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Super STAR Success Finalist- Lindsey K of ND

CONGRATS to Lindsey on her amazing transformation over our 10 week contest. She averaged losing a bit over a pound a week and definitely shaped up here post baby body!!  I’m so proud of you and very excited for the MOJO you’ve regained as a busy mom of 2!! 

#1-General INFO and Questions~

Name:  Lindsey K of ND

Number of children and ages : 2
Age: 32
Why did you enter the “SuperSTAR Success” contest by BuffMother? To lose the baby weight…she was born in March and change my habits to be a better example for my family!
What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days? Rally Room, preparation for each week POA and meal planning
How do you feel about your success? Fabulous!
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals? Getting to the gym on days following bad nights of sleep and changing habit of ice cream with my hubby after kids go to bed.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?  Buffmother and the RallyRoom are awesome!  BuffMother is so encouraging and makes this journey accessible to any women in any circumstance.  More than anything, there is consistent information, motivation and accountability.  LOVE!
Can I have your permission to post your entry and photos online? Sure

height: 5’ 11

Starting  Date:__8/29/12_______ weight:___165.0________
Ending Date:__10/31/12_______ weight:___153.6_____ 11.4 pounds lost!!
Today’s cycle day- not sure…don’t have a cycle due to nursing

Please list the following measurements:                                                                                             Before     After
Bust (around breasts the biggest part):                                                                                               35”           34”
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):                        34”           33”
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):                        36.5”        35”
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part):                                                                                       32”           28.5”
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):                                                                                    30”           27”
Hips (the largest part of your butt):                                                                                      40”           37”
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):                  42”           41”
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):                                                                        12”           11”
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):                                                                          12.5”        12”
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap):                                                                                                20.5”        19.5”
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):                                                                         23.5”        21.5
Calf (about 7” below knee joint):                                                                                          15”           14”

#3-FinishingThoughts:
Where are you in your journey?  I’ve made major progress over the last 10 weeks.  I lost the remainder of my baby weight and then some and I’m feeling stronger, more confident and happy to be back in my pre-pregger clothes.  My daily habits have adapted considerably and take less thought…like my water intake, protein and green focused meals, etc.

Did you reach your goals and aspirations?  Yes, my goal was to be more fit at 32 and after two babies than before.  I’m  feeling leaner than before and have been bit by the lifting bug.  I hadn’t focused on strength training since college so it’s amazing to be back at it.

Where do you see this challenge brought you?  It brought back some of my focus to me when I was accustomed to caring for everyone else first.  Now, at least I’m on the daily agenda!

Do you have any lingering concerns?  No, just hoping to recommit and focus on my next goals.

Do you feel you made an impact on your legacy during this contest?  Yes!  I’ve got my mojo back!

your WHY?  I want to show my daughter, now 7 months old, how to be a strong and confident woman and lead my family by example. I tell myself all the time…be the example and also challenge= change! J

Did you feel the support group helped you stay on track?  Yes, I enjoy the rally room but read more than blogging myself.  I’ve fallen off over the last several weeks but look forward to staying connected.  Knowing there is a network of women out there striving toward similar goals is motivating and  inspiring.  Plus, whenever I have posted, I got great feedback and positive boosts from the ladies.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?  I set my POA every Sunday and making those intentions a conscious decision helped me.  Also, making sure I kept the house stocked with my good eats was crucial.

Did you reward yourself when you hit certain goals along the way?  Yep, I finally got my hair cut since having the babe!

What other thoughts are in your head at the moment?  I loved the weekly challenges and will miss those or have to set them for myself again!  My favorite weeks were the 100 lunges a day, 10 vacuums per day and the three greens a day.

#4- Comment about your HORMONES 
Did you GET to know your body? Yes and no.  I still don’t have a cycle due to nursing  and have been tracking how I feel but I think it will take a few more months for me to figure out my c-days.

