Tuesday, December 15, 2009

T-Tapp for a Busy Season

Much has happened in my life since my last post. My first grandchild was born (welcome to little Henry Judah on November 14!) and due to some complications I immediately flew to California to help my daughter and her husband. I spent two weeks in California and got home the day after Thanksgiving. In the midst of the busy-ness of the holiday season, my daughter and son-in-law decided to move back to Oklahoma to be near family with their new little son. They are staying with us until they get on their feet and we are enjoying taking turns holding month-old Henry!

It's always a little disconcerting for me (and my family) when I am gone for a length of time. For me there is an adjustment period when returning home to my busy household. Even though my family keeps the house up while I'm gone, there are always things to catch up on and rearrange to my liking, not to mention the necessity of cuddling up the little ones, talking to the older ones, and spending time with my man. My family even decorated for Christmas while I was gone (a first!) but I needed to finish the project and tweak here and there. Adding three household members was a project in itself with cleaning and rearranging. Let's just say I've been unusually busy.

I admit it's been a struggle to keep up with workouts. Time is definitely an issue but let's face it--we usually make time to do what we want to do. So part of the struggle is mental as my list gets longer and longer and my mind is spinning with to-do's. But the reality is that when I skip too many workouts I start feeling rotten--sluggish, creaky, tired and flabby. What to do?

Short workouts to the rescue! Basic Workout Plus, MORE and TappCore are my go-to workouts for stressful busy seasons of life. The year I was losing weight I got in 4 short workouts a week and still lost inches through the holidays. Now that I'm in maintenance, three short workouts are enough. I'll take advantage of New Year's motivation to ramp it up a bit in January, but for now I am thankful for an efficient, effective workout that keeps me feeling and looking good in (literally) just minutes a week!


  1. Glad to see your post! Also so thankful all is well with the new little one and mama! You are right about making time for what we want to do! Ouch!

    Have a blessed Christmas, you sweet woman!

  2. So good to hear from you again! It sounds like you've been Way Beyond Busy! But, it has been a good kind of busy in that you've been priviliged to spend time with your daughter and your new grandbaby! :)

    I was doing so well this fall with T-Tapp -- still not losing lots of inches, but being consistent, but I've lost my momentum in the Busyness of this holiday season. Your post is good motivation to try to fit in some shorter workouts.

    As you know, there are So Many Extra things to fit in the schedule during the Thanksgiving/Christmas season, and so much of it falls onto Mom's shoulders!!! At least at my house . . .

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!


  3. Aww, Elizabeth and Michelle, thanks for your sweet posts. Yes, the Christmas season is extra-busy for Mom here, too. The kicker is that I NEED to T-Tapp to have the energy and strength to get through it! My house is pretty cold in the mornings so early morning workouts ain't happenin'--I'm adapting with later-morning ones. Ya gotta do what works! The workout that works is the one you'll do...

  4. Yay! for you! I am so glad that you have such an encouraging attitude! I just know it is the Lord! Praising the Lord Jesus for you and your family.

  5. Thank you so much for this blog and all of your openness with T-Tapp and measuring, taking photos. They are such a huge encouragement to me. I was showing my aunt your blog today and your story. I showed her your progression of size loss and that 22W is about where I started and that a 6 is my goal size, you are an inspiration and I come back time and again to reread your amazing story. I have made it to a 16 so far! This is still bigger than I have ever been but it feels so good knowing how far I can go. Thank you.

    Congratulations on your new grand-baby! That is so awesome. :D

  6. Congratulations on your progress, Jennifer!! You're on your way! Keep reading those success stories--they keep the vision before you. I'm living my success story and I'm so grateful!