I measured weekly until that started to be discouraging too and then went to measuring every 6 weeks or more.
6. I lost 33.25 inches doing only BWO and BWO+
7. I started instructional 2 on June 6 and then moved to TWO (on off days I occasionally will do BWO+ or SATI)
8. I have lost a total of 9.75 inches since starting Instr. 2/TWO (that is only 3/4 of an inch a week since starting TWO!!! Sounds awfully SLOW looking back, as I did not realize it was THIS slow, BUT I'm down 43" now, so who cares!! : ) Also this 9.75 inch loss has been in key areas!
9. I have been consistent. I have not missed ONE work out. I have written down "Ladies, I was consistent" from Charlotte Siems You Tube Clip which has been very inspiring to me. (I have been blessed with good health and have not had to take any "sick days")
10. I had a back injury when I was young (fell off a horse and landed in a sitting position, ouch!) and always suffered lower back pain. Also, I had another injury due to what I think was lifting/pulling a carpet cleaner. Both of those issues are near 100% healed!
11. I had very sore knees before starting TT due to what I think was incorrect form on lunges from another workout program. My left knee is almost pain free and my right knee close behind. (the only time I notice pain is when I bend ALL the way down, like squatting position)
12. I had plantar fascia for 2 years and now I can get up in the morning with little or no pain. (I used to have to almost hop to the bathroom!)
13. I am noticing marked improvement in my breathing when going up stairs.
14. I brush daily and take only Teresa's alfalfa (as I can afford to). I also am loving the SS body oil, great for problem areas and I use it on my cuticles. It keeps my skin soft and supple without being greasy! 

Have I always been encouraged and happy with TT? 

I am a MTL and am in a BIG hurry to get this weight OFF! There have been many times when I was going to quit in the beginning and times where I did not think it was ever going to work for ME.  I have since learned that taking my time and doing it right, being consistent, not worrying about how long it will take and all those little losses really do add up will reap me big rewards in the end. Slow and steady wins the race!

I am most thankful to the Lord for allowing me to find TT. It was by "chance" (Ha! nothing is chance with God) that I found TT through an internet search for strength training. 

Thank you to Teresa Tapp for creating a workout that works! You have given me the tools and help that I need to get and keep myself healthy for years to come!

I have an extremely supportive DH, which has been a huge encouragement to me, I could not have gotten so far without that!

Another BIG support group has been the TT forum! You girls are AMAZING and have given me encouragement when I was down and rejoiced with me when I met goals. This is such a knowledgeable and friendly group of people and I am so thankful for each of them. One of the main reasons I knew that there was something special about TT was that Michelle Barbuto, a T-Tapp Trainer offered one of the ladies on the forum 30 days of free help with her. To me that really said a lot about TT and what kind of people work for/with Teresa! They are so generous with their time on the forum and always willing to help and answer questions I have!

Eating changes are at the end of this post...

Life can be uncertain, goals and inch loss can be uncertain at times, but here is a verse that tells me eternity does not have to be uncertain. A great encouragement in uncertain days and times we are living in:

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3

Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:12

As promised here are the changes I have made in my eating since starting TT:
1. No dieting
2. Most of the time I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. (easier said than done, but this has been my goal)
3. Trying to get rid of diet soda (I have only had 2 in 6 months)
4. Eating more healthy foods: trying not to eat canned goods, making more home made foods, we don't eat out that often, eating more veggies.
5. Eating 35-50 grams of protein (for muscles), daily.
6. When I'm hungry in the afternoon, I snack on: almonds, fruit, string cheese
7.It's ok to eat something you love!
8. I no longer eat every time I'm out
9. If we have company or go out and everyone is eating dessert, I eat it too. (If I'm at home, I do a couple sets of HD's after)
10. Portion control: if I don't put it on my plate, don't eat it and I try not to go back for seconds.

That is really it. I eat what I want, I'm just trying to make healthier choices. If I'm really in a chocolate mood, I grab some almond M&M's (it only takes a few) or a tootsie roll sucker (my favorite dessert right now) I know I can always have something if I really want it because I am not limiting anything, but teaching myself that I don't really need as much as I used to think I did! 

*Trying to incorporate the fruits of the Spirit, namely self-control! : ) 
Galations 5:22,23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 

I am looking forward to what the next 6 months will bring and am excited to share with each of you my progress. Stay tuned.....

Monday, August 8, 2011

Another 6 weeks GONE, what did I do with it?

Well, another 6 weeks has GONE! They go by SO fast! Looking back is always easier. 

How about all those "what if's"? I am constantly reminding myself of Charlotte's quote, "Ladies, I was consistent". I can't get that out of my mind. 

This past 6 weeks did not bring what I consider "dramatic" inch loss (6.75 inches down) BUT it WAS inch loss. And so looking back, what if I had done NOTHING? What if I had not only done nothing, but really gone wild with my eating too. Yikes, I would not be almost 7 inches down right now.

I always tell other Tappers, "if you loose an average of 1 inch a week, that adds up to 52 inches in a year". Maybe you will do more, maybe you will do less, but if you keep consistent you will not look back and say "If only I had been consistent."

Another area that you don't want to look back on and forever have regrets is where you stand with God. When judgement day comes, where will you be? What did you do with your life? If you have not trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour I urge you to put some consistency into reading through the book of John in the Bible, KJV.

John 3:3 states clearly, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 13:5 to "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" you look ahead to a new 6 weeks, how do YOU want to look back when this 6 weeks is over? 

