T-Tapp Deep Discount Tuesday

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Yay! It’s time for another T-Tapp Deep Discount Tuesday.  There are two great deals for today, 4/21/15.

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1. Buy One Get One Free on Digest Plus (no limits), a proprietary blend of enzymes for optimal digestion and assimilation.

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2. Deep Discount Tuesday Workout Set: “Step it to the Max” & “Warm Up Workout #3″ for only $25 (Retail $46.90).  I just started doing “Step it to the Max.” I haven’t made it to the end, but I love the first 30 minutes of it!  It’s a great, high cardio walking work-out, 5 miles in 50 minutes.

 

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Book Review: “The Daniel Plan” by Warren, Amen, and Hyman

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I just finished reading The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Warren, Amen, and Hyman.  I can tell you that there haven’t been too many books I’ve read that have actually changed my life, but this one did!

I was intrigued by it because someone close to me had recommended it when she was going through cancer treatment.  I saw how she changed her eating habits and was inspired by it. But I couldn’t seem to get to the point where I could make those changes myself.

So I started reading The Daniel Plan.  I learned that it isn’t using willpower to change how you eat, but there are 5 parts to the plan.

In order to get healthy, you need to change and grow in 5 essential areas: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.

  1. Faith— Growing in your spiritual life is the most important component.  If we understand that it is God who created our bodies and created us for a purpose, we are much more likely to focus on making the changes He wants us to make.
  2. Food— I learned so much about food in this chapter, what are the best foods to eat, what I shouldn’t eat, and why.
  3. Fitness— Not only do you learn why fitness is important and how it helps your body, you learn all kinds of ways to add fitness into your daily activities.  There are even lots of exercises with pictures to help you to do them at home.
  4. Focus— It is our brain that is often the saboteur to our getting healthy.  We need to recognize the destructive thoughts and take them captive in order to get our brains to help and not hurt us.
  5. Friends— If we have an accountability group, we are far more likely to be successful in these life-changing habits of getting healthy.

 

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Where God guides, he provides.  What he calls you to do, he equips you to do.  He doesn’t need your strength and willpower, but he does need your commitment.”

“God designed us to experience joy. In fact, we crave it and search for it. Unfortunately, when stress builds up, joy escapes us, and we wind up overeating, overworking, overstressing, overdoing, and even over-sitting.”

“Even the setbacks on your journey can help you move forward. If you pay attention and track your progress, a bad day gives you good data.”

The Daniel Plan gives a very well laid-out plan for a 10-Day Detox.  It includes a shopping list, a daily menu of 3 meals and 2 snacks for 10 days, and recipes for each meal and snack.  I decided there was no reason not to do it.  At the end of the detox, here is what happened: I learned that I really could go without sugar, gluten, dairy, or any additives/preservatives for 10 days!  The food was fun and filling, so I wasn’t missing anything. I lost about five pounds.  I learned that I don’t have a problem with gluten or dairy.  I learned that you really do stop craving sugar if you stop eating i! I learned that there is sugar in all kinds of things I didn’t expect when I started reading labels–like the chicken at Chick-Fil-A, salad dressings, ketchup, etc.  And I learned how to buy and cook all kinds of new foods and recipes!

I connected with a Facebook group where we encourage each other in our new focus on a healthy lifestyle.  This helped me make it through 21 days of a no-sugar challenge!  And now we’re doing 21 days of regular exercising.

The last part of the The Daniel Plan book gives you a plan for 40 days to make the healthy lifestyle a habit.  They have a specific exercise plan and food plan to follow.  I have been lax about the food for the last couple of weeks (although I have still been exercising), so I need to do this 40 day plan and get the habits fully set!

 

I love the recipes in The Daniel Plan, and I also purchased The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life, which is only $4.99 on Kindle version right now!

(Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book.  Just read it on your computer or download an app to read on any e-reader, smartphone, iPad, etc.)

I’ve now lost 10 pounds and am so happy with my new healthier lifestyle!

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Daniel Plan from BookLook Bloggers in order to write this honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)

T-Tapp January Special: $10 off Senior Fit exercise DVD

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Here’s a wonderful T-Tapp special deal for January! The Senior Fit DVD is $10 off with code SFWOS!