Did you learn about your good c-days, your bad c-days, your weight fluctuations, etc?… Sort of.. I had much more awareness of my body and  how I was feeling.  It was the first time I was really evaluating how I felt daily and considered the impact that hormones could be playing.  Before this challenge, I never even considered hormones as a factor.  OF course with two small kids, I always assumed my physical and mental state was a reflection on how much sleep we were getting.  Now, I’m aware of our sleep but also hormones, water, nutrition, etc.
Did anything surprise you?  Yes, I was really concerned about nursing and keeping up my production while upping my workouts and changing my diet with significantly more greens.  I worried that it could make our baby, Joy, gassy or something if my milk changed.  Thankfully, It hasn’t had any negative impact on that front. Yay!

 

#5- Favorite Journal/Blog Posts
take a peek back at your blogs– what were some of your favorite entries from the 10 weeks?  Probably just my enthusiasm and eagerness at the beginning of the 10 weeks.

Did anyone else’s impact you along the way?  Yes, definitely.  I love that the RR is filled with women of all ages and stages of fitness.   Whether someone was prepping for a competition or just trying to lose some lbs, the group is very inviting and supportive.  They continue to inspire me to get better!

BEFORE~

AFTER~

 

SSS Final Entry Instructions and FORM

Week #10 MINI CHALLENGE (week of April 4th)- take measurements, stats, pictures, share your finishing thoughts, comment about your hormones and pick some of your favorite journal/blog posts you or others made during the 10 weeks, ENTRY DUE APRIL 13th

The goal is to see how you’ve changed physically and mentally :) …I think it’d be cool for you to find your week #1 entry and compare it to how you are feeling now Wink Here’s  the week #1 post that shows you how to take pics and stats: http://buffmother.com/?p=6557

Let’s break these 5 KEY points down a bit-
#1-Take measurements, stats
~ very important to use the same tape measure each time. I have a tape measure that’s sole purpose is for measuring bodies
~have the same person measure each time- I measure myself each time
~Be sure to note what cycle day you measure and what time of day also–it really makes a difference!
~Taking measurements is a great way to see if you are losing fat and gaining muscle- often times the scale will not reflect any change, but measurements show change
~Bodyfat measurements are optional, but if you do be sure to get the caliper mm readings along with the %. So that `when you compare you can see changes in the mm’s. Percentage reading are calculated using equations…these vary a ton! Personally I don’t ever figure my %, I just go my my caliper mm readings to see if I am losing or gaining bodyfat. BF should also be done by the same person/same method/same circumstances each time in order to have an accurate comparison.

~ Here are the Measurements and STATS I personally take:

Today’s Date:_________ height:_____________ weight:___________ age:_______
Today’s cycle day-

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part):
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part):
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):
Hips (the largest part of your butt):
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap):
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):
Calf (about 7” below knee joint):

Caliper measurements (*these are the ones I like to track on myself and use to calculate my body fat, for further info on body fat measurements here is a link http://www.linear-software.com/online.html)
*Tricep:
*Thigh:
*Iliac:
Abdomen (I do this one for kicks, since I am an apple):

#2- Pictures
~Aim to produce photos that will be most comparable with the last set and next set of progress photos you take.
~Photo are best taken in good lighting (during the day)
~take them with the same suit/clothes on, from the same distances and angles, on a light background and in heels.
~It is best for you to take following poses all full body*:
1. straight on arms at sides
2. straight on arms up and flexed
3. from behind w/arms at sides
4. behind with arms up flexing biceps
5. from the side
6. model or movie star pose- have fun!
* do them both relaxed and flexed.
~Have fun and SMILE.

#3-FinishingThoughts:
Where are you in your journey? Did you reach your goals and aspirations? Where do you see this challenge brought you? Do you have any lingering concerns? Do you feel you made an impact on your legacy during this contest? your WHY? Did you feel the support group helped you stay on track? What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days? Did you reward yourself when you hit certain goals along the way? What other thoughts are in your head at the moment?
#4- Comment about your HORMONES
Did you GET to know your body? Did you learn about your good c-days, your bad c-days, your weight fluctuations, etc…
Did anything surprise you?

#5- Favorite Journal/Blog Posts
take a peek back at your blogs– what were some of your favorite entries from the 10 weeks?
Did anyone else’s impact you along the way?

Most of this participation is optional, but I think it is a vital for you to reaching your goals~
I am excited to see how you’ve changed over these past 10 weeks!! CONGRATS for all your efforts, the world is a better place because of you!!

