Category Archives: Goal Setting (POA)

Mondaying for a Multipotentialite

I am going to try to get back into blogging, I had some website issues last month that prevented me from writing much.  I have been busy taking classes. This week, I have my first big project due for English and my first test in Genetics.  Plus, other homework in my other 3 classes….it’s my 5th week of classes and thankfully it’s going by fast!

This week I am determined to make myself get on the bike while doing basic reading and video watching for classes.  So….

Bike 25+ mins while watching videos for school.

Emilie Wapnick of

Ted Talk about Multipotentialites- which is me 100%

Daniel Pink Author of “Drive”

Lifted Chest, ABS,

115×5 captain chair knee ups 15, 10 straigt leg raises each side
125x5x2 ab wheel 15, wipers knees bent 15

Incline fly
35’sx8 hyperextensions for abs 15 full

Too hungry to lift anymore, so I went and ate 🙂

Buffing goals

Buffing is a 2 week period of the month from cycle day 5-19, it’s when your body “wants to” lean up in conjunction with proper exercise and diet. Yesterday was rest DAY! and today, I am on cycle day 7 and Ready to rock my Buffing, goal is to break the 130 mark. I was 132.8 yesterday. 129.9 here I come!!

In conjunction with losing a couple pounds I want to continue to give my booty extra attention. I’ve been calling it my “year end rear end” challenge. What are you doing to make your rear end better today?

Other items on my to do list: 
Financial aid for NDSU
Programs for Clients
Touch base with clients
Christmas cards
Christmas decorations
B-day shopping for GG (her 16th is on the 14th)

Today is the first MONDAY of the month, Gracie has guitar lessons and it’s been fun that she’ super excited about them again since she just restarted them last month.  Layla will start her piano lessons this week on Wednesday.  Tia gets to go to a Razorback Ladies BB game and Gunner gets to take the ACT for one last time.  Busy week for everyone, I can’t believe how quickly Christmas is coming.  Just 20 days left!


Upcoming: New Store, College, Buff Company, Year End Rear End

Over last 2 years I have blogged/journaled the least amount in my entire adult life.  I blame social media for that, lol.  Pictures and videos, snaps and live posts have taken over and the written blogs have dwindled in my life.  Another thing I know has changed the way I blog was when I opted to shut down my private site due to the inactivity caused by facebook groups being preferred and the ease of access.  We have a very active TEAM BUFFMOTHER! facebook group, but it’s just not the same to blog there for some reason.

I have made blogging “come back” attempts repeatedly, but have failed in those attempts due to various reasons: my computer broke down, my webiste/blog wasn’t loading properly, my time was spent on my phone which I refuse to type on, a resolve to vlog on facebook instead, etc….  SO as you see I had valid excuses 🙂

Today I am starting again.  I am set to finish my college degree this spring by going back after 20+ years to complete 15 credits online. I’m excited and scared about the workload. I’ll be on my computer typing a lot! So why not take 10-15 mins to blog that journey and plus I may just share some of what I am learning with a captive audience of this blog.  In preparation I have really cut back on my business responsibilities and training clients.  I am not taking on new clients a the moment, and haven’t been for the past 6 months or so… I still have several that I’ll keep on training, but I think that workload will be manageable.  My goal is to get through the semester of school ready to hit the ground running in my Corporate Fitness business: Buff Company.  I am certain much of the coursework I am doing will help focus my attack on that goal.

Just in the past couple weeks I’ve taken time to fix up my site a bit- if you are looking to buy anything at the moment I am without a store during the hottest buying season of the year.  My timing is perfect!  But I am integrating a new “STORE” system at the moment. I’ll be using Woo-commerce instead of the 1shoppingcart system that I used for the past almost 10 years. Part of the big reason for my switch is the ease of use and the cost. I was paying about $140/month for 1 shopping cart.  Making a business online is NOT CHEAP, trust me!  Everything cost and if you aren’t striving hard to make that money back each month you can get into big time business losses!  My website hosting was being very problematic…I had a VPS that was causing site errors and my site to crash a bunch.  Every time I published anything it would crash. Come to find out HostGator does not recommend VPS hosting for WordPress sites.  Good to find that out after 3 years, lol.   I have now switched it to a more simple WordPress type hosting (that is way cheaper too!) and now hope to be able to integrate some updated features to my site.  I’ll be changing the theme, adding more features and certainly re-organizing information on   Plus I will be re-launching– I had made a free trial site thru Go Daddy but didn’t opt to pay soon enough and they deleted it entirely. It was a loss but I’ll make the new one better.  It will be a site focused on Corporate Fitness.  Which is basically my college degree, it was originally called Corporate and Community fitness. I also have a minor in coaching and nutrition.

This morning I got out a very good, but very old college textbook of mine.  “Concepts of Physical Fitness”  the 8th edition by Charles B. Corbin and Ruth Lindsey with a 1994 copy-write.  Much of the the information talks about goals for our Wellness for the year 2000, lol!  I can honestly tell you those goals have not been accomplished even now in 2017!  I plan to look for an updated version of the textbook for my personal reference and I also need to find a couple other “bargains” on the textbooks I need for my courses.  Textbooks are still way overpriced for books– it’s a crime!