Here is what I've done the last 6 weeks:

*OIP/HF/E: 2 times a day
*no dieting
*Tried first part of Ladybug on 8/2/2011
*HD: try to do extra set daily, but don't always get it in....
*Ribs: UP UP UP. Hard to make myself do this one, but I feel it work when I work at it!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Simple things

Just the simplest of things can change the way we look at our day. Just like seeing a bright colored bird sitting on a branch. This is a time of year where we can see so much of God's lovely creation. Enjoy watching for the simple things this summer. 

Think little things don't matter? I have been doing OIP/HF/E and PBS every night before I go to bed and wow, it has made a difference in how I sleep at night. It has also been helping with my knee and back issues. Little things matter! AND little things can add up over time.

I have made a few T-Tapp goals this month. One of the biggest goals I am working on is NOT measuring every week. That is a hard one for me as that is how I "measure" my success with T-Tapp. I have kept my original goal of not weighing since I started on March 8 and now I am wanting to not measure until the end of the current 6 week calendar from the "6 weeks to a new you thread". I am doing the TWO EOD and am already feeling a difference in my clothes. I have been keeping a diary of the clothes that I have tried on and what they look and feel like so I can note changes at the end of the 6 weeks.

There have been 2 blog entries that have been a huge help for me lately and I wanted to share them with you all.
The first is from Kayla : "Is this the best you can do?"
And the next is from Charlotte: dramatic results

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

6 weeks to a new you

I love the thread at TT 6 weeks to a new you!

A lot can happen in 6 weeks. This 6 weeks has brought more inch loss but not as much as the last 6 weeks. So I am learning to be patient and know that things are changing on the inside. 

I have received so much help and encouragement from this group! They have been a real blessing to me during discouraging times! I can't thank them ALL enough! Each one has made an impact on me and I am thankful to have "met" them on the TT thread.

We all want to see changes on the outside, but changes on the inside are really even more important and it is the same physically as spiritually. Our outward actions are a picture of what is going on in the heart. I want to have a loving, forgiving, trusting, faithful, generous, patient, true, honest, heart so that my outward actions reflect the Holy Spirit that lives in me!

Here is a verse and a thought for the day/week/month/year!

Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.
Galations 6:7-9

Simple as that, we reap what we sow. That is spiritually we reap what we let come into our soul and physically we reap what we let come into our body.

Definitely something to think about! :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

TTapp and hormones

Here is a video clip you might enjoy seeing!
See if you can spot your favorite TTappers! Trisch, you are looking so great!!
Healthy Hormones

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Journey Continues

Some days are more encouraging that others. Today was one of them:
One of my goals is to stop measuring EVERY week! But that is a hard one! I tried DD for the first time today and WOW can I STILL feel it! 

Week 10: down 3.5 inches
Week 11: not going to measure this week...stay tuned... week 12....down 1.5 inches not what I wanted to see after 2 weeks! (just be consistent!)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My T-Tapp Notes:

I am keeping a note book of important information dealing with my TT journey, and here are some things that I am working on and am trying to learn to do....

1. Minerals are important for your skin
2. Take a good multi vitamin
3. Exercise your skin (dry brushing)
4. I am using clear aloe vera gel on my skin after my shower.
5. Wear sunscreen!
6. I am using the skin cleanser, Cetaphil I (get it at Wal-mart)
7. I drink green and red tea mixed, no sugar added.
8. I am wearing Sketchers Sport tennis shoes.
9. Ribs UP!
10. Visit the TT forum! It is a MUST for beginners! T-Tapp forum

If you have the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, I HIGHLY recommend getting a DVD workout.  For me, I was unable to fully understand the workout without the DVD's and tips from the forum!! 

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Are you a good person?
Take the test!

Romans Road

Romans Road to Salvation:

Who is good?

As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:10

Who has sinned?

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

Where sin came from: 

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12

God's price on sin:

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

Who paid the price?

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

The ONLY way out: 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10: 9,10

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

Friday, April 22, 2011

TT Journey

My T-Tapp Journey

I found T-Tapp while searching the internet for strength training exercises. I was very skeptical at first. As I, in the past, relied on the scales for success or failure, it was a new concept to only look at my measurements. Since starting TT I have not weighed AT ALL! I have no idea how much I weigh! This is a first for me. This is not a get skinny quick workout. I am learning that "slow and steady wins the race". I am often discouraged when my losses don't seem like they add up to much, but I have to keep reminding myself that if I quit, I will only look back and wish I had kept going.

My journey started March 8, 2011 and here are my stats to date:

(I started brushing and using Teresa's alfalfa on April 11, 2011.)
week 1: loss of 6.75 inches
week 2: loss of 5 inches
week 3: gain of 1.75 inches
week 4: loss of 2 inches 

week 5: loss of 7.25 inches (I just looked and the week before this measurement I did AL daily and some days twice!)

week 6: loss of 2.25 inches
week 7: loss of 2.75 inches
**made change over to myo tape after 3 weeks of using both
week 8: loss of 4.75 inches
week 9: gain of 1.25 inches (TOM)--total 30.25 inches down and 5 inches GONE from my waist to date...

I am really excited about T-Tapp and would recommend it to anyone of any age, any gender, any fitness level.

Be sure to come back for more updates.......


Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:1

Jesus Christ died for you and you are priceless to Him! 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

The free gift of salvation is offered to you through God's Son, Jesus Christ.

Want Peace?
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
John 14:27 
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by Me. 
John 14:6