What is Senior Fit?

It’s an exercise DVD especially made for the older crowd.  I love how it helps get seniors stronger, in shape, and more flexible, but at the same time focuses on ways to keep them from injuring themselves.

From the website it looks like you’ll also get FREE SHIPPING and these extra DVDs!  Retail Value Over $119.00:
Finger & Foot Fitness Workout DVD (Retail $39.95)
Yes You Can with T-Tapp DVD – Teresa’s seminar (Retail $19.95)

It’s NEVER Too Late – Yes You Can
Senior Fit is NOT just for Seniors! Teresa Tapp created this special Brain-Body Fitness Workout to help everyone maximize muscle activation, circulation and lymphatic health, regardless of age. Every exercise of mindful movement within Senior Fit is designed to improve strength, flexibility and heart health, as well as increase energy and decrease inflammation. Its special sequence of mindful movements combined with leverage isometrics will help your body rebuild from the inside out, improve posture and build better balance.
No weights, no equipment, no impact and no need to increase sets or repetitions… this progressive workout delivers MORE results in LESS time and will continue to challenge as you get stronger and more flexible.
Senior Fit is the workout that helps you stand taller, look and feel better so that Yes You Can be Fit and Fab Forever!

Here is a list of each chapter on the Senior Fit Workout – Level One DVD:
Warm Up Workout (16:21)
Level 1 Instructional (32:08)
– Individual Movements
Level 1 Workout (1:07:28)
– Individual Movements
Tempo (4) Workout (47:40)
– Individual movements

List price: $69.95
Price: $59.95
You save: $10.00 (14%)
CODE:SFWOS

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My “Get Healthy in 2015″ Update #1

I’m really excited!  As you may remember I have decided to get healthy for 2015.  I have already lost 4 pounds and 7 1/2 inches after 8 days of T-Tapp exercise and 5 days of clean eating (Daniel Plan 10-Day Detox diet: no sugar, no gluten, no dairy)!  This was really a challenge for me because I doubt I have ever gone a single day in my life sugar/gluten/ and dairy free.  I love my sweets, bread, and cheese!  But having the great recipes and meal plan in the Daniel Plan 10-Day Detox diet has kept me fully satisfied!

I learned to buy all kinds of new ingredients and prepare many meals that are healthy, fun, and delicious. Even my kids tried some of them, so maybe a transition to a healthier home won’t be as difficult as I originally thought. I also froze some of the meals I made in single servings so if others are eating something I shouldn’t, I can easily eat something that’s good for me.

One funny story was that last Monday I was supposed to chop a jicama into sticks to eat with hummus. I remember fondly that my grandmother used to serve us jicama.  :)  My husband helped me grocery shop last weekend, so when I went to the fridge to get it, realized I didn’t know what the jicama looked like.  There were 3 things I couldn’t identify; I knew one had to be a beet, one a turnip, and the other a jicama.  Google Images to the rescue!

For exercise, I mostly did the T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus Tempo DVD (18 minutes).  Two days I did some random T-Tapp exercises.  And one day I didn’t exercise at all.  Today I’m entering the 60-Day T-Tapp Challenge.  I’m hoping that by having to enter my measurements again in 60 days, it will motivate me to be consistent!

By the way, you can get the Basic Workout Plus DVD and start getting fit and fabulous in 15 minutes!  It’s only $35.95 in January and comes with 3 bonus items: Barefoot Basic Plus DVD (Retail $29.95),Basic Plus Tempo DVD (Retail $29.95), and Yes You Can with T-Tapp DVD (Retail $19.95)

The T-Tapp Deep Discount Tuesday special is next week on January 13, so stop back by to see what’s on sale that day.  And be sure to enter to win the T-Tapp Prize Pack of the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, 4 DVDs, and 2 CDs (ends 1/14/15).

I love the Facebook accountability group I’m a part of.  We’re doing a 21-Day Sugar Fast.  So, after 10 days on the Daniel Plan Detox Diet I still have to stay off sugar!  Oh, I miss my husband’s chocolate chip cookies!

