F.A.Q’s~~ Shine in 49~ Day 31

We have only 19 days left in our contest and I hope you are similar success as me!!

I am rockin’ it hard!! I’ve had a “workout” every day final month before my birthday!! The fat is melting off in part due to that, but also because I am eating good- tons of veggies, fruit and protein of course- PLUS I’ve been faithful about taking my supplements daily- a multi, calcium/mag/zinc, my HT PILLs and creatine too!! in 3 more week’s I’ll be Shining BRIGHT  for my 37th birthday!!

Be sure to get in your workout today!!  Every one counts at this point!!

I thought I’d share some FAQ’s with you today…tons of helpful info is below 🙂  Learn and  Enjoy!!

Customer Service F.A.Q.

On Hormonal Timing:


I don’t have a period, will hormonal timing work for me?


YES, If you have ovaries you have a hormonal cycle

If you are on birth control pills or other forms of birth control hormones you will still have a cycle hormones…make sure to chart your symptoms. The added benefit of knowing how your body responds to that particular type of birth control may come in handy at your next doctor visit. If you take the pill, I would recommend opting to take the traditional 28 day cycle of pills which contain a week of “inactive” placebo pills to allow for monthly bleeding (your period). Also if you have the option of being “natural” go for it, I feel it is most often the “optimal” choice.

If you have a hysterectomy and still have your ovaries, you will still have a cycle. And, if you are going through menopause or you’re post-menopausal you still have a cycle ….make sure to chart. Just because you don’t bleed monthly does not mean you are not having cyclical hormone fluctuations. It is crucial that you CHART your weight, bloat, mood, focus, stress, energy, pain, hunger, strength, sleep, libido and other symptoms so that you can see how your cycle still affects you. Within a few weeks of charting you will see how your hormones still affect your body. Once you “see” your cycle you will be able to determine your buffing and boosting phases. During your body’s natural buffing phase you will feel more in control of you food intake, have more energy, enjoy better sleep, and see the scale as your friend. In contrast during your natural boosting phase you may feel more hunger, less focused, more tired and struggle with water weight.

Follow these steps to determine your buffing and boosting phases when you are without a period.

Follow our HT rule “when in doubt BUFF!”. So if you don’t know where to start, start with a 2 week buffing phase.

Start charting your hormones immediately- Since you won’t know what cycle day you are on in your month simply start by using calendar dates instead of c-days on your charting form (Appendix A of my book) or a normal calendar to chart your symptoms. Soon from your symptoms, you will clearly see the cycle of your hormones from low to high.

Once you identify a START of a new hormonal pattern in your body, switch to start a NEW 2 week phase of either Buffing or Boosting.

As you move along through these first couple months of charting you may have to adjust your phases just a bit more and that’s OKAY…you will soon learn your body and be able to benefit from training in SYNC with your body and feel at peace knowing you are working WITH your body vs. fighting with it!



I don’t know where I am in my cycle what should I do?


Start with a 2 week buffing phase, followed by 2 weeks of boosting…then adjust as you figure out your cycle “ When in doubt, BUFF!”


I’m confused- when am I buffing and when am I boosting?


My books will detail how to track your cycle and have a good knowledge base about how the buffing and boosting phases work, it’s time to make your plan of attack to Apply HT to your personal fitness and diet program:

I’ve created this helpful tool:


On this chart you see the Buffing days in PINK and Boosting days in PURPLE

If you have an average 28-day monthly cycle, your Buffing and Boosting phases will each be exactly 2 weeks. The Buffing Phase runs from c-day 5 through c-day 18. The Boosing phase runs from c-day 19 through the end of your cycle, roughly c-day 28 and then continues on from c-day 1 to c-day 4. On a chart like this or on a normal calendar, you need to note in the day of the week and date that corresponds to your personal cycle like I have shown in this example:


When in doubt BUFF (i.e. add days to your buffing phase)

  • If you Don’t have a period, start with a Buffing phase and be staunch about charting your symptoms. You will soon see your cycle from your symptoms and then be able to your Buffing and Boosting phases to it( see page 35). Once identified stick to 2 weeks of buffing followed 2 weeks of boosting, followed by 2 weeks of buffing, etc..

On Books:

Question: I can’t wait to get your books. About how long does shipping take?


It takes up to a week for us to process orders after that shipping takes 2-3 days (within the USA). We ship everything via USPS priority mail.

Question: How did you get your abs and stomach to look that way especially after a c-section/ Where is your c-section scar?


