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16 exercises, done! and movie reviews

The workout I did on Thursday was to film the remainder of the Jumpstart challenge exercise demo videos.  I have really enjoyed seeing so many of you post your accountability! I’d say in total we have at least 20 people 8/8 on their challenge to this point!! Way to go!!

Week #1 of 2017 has been a win for me in regards to diet and exercise.  I’ve also started really digging into what I’d like to do with my business in 2017.  There are so many options out there each one has it’s benefits but all of them include HARD work!! I think I am really ready to work HARDER this year.  I feel my passion rising and a desire to do something great burning in my soul.  Yesterday I spoke to a lady about a head trainer opportunity. It’s more than just a head trainer though it’s that combined with a location manager.  Anyhow, the most interesting part of the conversation was the physical fitness test requirements for the job. They require a video of the following~

To be completed in 15 minutes:
• 25 Full Burpees (chest to ground)
• 25 Pushups on toes (unbroken) (chest to ground)
• 5 Pullups from dead hang (unbroken) (no kipping)
• 75 Jump squats (to parallel)
• .5 Mile Run
• 25 Double Unders (unbroken)
To be honest, I didn’t even know what double unders were until I googled it, lol!  I certainly am not the biggest jump-roper ever but I can do some double unders, but not 25 in a row!  All the other items are fine, but if you know me they are not my workout style.
The call inspired me to get after some of the moves yesterday. I did a bunch of the jump squats, probably over 150. I also did all the other moves and practiced my double unders.  TODAY I am so insanely sore in my quads!! WOW!  certainly the CHANGE was CHALLENGING to my body!
I also ran intervals on the treadmill and did a solid splits stretching session. During that time I was able to balance away from the wall in a split for the first time ever!   FUN!!
Last night the girls and I watched “GREATER”.
Michelle Berger’s movie rating system-
GREATER 4/5 stars
  • story 5/5 this was a true story, true stories always are high rated in my book
  • casting 4/5 very good for the small budget of the film, rating of a 4 was for Burlsworth. It was very apparent that the actor was NOT a football player
  • message 5/5 God is GREATER, the story went full circle through doubt to trust
  • writing 3/5 the story was a bit scattered going from past to present and also I would have liked to have more about Burlsworth as a person
  • directing 4/5 did a great job getting the actors to produce the needed emotions to tell the story
  • acting 4/5 I was impressed that this low budget film had such good acting
  • sound 5/5 perfect, no complaints.  Music was great too!
After that we watched a Hallmark movie “Country Wedding”
Michelle Berger’s movie rating system-

Country Wedding (Hallmark movie) 3/5 stars

  • story 3/5 kind of a fetch and totally predictable from the outset…I did like the unique aspect of the childhood marriage
  • casting 2/5 the lead lady was not right for this story, she didn’t seem to fit the part and chemistry between her and lead man was bad
  • message 4/5 this was actually the best part, it’s that true love does exist as in most Hallmark movies
  • writing 2/5 the story was a bit scattered going from past to present and also I would have liked to have more about Burlsworth as a person
  • directing 3/5 not the greatest, but at least they were able to produce a couple interesting characters
  • acting 3/5 a couple of the lead characters couldn’t act. Leading male was a good actor though.
  • sound 5/5 no complaints, lead character played a singer who could actually sing which was a bonus
Then I tried to watch 3 other movies with my son….
OBLIVION
GANGS OF NEW YORK
TAMMY
we turned off all 3, so I guess they all get a rating of 0/5 from me?

5 SIMPLE Tips on How to be “Healthy and Strong”!

5 SIMPLE Tips on How to be “Healthy and Strong”!

1. BUILD your body, do things in your workout that cause your body to become STRONGER!

2. BUILD your nutrient stores…feed your body NUTRIENT DENSE foods and Supplements that support your lifestyle and workouts!

3. FLUSH Toxins! Drink water, eliminate toxic substances from your diet and environment. Plus, Sweat, Exfoliate and Massage toxins out!

4. BE CONSISTENT, not perfect! No one is always perfect, just make several more good decisions than bad on a consistent basis.

5. Be your HEALTH ADVOCATE…After implementing 1-4, if results are Stagnant… seek professional help and keep pushing for answers! No one knows you better than you, keep fighting for Solutions!

Here’s a short rough video where I go over these 5~ https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=Wxv9EMbrTRY

Get after your health!!

Love ya,
Michelle

P.S.

 

 

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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Half-Way Done!! SSS wk 06

HALF WAY DONE in the SSS contest!! be sure to fill out the halfway done report in your Success journal– answer questions, be honest and get EXCITED to hit these final 5 weeks harder than the first 5!! Let’s do it!!


