Shine in 49 Runner Up – Sarah Pacia

Name: Sarah Pacia of RI
Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0): 2 boys ages 6 and 2
Age: 41

Why did you enter the “Shine in 49” contest by BuffMother? I entered because I want to win!   I am excited to be in a contest.  I also joined the contest because I know how great Michelle is at motivating me and how knowledgeable she is.  This contest also fell at the perfect time to get in shape for bikini weather.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 49 days? The mirror is a great tool!  The group on facebook also kept me going.  Every time I would hear about someone else’s great results it pushed me to try harder.  I felt so good working out and seeing results. I care about myself and want to feel good about me and my body.

How do you feel about your success? I feel good about my results.  My clothes fit better and I am confident in my workouts and in wearing shorts!

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals? I had to be flexible when finding a time to work out.  My husband is a firefighter and is gone at off hours and I have 2 young boys with no family nearby to help with childcare.  The gym I belong to does not provide childcare.  Another obstacle is I live in a house of white carb lovers but overtime the temptation of eating foods that go against my goals went away!  I also work in Boston part time and when I’m gone it’s for 12 hours a day.  Really, none of the obstacles slowed me down much, I had a goal in sight to get in the best shape I can over the 7 weeks.

What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ? I’ve been telling anyone who I speak with about working out that I’m in the contest and how Michelle had 4 children in 4 years and won several competitions the following year.  I also tell them how she helps other moms and women get in shape online and offers so much help and support.

Can I have your permission to post your entry online? Yes


DATES taken-     Beginning 4/23/12     Ending date 6/9/12

Height: 5’7″
Weight: 140,135
Hips:40, 38

Today’s Date:_6/9/2012_______
height:______5’7″______ weight:___135________ age:_41______
Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around the biggest part, women only):33,  32
Chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):34, 34
Waist (the smallest part):28,  27
Hips (the largest part of your butt):40,  38
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):41.5, 42.5
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):10, 10.5
Thigh (8” above Knee cap): 22,  19.2
Thigh (12” above Knee cap):22.5,  21.5
Calf (7” below knee joint):11.5, 12

I lost 7.8 inches and 5 lbs during this contest!

Before and After Pictures


6-9-12  Hi Michelle,

Thank you so much for holding this contest and providing such great and helpful information that I am going to continue to use towards my goal of being fit and in the best shape of my life!

I’m having a really hard time choosing 1 after photo so am attaching 1 before and 2 after…I’m sorry if that’s a bother!  I want to show you my back and my abs.  I love to do core exercise 🙂  I feel like it keeps me strong in my workouts and in every day life.  My true before and after picture if I had to choose would be the 2 pictures from behind.

You have done wonderful things for me including helping me feel good about myself and I can’t thank you enough!  Thanks again for giving me so much. I will continue to spread the word about buffmother!

Your friend,



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