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    Originally posted by busymomma12 06-24-2013, 04:33 PM

    I just measured in order to start a 28 day challenge (with Fit Tappers on FB). I successfully dredged up my "before" and "after 2 months" photos and took another one as similar as I could to that second one. The last photos is a bad photo as my camera is missing and my tablet was not cooperating in the light of that room.

    Here is a photo taken when my daughter was dedicated at church last June (I started T-Tapp in August)
    me 6-12-12
    me 6-12-12
    This is a photo I took last October after losing around 27 inches:
    me 10-3-12
    me 10-3-12
    And this was taken this morning - I have now lost a total of 65 inches
    me 6-24-13
    me 6-24-13
    I was really hoping to see more of a difference between photo #2 and #3 - do you see a difference?

    Since the beginning I've lost 9 inches in my waist, over 4 of the inches is between #2 and #3 photos
    My abdomin I've lost 10 inches, 6 between #2 and #3...

    I guess all my inch loss doesn't come off the front, so it's spread around...What do you think?
    Attached Files


    Servant of Christ, DW to Daryl since 1985, mom to 12 blessings, working to adopt a little girl with T21 from Bulg@ri@

  • #2
    The Church Lady
    06-24-2013, 05:07 PM

    Hi Ruth,

    Wow, 60 inches in 10 months is awesome!! I could tell a difference between your 2nd and 3rd photos. You look trimmer around the middle and your legs look leaner. What workouts are you doing to get your results? Are you doing anything else, like skin brushing or taking any supplements?? I would love to learn more on what is working for you.

    Thanks for sharing your photos. I am a newbie, so seeing your photos and reading about your inches lost is very inspiring to me.

    God bless you!
    Kim aka The Church Lady

    06-24-2013, 05:16 PM

    I started out with MORE and then around November progressed to MORE 2. I've been doing just that routine and not as consistent as I would have liked as I was dealing with rotator cuff issues this spring.

    I've mostly been doing what I can - Power Back Stretch if I can't do anything else.

    I've done some dieting, but mostly just trying to eat healthy. Some of the time I've been sugar free, but not consistent with that either.

    I just finished a brief stint (8 days) of juice fasting, but am back to eating mostly veggies/fruits with some nuts and cheeses added.

    I'm going to try out "Trim Healthy Mamas" book once it arrive in the mail as I've hard good things about it and see some great successes in my own church using that!

    What I love about T-Tapp is that you can continue to lose inches even if you aren't dieting! The only time I gained any inches in the last 10 months was during the month I did not care what I ate and did no exercise either - bad combination!

    06-24-2013, 06:07 PM

    I can tell a difference, too, Ruth! I know the tummy can be the last holdout, but I see it shrinking between pictures 2 and 3! Keep up the good work, when you can, and keep that core curled! You'll get there!
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    Blessed Mama of 9 (and 14 in Heaven)
    Master T-Tapp Trainer in Northern Indiana, certified in TWO, MORE, HTF, Senior Fit and LadyBug

    The Church Lady
    06-24-2013, 06:26 PM

    Originally posted by busymomma12 View Post
    What I love about T-Tapp is that you can continue to lose inches even if you aren't dieting! The only time I gained any inches in the last 10 months was during the month I did not care what I ate and did no exercise either - bad combination!
    Thanks for sharing what you have been doing. And even though you have not been consistent you are still seeing results - that is encouraging, indeed!!
    Kim aka The Church Lady

    06-24-2013, 07:49 PM

    So I did the T-Tapp style before picture (even though it's really a progress photo)

    Here's what I got and I was pleasantly surprised!


    This is a brand new shirt that I hope to be able to wear someday in public and not have it be tight!

    06-24-2013, 10:30 PM

    You look wonderful


    06-25-2013, 04:48 AM

    Ruth - fabulous progress! Congratulations!

    06-25-2013, 08:14 AM

    60" loss definitely shows between the pictures! That is just wonderful, Ruth!!!
    Jennifer Wife for 30 wonderful years Mom to 7--5 still at home--ages 23 to 14 (5 girls and 2 boys) Mamee to 4 T-Tapping since 2009

    06-25-2013, 09:51 AM

    So as you can see in my last photos, I seem to be wearing an inner tube - you know, the kind you go sledding with or use as a floaty in a pool!

    How can I focus on working off this inner tube? If I could I'd photoshop myself and cut off everything around my hip area! LOL!

