Category Archives: Goal Setting (POA)

Plan of Attack- POA

For several years I blogged almost daily.  Many of those are here in my public archive, but many more were also in our private women’s only TEAM BUFFMOTHER RALLY ROOM.  I was in the habit of doing a weekly POA (plan of attack) and preached it to my clients.  With life moving to the use of phones over computers that changed.  I loathe typing on my phone, and I got away from posting blog behind the computer because I was simply not on it as much nor were others. There was not as much motivation to post since very few members of my TEAM read it anyhow.  Well, that was wrong of me to think that. I NEED IT! I need to write. I need to express my thoughts onto paper daily.  I am trying to get the habit back.

My workout POA for the week:
Mon- Bike, Lift- arms/abs + booty sandwich, run, stretch, take starting stats and pics for this buffing phase
Tues- Lift @PF back, shoulders, biceps, abs, STAIRMILLWed- Lift Legs, stretch
Thurs- run
Fri- Lift @PF- mish mosh of machines- and intervals on ARC
Sat- Lift Chest/Triceps and ABS plus run
Sun- off

All that plus training several clients, working on my taxes, basketball games and other life stuff.

What is your POA for the week??

Keep working it, it works, Michelle

 

It take’s BRAINS to be SEXY! (3 steps)

Our SEXY FOCUS is just barely underway and it’s time to set goals, to have purposeful thoughts and to commit!! 3 Simple steps will help your mindset be prepared for success in this 6 week journey to SEXY.

It takes BRAINS to be SEXY!

STEP #1 Goal Setting~ …what do I want to accomplish?
Take an honest look at where you are at and make goals that are attainable, yet challenging.

~A good place to start is by taking your pictures and stats (this week’s challenge).
Once you have that truthful baseline you can asses how you are going to get to your destination.

~Another key item to keep in mind with goal setting is to set an “EVENT”, a specific timeline,  to hit your goal. An event like a birthday party, a special reunion, a wedding, a photo-shoot, a trip…Build up your excitement for that EVENT!!  It will keep you accountable to take the daily steps needed in order to attain your goals.  It will get you through when things get “tough”.

#2 Control your Thoughts~ Have purposeful thoughts…
Be sure to journal or blog somewhere about what you are thinking.
Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Where am I at in taking care of my health?
  • Do I need to visit the Dr.? or enlist professional help?
  • What have I been doing with my time the past few months?
  • I’m I “over-booked” OR “under-booked”
  • Am I happy? What will make me truly happy?
  • Have I  been focusing on fueling your body with the NUTRIENTS it needs?

#3 Commitment to your goals~ Quitting is not an option..
Are you committed to follow through? It is important that you decide to stay committed…don’t allow yourself to QUIT.  Even if you miss an entire week of workouts due to a cold or a super busy time…. You MUST NOT quit! If you falter a bit, that’s normal! The real winners dust themselves off and start again without looking back! The only way anyone ever attains their goals in life is by NOT QUITTING! Decide here and now that you won’t quit! Let’s use keep our minds positive, strong and engaged!!

It takes brains to be Sexy!!
Your braininess,
Michelle

p.s. Today’s workout suggestion~
Lift Lower Body and ABS

VEGAS!! and Join Every Day in MAY

Today is the 3 year anniversary of our VEGAS trip…I love the memories I have from that fun time!!  I’d love to get my body back to how it felt then!! I will do it!! I’ve decided to do an EVERY DAY IN MAY challenge again this year, please join me!  The goal is to workout every day in May for at least 11 mins.

Today has been a much better day than yesterday, yay!! I did end up sleeping in this morning and it made such a difference~ I seriously need more sleep than the average human!

It’s HUMP DAY and Guitar lesson day here for us…I’ll be heading to pick up my 3 sweet little ladies from school so we can get to my Gracie’s lesson.  She’s been slacking on her guitar lately, but now that track is over, I am hoping she’ll get a bit more serious about it!

