Birthday Busy

Why is it that kids birthday’s make life so hectic?! My son just turned 16 yesterday and it’s been go, go, go, double go ever since!!

My legs are killer sore from my workout yesterday morning– today the plan is to lift back, shoulders, biceps and do a walk with hubby and the doggie tonight (just bought her a harness), plus maybe some weed whipping??  Not sure, I’ll have to see how my shoulder/neck and lower back feel after the workout.


Right now I’m heading out the door to bring my son to his evening football camp and then run some errands.


Here’s my vlog from yesterday, I’ll be back soon with more!


The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

Miss You!

Holy Cow, I miss you all sooooo much!! I have been the busiest that I can remember this week! I have a million and 1 things going on, it’s been fun and great, but has left me with NO time or energy to be able to spend on the computer with you!

Just to update ya, I’ve been filming my movie “phone in the attic”…the past 3 days I was STRIPPER DIEDRA– which means a ton of dance practice, wearing hells, awkward moments and limited clothing.

The 2 days prior to day that I was LOVER DIEDRA, filming a very flirty scene and a bedroom scene— HOTTTT!!!

Previous to that I was BAD DIEDRA who loves to do evil! I can’t reveal the secrets  of that portion of the movie, But let’s just say it includes Blood, suspense and FIGHTS!!


It’s been a TON OF WORK!!

In addition to that I’ve become a GREAT Aunt for the fist time, I’ve helped celebrate my MIL’s 70th birthday, I’ve had a bunch of remodeling work done on my house, worked on my taxes and also today I’m helping my soon to be SIL shop for a wedding dress while her an my BIL are in town from MN for the weekend~ Add to the mix 4 kids, a DH and a Puppy all wanting my attention too!

I have missed a few workouts, but am keeping up some running, and I consider much of my “activities” as workouts!

Gotta go get caught up a bit on my emails!

Love ya, Ellie (DIEDRA)

Here’s some FRIDAY HOTTIE eye candy for you– Travis Femmel from the show “Vikings”

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!


I am home!! YAY!! I’m so happy to be HOME!!

This is an odd homecoming for me– my “re-entry” has been SPECTACULAR!! I’m rocking it today (except I forgot about our chat)!  Typically it takes me a full week to get back in the groove after time away!

So…Summer is here and I’ve implemented my new chore system.  The kids can make some serious CASH each day if they want!  Every chore pays a dollar. They must do at least 1 a day, If they do not they owe me a dollar.  AND each day has a deadline. Today’s is 5pm, but I for-see most days the deadline being noon.

The bad thing about this summer is my son has football at 6am a few mornings a week almost the entire summer?? That means I have to get up earlier than when school was in session to get him there.  SMH (shake my head)

Our trip to MN was fun! We surpirsed my BIL for his 40th B-day and I also got to visit with my new little nephew, Johnny! He’s a doll!!

I haven’t lifted since last Wednesday– so LEGS are on tap- I have ran 3 times this past week.  Including last night on my trail–

I have 9 days until my birthday~ MY plan is to hit it hard!! My POA is simple yet intense:


W- Lift Legs

Th- Track workout F- Lift upper body Sa- Track workout Su- Lift legs

M- Track workout T- Lift upper body

W-Track workout

Hope JUNE is going well for you too~

LET’s make it GREAT!


The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

One Month!

I’ve got one month before my birthday~ so the count down is on, but honestly I am not in a “DIRE” mode to get in shape for my special day for once! It probably been about 5 or 6 years since I’ve felt this good about my fitness a month away from my Birthday! It feels GREAT!

Sorry I didn’t make the chat my internet was down


Today’s Hot Hiney post is here:

I’m heading out for a run in just a couple mins~ then I’ll be taping our next couple of HH sandwich vids- the BLT and the PBJ! YUMMY!
Have a great day!


This week has not exactly gone to plan– the time prior to a trip never does, right?

So yesterday I got my nails, hair and teeth whitening done…I wore this dress- it’s 20 years old– back in style and fits me better now than ever!

BUT, I didn’t get in my workout So today I’ll double up- by getting in a run and my lifting both along with all my packing etc…

I am so ready to roll on out of here to VEGAS!! It’s fun to have another one of my “GOALS” finally be here!!


I have a bunch of goals and reasons lined up through AUGUST to stay sexy!:

  1. April -Vegas
  2. May – Last day of school for kids~ lots of reasons to look good!
  3. June – birthday and Track meet
  4. July – my 20th reunion
  5. August – my 20th anniversary!!

Having goals works~ figure out some reasons for you to STAY SEXY my Friends!!

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

Not just BUFF… Beautiful too!! ~Shine in 49: Day 38

I’ve got 15 days to go until my birthday~ whoohoo!!! cheerleaders Why is it that I get so fired up to be fit for my birthday EVERY YEAR???   It’s so motivating for me!! I just love feeling my best on “MY DAY”!!

This year Travis is actually going to be home on my Birthday!! He’s missed more than half of my birthdays in the past 10 years due to travel.  Anyhow~ the whole family will be here for my day and trust me we will have a PARTY! And the whole week AFTER my b-day is going to be a VACATION for me- I will be totally UNPLUGGED and KIDLESS!! They are going to MN with Grandma 🙂

Yesterday was a great “RESET” day for me with workouts– but not so much for my diet.  I had more dairy than normal, more junk than normal and ended up going to bed with a tummy ache.  The goal today is to get DIET on track and I’ll be good to go for the next 15 days until my 37th B-day!!  The goal is to not only be buff for my birthday, but BEAUTIFUL also.

