I thought today that I would share some general, but AMAZING, things that I have observed (and figured out) since starting T-Tapp.
The first and only thing that I will share that I learned before T-Tapp is the most effective way I've found to keep a flat stomach. In her workouts, Teresa makes a point to talk about "sucking in your stomach". In my short life, the one area I have never really had trouble with is my tummy. Now, I admit I've never had kids or anything that should cause my stomach to be a problem area, but I believe that even when I do I know how to go back to having a flat stomach. The secret is sucking in your tummy! I've heard it said in all kinds of different ways; belly button to the back bone is one of the main ones.
But the secret is not only doing while working out, but ALL the time until it becomes a habit. When I was younger, I was very self conscious about my body (though I looked better then than I ever will! What is wrong with us girls?) That self consciousness though is what I now believe led to my flat stomach. I was constantly "sucking in" because i didn't want my tummy to look fat. In turn, all of those muscles in my core were constantly tight. As I got older, I remember a few seasons (mostly when traveling out of the country for a few months...eating food to please people I stayed with) when I felt that my tummy wasn't as flat as normal. Now that I look back, there seems to be a connection: the more I ate until I was "full" (you know, when you finish eating and either immediately or about 15 minutes later you're thinking, "wow, I really shouldn't have eaten that much!) the less I was able to suck in my stomach. Eating more caused me to "relax" those tummy muscles and let it all stick out.
So, once I realized that, I began again trying to eat until I'm "satisfied" not all the way to the "full" point. But also I made a conscious effort to suck in my stomach at all times: driving, sitting, standing, exercising, walking, running...AT ALL TIMES. I know you're thinking, "well Rachel, don't you ever RELAX?!". My answer to that is YES, of course I relax! After you've "sucked in" consciously for a while, you are able to suck in subconsciously and learn to relax even while activating those muscles!
SO, that is just a general, personal observation that I have made. If you'd like to see a picture of my flat stomach (some of my friends like to say I have a 'six pack', but that sounds a little manly to me) for yourself, just let me know. And believe me ladies, I don't EVER do crunches or sit ups or anything like that (well I did in high school, but that is just because the coaches made me, lol)...even though I couldn't convince some people of that. I know everyone is not the same: I believe I gain muscle really easily, which could be a good AND bad thing. I can "bulk up" VERY easily, which is not something I want to do. That is why T-Tapp has been so amazing. I can see muscle definition in my legs and arms where I've never noticed it before. Also, I realize people have different BODY TYPES, which is something else Teresa talks about. I love the way she describes it, because it gives more options than just 'fruit' shapes (apple, pear...you get it). I believe that I am a combination body type and I am blessed with about 5 inches between my ribs and hips. NOT ALL PEOPLE HAVE THAT MUCH ROOM, and I know that, so even as hard as you may suck in, you may never have a flat stomach.
BUT, I will let you know that while I may have a flat stomach, I GUARANTEE that I do NOT have a flat BUTT or thin legs. My lower body is DEFINITELY a challenge for me (why can't we suck in our legs??? lol...). I have a bubble butt and tend to get cellulite on my thighs and even calves. So that is the area I am now focusing on...but I'm not worried!
You know why? Because I feel healthy! Which leads to my next observations (which are not nearly as complicated...sorry for the length of this post!):
First, lets just say my digestion system is LOVING T-Tapp. I didn't realize it was even POSSIBLE to poop every day, much less HEALTHY and NECESSARY!! (sorry if that is a little blunt!) But now I know what a healthy digestion system should look like, and I know that my body should be ridding itself daily of the bad stuff.
Second, I have literally just realized HOW BAD coke (soda, pop, carbonated beverages...whatever it's called) is for you!! I think I've always known how bad it is...but I've never thought it was bad enough to QUIT DRINKING IT. So, I did a little test: my husband and I quit drinking cokes for 1 MONTH (I'm in the last week!). And guess what?! I've lost about 3 pounds in the last 3 weeks! My jeans fit looser and I generally feel better and healthier. Here is a link to an interesting site: (http://www.westonaprice.org/Soft-Drinks-America-s-Other-Drinking-Problem.html)
Anyway, I probably won't give up coke completely...but I will definitely be limiting it significantly.
SO, I guess that's all for now. If you actually made it through this whole thing, let me know what you think! I am no expert by any means, but I am willing and excited to learn more and more about health and fitness.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from you soon!