    06-25-2013, 10:55 AM

    I see a difference in the pictures, too - aside from what has been mentioned, your posture is better and you are standing with your ribs a little taller, which makes your chest look perkier

    That 'inner tube' probably is the hardest to lose, for all of us - I try to concentrate on tucking under and pulling belly button to spine as I go thru my day, to help with that, and also - do you have Organs in Place on any DVD? I find that doing that move on a regular basis keeps my brain engaged with the 'project' of increasing the strength of those muscles and shrinking the area. When I do OIP, it helps the brain to muscle connection and I am more aware of my abs and they obey me better when I pull them in.

    Does that make sense?
    Melissa Sims
    Master Certified TTapp Trainer ~

    06-26-2013, 10:05 AM

    Wow, Ruth, you look amazing! I see the inner tube but I can also see so clearly the beautiful form behind it that's emerging. You look like a different person from last year at this time. I know you'll keep get great advice on next steps, but in any case since you're going steadily in the right direction I bet you'll just keep seeing less inner tube and more gorgeous shape. Congratulations!

    I've been keeping up with my daily PBS but otherwise haven't been Tapping as much, and this is a great kick in the tush for me. Thanks for sharing
    I've been Tapping since 2009 and always have great results, but in 2012 I found a way to make it a part of my daily life! Have been Tapping regularly - with a very modest schedule but CONSISTENTLY! - since the spring 2012 Challenge and am loving it.

    06-27-2013, 09:57 AM

    Glad you uploaded pictures with some closer fitting clothes on, that was going to be my suggestion, then next time you will really be able to see the changes.

    I see a huge improvement! Hope this doesn't offend, but your tummy is now almost even with the "Ta-Ta 's" where before it was out a lot further! I suspect in another month, the Ta-Ta's will be winning the race !

    06-27-2013, 10:30 AM

    Thank you so much for the encouragement!

    It is so great to see that even though I haven't been as consistent as I'd like, I've still made consistent progress.

    I'm excited to start a new journey to further health for my whole family through the book "Trim Healthy Mama" - I'm learning so much and I just started reading last night. It will take a few days before I can put what I'm learning into action, but I'm excited to not only continue to lose inches while T-Tapping, but to teach myself and my family how to eat right for a lifetime.

    07-02-2013, 09:29 PM

    Hi Ruth, I have't been on the forums in a while mostly Facebook. You look great!~ I'm so happy for you !! Keep it up~ : )
    I can do my workout today & Jesus is working out with me!



    • #3
      07-08-2013, 04:02 PM

      I've lost another 5 1/2 inches in the last 2 weeks! Yeah!

      I was able to use a friends scale and it looks like I've lost a total of 30 pounds - not exciting as I have 60 - 70 more pounds to get to goal weight!

      So glad I'm measuring instead of weighing!

      I've agreed to write a T-Tapp Success Story testimonial so keep an eye out for that.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

      07-08-2013, 05:23 PM

      I can really see a difference from picture to picture. Great job! Thanks for sharing your success!

      07-08-2013, 08:36 PM

      Congratulations, Ruth. What a great success story. You look great in your after pictures. You can see the difference just by how the shirt is tight in the first and has wrinkles in the second. Definitely noticeable. Keep up the good work. It is an encouragement to the rest of us.

      07-08-2013, 08:41 PM

      WTG Ruth!

      07-08-2013, 08:47 PM

      You are an inspiration!
      ~Cori Started late August 2012

      07-09-2013, 07:33 AM

      Yay, Ruth!!!
      Jennifer Wife for 30 wonderful years Mom to 7--5 still at home--ages 23 to 14 (5 girls and 2 boys) Mamee to 4 T-Tapping since 2009

      07-10-2013, 12:33 PM

      Ruth, the pictures don't lie! You're doing great! I'm inspired to do even more... thanks!


      07-10-2013, 02:52 PM

      OK, who wants to read the rough draft of my "Success Story"?? It's over 2 pages long so I'm going to probably need to edit it down, but I really think most of what i wrote is important to see where I have come from, how I got to my high weight, and how, even with inconsistent effort, I have lost so much! Just comment here and I'll send you my draft via PM!

      Also, I figured out how to know what my ideal 'Measurements" will be - my oldest daughter! So to get to where I can steal her clothes, I need to lose another 45 inches! That's all - she'll kill me, but I'm going to do it! And if I do, I'll be wearing my wedding dress for our 30th wedding anniversary!

      07-15-2013, 01:31 PM
      me 11 months progress
      me 11 months progress
      Here's the photo that I se.t in with my T-Tapp Success Story - what do youthink?

      07-15-2013, 03:49 PM

      Looks A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!

      WTG Ruth!

      07-15-2013, 07:31 PM

      Huge difference in those pics Ruth! Way to go! Can't wait to read your testimony.