I’ve been doing my best to add some extra effort on that department- I got another facial yesterday to help my face be glowing and radiant. I also bought some “manicure” supplies, a new “miracle” face cream and have an appt with my dermatologist for Friday.  I’ve also got plans to get a manicure, pedicure, hair highlight/trim and I will also be TANNED for my day!!  It takes effort to be beautiful 🙂

Today- my girls are determined to go buy some summer clothes- and my son is determined to go spend the night with his lifelong buddy.  He’s had this friend since he was 2!

I’m just loving the final push of our Shine in 49–we have just 11 days left!!  Thanks so much for all the effort, posts, encouragement and thoughts about the contest!! You ladies are “SHINING STARS”~ I love you!!

Have an amazing Wednesday!!


Practice Makes Perfect!! ~ Shine in 49: Day 13


Practice makes perfect~

I was just thinking today how little I knew when I first started lifting, I was so uncoordinated and weak…I was just BAD at most lifts, exercises, drills, etc- it was so HARD!!  But with PRACTICE those same “hard” things I do EASILY now.
I mention this because many women in our current Shine in 49 contest ARE Beginners… For the “beginners” out there remember ~ “practice DOES make perfect”.

The same thought came to mind when I read an e-mail recently sent to me about my “heavy” lifting…for some reason she assumed I’ve always been that strong and that if she wasn’t able to lift those same weights she wouldn’t get results.

Ladies trust me, I was VERY, VERY weak when I first started lifting consistently 7 years ago…I was SCRAWNY with no muscle tone yet VERY afraid I’d get bulky still! AND when I started I did get results lifting lighter weights than I am now– the Difference is that those weights CHALLENGED me then, but now they don’t….So in order to maintain or improve my results I have to keep lifting the weights that actually challenge me.

IT IS ALL RELATIVE!  Just remember Challenge= Change…as long as you are challenging your body it will change!

My life is absolutely amazing right now~ VERY busy, but I LOVE IT!! I thrive when I am busy doing what I love!! Love
AND I am getting my workouts done– NO EXCUSES!!! The yay yippee guy

Last night I did legs and today I was rewarded with a sore booty!!!
I am weighing 127 at the moment~ and expect that for my birthday next month , I’ll be 125 smile

Gotta GO~ but just remember…Keep Practicing you CAN Be PERFECT!!

Now on to Christmas!

Now that my Daughter Gracie’s birthday is done, I can think clearly about Christmas! 

Yesterday I got in a good intervals/cardio workout

Here’s how it went by minute:

1-2 walk @ 4mph 2% grade (kept this elevation entire first 22 mins)
3-5 run @6mph
6 run @7mph
7 run @6mph
8 run @7mph
9 run @6mph
10 run @7mph
11 run @6mph
12 run @7mph
13 run @6mph feeling tired here…heart rate at 165 or so after the min of recovery.
14 run @7mph
15 run @6mph
16 run @7mph
17 run @6mph
18 run @7mph
19 run @6mph
20 run @7mph
21 run @8mph ending heart rate 180
22-23 walk @4mph @ 3%
24 walk @4mph @ 4%
25 walk @4mph @ 5%
26 walk @4mph @ 6%
27 walk @4mph @ 7%
28 walk @4mph @ 8%
29 walk @4mph @ 9%
30 walk @4mph @ 10%
31 walk @4mph @ 11%
32 walk @4mph @ 12%
ending heart rate 170- amazing how intense that walking got!

Some ABS and lower back/booty extensions after- then I went B-day shopping quick while baby puppy was tended to by Travis.

my BUTT is actaully sore today from the combo of walking on incline and lower back/booty extensions

Puppy Cuji is doing good…she just woke up from her puppy nap

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I love Friday's!

I just love, love, love Fridays!!! Friday was an exciting day in the Berger home.

2 of my daughters, the twins, had a “Sock HOP’ at school, so they dressed in cute polkadot dresses, I gave them SIDE PONYTAILS and painted their fingernails.

My other daughter had a field trip…to the SPANISH CAVES. She told me she was going to bring home a bat!

And my son, is going to Branson for the weekend with his BEST Friend, Max. Max and Gunner have been buddies since they were 4 and today is Max’s 10th Birthday! Gunner skipped school today so he could go~ aren’t I a good mom, lol?

Anyhow and for me, my excitement lies in getting in a good workout and getting my house clean.

On tap for this 9th day of the FCH is another upper body workout~ I re-ingnited my desire to lift heavy yesterday from my own post about muscle!! I am excited to build up my fat furnaces!!! AND I am now heading into my Boosting phase~ it’s cycle day 19 for me. So my workouts are now going to be HEAVIER weights for lower reps. 3 sets of 6 and more rest between sets!

BTW- next Thursday we’ll start with the Phase 2 Workouts. So you only have 3 workouts left in Phase 1- today’s upper body, monday’s lower body and tuesday’s upper body. Let’s make the most of them!!!

Let’s all have an AWESOME DAY!!