 

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T-Tapp Giveaway: Prize Pack (Book, 4 DVDs, 2 CDs)

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I am so excited to offer this awesome T-Tapp giveaway today!  It’s a T-Tapp Prize pack including the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes by Teresa Tapp, 4 DVDs, and 2 CDs.   T-Tapp is an exercise program, and it’s the only one I enjoy doing!  I have been doing various T-Tapp workouts for about 4 years (off and on), and am back to being consistent with it.

What I love about T-Tapp is that it is such a focused type of exercising that “less is more.”  You are not just exercising one muscle at a time, but at least 5 muscles at a time with every exercise–so you get more benefit in less time.  I won’t lie to you– it’s not easy!  The Basic Workout is 15 minutes of hard work.  But I can do it for 15 minutes!

Here is what you get in the Prize Pack:

  • The book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes by Teresa Tapp (explains everything about the T-Tapp technique and why it works so well, gives detailed instructions for the Basic Workout and the Total Workout, and explains the God Made/Man Made way of eating).  The book also includes the coupon in the back to get 30% off your next order at T-Tapp and is signed by Teresa Tapp!
  • The DVD Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, which comes in the book.  It has 3 special exercises on it such as Hoedowns (to balance blood sugar in 3 minutes) and Organs in Place/ Half Frogs (to get a flatter stomach).
  • The DVD Yes You Can With T-Tapp Instructional Seminar (Teresa gives a live seminar; there are exercises included on it.)
  • CRT Body Brushing with 4 Special Exercises to Target Trim Inches and Reduce Cellulite.  (Body brushing is skin exercise to help tighten your skin as you lose weight)
  • Barefoot Basic+ 30-Minute Clinic Workout (You can learn the Basic Workout using DVD and the book.)
  • Radio Interview CD with Teresa Tapp
  • The Truth About Cellulite CD

Win 4 incredible DVDs!:

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If you purchase the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes in January for $16.95, you’ll also get a bonus DVD Healthy Hormones: Brain-Body Fitness Documentary DVD (Retail $24.95):

 

Or get the Basic Workout Plus DVD and start getting fit and fabulous in 15 minutes!  It’s only $35.95 in January and comes with 3 bonus items: Barefoot Basic Plus DVD (Retail $29.95),
Basic Plus Tempo DVD (Retail $29.95), and Yes You Can with T-Tapp DVD (Retail $19.95)

Enter to win the T-Tapp Prize Pack on the Rafflecopter App below.  Winner must be 18+ years and live in continental U.S.  The winner will be chosen on Wednesday January 14, 2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(Disclosure: All items for the Prize Pack were purchased by myself because I love T-Tapp and want to share it with others!  This post contains affiliate links.)

2015 Word of the Year: HEALTH!

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I don’t know about you, but I have decided that I am tired of the symptoms I’m experiencing that maybe by eating better and exercising more consistently I might be able to do something about!  So, here is my Word of the Year for 2015: Health!

Here are the symptoms I’m hoping getting healthy will eliminate: low energy/fatigue, brain fog/poor memory/poor concentration, joint pain (arthitis), poor sleep (trouble falling asleep and staying asleep), hormonal spikes leading to irritablilty twice a month, and headaches.

I’ve been reading The Daniel Plan and there are 5 areas which need to be addressed in order to live a more healthy life: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.  I have some goals for each of these areas and will be working on them in 2015.  (I’ll be sharing a full review of the book in the coming weeks!)

Faith:  I’ve starting reading the book of Isaiah from the Bible, and am looking forward to studying it this year.  I’ve gotten some great recommendations for study guides and commentaries, so I’ll share those in another post!

Food:  I think I’ll start with the 10-Day Detox diet that is laid out in The Daniel Plan.  I don’t know how I can possibly live without sugar, gluten, or dairy.  But I need to see if one or more of those is contributing to these terrible symptoms I’m feeling.

Fitness:  I’m starting the T-Tapp 60-Day Challenge on January 10, so I’ll be working on losing those last 15-20 pounds that I’m tired of carrying around.  T-Tapp is my go-to workout because it can be done at home with DVDs, doesn’t require any equipment, is a whole-body workout, is quick (all the workouts I do are 30 minutes or less), and really works–if I’m consistent!  I’m hosting a giveaway of the T-Tapp book Fit and Fabulous in Fifteen Minutes in a day or so, so stop back by the blog (or follow me by email so you don’t miss it–see sidebar for a way to sign up.)