      07-16-2013, 07:04 AM

      Looks perfect!!
      Jennifer Wife for 30 wonderful years Mom to 7--5 still at home--ages 23 to 14 (5 girls and 2 boys) Mamee to 4 T-Tapping since 2009

      08-13-2013, 10:58 AM

      Due to your amazing support on this thread, I believe, I was asked to write a T-Tapp success story - and here it is!

      08-14-2013, 07:36 AM

      Such a great testimony, Ruth!
      Jennifer Wife for 30 wonderful years Mom to 7--5 still at home--ages 23 to 14 (5 girls and 2 boys) Mamee to 4 T-Tapping since 2009
      Last edited by Forum Angel; 02-17-2017, 10:47 AM.


      • #4
        08-14-2013, 05:11 PM

        Wow Ruth you look AWESOME. Congratualtions. What an inspiration. So happy for you

        08-27-2013, 09:55 AM

        Just wanted to share that after getting back into a regular routine, I lost 8 inches in the last two weeks! Right now I'm following the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating and jhave been doing great 'on plan' for the past month now. This combo of THM and T-tapp is going to be my new way of living for life. I feel so healthy (well, except when sick - I'm fighting something this week, but so far I believe I'm winning)

        09-24-2013, 12:22 PM

        I've lost more inches - last time I measured I'm nearing 90 inches lost now! I only lost 4 inches last month, but there have been showers and parties galore. I've done very well, but I have had a few cheats here and there. I didn't get any T-Tapp in during the last 2 weeks, but started up again yesterday. Here's an updated photo of myself that I took this morning as I was feeling very shapely this morning!
        me 9-24-13
        me 9-24-13

        09-24-2013, 12:36 PM

        Looking great, Ruth!
        ~ ..· ´¨¨)) -:¦:-
        ¸.·´ .·´¨¨))
        ((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Trisch -:¦:-
        -:¦:- ((¸¸.·´*

        Blessed Mama of 9 (and 14 in Heaven)
        Master T-Tapp Trainer in Northern Indiana, certified in TWO, MORE, HTF, Senior Fit and LadyBug

        09-24-2013, 12:50 PM

        Looking wonderful, Ruth!!!
        Jennifer Wife for 30 wonderful years Mom to 7--5 still at home--ages 23 to 14 (5 girls and 2 boys) Mamee to 4 T-Tapping since 2009

        09-24-2013, 07:44 PM

        I was able to weigh myself today and was doing the happy dance! in the afternoon, with shoes on and a full bladder I weighed 239!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        that means I've lost over 50 pounds! It also means I weigh my lowest weight in over 12 years!


        09-25-2013, 06:51 AM

        Ruth!!! That is a wonderful weight loss and inch loss!!! How very exciting especially with the wedding and the special trip coming so soon.
        Jennifer Wife for 30 wonderful years Mom to 7--5 still at home--ages 23 to 14 (5 girls and 2 boys) Mamee to 4 T-Tapping since 2009

        09-25-2013, 08:15 AM

        Ruth, Fantastic! I hope you're feeling sassy

        09-25-2013, 08:30 AM

        oops - I just edited my last post as I had typo'd on my weight.....I would be near death if I weighed 139..... At 5 10 and large boned A healthy weight for me will be around 180 - 195. Hard to say though as T-tapp changes ideal weight! I was 175 when I got married. My goal is to be able to fit into my wedding dress (size 13)! So I've got another 40 - 50 pounds to lose.
        Last edited by busymomma12; 09-25-2013, 08:32 AM.

        10-14-2013, 05:24 PM

        I did it - I made my goal of looking good for my son's wedding, and trimming up enough that international travel will not be a lesson on claustrophobia! Check out my 16 month progress photos!


        10-15-2013, 06:41 AM

        I can't see the pictures Ruth but I did see them on FB. You are absolutely glowing!!
        Jennifer Wife for 30 wonderful years Mom to 7--5 still at home--ages 23 to 14 (5 girls and 2 boys) Mamee to 4 T-Tapping since 2009

        11-17-2013, 11:21 PM

        Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~LISA

        11-27-2013, 02:22 PM

        Ruth, you are looking so good but you must be feeling better - and so proud of yourself.

        What an inspiration to us all. Thank you.

        03-03-2014, 03:17 PM

        An update! I've been inconsistent this winter due to some minor health issues. I'm starting fresh today to prepare for bring our adopted daughter home - yes she is all ours as of last Friday!

        Overall I have lost 91 inches (gained 2 back from the 93 inch loss total 1/1/14). No idea on weight as I don't own a scale.

        I need to gain strength before our trip as Christy is 3 yo but not walking yet so we will be carrying her most of the time.