Have fun!! I can’t wait to see the final Submissions for the SSS Contest!! cheerleaders
I know that all of you who’ve participated are WINNERS!!!
Thanks so much for your effort~
:love:

***NOTE- The only set in STONE requirement to complete the contest is The FINAL ENTRY FORM (which includes before and after pictures, stats and info)

Love,
Michelle

P.S. More details about prizes and judging process:

 

  • Prizes will be given to ALL final entrants(free shirts) PLUS the 1stplace finishers will GET AWESOME prize packages!!

Prizes*:

1st Place– The Royal Treatment~ you get all of my products FREE for an entire year~ Books, supplement, shirts, 6 week customized training and the Rally Room!and the Rally Room!

Each and every one of you CAN WIN this Contest~ Please participate and let’s enjoy the synergy of TEAM BuffMother! working together towards being CONSISTENT!!!!

Suggested Optional Participation that may affect the judges perception of who deserves to be picked in their top 3:

  • Be an active member of the Rally Room (the judges of the contest are Rally Room leaders, so the more “visible” to them you are the better chance you have at winning)
  • COMMENT on the Video Coaching videos on You Tube- comments help a ton, Please comment!!
  • Blog your progress and encourage others in the contest (a great place to do this is in the Rally Room )
  • Weekly post your POA (plan of attack) for the next week
  • Weekly do your best to participate in the “weekly MINI challenge”

Final Entry Questionaire***– Once the 10 week contest is complete….please copy and paste this into a word document, fill out your questions and send it along with your stats and photos to michelle@buffmother.com.

This is the information the judges will receive and will judge you upon~ so do your best to present your success!!!

***NOTE- The only set in STONE requirement to complete the contest is The FINAL ENTRY FORM (which includes before and after pictures, stats and info)

Here’s the entry form copied and pasted here, just in case you have issues downloading it (to copy and past it select text press control or command + C and then paste using control/command +V into a word document.  From there fill it out and save then email it to me with your photos in jpg form.  Thanks!!

“SuperSTAR Success” Final Entry Form (3 parts)-

#1-General INFO and Questions~

Name:
Address:
Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0):
Age:
e-mail address:
Why did you enter the “SuperSTAR Success” contest by BuffMother?
What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?
How do you feel about your success?
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?
Can I have your permission to post your entry and photos online?

#2-Beginning/Ending STATS-

To enter submit at least the basic 5 measurements~

DATES taken-

Height:
Weight:
Bust:
Waist:
Hips:

I’d highly encourage you to submit more detailed measurements. These are what I have my training clients take:

Today’s Date:_________
height:_____________ weight:___________ age:_______
**Start of your last period date:__________
Length of last 2 monthly cycles (average is 28 days):
Today’s day in your monthly cycle (c-date)-

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around the biggest part, women only):
Chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):
Waist (the smallest part):
Hips (the largest part of your butt):
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):
Thigh (8” above Knee cap):
Thigh (12” above Knee cap):
Calf (7” below knee joint):

OPTIONAL- Caliper measurements (*these are the ones I like to track on myself and use to calculate my body fat, for further info on body fat measurements here is a link http://www.linear-software.com/online.html)
*Tricep:
*Thigh:
*Iliac:
Abdomen:

 

#3- Before and After Pictures
I need only 2 your most dramatic before and after shot in JPEG form.  Please take more but send only 1 of before and 1 after with your entry.

PHOTOS- take the following photos all full body a light background is best:
1. straight on,
2. behind w/arms at sides,
3. behind with arms up flexing biceps and
4. from the side.
*You can do them both relaxed and flexed. Have fun and SMILE.

 

At the completion of your 10 weeks, Be sure to e-mail all 3 items (stats, photos and questionnaire) to michelle@buffmother.com; I will respond that I got it- (if you don’t get a response, I didn’t’ get it).
Have fun!! I can’t wait to see the final Submissions for the “SuperSTAR Success” Contest!!

Contest Prizes*:

Prizes*:
1st Place– a 3day/2 night day visit with Michelle Berger, BuffMother!! I will fly you to me and I’ll treat you like the SUPER STAR you are!!! PLUS “The Royal Treatment”~ you get all of my products FREE for an entire year~ Books, supplement, shirts, 6 week customized training and the Rally Room!