Focus: Ways to control stress– breathing, prayer, and meditation (I’m doing a Praying Through the Scriptures challenge with mercyisnew.com.)  Using a gratefulness journal (from benandme.com).

Friends:  Connecting with others who are also deciding to get healthy this year.  Most of this will be online, especially with a new Facebook group I’m a part of.  I’m thinking of getting a FitBit as well, so I can have challenges and encouragement with friends through it!

Please leave a comment with your “Word,” resolutions, or goals for the new year!

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Use T-Tapp to Ward off the Weight Gain During the Holidays!

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In January I’m going to push to finally lose the last 15 pounds that I haven’t lost since my last baby.  But until then I am determined NOT to gain any more weight during this holiday season!  Here is how I plan to do it: T-Tapp exercise workouts!

I completed Day 3 of a 4-day boot camp this morning.  I am doing the Basic Work-out Plus DVD for four days in a row.  Then I will do a T-Tapp work-out every other day until January 1.  The nice thing about the Basic Work-out is that it’s only 15 minutes long, so I don’t have much excuse for not doing it!

 

Never tried T-Tapp and don’t know what to buy?

 

*If you are brand new, get the Basic Workout Plus With Instructional DVD (15-minute workout), along with the Fit and Fabulous in Fifteen Minutes book.

* If you are used to exercising and want a total body workout (45 minutes), get Total Workout DVD.

* If you have health issues or more weight to lose, get the MORE Rehab workout DVD.

* If you love walking for exercise, get the Step Away the Inches DVD or Step it to the Max.

* If you are an older person who needs more careful exercise to avoid injury, get the Senior Fit DVD.

* If you have hormonal imbalance issues, get the Healthy Hormones DVDs.

Leave me a comment and let me know you’ll be joining me!  Let’s support each other!

 

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T-Tapp Deep Discount Tuesday: Finger and Foot Fitness!


I know a lot of us have feet and hand problems.  Here is T-Tapp Fitness to the rescue!  (See on the right hand side where it says Current Top Sellers if you are on the Store page or at the bottom in a Star that says Deep Discount Tuesday on the Home page.)

Personally, I have arthritis in my hands and plantar fasciitis in my feet!  I can certainly use Teresa’s expertise!

Finger & Foot Fitness is more than 50% off.  Normally $39.95, get Finger & Foot Fitness for only $16.50!  71 minutes of help for your hands and feet!

Deep Discount Tuesday offer valid through midnight on 08/19/14.

Remember, the foundation of fitness starts in the fingers and the feet.  Finger and Foot Fitness can help to wake up your neuro-kinetic connection all the way to the furthest extremities.  Therefore, can actually attain better muscle activation and, over time, better results!

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Check out this Finger Fitness video here:

 

Here are a few of my other favorite T-Tapp DVDs:

Basic Workout Plus (get a great 15-minute workout without spending an hour!)

TappCore (9 short moves, great for kids too!)

Step Away the Inches (25 minutes, great 2-mile workout)

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5 Days of Resources for New Year’s Resolutions: T-Tapp

Today’s resolution resource is for the quintessential New Year’s Resolution–exercise! Since the only exercise I like is T-Tapp, that’s what I’m sharing with you today.

One of the best exercises is OIP (Organs in Place) and Half-Frogs, which is on the DVD included with Teresa Tapp’s book Fit and Fabulous in Fifteen Minutes. It’s the T-Tapp secret to a flat stomach!

Awesome December special: 5 DVDs for $49.95: The Basic Plus and Step Away Set includes the 15-Minute Basic Workout Plus, the T-Tapp Seminar, Barefoot Basic, plus my 2 favorites–Basic Tempo and Step Away the Inches.

So, here are some of the reasons I like T-Tapp so much:

1.  It works!

2.  I can do it at home, with no equipment, and in only 4-square feet of space.

3.  It’s aerobic without having to jump around.

4.  It’s fast!  The Basic Plus workout is only 15 minutes long, and you WILL loses inches with just doing that.  It’s fast, but not easy.  :)  I repeat the Flylady’s mantra to myself. “You can do anything for fifteen minutes–except whine!”