I got up this morning finally at about 10:30 and decided to hit the trail for a run instead of sitting on the boring bike.  I ran intervals 6 total then a walk jog back up the hill– total time was 22 mins.  I also did a few drills after the run.  Came back home and ate.

Do you like my long socks? I have to wear them so the weeds don’t get me so much, lol!

My weight was up a lot yesterday, I think I was 140 actually, so today it felt nice to see the scale at 137 again.  Ovulation Hormone spike is almost over and i expect to see a nice low weight come Friday!!

Time for me to go clean some more…I opted to stay home from the gym today to do that instead. Seriously, I must be going loony tunes!!

Spring Break is over!!

I had a good week with the kids home on SPRING BREAK, but very glad they are back in school today!

It’s Week #9 in our SSS contest– 14 days left! Big changes can happen in 2 weeks, so let’s keep pushing hard!

Your challenge this week is simple…. Drink 1.5 gallons of water a each day
Typically my recommendation is to drink your GOAL body weight in ounces of water daily…

But this week let’s get more aggressive after our water intake. Let’s strive for 1.5 gallons = 192 oz or 5.7 liters or 24 cups of water.

Chug a lug!!!

Yesterday, I got in a good solid leg workout.

warm up- air squats, light dead lifts
Squat 45×10, 135×10, 155x10x2sets, 135×10
Dead lift 135x10x3sets
Leg Extensions 90×15, 115x12x3sets
leg curls- bowflex (it’s been awhile since i’ve done these, a pain to set it up)
80x10x3sets
Lunges- 30# on back
sidex10, stationaryx10, sidex10, stationaryx10
hip ups, knee ups, hip swivels between sets

Also in the middle of my workout I did my Bikini Birthday Countdown pic….a bunch of people thought I workout in my heels and bikini, LOL!!  NOPE I do not!

So on Saturday we had a chick hatch, 1 out of the 8 I incubated and the poor thing is so lonely!  CHIRPS so LOUD constantly when you are not holding it! We barley slept despite having every “white noise” on in the house.  Crazy little chick!  Gracie carried it around with her most of the day yesterday and Cuji seems to like it too– however, I do not trust her not to eat the little bird!

My POA for the week:

M- Lift Back/shoulders/Biceps and Intervals
T-  Intervals
W- Chest/Triceps and Intervals
Th-  Legs
F- Lift Back/shoulders/Biceps and Intervals
Sa/Sun- have one day off and do a run on the other day

By the way I am doing the 6 to sexy workout program and had a really good week #1 on it, I actually did an extra lifting day!! YAY!!  The only problem I am having is my left thumb joint by the pad/wrist…I’ve been battling with it a little over a month. Wondering if it’s some sort of arthritis because I can’t remember doing anything odd to it.  It’s really making me unable to hold the bar and weights for certain lifts- bench is especially hard on it. I’ve modified my upper body workouts the best I can, thankfully I can still do my leg workout and run just fine 🙂

Time to get up and GULP some water!!
See you later~

Michelle

Video

Are you beating up yourself?

Are you beating up yourself?
Activities that place tons of stress on joints
Plyometrics, Jumping, Sprinting, Explosive throwing, boxing, kicking

Plyos are drills, many times that incorporate JUMPING. High explosive drills meant to created better Athletic performance.  Why are we trying to train like we want to become a pro athlete?  Seriously do you think you have a chance? LOL! I don’t see too many 40 year olds being drafted into the NFL!

Be smart about your training, you need recovery between those high intensity workouts, as you age you may need even more. Please take an honest look at your workout program…are you CAUSING joint injuries?

2 or 3 plyometric style workouts a week is about the max you should ever incorporate.
Explosive hard movements are only done once or twice a week using boxers as example.
Track athletes don’t SPRINT HARD every day, an average of 2 or 3 hard workouts a day…
If you are doing BURPEES every day, you are going to end up with joint pain!
A proper training program is a mix of things, you need to train to your goal. If you are not training to be a sport specific athlete, don’t train for that sport, train for your goals.
I am a big fan of strength training programs, BUILDING up your body.
I do sprints and some plyos to stimulate testosterone.
The base of what I do are workouts that in the long run keep my joints strong. Please enlist a good personal trainer that will help you come up with a good program so that you can be in the gym with me at 100 years old looking buff and squatting!!

