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2000 - 2015
Prior to making and keeping my Year 2000 New Year’s resolution, I wore a size 30 Women’s. From January 2000 until I began my first T-Tapp boot camp in September, I lifted weights and did cardio on the treadmill and elliptical machine.
In September 2000, T-Tapp and the occasional walk became my total workout regime, and by the spring of 2001, I fit into size 12/14 Tall. At 42 years old and for the first time since puberty, I had maintained the same weight and size for over a year. Thanks to T-Tapp, my entire life had improved in ways that I never dreamed possible.
I was a very active child and teenager who rode every day and competed in horse shows regularly. When I stopped riding, my on-going fight to lose 10 – 20 lbs. became a more serious issue in my life. As the years went by, I turned to eating for comfort and to numb my emotions more and more. I also dieted, lost weight and then re-gained even more weight over and over. The end result was that I was morbidly obese and miserable about my health, fitness and appearance.
From the start of my fitness journey in 2000, I was determined to shape up with help from no one. I wanted to be able to say that I had accomplished this transformation on my own. But after discovering T-Tapp, I decided that I would let one person help me. That person was Teresa Tapp.
I met Teresa in December 2001, at a T-Tapp form clinic in Washington DC. She was nicer, smarter and more knowledgeable about exercise physiology and its impact on women’s bodies than I had expected. From that time on, I attended many more T-Tapp seminars and form clinics, and I continue to learn about and appreciate T-Tapp more and more. I value the fact that Teresa has really done her homework and can interpret the science that backs up her program.
T-Tapp had shaped my body like no other exercise program ever could. I remembered that and I’m glad that I did, because in January of this year (2013), I decided that I had to get in shape ONCE and FOR ALL.
I freely admit that vanity was my primary motivator, but I also felt unhealthy physically as well as mentally and emotionally. From 2009 on, I experienced a series of family tragedies that were overwhelming. I consciously decided that I would allow myself to eat for comfort and to numb my feelings about what I was experiencing. I ate all the unhealthy foods that I wanted, and I ate them in large quantities. While that eating comforted me temporarily, it also ended up in me being, once again, very unhappy with my health and fitness. I felt ugly every time I looked in the mirror.
But I was also dealing with something more important than vanity. I didn’t want to die of a sudden massive heart attack in my 50’s like my father and sister did. Since I was then 54, that was on my mind a LOT. I was successfully battling major, clinical, crippling depression, but I was far from happy. I was truly MISERABLE about the way I looked and felt.
Fortunately, amidst all of my heartache, I was quite active or I would have been even heavier and unhappier than I was. There is no doubt that I would have gained back more than the approximately 60 of the 100 pounds I'd lost in 2000.
During those years that I was re-gaining weight, I rode my horse, Buster, at least a few times per week (including 2 jumping lessons a week), and I worked off his board by bringing horses in from pasture 3 afternoons per week. EVERY time I walked to the fields to bring horses in I was aware of how heavy I felt. Even though I was in good shape as far as cardio capacity, I felt heavy and plodding. I knew that I should have felt lighter and that every step should have taken less effort.
When I lost 100 pounds in 2000, I never got down to a size that I was 100% happy with. As Teresa and I left my Success Story After Picture photo shoot in 2002, we hadn’t even gotten to the sidewalk before I told her that I wasn’t happy with the body I saw in the photos. Teresa told me that when I did attain my goal size she would bring me back to Safety Harbor for my *Final* After pictures.
Little did I know that those Final After pics wouldn’t be taken until 2013!!! During those 11 years between my first After pictures and my Final After photos, I had spent much of the time feeling depressed and hopeless that my life would ever improve. I had to admit to myself that I needed help with my out of control eating, so I joined a diet program that gave me accountability by having to weigh in and have my body fat vs. lean body mass measured every week. I had felt hopeless for what felt like forever at times, but I always had a small spark of hope, deep down inside, that I could attain the body that I had wanted for so many years
That small spark of hope gradually became a strong belief in myself by 2013, and I became a living example of the Power of Persistence! It may have taken me 13 years since my first T-Tapp workout, but I FINALLY reached my goal of feeling 100% satisfied with what I see in the mirror.
More importantly, I am happier, healthier, more fit and lighter than I’ve been since I was 23!
- I lost 101 pounds in 2000.
- I gained 57 of those pounds back by January of 2013.
- I lost 104 pounds and 110+ inches in 2013.
- In my 1st T-Tapp Life, I went from a Size 30 Womens to a Size 12/14 Tall.
- This year I went from a Size 20 Womens to a Size 8 Tall. My 1st single digit size since pre-puberty!
At the 2013 T-Tapp Retreat, my body fat percentage was 30%. 28% is the highest percentage that is considered Healthy. At the 2013 Wellness Weekend, ONE month later and after a BIG push to get in good T-Tapp shape, my body fat percentage was 26% which is considered HEALTHY!!!
My diet coach is AMAZED at how much lean body mass I gained and how much fat I lost in 1 month just by doing the T-Tapp Workout and continuing to eat a healthy diet.
I HAVE LOST A GRAND TOTAL OF 148 POUNDS!!!
Thank you Teresa Tapp!