        Your prayers appreciated

        Here's an updated progress photo - top is June, Middle is late July, bottom is last Saturday. Slow but sure progress

        03-03-2014, 03:27 PM

        Looking great, Ruth! And 2 inches gained back isn't really too bad!

        Congratulations on Christy!!! So excited for you and I'm praying!
        ~ ..· ´¨¨)) -:¦:-
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        ((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Trisch -:¦:-
        -:¦:- ((¸¸.·´*

        Blessed Mama of 9 (and 14 in Heaven)
        Master T-Tapp Trainer in Northern Indiana, certified in TWO, MORE, HTF, Senior Fit and LadyBug


        • #5
          04-30-2014, 06:46 PM

          My husband and I are LOVING THM way of eating. It is so easy to stay on plan with the foods we eat, but it is a challenging learning curve at the beginning. Study & stay with it...after a month or so it will get easier. My biggest motivation to stay on it is all the chocolate I get to eat!

          05-26-2014, 10:40 AM

          VERY inspirational. You look so good.


          • #6
            Ruth E.

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            73.5 inches lost - YES YOU CAN!

            My T-Tapp Success Story

            First, I need to give you some background for you to see how significant this “Success Story” is in my life. As a child and teenager I was very aware that I was not skinny like all the models and popular kids in school. I started my first diet in junior high. Through high school I tried every fad diet that came along (that I could afford), and even tried diet pills and ended up anorexic during my senior year, getting to my lowest adult weight of 135 (I am 5 ft 10 in and have a large bone structure). After recovering from that I swore off dieting. I went to college the next fall and during my freshman year I gained weight like never before. I ended up weighing 185 when I went home for summer break. That summer I succumbed to my anorexia again, but this time I was an exercising maniac. I did alternated aerobics and weight lifting while eating next to nothing. By the end of the summer I was down to 150. I kept on my regime, eating one small meal a day (if at all), living on diet pills and diet pop. I even became an aerobics instructor that year. This continued until the next fall. Then I became engaged to my best friend, swore off dieting, and promptly put on 20 pounds when I went on birth control pills to prepare for being married.

            Fast forward 15 years. I had not dieted in the least, and had gone through 8 pregnancies. I had lost the baby weight after my first baby, but never again. I was usually around 220-240 between pregnancies. Then I found the Atkins Diet. Long story short, but I lost weight and got down to 190, but it wreaked havoc on my health. After another pregnancy, the loss of a dearly beloved niece, and a miscarriage I suffered from severe adrenal fatigue (diagnosed by a naturopathic doctor). I began to take my health seriously. I ate right and took supplements and was able to recover and went on to have more babies. I then seemed to be around 240-250 between pregnancies. After my tenth baby I even did Curves for over a year and got fit and lost a few pounds, but had to step down after I got pregnant with my tenth baby.

            Fast forward again. I didn't diet again until I found myself pushing 280 pounds after spending months in the hospital with our 11th child, Esther, who has Down Syndrome and was born with a heart defect, which required open heart surgery when she was just 3 months old. All the hospital food and sitting around really did a number on my weight, and being 45 didn't help either. I also, for the first time, had my blood pressure elevated high enough to require that I go on high blood pressure medication. So when Esther was 1 1/2 years old we were introduced to the Body For Life regime and both my husband and I tried that. I was able to regain my health and strength over a period of 3 months and drop about 30 pounds, but then it stalled. The program was just not doable in the long run when I had a large family to care for. 30-45 minutes every day and eating separate meals just didn't work. I was able to maintain the weight loss, but even though I tried several times, I just could not stay with the regimen. One benefit from losing the extra pounds was I was able to go off of high blood pressure medications, but my BP was still hovering in the upper ranges of normal. Good but not great.

            Two years after starting BFL I was still at 250 and I got pregnant at 47 years of age. We were surprised - to say the least! Due to some pregnancy complications (mostly due to my age), I was on bed rest starting at 30 weeks, put on high blood pressure medication again, and ended up having Carese 3 weeks early via emergency C-Section due to cord compression. She was tiny but so healthy. I was thrilled to be able to go home with my baby so quickly. I was looking forward to gaining the strength that I had lost during all the bed rest! Only problem was, I injured my knee when she was 6 weeks old, and it turned out to be a major knee injury requiring me to be on crutches off and on for the next 4 months. Needless to say, I got weaker and gained more weight, topping out at an all time high non-pregnancy weight of 285. My blood pressure also remained high, requiring me to stay on medication.