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Finish Week 1 STRONG~ SSS 01

Let’s Finish Week #1 STRONG– weekends can be tough, but if you can stay strong through it you will set yourself up for getting results in week #2!!

I am going to be STRONG this weekend~ Ladies let’s keep our mojo STRONG all the way through week 10!!! (can you tell my “truth hammer” for is STRONG?)

At the end of each week you’ll find a place in your SSS journal to summarize how you did that week and make a plan of attack for next week:

 

Homework for week 01~

  1. Be sure to do Mini-Challenge #1 take your STATS and STARTING Pictures.
  2. Get your WEEK 01 workouts done– take a JUST DO IT mentality– Any movement counts!!

Stay engaged and accountable by posting a comments and encouraging others– that’s how I stay STRONG!!

Your STRONG friend,
Michelle Berger

P.S. If you missed any of the info for the week, you can always find it on my BLOG~  Here’s a nice summary for you….

Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA~ SSS Wk 01

SSS week 01- Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA

Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA (PLAN OF ATTACK):

HI all~ I just thought I’d lay out my workouts here for week 01 of the SSS~ I am using the EXPERIENCED training program and will be starting with my buffing phase….

Buffing Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1- abs between sets, very short recovery, no more than 1 min Lift Chest/Tri’s Intervals Lift Lower Body

ABS

Lift Back, Shoulders and Biceps Intervals Intervals
ABS
Lift Chest/Tri’s Intervals Active rest- Hike off

Monday-

Chest/Tri workout and Intervals:

(Check out this link–I’ve video taped the entire workout for you!!)

Bench Press OR Chest press
3×10
Push Ups
3×10-15 (not quite failure but hard)
Incline Flys
3×8-10
Tricep Extensions
3×8-10
Tricep kickbacks
3×8-10

INTERVALS-

I’ll run outside for these using a watch to time myself.  I run the entire time, varying the speed from slower (easy) to faster (harder).  You may want to start with a walk/run combo :)

“Buffing”Phase :
3 min. warm up
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
4min. cool down
This is 20 min total: 7 hard min. total

Tuesday-

Lower Body and ABS:

Squats
3×10
Bulgarians
3×10-hams/quads
Dead Lifts- Romanian
3×10-hams
Knee Extensions
3×10- quads
Leg Curls
3×10- hams
Walking Lunges
2×10-15 -butt. Focus on using front leg for movement
Calf Raises
3×10
Daily CORE- during rest between higher rep sets or post intervals
Knee Ups on bench or roman chair
3x15front/5side/5side ABS
Old School sit ups
3×25 ABS
Crunches on ball
3×15/5/5 ABS
Reverse crunches
3×25
Cats
3x5reps of 5 seconds ea tummy/back

Wednesday-

Lift Back, Shoulders and Biceps Intervals:

One arm bent over DB lat rows
3×10
Lat Pulls
3×10
Rows-rhomboids
3×10
Military Press-shoulders
3×10
Lateral/ Front/ bent over Raises
21′s–3×7 Shoulders (do as a circuit 7lat, 7front, 7bent over, rest)
Bicep dumbbell Curls
3×8-10 -biceps
Daily CORE- during rest between higher rep sets or post intervals- **SEE MONDAY**

and Intervals:
Elliptical or STAR-MILL or Bike
*See Monday for detailed instruction*

Thursday-
Intervals:
Run outside
*See Monday*

Friday-
SAME AS MONDAY

Saturday-
ACTIVE REST…I will be working outside, planting more trees

Sunday- OFF
Rest and make POA for nest week

All about preparation– SSS: week 00

HI!! The info contained in this post is RELEVANT for anyone wanting to become fit and healthy!! Even if you are not in our upcomming contest you will find the info very helpful!!

