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T-Tapp Tuesday–A Mind-SOUL-Body Workout

Teresa often says T-Tapp is a mind-body workout.  There is no music because there’s too much to stay focused on!  In fact, some people don’t like T-Tapp precisely because they like to “zone out” while working out.



But you can’t do that with T-Tapp! ;)



It takes focus because getting the right stance, keeping position, keeping your tuck/curl and ribs up all take concentration.     Sure you can expend energy not thinking about the moves, but you won’t get max muscle activation, and therefore, not max benefits.



The benefits are not only for the body, losing inches and getting healthier because you’re opening up all the nerve transmissions and establishing brain to body connections (yes, they’re already connected, but sometimes the messages aren’t getting through too well!), and not only for clearer thinking, but for better living emotionally and spiritually as well.



My T-Tapp journey has been nearly 5 years.    I set out, like so many others, to lose some sizes and stay flexible.  Along the journey, I’ve also improved my stamina, gotten my sluggish lymphatic system moving (evidenced by a lump under my armpit that disappeared!), am sleeping better and have more balanced hormones.   But what has been amazing to me is how this journey has helped me feel better about myself–not in a narcissistic way, but to be comfortable with who I am and where I am, instead of always wishing for the next “milestone”.



Even more, it has helped me spiritually.  We are three dimensional beings— body, soul and spirit.  You really can’t just take one component out and deal with it to the exclusion of the other two.  What you are feeling emotionally will affect you spiritually and physically.  What you are going through physically will affect your emotional and spiritual life.



What the Lord has done for me, and yes, through an exercise program :) is to uncover lies that I believed.



Lies that paralyze me.  Lies that keep me from the LIFE Jesus died to give to me!



He didn’t just die so I could have eternal life in Heaven “someday”.  He died to restore my relationship with my Abba Father, so I could experience the fullness of life here as well….in His love.



I have related more to God as my Abba Father in the past 8 months than the 32 years prior of being a Christian!  I could relate to Jesus and the Holy Spirit….but God as Father was harder for me to relate to.  The enemy likes to attack our view of God as Father the most!



You might think this is kind of irrelevent to exercise!   But I assure you, it’s not.



I had a lot of inconsistency in the months following my mom’s sudden death in May of 2010.  I was wrestling with God about His timing in taking her Home.  Finally, 9 months later, I decided it was time to quit arguing with Him about it (I know, that looks so silly in print, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who tries to argue with God about something He has decided was better than my puny plans!).   I was able to start being consistent again with my workouts.  What a coincidence, eh? ;)



Fast forward to early August of 2011.  The Lord uncovered what I call a “dead spot” in my heart— an area I had closed off to Him and hadn’t even realized that I hadn’t totally dealt with it.  It was over a miscarriage almost 22 years ago!  I had had a hard time releasing that one emotionally, but thought I’d dealt with it.  But I actually walled off a part of my heart.  Not that I wasn’t close to the Lord or didn’t have joy— in fact, it was one of those situations where you don’t know how bound you are until you are free!



I totally gave it all to Him and it was amazing how much more vibrant life was!  Now, I’m a pretty expressive person and like to live life to the hilt as it is!  But it was just…different.  Like I said, I didn’t know how “dead” that part was until it was made alive again!



And amazingly, I can look back to that point and see that my body has done a lot of reshaping since.  Seriously!  Oh, yes, eating better helps, as does consistent workouts, but there was a noticeable change.   I don’t fully understand it (we are fearfully and wonderfully made!) but I truly believe that often when we are “holding onto” something— be it a hurt, a grudge, or holding back so we don’t get hurt— that our bodies may “hold onto” things as well.



This isn’t just about “getting smaller”, but also total health.  I know we can’t make an idol of health, but we’re to be good stewards of our bodies.   If we can become healthier by letting go—of hurts, bitterness, “dead spots” of not trusting God– then why not do so?



I feel my nearly 5 years of T-Tapp have helped to bring me to this point.  By working on the physical–discipline to do the workouts, losing inches, gaining health; and then by dealing with the emotional (which led to much of my wrong eating); it’s only natural that the Lord would also deal with the spiritual part as well.  By uncovering the lies I’ve believed for far too long, I can release the emotional and spiritual “gunk”, and I believe it allowed my body to release some physical “gunk” as well!



I know that may sound strange at first, but you seriously can’t treat one facet of a person without it affecting the other facets.



And for that reason, I call T-Tapp not just a mind-body workout, but a mind-SOUL-body workout!



I plan to share more specifics in the weeks to come, but if you have experienced help in your emotional or spiritual health through working out with T-Tapp, please share!





I head to Florida in a few days for trainer certifications–I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I hope to certify for TWO and MORE!






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8 Responses to “T-Tapp Tuesday–A Mind-SOUL-Body Workout”

  1. TinaJewel says:

    That was beautifully written!
    Will be praying as you seek these certifications!

  2. JoAnn says:

    So true, all of it. I’ve only been using T-Tapp for 1-2 months, but already I am feeling such a difference in my life. Including in all the aspects you have mentioned. Thank yo so much for sharing this.

    I hope your certification goes well, I can’t wait to read all about it. :)

  3. JoAnn says:

    I wanted to let you know that you have been picked as the Featured Blogger this week. Congratulations. :) http://homeschoolblogger.com/hsbcompanyblog/787480/

  4. Jennifer says:

    Beautifully said, Trisch. Praying for you today!! You will do GREAT!!!

    Your Big ‘Sister’. :)

  5. Nanci (Joyfulmomof6) says:

    Amen to all you said.

    What you’ve shared here and on the TTapp Forum has incredibly impacted my life in so many ways. I’m so thankful for you for helping me heal emotionally and learning how to love myself as I love others. The latter has always been easier for me than the former.

    • Trisch says:

      Thank you, Nanci–I feel we are all sisters on the same journey and we help each other along the way.

      I think that is true of nearly every woman–we are better at loving and taking care of others and not ourselves. But the “vertical” relationship has to be solid and in place for us to fully love and care for others on the “horizontal” plane.

      So glad to help along the way, dear sister!



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