Saturday, November 29, 2008

Inch Loss versus Weight Loss

Conventional wisdom says weight loss, a number on a scale, is the ultimate measure of success with a fitness program. This past year, this idea has been challenged in my mind by Teresa Tapp, the creator of the amazing T-Tapp workouts.

With my last pregnancy, I gained sixty pounds, and was very sedentary. SIXTY POUNDS! Yes, you read that right. And I didn't have twins. Just one baby. Because I had been moderately successful in losing weight after previous pregnancies, I was more careless than I should have been with my eating. Unfortunately, most of my past postpartum weight loss success came through restricting the types of foods I ate, and not primarily through exercise. After six pregnancies, and little exercise, my muscles were very weak, especially my abs and back muscles.

I had first read about T-Tapp in the Spring of 2007 on one of my favorite blogs, "Large Family Logistics." It's author, Kim Brenneman, called T-Tapp her favorite brand of workout videos. That caused me to spend some time looking up the T-Tapp website. When I saw the price of the DVDs, and learned that Teresa spoke during each entire workout, without music, I was a bit put off. I was very skeptical about whether I would like this type of workout, and had a hard time believing that it could be that much better than many of the workout videos I already owned.

But then in January, I learned that one of the new ladies at our church sold T-Tapp DVDs on ebay (her ebay user id is "mexmarr," and I highly recommend her as an excellent source for T-Tapp products). I asked her how she liked them. She gushed about the results she had with T-Tapp, and before I knew it, she showed up at church with a copy of the Basic Workout Plus for me to borrow. It took me a while to actually get around to trying it, but once I started, I realized that this short, 15 minute workout was not only providing me with the stretching I needed for my back to heal, but it also was building strength in my stomach and back, strength that was absolutely crucial for keeping up with my six young children.

I was hooked. I knew I needed to take my measurements and follow the program as directed by Teresa Tapp. So I did. She said to ignore the numbers on the scale, and instead focus on inch loss. I had hoped I could do both, lose inches and weight, but decided to listen to what she said, and relax about what the scale said. Boy, am I glad I did. Though I have lost only about 10 pounds so far this year, I have lost over 41 inches! Clothing that I could wear when I was about 20 -25 pounds lighter, fits me again!

What about you? Is this the first you've heard of T-Tapp, or have you been using it yourself? If you do use T-Tapp, how long have you used it, and which workouts are your favorite? Leave a comment and tell us your experience!


Casey Leigh said...

Hi Eileen,

First of all, I'd like to say "Cute blog!" I like where you're going with it.

I'm glad you found T-Tapp. It such a fabulous program! I've been T-Tapping for about 10 years now. My favorite workouts are the new Basic Plus Tempo (next step after the 15 Minute Basic), Tempo Lower Body, Tempo 2 and Step Away. Really I love them all for different reasons. You can't go wrong with a workout choice when it comes to T-Tapp, that's for sure.

Thank you for your comment. I am feeling much better now. Back in the office finally. :)

Take care!

lynda said...

hi, can you please tell me a little more about the dvd on t-tapp and where you can purchase it. Many thanks.

Eileen said...


Hi, thanks for asking about T-Tapp. I was selling some of the workouts on ebay along with some original material I put together when I wrote this blog entry. I still have a few of the Basic Workouts left, which are 15 minutes long, and what I first used to get started.

The package I can offer you, which is ideal for someone just getting started, includes the T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus (1 DVD with a 15 minute workout + instructional workout), my own detailed workout log, telling exactly which T-Tapp workouts I did, and when, and showing all the increases and decreases I had in measurements as I went along from January 2008 till the fall, the time of the photo in the post, above. It also includes a brochure by Teresa Tapp called “Additional Tips for Optimal Results,” and an article about Pyruvate by James B. Roufs, MS, RD. The final item in the package is a blank workout log that you can use to keep track of your own measurements, like the one I use myself.

When I was selling these, they were going for about 29.00 on ebay, plus 3.50 shipping. I can sell a package like this to you directly through PayPal, or if you prefer the security of working through ebay & PayPal, I can list the item for you as a "Buy It Now" item, and you can go purchase it just after I list it. My user id on ebay is “Rosecottage864,” if you want to see my feedback.

So anyway, that is what I have to offer for now. I will be happy to sell this to you if it is what you are looking for. If not, you can Google the T-Tapp website, and find all of their products there. Others also sell T-Tapp items on ebay, if you prefer what they have to offer, that is fine, of course, also. Whatever works best for you.

If you would like to reach me directly with any other questions, feel free to e-mail me at I usually answer questions within a day or two. (this week, my pc crashed, and it threw me for a loop. Thanks for your patience:)