2nd Place– The Royal Treatment~ you get all of my products FREE for an entire year~ Books, supplement, shirts, 6 week customized training and the Rally Room!

ALL FINALISTS= anyone who submits a complete final entry- you will get a FREE “BuffMother!” shirt

Judging:
A panel of 5 judges (leaders in Team BuffMother) will pick their top 3 picks for the WINNER based on participation, results, attitude and the “light” shining within. Each judge’s picks will be put on a piece of paper (15 little pieces of paper) will be placed in a hat and the winner drawn from there.

Each and every one of you CAN WIN this Contest~ Please participate and let’s enjoy the synergy of TEAM BuffMother! Working together towards being continually FOCUSED on being our BEST!!!!

…please submit this word document along with your stats and photos to michelle@buffmother.com. ENTRIES ARE DUE November 5th!!

This is the information the judges will receive and will judge you upon~ so do your best to present the info as organized and inspiring as possible- Be a SUPERSTAR!!!

Thanks so much!!
-Michelle

the next 3+ weeks!

HI!! I have 25 days until a fun photoshoot on August 17th….my goal is to be more photoshoot ready than I am now.  More fit, more lean and more confident in my body.  I took photos and stats yesterday since it was my first official day of “Buffing” this month.  Here are a few of the shots-

 

My STATS-

Today’s Date: 7-22-12_______ height: 5-6.5___    weight:_131.8 @4pm_____ age: 37___
Today’s cycle day-  5 (my last 2 cycles have been 27 days)
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 36
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides): 33
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides): 36.5
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part):27
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part): 25
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 36.5
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 41.5 relaxed; 43 flexed
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 11
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):11.5
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 19.5
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap): 21.5
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 13.5

Body Fat Calipers:

Tri= 6 Thigh= 8 lliac= 8 Ab= 10

I’m not too ashamed of my pics, but I can see the fluffy-ness a bad diet and lax workout have provided.  I’ve really done better the past week in all areas and made it through a vicious period this month.  I expect to see my measurements go down quite a bit over the next 2 weeks.  My goal is to lose 4 pounds this buffing phase= 127 by August 6th.

MY POA for the week is intense:

M- Chest/Triceps/ABS + Intervals +20 min extra cardio T- Leg and ABS W-Back/Shoulders/Biceps + Intervals Th-Sat- REPEAT M-T-W workouts Su- off

Time to get after it!!

Love ya,

Michelle

p.s.

Today is day #7 in our “40 Days to Fit”…

Day #7-FIT tip- Take an evaluation of your diet by writing down everything you eat and drink for the next 3 days.  You will quickly identify your good and bad habits…use it as motivation to make better choices.

 

Day #7-Featured ARTICLE- http://buffmother.com/?p=71

STARTING stats- Day 2~ “Shine in 49”

Starting STAT and PICTURES- “Shine in 49” Week #1:  Mini-Challenge

This week’s MINI-challenge is to
#1 Realize where you are AT- Physically and Emotionally and
#2- DECIDE that You want to be your BEST! then go for it!!!!

Here are the starting measurements pics and stats that will mark the BEGINNING of your  49 Days to SHINE!!!

Today’s Date:_________
height:_____________ weight:___________ age:_______
**Start of your last period date:__________
Length of last 2 monthly cycles (average is 28 days):
Today’s day in your monthly cycle (c-date)-

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around the biggest part, women only):
Chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):
Waist (the smallest part):
Hips (the largest part of your butt):
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):
Thigh (8” above Knee cap):
Thigh (12” above Knee cap):
Calf (7” below knee joint):

PHOTOS- I need you to take the following photos all full body a light background is best:
1. straight on,
2. behind w/arms at sides,
3. behind with arms up flexing biceps and
4. from the side.
*You can do them both relaxed and flexed. Have fun and SMILE.