Homework for SSS week #6

  1. Halfway done report
  2. WRITE down you food intake 3 days this week(all of it!)
  3. Try on bikini Daily

… DIET!! Let’s focus hard on diet!!

p.s. Next week~ We’ll talk about ABS!!

 

Diet Talk SSS Week 06

Happy week #6 of our Super STAR Success contest…this week we are going to talk more about DIET!

I know I rarely post what and when I eat…….mostly because I am not a traditional dieter, meal planning doesn’t work for me and neither does eating a set # of times each day. The way I approach it is this…I go through my day, eating when I am hungry. As I go along, I track my “portions” in my head or on the white board on my frig…most of the time aiming for around 5P-4C-3F-2+G-1T. When I eat it I FORCE myself to choose proteins and greens first. The only time I don’t is for my PRE workout meal…that’s when I choose a good complex carb- My favorite is Oatmeal.
Another KEY item about my eating is that I take into consideration my personal biorhythms…I am NOT a morning person! I don’t like eating in the morning at all, but I LOVE eating in the evening!! So instead of fighting my body I work with it. I don’t eat much early in the day and then I am able to eat more in the afternoon and evening.

Now since I am buffing these next 2 weeks…I get a bit stricter on myself. Mostly that means cutting out some CARBS and increasing my GREEN consumption. Also, I usually have to cut out a bit of FAT (I tend to overeat fat) and I like to limit my bread/grain intake and TOTALLY eliminate all Dairy (mostly I don’t have much, since I am lactose intolerant, but it tends to “sneak” into my diet sometimes)

Here are a few samples of how I eat during buffing:
7am- up drink water take supps: NO2, fish oil
8 am- coffee and atkins bar (PENUT BUTTER) PF
11 am- Veggies( asparagus stir fry) with tuna, spicy Sweet and sour sauce, a few cashews PGF
Vitamins post meal
1pm- NO2 supps
2- oatmeal C
3- workout
4:30 Boca Burger, Apple PC
6:30 Supper- Chicken tenderloins (big portion) with honey mustard sauce and Green Beans 2P C 2G
7-10 pm TEA (decaf herbal: sleepy time, tension tamer, chamomile, etc.)
Totals= 5P, 3C, 3F, 3G

7am- up supps
8 am- eggs (3 whole)PF
11 am- Brussell Sprouts- G
1pm- HUGE salad: Romain, Spinach, olives, carrot, nuts, egg, chicken, cucumbers, pickles, ranch dressing (1/2 serving, just enough to barley help flavor) 2G,P,1F,1/2C
3pm- Oatmeal C
4pm workout
5pm Burger (no bun), a tish of BBQ sauce, sweet potatoe 2P,1/2C,1C
7-10pm Beef Jerky, tea 1P
Totals=5P,3C,3F,3G

So that gives you a bit of an idea of how I am going to eat this week

I am off to get some WATER NOW!! Don’t forget to DRINK UP!!

-Michelle

p.s.Mini-Challenge- I LOVE IT, I plan to strut around in my bikini this week despite my pms bloat, hee, hee!!

FYI- eats for today- not the best choices
5P-eggs, protein powder, beef jerky
4C- bread, soy milk, Popsicles(2)
3F- olives, dressing, cashews
2C- cucumber, onions
1T- BUBBLE GUM, lol!!
(no workout)
Supps of interest 10g of fish oil and 10g of vitamin C- to help with back inflammation

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HI~ this is just going to be a post that I’ll update throughout the day with my eats- for MY ACCOUNTABILITY

weight- 126
EATS 6/18
Coffee (2 cups) w/ a bit of milk and sugar
Boca burger- plain P
salmon salad w/cabbage PPGF
asparagus G
BIG! bannana – pre workout C
post workout – NO2 wait 30 mins to eat
steak and toffee (thanks to YOU ALL!! and April, lol) PCF
bud light bottle C
Taco Salad (romain, carrots, olives, ranch, taco sauce, taco meat, tish of cz)
PGGF

I’d rate the day as a B+, the beer and the toffee were not exactly the greatest choices, lol! But I kept with in my alloted portions and my food timing was good!

total (buffing)
5P, 3C, 3F, 4G!!

Off to make some TeA! ~ Michelle

Try on your bikini DAILY!! SSS week 06

This week’s mini challenge…

SSS contest~~ WEEK #6 Mini-Challenge “try on your bikini DAILY”~

The reasoning behind this challenge is to get you looking at yourself and motivated to take action towards making your bikini look even better on you!!