My fitness goals for the month are to do a YEAR END REAR END challenge! It’s all about the booty baby!! We did a my booty challenge in May and I plan to do many of those workouts, plus I plan to also integrate many moves from the Hot Hinney challenge we did a couple years back, my famous “Butt Sandwich” workouts are always fun!!

That’ll be all for now, Catch you on the flip side!




Be thankful to lose 50 pounds


On the top of my mind today are many things.  One of which is WHY some clients really succeed vs. all the others who get mediocre results.  The biggest difference is their THANKFULNESS!! The ones who look for, push into acknowledge and are THANKFUL for every little change that they see or feel, they are the ones who get more changes and BIGGER results.

The clients who complain, find excuses and don’t celebrate the small successes….those clients don’t get the results they desire.

Gratefulness, Thankfulness, Positive outlooks lead to RESULTS!  Focusing on what you can do, Focusing on those who encourage you, Focusing on the small wins, Focusing on never quitting, Focusing on the blessings that you have, etc… One of my current clients Denise of California, she has had amazing success and has lost over 50 pounds in the past 5 months! I attribute much of her success from her thankfulness. She was thankful from day 1, constantly positive, being grateful for the opportunity that was ahead of her and every day since she’s pushed into being thankful. She’s endured many HARD days along the way.  She’s been lonely, upset at the scale, she’s worked through weight loss plateaus but SHE’s Remained Thankful!! That’s the key to her success!

Be thankful for all the little things like:

  • Today I woke up without that sludge feeling
  • Today I don’t have any allergies
  • My headaches have gone away
  • I can see some shape in my arms
  • I can wear a fun workout outfit now
  • I have enough stamina to do a full 30 mins of cardio now
  • I can lift 10 pounds more than I did a month ago
  • My daughter said I look slimmer
  • I am happier and less stressed

This concept of Gratitude and Thankfulness spills over into every area of life.  If you are thankful, God wants to give you more! It only makes sense! When my kids say thanks and act truly grateful for the meals I cook , it makes me want to do it more often.  If they don’t say thanks, or complain that it’s not their favorite, it makes me regret doing it and makes me limit my cooking.

You are in charge of your attitude about things. Get GRATEFUL, Be THANKFUL!!  Always push into what you have and what you can do and what little things you toward the goal. Look for the tiny signs you are heading in the direction you desire and BE blatantly overly thankful and GRATEFUL for them!!  Journal about them, Give praise about them, Boast about them, Get excited because you are on the cusp of your goal.  God will keep giving you more and more if you are truly thankful!!


Sept 18th, 2017

Today, I decided that it’s been far too long since I seriously blogged/journaled.  I used to every day (see the ARCHIVES) and I became quite a good writer and typist because of it. Now I can’t seem to even type 2 words without errors…sheesh. If you don’t use it you lose it. I am thankful that I can regain that ability, and already after typing this I feel progress!!

August is about accountability!

ACCOUNTABILITY August starts today– join in by posting proof of your actions towards your goals with workout pictures, healthy eating photos, status updates about activities accomplished, etc.!! Let’s be accountability partners! Tag me and use hashtag #buffmother so I see your pics!
Post here, in the Rally Room (private FB group), or on Instagram– feel free to tag me or add the hashtag #buffmother or to your post, your support means the world to me.  THANKS!!
“Sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” -William James (1842 – 1910 Pioneering American Philosopher)

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

Just RUN June!

Happy June 1st!!  I just love JUNE, it’s an amazing month and this month our Theme is JUST RUN June!  I’ll be posting fun information about running through my Instagram,  Facebook Page and on YouTube. Please join in on the fun. My personal challenge is to run every other day in June.  Every “odd” numbered day of the month will be a running day for me!  What is your running goal for this month?  Are you determined to go from a NON-RUNNER to a runner?  Are you training for a road race?  Are you trying to get faster?  Are you working on your ability to run hills?  Are you wanting to lean up your legs?  Are you looking to prevent injury? etc…What is your goal?

A few tips:

  • Don’t run every day- it’s hard on your body! Even running every 3rd day will provide results!
  • Start conservative run for 1 min, walk to recover and repeat for 10 mins total.
  • Wear good shoes; it’s vital to your feet, knees, hips and back health
  • Mix it up- do some intervals, some hills, some sprints, some long slow runs
  • Breath with your belly and thru your nose and mouth- get that OXYGEN!
  • Use good form and posture- no slouching and lift your legs up (no shuffling or wogging)

Let’s JUST RUN this JUNE!!

Customized and Personal Group online training!! Starts April 24th

We are halfway done with our first “3 Months Max Results Training Group”.  The 16 ladies who started in February have had huge success!!! Weight and inches are falling off and everyone is more fit now than they were 6 weeks ago, it’s very inspiring!!