OPTIONAL- Caliper measurements (*these are the ones I like to track on myself and use to calculate my body fat, for further info on body fat measurements here is a link http://www.linear-software.com/online.html)
*Tricep:
*Thigh:
*Iliac:
Abdomen:

NOTE~ this is a super detailed STAT list…I like taking a ton because I don’t change much at this point

If you’d like to print this- please download and print the final entry form:

Shine in 49 ENTRY FORM

Here’s short video I took (for a previous contest) about taking your measurements:

And here are a couple more super detailed videos about taking stats and pictures (these are from my private video coaching area)
Part 2- taking STATS :measurements and body fat calipers

Part 3- How to take your photos demonstration:

"Thin in 30" Final entry form-

“Thin in 30” Final entry form-

This is to be filled out and submitted to me via e-mail when you have completed your 30 days of the “Thin in 30” contest.  Entry is due 9/10/11

#1-General INFO and Questions~

Name:
Address:
Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0):
Age:
e-mail address:
Can I have your permission to post your  name and entry online?

Please write your general thoughts and feelings about the contest, your progress and impression of www. BuffMother.com into a short paragraph.

#2-Beginning/Ending STATS-

To enter All you need to take are the basic 5~

Height:
Weight:
Bust:
Waist:
Hips:

#3- Before and After Pictures

PHOTOS:

~Aim to produce photos that will be most comparable with the last set and next set of progress photos you take.

Please take at least beginning and ending 3 shots-
1. straight on arms at sides
2. behind with arms up flexing biceps
3. from the side

I need your most dramatic before and after shot in JPEG form.  Please send with your entry.

E-mail all 3 items (stats, photos and questionnaire) to michelle@buffmother.com
Have fun!! I can’t wait to see the final Submissions!!

I know that all of you who’ve participated are WINNERS!!!
Thanks so much for your effort~

Your friend!!
-Michelle (aka BuffMother!)

p.s.Additional  helpful notes:
STATS

If you really want to see how ever aspect of your body changes over the contest~ Here are the Measurements and STATS I personally take:

Today’s Date:_________ height:_____________ weight:___________ age:_______
Today’s cycle day-

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part):
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part):
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):
Hips (the largest part of your butt):
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap):
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):
Calf (about 7” below knee joint):

Caliper measurements (*these are the ones I like to track on myself and use to calculate my body fat, for further info on body fat measurements here is a link http://www.linear-software.com/online.html)
*Tricep:
*Thigh:
*Iliac:
Abdomen (I do this one for kicks, since I am an apple):

 

"Finish Strong" Start for Michelle

Pictures don’t lie and my pictures show a few things clearly:

Boosting hormones- look at the boobs and belly- it was my final cycle day
Lack of recent exercise- my workouts have been non-existant for about 2 weeks due to a horrible cold
that it’s winter- lack of a tan- and desire to put tanner on
lack of makup, ha!- thankfully my dermatologist’s Rx’s have worked well and my face is clear again!

Stats: (I have to find my sheet of paper…)

 
Today’s Date:__11/24/10   height:______5-7 (truthfully 5-6.5)_______     weight:____130  age:__35_____
 
Today’s cycle day- 26 final day of the month
 
Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part):37
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides): 35
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides): 37
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 27
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):26
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 36
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 42
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 10.5
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 11.5
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 19
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):21
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 13
 
Caliper measurements
*Tricep:4
*Thigh:6
*Iliac:4
Abdomen :8

 

My goals are to keep up with a workout at least every other day- get back to running and just regain my fitness overall.  That alone will get my pictures back to where I want them~  I plan to look and feel great for the New Year!

I will finish 2010 strong!!  Strong in Body, Mind and Spirit!

No Excuses November!

Be winners, not whiners! “NO EXCUSES November” starts today!!
Here are my stats for today and also the last 2 times I took them for comparison

STATS: dates 8/9/10 compared with 8/25/10 and NOW 11-1-10

Please be sure to take these standard 5 measurements:

1.WEIGHT*: 129 in the evening at 7:30 pm… I was 127 yesterday and 128 the day before /halfway= 124.4 at 4pm /right now at picture time 2pm post workout on empty tummy 127.2 on creatine
2.Bust: 36.5 / 35.5/ 37
3.Waist: 26.5 /25/26.5
4.Hips: 36/ 35 /35
5.Thigh: 19.5 /18.5 /19
*be sure to note your CYCLE DAY also!!! It makes a BIG difference!