            Just after I was off crutches I heard about T-Tapp! I was sent a link to Charlotte Siems website. I was amazed that a fellow mom of 12 could lose all the weight and keep it off for years. I knew that if she could do it, so could I! I ordered the T-Tapp MORE Rehab Program DVD and did my measuring and started my 14 day boot-camp the middle of August 2012. I still had pain in my knee quit often and iced it every night. I also got involved in the T-Tapp Forums and found a great resource for encouragement and advice! After just a few weeks of T-Tapp I was pain free and going quickly up and down the stairs and I was able to discontinue using blood pressure medication with the approval of my doctor. It was amazing! I was losing about 4 inches per week for the first month or so. I was consistently doing my workouts three times a week. By the beginning of December I had moved on to T-Tapp MORE Rehab Program Level 2 DVD and I had lost over 40 inches! I was struggling with some shoulder and back issues by then (due to nursing my baby in bed at “my old age”, so as I turned 49 I found my self very limited in what I could do in my workouts. I continued to do what I could and turned to the T-Tapp Forums for help too. I learned about Magnesium Oil and finally gave it a try. After over a month of back spasms, they went away the first time I sprayed Magnesium Oil on my lower back! They did come back, but each time I used the MO and used ice and they went away again. I started a nightly routine of spraying MO and after a few weeks they were gone. My shoulder continued to give me trouble, but that was easier to work around than back spasms!

            Through the rest of that Winter and Spring I sporadically did MORE 2 and tried to eat relatively healthy foods and even did a few bouts of being sugar/white flour free. My inch loss slowed to about 4 inches a month. I was very busy processing our newest journey, that of international adoption. After a wild month of fund raising in April I decided to take May off - no workouts, eating whatever. That was the first month since starting T-Tapp that I actually gained inches - a whopping 16 inches in just 4 weeks! Not good!

            Once our paperwork was submitted for our adoption and we began the wait, I realized that I really needed to get ready for two trips abroad! But I had pushed myself too hard for too long. I was still nursing a toddler “at my age” and not getting enough sleep most nights. I just couldn't get myself moving, yet I pushed myself to get some projects done anyway. Very quickly I found my self showing signs of adrenal fatigue again. So I did a short round of juicing, resting and taking supplements recommended for adrenal fatigue. When I hit day 8 of the juice fast I simultaneously “hit the wall” and could not go on and heard about an awesome new book about eating healthy for moms! I worked my way off of the juice fast and started doing my MORE 2 workouts while I waited for the book. I started the “Trim Healthy Mama” way of eating three weeks ago and it's amazing - even makes use of some of the amazing things that I learned about from the T-Tapp Forums!). It's healthy and balanced, and I'm eating a wide variety of foods and does not seem like a diet at all. This is very doable for the long run as I'm eating nearly all the foods that I like to eat, with just a few tweaks and being careful about which foods I eat together! I was sure I would gain back inches eating this way, but I didn't, I continued to lose inches! I also started a 28 day T-Tapp challenge so I was doing my T-Tapp faithfully again for the first time in months (I still have a little shoulder pain, but I am finally able to do all the movements again!). From the beginning of June until now I have lost 31 inches (including re-losing those 16 inches that I gained in May), for a total overall inch loss of over 70 inches in 11 months. I was finally able to use a friend's scale and found that I have lost about 30 pounds since I began this T-Tapp journey.

            Best of all I'm starting to have some energy again. Also my blood pressure is now averaging the BP of a teenager! It's the lowest it's been in over 10 years! I still have days where I struggle, but I've had some wonderful days of tackling long ignored projects too! I know I have not even made it close to my “goal weight” but I really have no idea what that weight will be. I have about 70 pounds to lose to get to the weight I was when I got married, but with my T-Tapp “long, lean muscle fibers” I might still fit into my wedding dress but weigh more and be in better shape! My daughter is very similar to my build at her age, so if I go by her measurements I have about 45 inches to lose. Now that sounds very encouraging and do-able to me!

            So, you may ask, “What is so successful about your story?” No, I'm not at my goal “measurements” and no where near my old idea of “ideal weight”, but I have made great strides in the past 11 months. With the exception of one month, I have consistently lost inches, even when I was rarely doing my T-Tapp. I'd go for weeks without doing a workout and yet find I had lost little if any strength or endurance! But when I am consistent with my workouts, I do lose the inches faster. I have succeeded at losing 2/3s of my extra inches in less than a year. That is success. That is inspiring. I'm inspired to keep on keeping on... for the rest of my life. My goal is to be able to do the 15 minute workout someday. 15 minutes, three times a week for life sounds wonderful. So does finding a new “goal measurement”. So if you take anything away from my story, remember to “do what you can,” take your measurements, and throw out that scale!

            Ruth E.