SuperStar Success 2009 – Tammie A., Finalist

Name: Tammie A
Number of children and ages :  Four- ages 12, 10, 8 and 6
Age: 46

Today’s Date: 12-2-09   height:  5’5″ weight: 151 / 141 lbs.   age:   46

Today’s cycle day- 26

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): before 38  after 37
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):  before 34 3/4  after 35 1/2
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):  before 36 3/4  after 36 3/4
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part):  before 34 1/4  after 31
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):  before 32 1/2  after 29
Hips (the largest part of your butt):  before 43  after 40
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):  before 42 1/2  after 42 1/4
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): before 11 5/8  after 11
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):  before 12  after  11 1/2
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap):  before 22   after 21 1/4
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):  before 25 1/4 after 24 1/2
Calf (about 7” below knee joint):  before 13  after 13 15/8

Why did you enter the SSS contest by BuffMother?
I entered the SSS contest for several reasons.  The first reason is because I saw Michelle’s before and after picture and this is what peaked my interest in BuffMother.  I also needed MOTIVATION.  I thought that entering the contest would keep me motivated…and it did!  Also, I have to say that after I had children, I have had a hard time losing weight and exercising.  I had tried all the fad diets, went to group workout classes at the gym consistently and saw little or no results.  I wanted to try lifting weights in the comfort of my own home where people weren’t watching or scrutinizing me.  I have always enjoyed free weights and wanted to learn more about it.  I felt that I owed it to myself and to my family (but mostly to myself) to make a change for the positive and become more fit.  I was really down on myself before I began and saw SSS contest as a challenge and something positive.
What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?
I took each day as it came.  I liked that the workouts were well planned and the meals were simple (KISS is what I told myself everyday).   I could workout in my home or outside and it didn’t take hours.  I told myself that I only needed 30 to forty-five minutes to make a change and to just do it.  I started to see small changes and my husband noticed.  This was a huge motivator.  Also, I joined the rally room.  It was great because the women in the RR are dealing with the same issues.  It lets you know that you are not alone.  Also, the RR was fun because all the comments are positive and it was fun to help motivate other women. Also, the video coaching was a HUGE help.  It was fun to watch you show how to do the exercises. Please don’t be insulted; but when I would see clothes lying around in the video, it made me think…”hey Michelle has stuff to do too, but she’s taking this time for herself and for me, so I deserve to take time for myself too!”
How do you feel about your success?
Super positive!  I know that I didn’t get out of shape and fat overnight.  I realize that it is going to take time to have the body that I know I can have.  This is the first time in years that I have actually had results!  I want to start the SSS again and stay with it.  Maybe by summer, I will feel comfortable in a bikini (minus the skirt bottom).
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?
The obstacles that I had to overcome were obstacles that I created in my own mind.  We all have hectic daily routines.  We all have family obligations,  children and spouses or significant others that need us.  I had to realize that my housework, laundry, paperwork, grocery shopping or whatever would still be there after my workout.  This was really difficult for me, but I would say to myself that I would just do it for 10 minutes because I can do anything for 10 minutes.  Before I knew it, the workout was complete.  My other obstacles were food choices.  It was difficult for me to pass up the goodies.  The good thing is that I passed up many more than I accepted.  I tried to drink a lot of water, which was a challenge at times.  Also, eating greens 3 times a day was hard at first.  Also,  there was a week or so when everyone in my house became sick, so it was hard to get in a workout.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?
I have told several friends about BuffMother already.  I would tell the world that BuffMother is the answer to their prayers.  BuffMother is the solution to the problem.  The problem is feeling miserable about their bodies.  It works.  It is all laid out for you.  That BuffMother has done all the research and women’s bodies are unique in that their hormones can actually work for them, not against them.  Hormonal timing is the key to becoming fit.  Also, that other women that are in the same situation as me; that is, that I am menopausal, or post menopausal and have no hormones, can actually realize their cycle by charting their hormonal responses (weight, bloating, mood, etc).  That knowing what your hormones are doing can work to your advantage in every aspect of your life, but especially for eating and exercising.



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