5.  It’s rehabilitative and created to work with all body types and sizes, as well as those with all kinds of health challenges.

6.  I don’t have to exercise daily to continue to lose inches.

7.  There are great sales on T-Tapp products.  Follow my blog (email, RSS, FB, Twitter–see sidebar/footer) and I’ll let you know about them!

8.  I can do it in my regular clothes.  I wear cross trainers all day long (due to the Flylady’s advice to wear shoes that tie and because it helps with my plantar fasciitis), so it’s quick and easy to just stop what I’m doing and start exercising!

9.  It’s also easy to do on vacation.  I’ve put several workouts on my my iPad, so I can just exercise in my room!  (I do this at home, too.)

10.  I hate exercising-but I love T-Tapp!

**See my other T-Tapp posts in the category tab for more information about this wonderful exercise program.  Or feel free to leave a comment with your questions!

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5 Days of Resources for New Year’s Resolutions: Family Fitness

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Yay, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions! For the next five days I’m going to share with you some of my favorite resources for helping us all reach our goals with our New Year’s resolutions.

If you’re like me, one of those is to help get your family get in better shape this year. For today only, December 27, you can get Family Time Fitness Core 2 free with the purchase of Core 1. Even if you miss the sale, $57 for just Core 1 is still a great deal!
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Or for a limited time get the Homeschool P.E. Curriculum — 30% OFF from Educents , only $39.90!

What’s so great about Family Time Fitness?

If there is one major weakness I have in the teaching realm, it’s in the area of physical education.  But just like everything in homeschooling nowadays:  there’s a curriculum for that!  Here are the Top 10 Reasons I love Family Time Fitness “Core Physical Education Level 1″.

1.  There are daily lessons (260 to be exact!)

2.  Each lesson provides 60 minutes of physical fitness activity.

3.  Minimal equipment is required:  bean bags, hula hoops, jump ropes, playground/soccer/basketball, cones (or alternative), stop watch, measuring tape, and exercise mat.

4.  The activities are linked to YouTube videos, so you and your kids know exactly how to do it!

Here’s an example–the very first exercise in the first lesson:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L3x3RsZoXg

5.  The lessons and video links fit easily on my phone, so I can bring it to the park, backyard, or wherever else we’ll be doing our P.E.

6.  When it isn’t possible to go outside, the lessons can be done indoors in a living room or play room.

7.  You can break the lessons up into 10-15 minute segments if you prefer to spread the activity out during a day.

8.  There are assessments that you can use to measure improvements in your child’s abilities.

9.  The price is very reasonable.  

10.  It’s for a wide range of ages–K through 8th grade, ages 5-13. I am definitely going to use some of these great activities for my preschool co-op class as well (ages 1-5) and we adults will certainly get fitter doing these exercises, too!

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(Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-book copy of Family Time Fitness Core Physical Education Level 1 in order to write this and other honest reviews. This post also contains affiliate links.)

T-Tapp Cyber Monday Sale & My December Fitness Goals

If you missed Friday’s sale, you can still get the T-Tapp workouts for 25% off on Monday, and the 3 Starter Systems are 50% off! Use the coupon code GIFT25 on Monday, December 2.

As we begin this last month of the year, I thought I’d make and share some fitness goals I have.
1. To lose 5 pounds during December
2. To exercise at least 4 times a week.
3. To drink enough water daily
4. To take my vitamins daily
5. To eat sensibly

Would you like to join me? Let me know with a comment below. And if you need a push, get some T-Tapp help. :)

Here’s a good deal:

3 DVD workouts called the Walking Workout Super Set for $30:

Comes with Step Away the Inches, Step it to the Max, and T-Tapp Broom 2.

And another awesome deal:

Basic Workout Plus and Total Workout are 50% off!

Basic is $19.98 and Total is $39.98.

But there are lots of other choices, so check them out!

 

Use coupon code GIFT25 on December 2, 2013 only.

