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HEY!!! Welcome to Week #2 of our “Six to SEXY” contest!!!
I hope you are refreshed from your rest day to hit it hard this week.

 

The word for today is DETERMINED!!

 

I am so DARN DETERMINED to get to my goal!! I love that feeling of FOCUS!!!
DETERMINATION is a GREAT thing!!!

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”
-Tommy Lasorda (American Baseball Player and Coach, b.1927)

“Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.”
– H. H. Swami Tejomayananda (Indian , b.1950)

“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”
– Sonia Johnson

My determination will lead me to workout hard again today!!! I am on fire!!

 

hope you are equally DETERMINED to get your workout done and make it better than your last one!!  Lift heavier, push harder and focus on getting results at the gym!!

 

Today’s workout suggestion is:

Upper body, ABS and Intervals

Be sure to start with a warm up- 10 mins on the bike is a great place to start

 

UPPER BODY- Circuit- do all exercises upper body in the order as listed; repeat the circuit 3 times.  #1 then immediately #2 then immediately #3 etc…then the entire series again for 3 rounds
EXERCISES DATE
UPPER BODY
#1-Chest press or Push ups regular or on knees lbs.
3 sets to  failure reps.
#2-Rows- machine or bent over holding dumbbells lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.
#3- Tricep machine or Chair dips- for triceps lbs.
3 sets of 10 reps each reps.
#4-shoulder press machine or DB Shoulder Press lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.
#5-Bicep machine curls or DB Bicep Curl lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.
#6-Cable tricep push downs or Tricep extension lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.
#7-Standing Lateral/Side shoulder Raises (flies) with DB’s lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.

ABS:

 

ABS–CPTME…SIMPLE 7 for 7 – REFER to my book “AFTER BABY ABS” for an explanation of these exercises and terms
Passive Abs
Sit ups- hands on hammies
Vacuums!! 10- 10 seconds daily
Knee ups- roman chair are best
Traditional AB crunch
Ball Crunches
Cats/Dogs

Then intervals like these:

Stair mill
15 mins of intervals
hard mins at 8 and 9 easy mins at 6
+ 8 mins cool down on r-bike

 

ALSO, Don’t forget about CHARTING YOUR HORMONES~ Here’s some questions to ask yourself~

1- what cycle day is it for you?
2- what was your weight today?
3- do you notice any water retention in your body? if yes, where?
4- are there any “other” factors of importance to note about your weight gain or loss today?

 

BE DETERMINED to reach your goals!! And remember that together we CAN change the world for the better!!! Let’s Be DETERMINED to lead by EXAMPLE and in turn help every woman be inspired become their best ALSO!!

 

Love,

Michelle

SSS Week 02: Mini-Challenge NO BREAD

SSS Week #2 Mini Challenge- Eliminate Bread

Eliminate BREAD from your diet this week…notice anything?

Hope you are ready for a great week #2~ This week I have prizes for whoever post the most public #nobread photos, thoughts, extra info about reasons to cut bread out of your diet, etc…. To win simply #nobread and tag me in your posts @buffmother on IG and @Michelle Berger on Facebook to be sure I see it!

Winner gets a FREE bottle Seraglow https://www.kfmbrands.com/seraglow/of and a tub of BCAA’s https://www.hightpro.com/products/active-bcaa-regen!!

Are you wondering what is considered bread?? Honestly I want you to choose your own definition but in general terms~

NO BREAD simply means what YOU feel NO BREAD means, lol!

Bread= any baked grain product made with yeast

I want each person to define it for themselves.

It is about learning to realize there are other “good” carbs out there that are not bread. And learning that you will not DIE if you can’t eat bread, lol!

The goal of this challenge is to make you aware of that there are MANY other great carb choices besides bread to choose from. Rice, beans, sweet potatoes, etc…

Take this challenge as a prompting to explore other alternatives to bread for your carbs. I personally LOVE fruit for carbs. Also life without “bread” helps me to keep my gluten and yeast intake at a minimum~ which in turns helps eliminate bloat for many people.