All my Secrets are in my ABS book; My scar is all too real and is hidden under my bikini.


Can I buy the books without the supplements? Where? How?

Yes, all items are available individually. Please visit www.buffmother.com/store

and you can also get the books alone on amazon.com.


I just ordered your hormonal timing book today…and I noticed on today’s blog that if I order today, I will also get a copy of after baby abs…is this true? If so, thank you!




Does the hormonal timing book work in conjunction with using birth control pills?


Yes, for normal 28 day pill packs, start buffing when you start your new pill pack, then start buffing in conjunction with the first day of your 3rd week of pills (day 15 on your pill pack) and continue to boost through your week of placebo pills.

To enhance your results I would highly recommend taking the buffing and boosting pills along with your buffing and boosting phases.


What are the ingredients of the pills?


The ingredient labels are here:



Exactly what are the pills for?


The pills are made to enhance your body’s response to your Buffing and Boosting phases. The HT Pills are made to help your body produces it’s hormones the way nature intended along with helping you through your monthly hormonal fluctuations with a few extra ingredients. For instance the buffing pill contains extra amino acids to help you retain the muscle while you are losing weight. And the boosting pill has an appetitie suppressant in it that will help you control your food intake during PMS.


Can I take the HT Pills while on Birth control?


Yes! They are all natural and will not interact negatively with your birth control pills.


Can I take the HT Pills while pregnant?


Please check with your doctor.


Is it safe for my teenage to take the HT Pills?


Yes, just be aware that every once in a while people are sensitive to certain nutrients (like vit e, niacin and chromium) found in the pills. Since she most likely has not taken many supplements in the past keep an eye out for any possible sensitivities.


I am interested in your HT Pill. Currently I take Vitamines C, B6, Cal-Mag, Chromium, Womans Vitamin and Flax Seed each day. Would this replace all these??? If not, which ones would I have to continue taking? Thank you, Violet


Hi Violet,

Thanks for your note.

The Hormonal Timing Pill works in conjunction with your natural hormonal cycle and with my training program’s Buffing and Boosting phases. The HT Pills would replace your current B-6, Chromium and magnesium supplements. PLUS they would give you additional nutrients and support what is going on in your body at that time of the month.

Please let me know if you have anymore questions,


Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!


From: Pam

Michelle, I was looking into the HT pill and was wandering on the 60 day supply do you get both the buffing and the boosting? Also do you have a brand name of supplements that you recommend some brands have a lot of fillers is liquid cal. better than pill? Sorry so many questions. thank you Pam


Hi Pam,

Thanks for your note~

For the 60 day supply of the HT Pill you get both the buffing and boosting pills. I

As for a “brand” of supplement, I don’t have a general recommendation. It depends greatly on what vitamins you are talking about. For Calcium, there are so many choices…liquid is a great one since you KNOW it will be absorbed, but there are many great pills on the market also. Personally I take a one a day calcium supplement called EZ Cal or Tums.

Hope that helps a bit,

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!



Your website says it’s never too late, and I believe that, but do you know of any organized group for women over 50 that are just getting started? There’s a difference in hormonal changes and menopause. I would like to find women my age battling over 50 challenges. Thank you for the articles; they have been inspiring. Rebecca


HI Rebecca,

Thanks for your sweet note. You are right it is never to late to improve your health and quality of life!

I actually have several women your age in my Team BuffMother Rally Room AND my training system Hormonal Timing still works regardless of your age, because even though you are past menopause you still have a cycle of hormones each month!

If you are set on looking for away from www.BuffMother.com for another site, I’d suggest checking out www.GrayIronFitness.com


Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!


Hi, I recently received your book and have started reading and following it. (I’m the customer in South Korea). Your book and website mention the hormonal timing pill, and I think it would be a good thing. But I have some inquiries about it. I’m really inclined to buy the Pill, because taking 1 pill with everything I need sounds fantastic. Currently I order many variety of things for a lot of money from bodybuilding.com. So not only, would ordering the Pill be convenient, it would probably allow me to cut out the other individual things I’m taking, and save me money. But the one problem I’m having, is I don’t want to buy it without know what the ingredients are. And I know that you probably don’t want to reveal it on your website and in your book, so its not easily copied. However, I have a thyroid problem, and am currently on medication for this. And would really want to know what the ingredients are in your Pill. Just so that I can cross reference with my doctor, and make sure there will be no complications. So if you could please let me know what you are putting in your Pills, it would be greatly appreciated. A customer and motivated fan, Dianna


HI Dianna!