 

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Review of Family Time Fitness Core Physical Education Level 1

Family Time Fitness - Fitness 4 Homeschool Book Version

If there is one major weakness I have in the teaching realm, it’s in the area of physical education.  But just like everything in homeschooling nowadays:  there’s a curriculum for that!  Here are the Top 10 Reasons I love Family Time Fitness “Core Physical Education Level 1″.

1.  There are daily lessons (260 to be exact!)

2.  Each lesson provides 60 minutes of physical fitness activity.

3.  Minimal equipment is required:  bean bags, hula hoops, jump ropes, playground/soccer/basketball, cones (or alternative), stop watch, measuring tape, and exercise mat.

4.  The activities are linked to YouTube videos, so you and your kids know exactly how to do it!

Here’s an example–the very first exercise in the first lesson:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L3x3RsZoXg

5.  The lessons and video links fit easily on my phone, so I can bring it to the park, backyard, or wherever else we’ll be doing our P.E.

6.  When it isn’t possible to go outside, the lessons can be done indoors in a living room or play room.

7.  You can break the lessons up into 10-15 minute segments if you prefer to spread the activity out during a day.

8.  There are assessments that you can use to measure improvements in your child’s abilities.

9.  The price is very reasonable.  $67

10.  It’s for a wide range of ages–K through 8th grade, ages 5-13.  But I am definitely going to use some of these great activities for my preschool co-op class as well (ages 1-5) and we adults will certainly get fitter doing these exercises, too!

Next month I’ll be back with another post telling you how we’ve used it both at home and at our homeschool co-op.

Family Time Fitness

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-book copy of Family Time Fitness Core Physical Education Level 1 in order to write this and other honest reviews. This post also contains affiliate links.)

90-Day Family Fitness Challenge and 50% off Sale!

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It’s time for a fitness challenge, don’t you think?  I know I could use the motivation and accountability.  I Still need to lose 10 pounds because I Still haven’t been consistent with my exercising!

The company Family Time Fitness is hosting the challenge and you can sign up here!

You can do it as an individual or as a family–and there will be prizes!  Free to enter.  It’s starts next Monday, so be sure to sign up today!

And, if you need something to help you get moving each day, Family Time Fitness is running a sale on their products for 50% off until October 7.  After the first week, it will go to 25% off, and then the sale will be over.

Family Time Fitness - 90 day Challenge

 

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Today’s the Day to Get the T-Tapp Basic Workout!

Today is Deep Discount Tuesday at T-Tapp and you can get 50% Off the T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus – the 15-minute workout that WORKS!

If you’ve never tried T-Tapp, this is the best workout to start with. It includes a full instructional where Teresa explains in detail how to do each move. T-Tapp is all about form–not repetition or using fancy equipment or spending an hour.

In fact, this full workout is only 15 minutes long! Join thousands of others who have gotten in shape, lost weight, and improved their health just by doing this 15 minute workout!

OK, listen: Today’s deal is so good, everyone reading this needs to buy it! Not only do you get the DVD with Basic instructional and full workout, you get 3 bonus DVDs: Basic Tempo (my favorite workout), the Seminar (explains all about T-Tapp), and Barefoot Basic.

 

Read more about my experience and success with T-Tapp here.

Click here to read more about this special.  (See a star link on the bottom of the page which says “Deep Discount Tuesday.”

 

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From House to Home {Link Party}: T-Tapping Again!

It’s finally summer weather here in the Chicagoland area, so I got out my shorts that I haven’t seen for 2 years (last summer I was in my post-pregnancy clothes).  They don’t fit!  Well, I can zip them, but they are definitely too tight,  so, it’s time to get T-Tapping again.

After the T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge ended a few months ago I fell off the wagon and haven’t exercised much.  I know that I need to make it a part of my daily life, not just to fit into my shorts but to help with different health challenges I have such as varicose veins, arthritis, diverticulosis, and hormonal imbalances.

So, I’m back to my favorite exercise program.  T-Tapp is named after the founder Teresa Tapp.  She has figured out specific exercises that give you the most comprehensive workout  in the least amount of time.  So, I say to myself, “Can I give 15 minutes to this today?”  There is really no excuse to say no.  I don’t have to leave the house, get a babysitter, or spend an hour on it.  I don’t even change my clothes!

