SuperStar Success 2009 ~ Finalist Daphne D.

Daphne D

Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0): 7, 4
Age: 32

Today’s Date:____11/21___ height:____5’3”______ weight:__110 —106.4___ age:____32_
Today’s cycle day-1

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 33—34
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):34—33 ½

Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):35–341/2

Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 28—26.5
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part): 26—25
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 35—35
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 37 ¾—38
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 10—10

Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 10 ¾—10 3/4
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 19—19
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap): 20—20 1/2
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 11 ¾—11 3/4

Why did you enter the SSS contest by BuffMother?

I entered the SSS contest for 2 main reasons.  First, I want to win.  I’ve discovered through my time in the Rally Room that I am extremely motivated by contests. I find that I am challenged by seeing what others are doing to accomplish their goals.  In addition, the desire to finish well and accomplish my own goals is an overwhelming motivator for me.  Second, I entered the contest so that I could accomplish super-star success.  I want to get better and be the best that I can be, whether I win or not.  I feel like if I win, that’s super.  However, if I don’t win, I have learned and improved from trying my best.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?

I made a habit of blogging and commenting as often as I could.  I know I missed days here and there, but I aimed for being active daily in the Rally Room.  I also tried to set attainable goals for myself as well as using the weekly mini-challenges to start new and better habits.  Third, I made up a chart that I could use to easily record and track my food, workouts, supplements, cycle days, and hormones all in one place.  The chart helps me see how I’m progressing and how food and hormones play into my progress.
How do you feel about your success?

One of my goals was to reduce my body fat.  I used a hand held body fat calculator at my gym and was pleased to see that it said that my body fat was down to %17.3.  A year ago, it was %22.  It’s not a tremendous drop, but it did go down.  My other goal was to get more definition in my arms and legs and stomach.  While my legs don’t show too much change, my improvements are showing on my upper body.  I’m excited to see my fat loss continue to progress to my lower body.
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?

I’ve struggled with stress and sickness during this contest.  Both me and my family have had multiple sicknesses continually repeating and recurring in our household.  I’ve also had tremendous stress.  I’ve had a huge ordeal with my dad that our family has been dealing with.  He is a difficult person and seems to thrive on attacking and emotionally destroying his loved ones.  In addition, homeschooling has been tough this year.  The contest started at the beginning of the school year and the stress of getting into the routine has been difficult.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?

I tell my friends all the time about the wonders of hormonal timing.  Women don’t realize how simple it really is to reach their goals when they understand how to work with their hormones instead of against them.  The more in-tune I am with how my body responds to my hormones and to certain foods, the more I can succeed at reaching my goals.  I will never go back to floundering in the physical and emotional defeat that comes from not understanding my female cycle.

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