For those of you IN the CONTEST~ Just a quick reminder: “The contest HAS NOT STARTED YET”…  That’s why I’ve titled this Week 00..this week is all about preparation.  PLEASE INVITE others to join you!!  Go to www.BuffMother.com to sign up!!

Thanks again for  joining the SuperStar Success contest~ I’m excited for you to transform your body, mind and spirit over the next 70 days!

Here’s a coaching video that talks about PREPARATION:

**Please comment on the YOU TUBE VIDEOS  they are highly appreciated**

Prepping to start on a fitness journey takes the right mindset…. So let’s take this week to focus on getting READY~!!
I’ll be sending you several emails over the next few days with content to assist you in your preparation.

The goal of this Super Start Success contest is to keep you CONSISTENT so that you can attain Success!

To get READY I’d like you to start with  the following 2 tasks:

1.  Go shopping and the entire time think~”Protein and GREENS”

Stock up on good healthy proteins items like:

  • Chicken,
  • Turkey,
  • Roast,
  • Tuna,
  • Salmon…

Fill your cart up the rest of the way with greens:

  • Celery,
  • lettuce,
  • peppers,
  • radishes,
  • cucumbers,
  • spinach, etc…

2 . JOURNAL…take some time to JOURNAL.
Write it down!! I’d like to encourage you to write about 3 specific things:

  • When were you at your peak physical condition?
    Do you remember how great you felt both mentally and physically?
  • What do you have to change about your
    current habits to attain results like that again?
  • What is your #1 goal for the next 70 days?
    What are the “solutions” you must stay focused upon in order to attain that goal?

 

 

I can’t wait to see all the amazing triumphs we

will share during this contest.

Let’s get Prepared!!

I’ve  put a list of recommended materials here-

http://buffmother.com/6523/recommended-materials-sss-contest-wk-00
REMEMBER to use the code SSS16 for additional 35% “SPECIAL” discount offer just for your participation in our contest.
The contest is free and I’ll be giving away a ton of info and support away for free.
The option to purchase recommended materials (journal, workouts, diet info, books)
and hooking into support via www.TEAMBuffMother.com will
help you along the way are often vital to success.

Thanks so much,

Michelle

EVERY Day In May

EVERY Day IN May Challenge starts MAY 1!! JOIN US~

  • Goals= Workout for at least 11 minutes EVERY DAY in MAY
  • Use some of the suggested workout ideas and FOCUSES
  • Enjoy any an all of the extra info given away
  • Encourage others with comments, friendly competition and through tags, etc..
  • EVERYONE is welcome to join!! Males and Females, Kids, Adults and even PETS!!
  • Post for accountability SOMEWHERE! TeamBuffMother.com, FB (event page, teambufmother group, my page/profile etc), IG, Twitter, Pinterest, Bodyspace
  • Use TAGs in your accountability posts– I love when I’m tagged or BuffMother.com is mentioned, etc… or use hashtags like #workoutproof #workout #everydayinmay #buffmotherchallenge #michelleberger #teambuffmother
  • You are highly encouraged to snap a starting photo and ending photo for this challenge…I’d love to see them!

Workout ideas are based upon my workout DVD system that uses bands and my butt or abs series of workouts.  Each of the SlimChick workouts are only 11 minutes in duration, so you have no excuses.  I am placing the workouts on YOU TUBE for FREE during the month of May only.  Normally you’d need to purchase them through BuffMother.com.

FYI- each SlimChick workout uses a band. Pink is a more stretchy, lower resistance band.  Purple is a less stretchy, thicker, higher resistant band. You can purchase the bands at most sporting goods stores or if you purchase my DVD’s the bands are included.

Please, like, comment, share, like and subscribe to my you tube channel. Word of mouth advertising is how I build my business. Thanks!!