The first thing I did when I first considered T-Tapp was read the book Fit and Fabulous in Fifteen Minutes.  There I learned what’s different about T-Tapp and why you can really see results with only doing a 15-minute workout.  Then I got the DVD called Basic Workout Plus.  It includes the workout straight thorough but also a slowed-down version of it explaining how to do each move.  Doing the moves correctly is crucial in T-Tapp if you want to see results.  That’s one thing that’s so different about it compared to running, biking, aerobics, etc. where you are just trying to keep moving for a set amount of time.

If you’re curious, check out the T-Tapp  Website! and try out some of the videos (“try before you buy”).  Let me know if you have any questions.  I’ll let you know next Tuesday if I have lost any inches yet!

 

It’s time for our Link Up Party: From House to Home!

Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page. (If you don’t link back, your link might be deleted.)

I Choose Joy!



See the wonderful blogs I’ve linked up to here!

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2013 Goals and Resolutions: Do Hard Things

Do Hard Things!

It’s my “word” of the year.  :)  I haven’t read the book Do Hard Things yet, but heard the young men speak about it on the radio.  It’s a goal for all of us to follow–to live our lives for Christ and graciously do the hard things He has called us to.

 

Here are my goals and resolutions for this year.  I have to be honest and tell you that I’ve already changed my mind about some of them since last week!

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1.  My big goal for this year is to get back to my “wedding” weight.  It’s been a few years, but I’m ready to make it happen.  I need to lose 19 pounds, 2 sizes.

One way I hope to accomplish this is by joining the T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge, which starts on January 20.  I’m going to do a 4-day Boot Camp of Basic Workout Plus (started it yesterday) and then do that workout or Step Away the Inches at least every other day.  On the off days, I’ll do Hoe-Downs and OIP/HF (those exercises are found on the DVD included with Fit and Fabulous book.)

After the Challenge is over I’ll learn the T-Tapp Total Workout and Ladybug Workout, which I’ve had for a while but have never tried.  I plan to eat less fast food, desserts, and doughnuts and eat more salads, fruit, and veggies as well as drink 75 ounces of water daily.

If you want to join me in the 60-Day Challenge,–see it listed in the 2nd column on the T-Tapp website– there is still time to order a DVD or book.   Also, next Tuesday will be Deep Discount Tuesday–I don’t know what the special will be, but I’ll let you know as soon as I find out!  And if you don’t know what T-Tapp is, check out What Is T-Tapp!

 

2.  Stay more on top of the Cleaning and Organizing of my house, using the Motivated Moms Planner.  I’ve already been using it for a week and have really liked the easy way it tells me what to do each day!  I also want to look at my Pinterest Boards to get some more great ideas!  I absolutely love this post over at Confessions of a Homeschooler and would like to try to set up our upstairs schoolroom and our basement craft room to be more learning-friendly and organized!

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3.  Read the Bible daily.  I was going to read through the Bible, but that’s too big a goal for this year.  I’ll read through a book at a time, starting with 1 Corinthians.  And I pray that the Lord will grow me this year; I long to be more like Him–more patient, more kind, more loving. . .

4.  Learn how to use my new camera and Photoshop Elements.  Improve the photos here on the blog.  Fix my blog header and make a blog button.

5.  Sew my oldest daughter’s quilt (finally!) and make dresses for the four girls.  I have all the material for the quilt, but need to decide what to do for the girls.  I have lots more I’d love to sew, but I’m not going to stress if I can’t get to it this year.

6.  Teach the kids two songs with parts (performance ready).  We’ll work on singing at least twice a week.  It has always been a dream for my husband and me for our family to sing together!

 

I’ll post updates on how things are going.  Let me know about your goals, too!

 

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Fitness Challenge #1 Wrap-Up

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Today ends the 6-week fitness challenge. I did not do all I hoped for as far as exercising goes, so I didn’t reach my goal. But I’m not giving up! I did lose 2 pounds and 2 1/4 inches. For the next 7 weeks, I’m going to be careful what I eat and exercise when I can (try to do 3 full T-Tapp work-outs a week). Then, I’ll start up a new Fitness Challenge on New Year’s Day! Please plan to join me!