Fun to hear you are using Hormonal Timing!! I am actually sending out your After Baby Abs bonus book today!

I’ve placed the nutritional labels of the HT Pill supplements here:


so that you can see the ingredients.

Thanks so much for your note and excitement…

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Your friend,

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!


When WILL your training package be available??


The Customize Training programs are availiable now….I had been sold out for quite some time, please check back at www.buffmother.com  for more details.

For the following requests please e-mail customerservice@buffmother.com:

Please stop my autoship/subscription to the HT pills.

Please change my the credit card I use for my subscription.

Please send just boosting pills and no buffing pills…I can’t handle any caffeine.



27 Replies to “F.A.Q’s~~ Shine in 49~ Day 31

  1. I sizzled in my workout today:-) Will not be able to workout for the next few days as Im having oral surgery yikes – but will still be able to do my vacuums!

  2. I didn’t get the email for the link today (S6 day 22, May 23) did everyone else get the email? I even checked my bulk mail box. Anyways, my upper body and Ab workouts were great today! I felt very strong and I was happy with my efforts until I spoke with my ex-husband… He said some pretty discouraging things, not in a mean way but negative nonetheless. However due to some very encouraging words from a very encouraging person 😉 I intend to “PROVE HIM WRONG!!”

  3. I didn’t get the e-mail either. But I went ahead and did my arm work out. Weak day but I got it done anyway.

  4. I seem to be having some issues with my email system. Did you get the one for today day 23 yet?

  5. Somehow also missed the email but went ahead with the upper body, intervals, and abs. Finally getting over this cold, but the cough is making exercise still a little difficult. Thankful that my husband is home for the rest of May, then we all head to the midwest for 2 weeks.

  6. Thanks for all the info. I have been doing really well. The last almost week has been really busy with my work schedule, but I have managed to do most of my workouts. I am doing the workout plan from the contest I won last year and have only skipped one leg day because a cow kicked me in the quad. That really hurt for more than a day, so I took a little extra rest even though I am buffing. I had not seen the 60 day free trial on the HT pills, so I am hoping to try that. On your web page where it talks about the free trial, the only link that works is the ADD to CART link.

    Thanks again,

  7. Hi Michelle,

    IT looks like I missed days 21 and 22 for the emails. I keep checking your blog even if I don’t comment so it was okay anyway.


  8. Good for you Lisa!! you are ON!! Sounds like a fun trip…where are you located? I live in the midwest- Arkansas now, but from MN and CO too!

  9. Good!! hopefully no more email issues on my end 🙂 Thanks for being so diligent with your commenting…it truly helps you stay focused. I wish all 400 contestants in the contest would comment…that’d rock!!

  10. OUCH that sounds like it hurt! watch out for the cows, you don’t wanna miss any more leg days!

  11. Yoohoo, Im still here, have just been crazy with work! Workouts still going strong and eats are getting better! Back to buffing now so hoping to say goodbye to some fluff!!
    Weds here so no workout as such but did get in a good, fast walk at lunch and about to head out for a run shortly..looking forward to sharing your summer!

  12. Hi Michelle and S6 Ladies!
    3 weeks! Yeah, I’m still here and going strong. I feel I am closer to my goal and I can do a lot in 2 more weeks. So glad to do this right before Summer and my 5 week trip to California.

  13. Just checking in at the half way point….staying consistent with the workouts AND diet so feeling great! Got my new summer bikini in the mail yesterday…..fits great and is keeping me motivated:) Thanks for all your encouragement!

  14. Oh wow!! fun that you get to come to the us for an entire 5 week trip…are you bringing the whole family?

  15. Checking in at the half-way point. A day late, but nonetheless….doing great, could impove on the diet these last three weeks. Thinking zero sweets and using fruit as my treat might be great.

  16. I just figured out that you and i have the same birthday except i am six years older 🙁 lol! Pretty cool! I fell off the foid wagon as i baked mt youngest daughters bday cake on thursday. Never bake a chocolate cake when you have pms. Ha ha:) still working out though it hasnt been totally lost. Happy birthday Michelle.

  17. My youngest is 5 she was c section birth. I think my belly is back to just after birth loose flab again within last year been worse. I have been told some of it can be stress fat but also my body not breaking down glutens etc and so on. I will be ordering you books soon but just wonder which combo will tighten the abs on outside. The jiggle is no fun.

  18. Exactly what I was thinking, “It’s time to get after it!!”

    Thanks for the information, it’s good to see other answers to many questions I have had. Very informative!

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