More detailed Measurements-

Today’s Date:__8/9/10 vs. 8/25/10 vs. 11-1-10______ height:______5-7 (truthfully 5-6.5)_______ weight:____129 vs. 124.4 _/_127.2_____ age:__35_____

Today’s cycle day- 3 vs. 19 vs. 3

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part):36.5 /35.5/37
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides): 33 / 33 /33
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides): 37 / 37.5 /37
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 26.5 / 26 /26.5
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):25.5 / 25 /24.5
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 36 / 35 /35
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 41 / 41/ 42
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 10.5 /10 /9.5
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 11/ 11/ 11
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 19.5 /18.5/19
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):21.5 /19.5/ 20
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 13.5 /13/13

Caliper measurements
*Tricep:6 / 4 /4
*Thigh:8 /7 /6
*Iliac:3 /2/ 2
Abdomen :8 / 6/ 4

Overall awesome to see I have had a postive trend of fat loss and muscle gain since August

"All Star" Sister in law DAPHNE D.

Daphne D

Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0): 7, 4
Age: 32

Today’s Date:____11/21___ height:____5’3”______ weight:__110 —106.4___ age:____32_
Today’s cycle day-1

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 33—34
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):34—33 ½

Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):35–341/2

Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 28—26.5
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part): 26—25
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 35—35
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 37 ¾—38
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 10—10

Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 10 ¾—10 3/4
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 19—19
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap): 20—20 1/2
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 11 ¾—11 3/4

Why did you enter the SSS contest by BuffMother?

I entered the SSS contest for 2 main reasons.  First, I want to win.  I’ve discovered through my time in the Rally Room that I am extremely motivated by contests. I find that I am challenged by seeing what others are doing to accomplish their goals.  In addition, the desire to finish well and accomplish my own goals is an overwhelming motivator for me.  Second, I entered the contest so that I could accomplish super-star success.  I want to get better and be the best that I can be, whether I win or not.  I feel like if I win, that’s super.  However, if I don’t win, I have learned and improved from trying my best.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?

I made a habit of blogging and commenting as often as I could.  I know I missed days here and there, but I aimed for being active daily in the Rally Room.  I also tried to set attainable goals for myself as well as using the weekly mini-challenges to start new and better habits.  Third, I made up a chart that I could use to easily record and track my food, workouts, supplements, cycle days, and hormones all in one place.  The chart helps me see how I’m progressing and how food and hormones play into my progress.
How do you feel about your success?

One of my goals was to reduce my body fat.  I used a hand held body fat calculator at my gym and was pleased to see that it said that my body fat was down to %17.3.  A year ago, it was %22.  It’s not a tremendous drop, but it did go down.  My other goal was to get more definition in my arms and legs and stomach.  While my legs don’t show too much change, my improvements are showing on my upper body.  I’m excited to see my fat loss continue to progress to my lower body.
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?

I’ve struggled with stress and sickness during this contest.  Both me and my family have had multiple sicknesses continually repeating and recurring in our household.  I’ve also had tremendous stress.  I’ve had a huge ordeal with my dad that our family has been dealing with.  He is a difficult person and seems to thrive on attacking and emotionally destroying his loved ones.  In addition, homeschooling has been tough this year.  The contest started at the beginning of the school year and the stress of getting into the routine has been difficult.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?

I tell my friends all the time about the wonders of hormonal timing.  Women don’t realize how simple it really is to reach their goals when they understand how to work with their hormones instead of against them.  The more in-tune I am with how my body responds to my hormones and to certain foods, the more I can succeed at reaching my goals.  I will never go back to floundering in the physical and emotional defeat that comes from not understanding my female cycle.

"All Star" Dayle of ID

Dayle of ID

Meet BuffMother! Dayle of ID!

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Dayle of ID

I wanted to see where I could take my body and mind with a more committed mindset. I wanted to lower my BF% and lose 10 lbs. I also wanted to show ladies that they CAN fit fitness into their busy schedules (and even at home) whether they are a stay-at-home mom, single mom, working mom…whatever. I reached all but 1 of these goals (I only lost 7.5 lbs.) I proved to myself that when I set my mind to something that I CAN DO IT no matter what life stresses come my way.