I know for me trying on bikinis can be fun or painful! Know that you can create a better body…taking action daily and doing the little things will add up!!! BELIEVE you can wear your bikini with confidence and you will soon be strut your stuff on the beach !!!! Know that you can create a better body…taking action daily and doing the little things will add up!!!

BELIEVE you can be confident in your bikini by next summer!!!!

A fun option on this challenge is to take a daily picture of you in your bikini…I’ve done this before and it was very fun!

Get after it and be relentless, we are closing in on the finishing weeks of the SSS contest and I plan on kicking it in!!
Love Ya!!
-Michelle

BELIEVE!! (week 05 coaching topic)

This week’s coaching topic is about Belief!! We all have things we believe deeply in.  I challenge you to increase your BELIEF level this week!! You need to BELIEVE!
In this video I assign a “homework” task for you…
EACH DAY THIS WEEK WRITE AN “I BELIEVE…” STATEMENT IN YOUR JOURNAL DAILY!
Here’s the video:

 

A few of my Beliefs:

~I believe… in Jesus! My Christian Testimony

~I believe… I LOVE YOU ALL!! It is fun to have such great friends like you~ and it is really fun to realize I truly LOVE YOU!!

~I believe… thistles have beautiful flowers  Isn’t that amazing…that a horrible icky weed like thistles can have VERY beautiful flowers?! I was running outside today around the yet to be built area of our neighborhood and the lots were full of TALL thistles…and noticed how pretty the purple flowers were on them. God probably made them that way as a reminder that even things (or people) in life that poke us, hurt us, stick us, cut us, etc…. still can produce beautiful flowers!!

~I believe… in the power of REST! In looking back at this week, I had a GREAT one. I took a couple extra days “off” of working out, but made my workout days count and It was great despite it is usually one of my roughest hormonal times (c-days: 19, 20, 21, 22) of the month!!! I am pumped about it~ I followed my own advice and RESTED more than I usually let myself REST and it keep myself HAPPY, unstressed, productive, loving, patient and healthy! In addition to the rest I was a good girl about taking my “boosting” supplements and they always help with keeping my hormones balanced. Soooo, I feel great! and ready to hit my LEG workout today HARD and have another super week of Boosting!!

~I believe… in Adrenalin~ I love thrills and wild rides- watching wild fight, wild sports etc…I am an adrenalin junkie and I’m excited for the adrenalin to come this week!

~I believe… in PURPOSE. WE ALL have a purpose for our lives…do you have a vision of what your’s is? I know mine…it is to HELP WOMEN- as simple as that! I’d like to help every woman in the world have HOPE- I want to share the message that YOU have the power to change YOUR body, life and legacy.Does that sound do-able? LOL! I BELIEVE it is!!Now, I have not always had this VISION for my PURPOSE…it has taken time, effort and GOD’s timing to reveal it in my life. I’ve only had a CLEAR VISION for my purpose for the past 2-3 years. Until then I was searching and honestly more than a little frustrated…I had an uneasy feeling, I knew I was supposed to do something, but WHAT??I really believe that God put me through every part of my life for a reason…even the bad parts. I now see how things that seemed bad at the moment, have turned to work for my favor NOW. I’ve also gained a ton of WISDOM through my struggles and my triumphs. Without the past 32 years of my life I wouldn’t be me and I wouldn’t be ready to attack my PURPOSE.A couple books that helped me in finding my purpose are: the BIBLE, “Reduce me to LOVE” by Joyce Meyer and “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson Keep on Believing and keep striving towards your PURPOSE…YOU HAVE ONE!!

~I believe…in PAIN without it we don’t know the joy of being pain free, lol!
NO PAIN, NO GAIN is also true~ if you want results you have to push into some pain…lactic acid pain, the pain of sacrifice, the pain of having to take ANOTHER shower! ON AND ON…. PAIN is an important part of life!I
~I believe… To WIN no one needs to LOSE~I read that statement somewhere last week…and it STRUCK me! I am very competitive, and LOVE to WIN…AND I also LOVE seeing others win. HOWEVER, there are times when I catch myself in a contest with someone wishing that they would LOSE~so I can WIN. I DON’T want to EVER think that way.
That’s why I LOVE that no one has to lose in order for ME to win!! We can all win~ woohoo! WooHoo!

~I believe… in leading by my actions…case in point my workout today. I don’t ask my clients to do anything I am unwilling to do myself. SOOOO…Since, I am on the same workout schedule as one of my clients LISA of NE, I decided to do the same workout as her today. The friendly “competition” really helped push me to excel and be relentless! Thanks LISA!
~I believe… my day was a good one! I am rather sore…I guess that’s what happens when you don’t workout for a week or so, lol!

