Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tapping into the Future

What a blessing to be able to look ahead at a mostly blank calendar year and affirm in advance that it will ALL be good. Come what may, blessings, tragedies, and petty problems alike, it can all be used to form me into the image of Christ.

If I make one New Year’s resolution each year, that’s what it is: that I might respond in a Christ-like way to every person and situation I face. Each December 31 I gladly watch the old year slip away with all my failures to accomplish my hope-filled resolution.

It’s a good thing I can’t see what lies ahead in 2011. If I knew, I would likely be tempted to fret or to manipulate events more to my liking. As it is, I can simply relax and let the story play out the way God intends, and only softly beg that it be relatively free of unwanted drama (head lice!) and suspense (financial uncertainty).

Last year I started the year like many of you with another familiar resolve, to get into better shape. I think I accomplished that, more or less, thanks to a homeopathic doctor in the city and Teresa Tapp. In spite of holiday splurging, I still weigh less today than I did a year ago.

If you haven’t heard of Teresa Tapp, go to her website for a sneak peek at the “Wellness Workout that Works.” I wouldn’t go so far as to imply you will lose two dress sizes in 4 weeks, as her book boasts, but I will agree that it is an ideal “anti-aging” workout that helps counter the daily stress of living cross-culturally. If you want one new workout idea for 2011, I can’t recommend T-Tapp highly enough.

For busy women serving cross-culturally in places where “going for a run” is frowned upon or laughed at, T-Tapp can be done in the privacy of your own bedroom. The best part is that it only takes 15 minutes a day to do the Basic Workout. There is a longer 40-minute Total Workout for the ambitious ones, but you will get results with the shorter version. Neither one requires special equipment or clothing.

Thanks to my friends on the Sonlight forum who inspired me to start “Tapping” about three and a half years ago. Since then quite a number of missionary friends here in southern Mexico have been doing this workout, too.

You may or may not see visible results, but I can guarantee that you will feel more energetic if you start Tapping in 2011. That’s my little New Year’s gift to you. See the sidebar for a special discount from Teresa Tapp and me.

IRL* Working out is only one of the ways I am being transformed.


  1. I just may have to try that! I have been thinking about starting to run again (I used to run back in college... 10 years, 50 lbs, and 2 babies ago!) and even though we live on a base and running really would be feasible, it also would be around our tiny little road where about 6-7 times around is a mile! So I am going to seriously check out this Tapping thing!

  2. Thanks much for this recommendation! I am so in the range T-Tapping seems to target -- menopausal, out of shape, and not up for high impact right now. One question -- the range of products on her website are rather confusing. (Plus I live overseas, so a little complicated to try different ones.) Could you recommend one product (book or particular dvd program) for getting started?

  3. You're welcome. I hope many ladies can join the "club" and start Tapping. Check out the special offer in the side bar. She is offering a discount for the Basic Workout, which is the one I am recommending. Let me know how it works for you!

  4. Wow! How awesome is that?! Thanks so much for negotiating that for us. Next step - place order and figure out how to get it here!

    (P.S. You have blessed me with this post etc. as this is one of the areas that I've felt most compelled to "do something about" this year. Thanks for being an encouragement!)

  5. Yes - that I may respond in a more Christ-like manner (funny: I just typed 'LIFE-like' manner - what does this mean?!). Anyway, oh that I would see people and situations with HIS eyes this year. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Re. the working out - I've been doing a bit of that this last year, with the gift of Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I can't tell you how much it has helped me emotionally as well as physically - to be fitter and slimmer (still a few kilos to go ... but I'm ON my way), and more ready, somehow, to cope with some of the difficulties here. Good idea to bring this into your blog, and to negotiate the discount. Thanks for sharing!


  6. Good for you, Lisa. I do hope more ladies join us in getting physically, emotionally, and spiritually fit this year. It's all connected, isn't it?

    I just found out that I didn't gain back any of the weight I lost before the holidays, even splurging quite a bit. Exercise helps so much.

  7. Just an addendum - after reading this post in the morning here (2 weeks ago), checking out the website, and feeling my spirit rise with a "yes! this sounds like something I could do", I then wondered how on earth to get started. Figured I'd have to wait until materials could be shipped internationally. But that same evening, I happened to be in a bookstore and decided it wouldn't hurt to ask... Lo and behold! (and against all expectations), they had Teresa's book! So I'm already into week 2 and feeling better every day. YES! Physical, emotional, spiritual are all connected...

  8. That's wonderful! Good for you. There are also "free" exercise demos on the T-Tapp web page. Keep up the good work.

    (Thanks for checking in this morning. I'm sure today's post will be up soon....)


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