This challenge underlined the fact that achieving a healthy body is not all about vanity; it can benefit you in more ways than one can ever imagine. This challenge showed me just how powerful my mind is. I was determined to be both mentally and physically strong during my time spent in Oklahoma. When my dad was still alive but was quickly deteriorating, I told myself that I HAD to continue to workout and take care of myself so I could physically help my mom with housework and physically help my dad if he fell or needed help walking or if he needed to be moved in his bed. When I went back for the second time I told myself that I HAD to continue to workout to keep me mentally strong and to channel my feelings into my workouts in order to keep me sane and keep me strong for my family.

My girls saw me continue to work out no matter what was going on. They were able to see me fit my healthy habits into my daily grind just as I would any other daily task. Now after they wake up and get dressed, part of their before school tasks is to do 5 minutes of exercise!

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RECENT 10 WEEK SSS results
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Name: Dayle S
Number of children and ages: 4 and 9
Age: 36

Today’s Date: 9/14/09…11/22/09
Height: 62 inches…same
weight: 131…129
Today’s cycle day-CD 29…CD37
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 37…36.5
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides): 36…35
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 29…28.5
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 37.5…36
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 39.5…38.5
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 11…11.25
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 11.5…11.75
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 20…19.5
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap): 22…21.75
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 13.5…13.75

Why did you enter the SSS contest by BuffMother?
To get back on track…I had been getting the workouts in but not as consistent or as INTENSE as I used to and it shows!!  Not only was I feeling sluggish and non-motivated but my lack of BUFFNESS had resulted in a loss of muscle tone and a gain of about 10 lbs. since December ’08!!  I joined the contest because I needed the committment to accountability and the support of the RR to achieve my goals.   This was also my first challenge BC *FREE* and I was excited to see what changes were ahead of me…good or bad.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?
KathyK and I either texted or emailed our POA’s to each other daily.  I returned to more consistent blogging and changed the tone of my blogs to document more of my eating plans.  I had my DH join me for the first half of the SSS and I loved the support and the togetherness.   I also fed off of the new energy!  There are many new RR members that are in their BuffMother “honeymoon” phase and it was energizing!

How do you feel about your success?  I feel great!  I did not make much physical change (and actually suprised that I did actually go down a few inches) but I am super excited about the other changes…my consistency was back and my eats had a major shift!  I went from working out off and on to scheduling it into my daily life again.  It also seemed like all of a sudden the eating part just clicked!  I was choosing foods because I wanted to, not because I felt like I had to buckle down because of a contest.  For several weeks I ate 90% clean every day with only 1 big cheat meal for the week!  That is *HUGE* for me.  The eats clicked mentally for me this time!  WOOHOO!

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?
Can you say FT job, 2 kids and a husband?  I am not special in any way…I am not unlike any other woman, but I do have a lot to juggle and the inconsistency with balance, lack of energy and overscheduling myself contributed to why I lost the muscle and gained the 10 lbs. over the past year.  Jeff worked out with me for the first few weeks of the SSS.  I used to always workout on my own so this gave me a different kind of motivation.  After about 5 weeks Jeff got really sick and had to take some time off…he never really got back in.  I never realized how much I depended on his presence during workouts until he was gone.  Honestly, I think that was when my workouts got a little sluggish.

What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother?
I would like for women to know that HT is the key to unlocking their potential!  You ARE different and that is alright!  With HT you learn to listen to your body and respect your hormones!  Stop looking for quick fixes, the pills and the surgeries.  YOU can do this! YOU can make these changes and you want to tell people that YOU did this!  Earn this!  This is why I love BuffMother.  It is something you can put hard work into and earn all on your own!