I believe in relationships…we are made for this purpose. The reason God created man was so he could have “relationship”…that is AMAZING! And makes me realize that the HAPPIEST times of my life have been when I am actively seek out relationships with other people. I am a very independent person and have at times a tendency to isolate myself from interacting with others. It is my natural “I can do it better by myself” attitude. However, it is not very fun nor is it very rewarding when others are not involved in the process or the reward. That’s why I love the Rally Room! It keeps me in relationship with others and gives me a place to easily give my energy away through encouraging others!! I love the RELATIONSHIPS I have been blessed with in TEAM BUFFMOTHER!!

Some GREAT Belief Quotes:

Mark 11:23,24 Jesus said ” I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this Mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”
“You’ve got to believe you’ve got it, before you get it”- Joyce Meyer

“As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.” -Voltaire

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”-Oprah

“God didn’t have time to make a nobody, only a somebody.I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition.”~Mary Kay Ash

“Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.”
-Norman Vincent Peale

“You can do it if you believe you can!”-Napoleon Hill

Keep on Believing Ladies~
LOVE,
Michelle

Workout with someone~ SSS wk #5 Mini-challenge

SSS Week #5 Mini Challenge- Workout With Someone!!

HI GIRLS!!
Well this is week #5 already in the SSS contest~ AND so many of you are really kicking tail… This week we have a bottle of REGEN PM (sleep recovery supplement) to give away to whoever posts the most about “workout buddies”– use tag #buffmother and #workoutbuddy

 

Our mini challenge for the week  to “workout with someone” this week. Fitness is a fun, healthy activity for you to enjoy with friends, family, husbands, kids, new acquaintances, etc….
I know many of you regularly workout with partners, but many of us often go it alone.  WELL this week I challenge all of you in the SSS to workout with someone at least once this week!!!

GET it Booked NOW and have FUN!!!

-Michelle

p.s. Here’s a summary of the info coming your way this week– be sure to stay connected via my blog on www.buffmother.com!!

COACHING video– BELIEVE!! (week 05 coaching topic)

  • Homework~EACH DAY THIS WEEK WRITE AN “I BELIEVE…” STATEMENT
  • Some of MY BELIEFS
  • Belief Quotes

FEATURED Workouts~BOOSTING BIG MUSCLES!! (sss wk 05)

**PLUS**VIDEO Chat about Boosting BIG MUSCLES

  • Pull ups
  • One arm DB lat rows
  • Pull ups
  • Bent over Rows
  • Pull ups
  • Seated Rows on bowflex- focused on rhomboids
  • and MORE Pull ups!

Experienced Boosting Leg workout in detail with Video

I’ve had a ton of requests for more workout videos demonstrating an actual workout for an experienced level lifter who is in their BOOSTING phase.  The Boosting phase is all about lifting HEAVY with good recovery between sets.  The goal is to take about 2 minutes between each set.

SSS live workout: Experienced Boosting Legs

 

Experienced Boosting Legs (ph 3 log)

Lift Lower Body

LEGS
Squats
4 sets total×10, 8, 6, 10
Bulgarians
3×8-quads
Pliet Butt Squats
3×10-glutes/hams
Knee Extensions
4 sets total ×10, 8, 6, 10
Leg Curls (NOTE- I substituted DEAD LIFTS)
4 sets total ×10, 8, 6, 10
Walking Lunges- go HEAVY
2×10-15 -butt focus
Calf Raises
3×10

Videos- of this workout

Part 1- Squats

Bulgarians

Part 2- Pliet Butt Squats

Part 3-Knee Extensions

Part 4- Dead Lifts

Walking Lunges- do these with holding DB’s

and…

Calf Raises

Check-in time and Week #4= NO DAIRY!!

SSS Week #4 Mini Challenge- NO Dairy

BE SURE TO Check in with your SSS progress here with a comment on this blog!!
How are you doing?
Are you staying on track?
Are you seeing results?
Have you participated in the  Mini-Challenges?

Let’s have a little interaction and conversation
about where your are at.  Please post a comment
here and we’ll “talk”~

And watch this video about our SSS contest~~ WEEK #4 Mini-Challenge NO DAIRY~~

Dairy is any product made from COW’s milk.
Now to this week: NO DAIRY!! totally DO-ABLE!!! let’s rock this week cheerleaders

Let’s shoot to eliminate it from our diets this week and just see what happens~

Life without dairy is very doable and actually not bad Wink

Be sure to share you thoughts and results on this challenge.
AND let me know if you have any questions,
Michelle

p.s. A couple pics  to help inspire you:

Belief quotes:

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” -Frank Lloyd Wright

“One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.”
-Hannah Senesh