That’s why I want to do it again!! Please join me!  We are doing this as a SMALL ladies only group, I need about 10-15 committed ladies who want to work with me to become your best!  We will start April 24th.  Purchase ASAP spots will go fast! Group closes April 17th.

Members will get 3 months of in depth training that uses ALL of the resourced I have on hand: books, ebooks, success journals, workout calendars, customized diet recommendations, extensive training programs customized to each person, phone coaching, texting, email support, video coaching, group support, etc…  This program is worth at least $1000!!  But, the Cost is only $300 total. And I’ve even split up the payments to make it easier for you: $75 initially, $75 2 weeks later, then $75 for the remaining 2 months. I am pulling out all the stops to get you results!

If you have questions feel free to message me or email me at  You can also text or give me quick phone call to answer questions 479-531-4324.

Thanks so much!!

-Michelle Berger

The Sunny Side Group!

I’ve recently realized something about myself that I do not like! I have a tendency to go through streaks where I constantly catch myself thinking about and focusing on, the negative side of things instead of the “bright”! I’ve heard the phrase “look at the bright side” so many times that it’s lost the intended affect. If my husband says, “look at the bright side…” I often just groan inside and then wander off and continue to bicker, mumble and complain to myself or other people. I do this despite the fact that I devoted an entire chapter of my book to the subject of “focusing on SOLUTIONS” instead of the “PROBLEM” at hand. For the most part, this is the way I live my life, but I still have those NEGATIVE streaks. The truth is, complaining, bickering, arguing, etc, ALWAYS causes my life to be frustrating, difficult and miserable!! This is why I’m confessing this issue to everyone and I’m bound and determined to break this horrible habit!! I’m asking everyone who reads this blog including my family, friends and even casual acquaintances to please hold me accountable. If you ever catch me writing, talking or even thinking about the negative side of anything, CALL ME OUT! I want you to BUST me on the spot! I’ve asked my husband to use the phrase, “focus on the SUNNY side, HONEY” instead of the old cliché’ “Look at the bright side” since that phrase seems to always trigger negative feelings in my mind.

I know that some people would much rather discuss negative rumors, gossip and many other situations of this nature. It’s very easy to and even somewhat enjoyable to get together with a small group of people and feed off this negative energy. I’ve been caught in this trap many times! I declare myself “GUILTY as charged charged”. It’s human nature to take the “easy road” by adding our own little negative spin to a conversation or even starting the flow of negative energy hoping that others will join in. We all seem to have a natural weakness for being attracted negative information. If you want proof just read the headlines in any news source, TV, internet, newspaper, etc. The headlines are almost always focused on negative stuff because that’s what attracts readers and viewers. In fact, I’ve completely stopped watching the “news” because it makes me feel depressed!

As I previously stated, focusing on negative things such as criticizing, condemning or complaining always results in making my life miserable! I recently to read a book written by the richest, most powerful and wisest man who ever lived. I believe success breads success and even though I’m not much of a reader, I decided to take 5 minutes a day to learn what this man had to say about true success. The man is King Solomon and the book is Proverbs. It has 31 chapters and I read 1 chapter every day of the month. Some tidbits that hit me really hard on the 15th of this past month. Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; griping brings discouragement.”
15:15 “When a man (or woman) is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when she is cheerful, everything seems right” 15:30 “Pleasant sights and good reports give happiness and health.” The entire 15th chapter seemed to say to me, If you want to be miserable, unsuccessful, and depressed, hang around negative people and focus on negative information.

If you want a great life, full of joy, success and happiness, hang around positive people and focus on the “sunny side” of your circumstances. As a result, I’ve made a decision. From this day forward, I’m done poisoning my life with negative people, conversations, actions, thoughts, etc! Instead, I’m rededicated to hanging out and communicating with positive people, focusing on solutions instead of problems, looking for the sunny side of my circumstances instead of all the negative situations and events that occur in life.

I want to find at least 100 women who are willing to join me! We’ll call us “The Sunny Side” sisters! LOL!

This doesn’t mean that you can’t tell us about negative situations, events or problems that you are going through. There is nothing wrong with expressing these things to the group. Together, we’ll help each other find and concentrate on the solutions so we can get through tough times. We’ll team up to focus on the SUNNY side… honey! I’d like to incorporate this into the Rally Room (our TEAM BUFFMOTHER private women’s only group) since this is one of the many reasons I created the Team BuffMother in the first place! If you haven’t joined the Team BuffMother group I encourage doing so. It will change your life! If you already are a Team BuffMother member, and want to commit or re-commit to this positive group, please respond to this post.

Feel free to add your own special twist in your post but don’t feel obligated. It’s fine to just say something like, “I’m in! But, if you have any additional thoughts, insights and/or stories that popped into your mind regarding this topic, please jot them down in your post. Please keep in mind this is not a writing contest or anything like that. I know most of us don’t have tons of extra time and energy and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us. I’m member #1, who wants to be member #2, #3, #4…?



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,

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