 

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Workout idea

1

Upper Body- Slim Chick Purple Boosting

2

Lower Body- Slim Chick Purple Boosting

3

Abs/Booty- Slim Chick Purple Boosting

4

ABS video- Slim Chick

5

Upper Body- Slim Chick Purple Boosting

6

Lower Body- Slim Chick Purple Boosting

7

Abs/Booty- Slim Chick Purple Boosting

8

6-pack of PEPSI ab routine

9

the “HAM” Butt workout

10

6-pack of LaCroix ab routine

11

the “BLT” Butt workout

12

Upper Body- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

13

Lower Body- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

14

Abs/Booty- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

15

ABS video- Slim Chick

16

Upper Body- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

17

the “MAC” Butt workout

18

the “PBJ” Butt workout

19

Lower Body- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

20

Abs/Booty- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

21

6-pack of COKE ab routine

22

the “WRAP” Butt workout

23

Upper Body- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

24

6-pack of MUG ab routine

25

the “FRISCO” Butt workout

26

Lower Body- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

27

Abs/Booty- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

28

the “MELT” Butt workout

29

ABS video- Slim Chick

30

the “TUNA” Butt workout

31

Abs/Booty- Slim Chick Pink Buffing

 

 

Weekly Diet Focus:

  1. Drink More Water
  2. Eat More Greens
  3. Eat More Protein
  4. Cut Carbs to 60g
  5. Final 3 days of challenge: Cut Carbs to 15g

Weekly Fitness Focus:

  1. Endurance
  2. Strength
  3. Speed
  4. Lactic Acid
  5. Final 3 days of challenge: Depletion

 

 

Daily food challenge:

S: eat spinach/asparagus

M: eat red meat

T: eat olives or avocado

W: eat eggs

T: eat fish

F: eat cukes/lettuce

S: drink tea

 

PLUS!!  Daily Themes:

  • Mojo Monday
  • Text a lot Tuesday
  • Wacky Wednesday
  • Thankful Thursday
  • Friendly Friday
  • Super Hero Saturday
  • Spirit Sunday

 

I’ve uploaded an excel spreadsheet and PDF. Please feel free to create and share your own MEME’s and info Graphics about the contest. I want as many to participate as possible!!

 

 

“Get Buff”- Day 2

“30 days to “GET Buff”- Day 2

HEY!! it’s day two~ Just wanted to remind you to be sure to take your starting STATS and pictures if you have not already.

Remember there are….

4 Simple steps to enter and WIN:

1. Take your starting stats (pictures optional)

2. Participate at least 3 times during the duration of the Challenge with a blog entry, workout proof picture, a “SHARE” or even a measly “like”, lol!

3. After the 30 days, Take your ending stats

4. Submit your entry to michelle@buffmother.com by November 5th- Entry= starting stats, final stats, a written paragraph sharing your thought about the contest, and at least photo of yourself.

 

So for #1- STATS and Optional Pictures need to get done ASAP!

Please be sure to  take these standard 5 measurements:

  1. WEIGHT*:
  2. Bust:
  3. Waist:
  4. Hips:
  5. Thigh:

*Ladies be sure to note your CYCLE DAY also!!!  It makes a BIG difference!

These are all I will require- BUT MORE IS BETTER!!  Here’s a link about how to take more stats and your pictures:  http://youtu.be/8cv_kuE8umw

Day #2 Workout:

DAY #2
“1 minute Intervals”
20 mins total: (7 hard mins )
3 min. warm up
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
4min. cool down

 

Today’s Diet Focus:

Up your veggie intake- especially GREEN VEGGIES

Ideas:

The way I get 3 in a day is to start my day with a GREEN, focus on eating greens for my “snacks” and having greens with dinner.

Greens are so good for your digestion, your body’s acidic balance, for nutrition, for energy, etc….
My favorite Greens lately are:
Cucumbers,
Peppers,
Green Beans,
Radishes,
Asparagus,
Brussels Sprouts

Others I eat quite often include:
Stir fry veggies,
Spinach,
Romaine Lettuce,
Green and Red Cabbage
and Spaghetti Squash

Get after those greens~

They are SO good for you and REALLY help lean you up!!!
YUMMY!!!

Let’s keep the MOJO! ~ Michelle