Diane's Previous T-Tapp Success Story:
Prior to making and keeping my Year 2000 New Year�s
resolution, I wore a size 30 Women�s. From January
2000 until I began my first T-Tapp bootcamp in
September, I lifted weights and walked on the
treadmill. In September 2000, T-Tapp and the
occasional walk became my total workout regime, and by
the spring of 2001, I fit into size 12/14 Tall.
I�m 44 years old, and for the first time since
puberty, I have maintained the same weight and size
for over a year. Thanks to T-Tapp, my entire life has
improved in ways that I never dreamed possible.
I was a very active child and teenager who rode every
day and competed in horse shows regularly. When I
stopped riding, my on-going fight to lose 10 � 20 lbs.
became a more serious issue in my life.
In 1982, I participated in a residential diet program
in Durham NC, the �diet capital of the
world�, and lost 80 pounds in 5 months by following a
800 calorie per day diet and walking up to 20 miles
per day. I was super thin and super fit aerobically,
but my muscle tone and flexibility left a lot to be
I eventually gained back all of that weight plus more,
even though I had developed an interest in aerobics.
From 1988 � 1990, I owned and managed an aerobics
studio for large women. I taught up to 3 classes per
day and was in pretty good shape, although I still
wanted to lose weight. After I closed the studio, due
to issues with the aerobics studio franchiser, I
obtained my American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Certification as a personal trainer.
In 1991, I returned to my career as a systems analyst
and project manager and, except for
short, sporadic periods of working out, I fell off the
workout wagon completely. My ten year marriage ended
in 1993, just as I was starting an intensive 2 year
Executive MBA program. After I finished my degree and
obtained my divorce, I embarked on a rocky four year
relationship. During those years, I rarely exercised
and, when I did, my fitness regime was always
short-lived. I became larger than ever. I ate whatever
I wanted, in large quantities. I was an emotional
eater - caught in the vicious cycle of eating to dull
the pain while my climbing weight caused more pain
that I ate to dull.
Fast forward to January 2000. I was finally ready to
get myself in shape. I wish that I had measured myself
then, but all I know, for sure, is that I was 5’11”
and a size 30. I began my fitness quest by following a
cardio and weight training regimen and lost several
sizes before starting the T-Tapp Workout program in
September 2000. Once I started T-Tapping, I gave up
everything else except for the occasional walk.
From the start of my fitness journey, I was determined
to shape up with help from no one. I wanted to be able
to say that I had accomplished this transformation on
my own. After discovering T-Tapp, I decided that I
would let one person help me. That person is Teresa
Tapp. I met Teresa in December 2001, at a T-Tapp form
clinic in Washington DC. She was nicer, smarter, and
more knowledgeable about exercise physiology and its
impact on women’s bodies than I had expected. Since
that time, I’ve attended many more T-Tapp seminars and
form clinics, and I continue to learn about and
appreciate T-Tapp more and more. I appreciate the fact
that Teresa has done her homework and can interpret
the science that backs up her program.
I have worked hard and accomplished many things, but I
have never worked as hard as I did to transform my
body. I consider this my greatest accomplishment. It’s
sad that so many people are looking for a quick and
easy fix. When friends and co-workers ask me how I
lost the weight, I always say that it was mostly
through exercise. 90% of the time, the questions stop
there, because everyone is looking for a miracle diet.
It doesn’t exist!
T-Tapp has shaped my body like no other exercise
program ever could. I no longer live by the numbers on
the scale, because I have so much long, lean muscle
weight, my weight bears little relation to my size.
The last time I wore the size I wear now, I was 30
pounds lighter! My body is better-proportioned,
stronger and more flexible than at any time in the
After losing so much weight, I was left with a lot of
loose skin. I didn’t begin to brush my skin until
after I had lost many inches, so I don’t know whether
I could have avoided this issue. I made the decision
to have my loose skin removed surgically through an
abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), thighplasty (thigh tuck)
and brachioplasty (arm tuck). I think of it as
reconstructive surgery. My surgery was major; I was on
the operating table for seven hours, but I wasn’t at
all nervous; I was happy and excited. Recovery was
extremely painful, but every moment of pain was worth
it. Yes, I have major scars, but for me the trade-off
was worth it.
I have told very few people about my surgery, but I’m
ready to help other people understand the consequences
of a large weight loss and give them hope that there
are ways to correct loose skin problems.
I feel so strongly about the power of T-Tapp to
transform lives, I’ve taken a risky move. I have
resigned from my well-paying job to become a certified
T-Tapp trainer. People who know me believe that I will
be very happy. People who don’t know me think I’m
crazy. I’ve given up substantial financial rewards,
but I’m going to find the kind of success that can’t
be bought. I’m going to help people find the happiness
that I have, and there’s nothing better than that.
I want people to know that there is hope. There is a
way out of the painful existence that can come with
being overweight, out of shape and unhappy. I live my
life with no regrets. I’m glad that I had to live with
the pain that ultimately brought me to this point in
my life. I appreciate my body and my life so much more
than a person, who hasn’t faced my struggles, ever
could. I love my life! My worst day, as a strong,
healthy woman, is better than my best day as an unfit,
overweight woman. For the first time after losing
weight (and I’ve lost weight so many times before),
I’m living free of the fear that I’ll gain it back. I
T-Tapp for my mental, emotional and physical health,
and as long as I do that, I’ll be fine.