“All-Star!” KQ Smith of SC and CT

“All-Star!” KQ Smith

Well Where do I begin… I had the pleasure of meeting KQ  over 5 years ago via www.buffmother.com.  She’s been a member of  TEAM BuffMother~ almost since we began!
KQ is one wonderful, motivated, fun, excitable lady!!   We got to “meet” in person a little over a year ago and I knew then that this lady was truly destined for big BEAUTIFUL things in her future-and FYI- she is Strikingly Beautiful herself!!  Over the years, KQ has been on a journey…one filled with a few potholes here and there, but the one constant in her life has been her commitment to become her BEST!  and to surround herself with the BEST!   KQ is truly an “All-Star”.  Please follow her as she preps for the next stop in her journey.  the Fitness America Pageant in SC on Aug 14th!! She will be rocking the stage for SURE!  I love this lady!

Kenisha and Michelle Berger in LA Dec 2008

Connect with KQ:

Follow her BlogSpot:  http://kqfitness.blogspot.com/

Friend her on FB: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1346161964


KQ and Michelle Berger other TEAM BUFFMOTHER members on the set in LA Dec 2008

I’m a 33yr old mother of 1, I work 2 jobs, I have a LIFE and I STILL GET IT IN!! I work hard, I play hard & I train EVEN HARDER!!! I make NO EXCUSES and I’m not holding anything back . . NOW IS MY TIME TO LIVE MY DREAM!!!

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A DREAM COME TRUE~!  KQ Competed at the Fitness America (Atlantic) in April of 2010!!

Her first show~ She is GORGEOUS!!

~~~~~~10 week www.BuffMother.com SSS contest results (Fall of 2009)~~~~~~~

Name: KQ Smith
Number of children and ages:
Age: 32

Why did you enter the SSS contest by BuffMother?
I entered b/c I am a BUFFMOTHER at heart and I wanted to use this competition to help me get back on track and continue working towards my goal which is competing in my first competition along with moving towards my goal of doing fitness modeling. This challenge has really helped me get myself refocused and I was able to start a Bootcamp at home and really get my personal training going.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?
I decided I was a winner and I was tired of complaining about my weight gain and I knew I had the ability to lose the weight and get myself jump started again. I have just really been taking this time as a reevaluation period and it has been WELL WORTH IT. I also used my boyfriend as a motivation. He believes in me completely and has stayed on me hardcore when it came to some of my bad habits like my snacking. I also used his desire to get back in shape to help me to b/c I have to keep myself on track if I’m going to help him get on track. I also refocused on hormonal timing again and getting paying close attention to my cycle and weight gain. How do you feel about your success? I am truly excited and overjoyed about my success. At one point I thought I had really fallen off the wagon and I was so hard on myself about getting back on but this challenged allowed me to focus and obtain my goals.


What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?

During the 70 days I experienced some great highs and some terrible lows by having crazy weight gains every now and then. I struggled with my issues that I call “drive-by snacking”. It’s not that I eat bad I tend to pop in the kitchen and grab some nuts, a piece of this, a piece of that and that all adds up unfortunately. I have also been traveling a lot during these last 70days and I have really worked hard at staying focused and on track by running and doing my workouts at the house, hotel or any gym I could find.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?
You already know I am a BUFFMOTHER thru and thru and I will preach it from the roof top. As I stated earlier I have really refocused myself on hormonal timing again. So much so that I know what CD day it is just by how I feel without even looking at the calendar. That is one of the best parts about this challenge which is KNOWING YOURSELF mentally & physically!!! That has to be one of the best parts of Buffmother besides creating the bonds with the other ladies who are going thru the same things as you are. Another great thing is the challenges b/c it forces you to have a starting point and to track your numbers that way you are able to see your success first hand b/c sometimes without the numbers and pictures we would drive ourselves nuts thinking we’re not getting anywhere and that’s exactly what I had been doing in the past. Most of all I will tell the world that I LOVE BUFFMOTHER AND I LOVE MICHELLE for bringing it to us!!

STATS  beginning vs. after 10 weeks

Today’s Date:____9/14/09 11/21/09 ____ height:___5’10 still 5’10___ weight:__165 158_ age:___32 still 32___
Today’s cycle day-

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 34 33.5
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):33.5 33
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides): accidently forgot this one in the beginning
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 27.5 26.5
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part): almost 27 26
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 38.5 37
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 41 1/4 40
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 11.5 11
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 12.5 12
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 21 3/4 20.5
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap): 24 rt=23, left=23.25
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 15 15