If you missed it, be sure to read my review about the balance cushion I tried out last week.

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Review of Exertools DynaDisc Balance Cushion

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I’m excited to review an exercise product today: Dyna Disc Balance Cushion !

When it arrived, there were no instructions with it, so I did what anyone would do–Check YouTube!  I found all kinds of different ways to use it.

 

The exercise I’ve done the most this week is one to strengthen the back while sitting on a chair:

Here are a few for beginners.  I tried some of these this week.

These next three are for advanced users.  There is no way I could do these yet!

This next one is great for my boys–tossing a ball while balancing on the disc:

I was grateful that I also received a hand pump.  I’ve adjusted the air pressure different ways to see what works the best.  And I found a video which told me how to pump it up!

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So, here’s my review.  I like this balance disc and will keep it and continue using it.  I’d like to gain more balance and continue activating more muscles than I usually do.  My kids will be using it as well.  They love walking by it and testing out their balance.  I love that it’s inexpensive (less than $30) and takes up practically no space.  I’ve been keeping it on my computer chair!  I can see how using a balance disc is similar to T-Tapp’s focus on the T-Tapp stance–you’re activating far more muscles using the stance or by balancing on the cushion.  There are some balance exercises on the TappCore DVD which I haven’t tried yet.  I did use the balance cushion with 3 other TappCore exercises, though:  Butterflies, Chest Press, and Shoulders.  It was hard–I’ll have to keep working on it.

There is a YouTube channel from ExerTools  so you can see how some other products may be used.  Be sure to check out the Exertools website.  I can see a lot of great uses for Homeschool P.E. there!

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I Choose Joy! 6-Week Fitness Challenge #1, Week 6

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This is the last week of the challenge!  Can I do 4 work-outs this week?  I sure hope so!  Last week I did two–one should count for double since it was at the T-Tapp clinic.  I was so sore the next day!  The clinic was great, though, and I’m once again thrilled that I use this incredible mind-body work-out.  One way I could describe it is that most exercise is mindless.  You just try to work your body in a certain way (aerobics, running, walking) for a set amount of time.  T-Tapp uses very deliberate movements.  Form is extremely important, and it requires a great deal of concentration.  You get more done in less time because you work 5-7 muscle groups with every exercise.   (See the T-Tapp website for more info!)
One thing we talked quite a bit about last week was the soon-to-be-released exercise DVD called Senior Fit.  I’m so excited about it!  Finally, there will be a great way for older people to work out that is created just for them with their special needs in mind!  Teresa Tapp has spent years working on it.

Well, for our last week I want you to join me in making healthy choices this week!

Here’s a recap of our our 6-week fitness challenge: Are you ready to lose some inches and get healthier before the holidays? I am! My goal is (was) to lose 1-2 sizes by November 12.

We’re going to keep each other accountable and encourage each other to keep at it by linking up here each Monday. I know I need the challenge spirit to keep me motivated. Exercising is not my favorite thing to do! Link up your blog post telling us how you did the previous week. I’ll share how I did, as well as highlighting a few of you!

If you don’t have a blog, no problem! Just leave a comment here each Monday telling us how you did.

(Also, if you missed the start date, join in with us at any time!)

The rules:

1. Choose any exercise program and do it 4 times each week for 6 weeks (starting Monday October 1 and ending Monday November 12.). Examples of an exercise program are a DVD, gym, class, a 30-minute walk, etc. I’ll be doing T-Tapp, of course! I want the most benefits for the least amount of time invested. :) (Notice, I didn’t say the least amount of effort.)

2. Link up your blog posts each Monday with a report on what and how you did during the previous week (how many work-outs, any inches or pounds lost, benefits to your health). If you don’t have a blog, just leave a comment.

3. Bonus–Add a new healthy habit each week, such as drinking more water, eating more fresh vegetables, getting 10,000 steps with a pedometer, etc.

4. Please follow I Choose Joy! (see sidebar) so that I can remind you to come back here each week to link up your update. Also, please leave a link back here so others can join us! I’ll be posting on my Facebook page throughout the weeks to keep us all motivated — so be sure to Like I Choose Joy! (link in sidebar).



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