REMEMBER! Don’t get too technical…just KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetheart)!!!

If you want to take the challenge up a notch~

One step further- eliminate all grains except for rice and oats from your diet.

If you wan to go even further- eliminate all grains from your diet

Personally, I don’t eat much bread anymore. I have found other better sources for carbs than grains. My tummy is much happier when I limit the amount of gluten I eat. For this week I plan to eliminate all grains from my diet including rice.

Have fun with this challenge and embrace it as a human experiment!!

QUESTION: *DEFINE BREAD…… MICHELLE???? Anyone???

IS ‘OATMEAL’ BREAD?
NO

IS ‘PASTA’???
NO

‘WHOLE WHEAT CRACKERS???
NO

Is a wrap bread?
NO

ANSWER:

In my opinion, it is a bread…but you can decide for yourself. Since it probably doesn’t have yeast ~ it is not really a “bread”…so if you want you can go by that rule. The key point is for you to open up your mind to other possibilities for food. When a food group like “grains” is eliminated, what do you eat instead???

Fruit

Veggies

All good stuff that we need more of :)

Have fun with the CHALLENGE…a Challenge is supposed to be CHALLENGING!!
Love ya,

Michelle

Thoughts

Sorry, I’m a bit slow at getting the contest post for today written, but think it’s got some GREAT info in it:

Also, be sure to READ and COMMENT on Kim’s Featured “SEXY ARTICLE”:
Today has proven to be a good day of DEEP Thoughts.  I’ve been in a time of indecision on how to proceed with my business.  I am 100% committed to being a leader in the fitness industry forever, but I am not sure of my NEXT BIG MOVE?  If you would, could you please pray for guidance and for God to open up doors toward the right path that will help me complete my MISSION on earth?  I want so much to help people know what I know about fitness, life, confidence, hormones, goals, dreams, business, etc…  And I want to learn more!  I am hungry for SUCCESS and wanting to help others BE SUCCESSFUL in the process!

6 Daily Goals– that will be topics in my daily journal

  1. Cycle day- 12 I feel like I’m close to ovulation…a bit of ovary tenderness, a bit of a tummy bloat, a bit more emotional, but overall really happy.  I am really at peace despite being “injured” and I even feel a bit sexy
  2. Weight- 132.8..I didn’t end up weighing yesterday, but this number being up was pretty much expected.  Sitting on my butt doing NOTHING, taking advil, etc… doesn’t lead to weight loss, lol!  I think a short walk will be nice and tomorrow I’ll attempt a light workout.
  3. Sexy To do’s– Finish my “pedicure” that I started yesterday.  Also, I’ve been going through my extra make up and cleaning it out along with discovering some fun items I forgot.   I’d also like to organize my thoughts about my APRIL THEME- “ABS APRIL”!  Should be a fun SEXY focus for the month.
  4. Workout- a walk– probably only 10 mins, but it’s something
  5. Meal POA- NO CARBs…no workouts for my body means no glucose burned which means my insulin resistance is in full force and carbs can’t be consumed or I FEEL IT as “Sludge” in my veins. Sad but true   Some foods I do plan to eat: salad and STEAK.  I have a ribeye that needs to be grilled ASAP!  Gonna cook it now!
  6. Sexy Actions– Wear perfume.  Hubby accused me of not wearing any last night…he said he was the only one who smelled good in this relationship~ WHAT?! I’ll show him, HA!

Time to get some things done besides THINKING today!! Toodles!!

-Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

F.A.Q’s~~ Shine in 49~ Day 31

We have only 19 days left in our contest and I hope you are similar success as me!!

I am rockin’ it hard!! I’ve had a “workout” every day final month before my birthday!! The fat is melting off in part due to that, but also because I am eating good- tons of veggies, fruit and protein of course- PLUS I’ve been faithful about taking my supplements daily- a multi, calcium/mag/zinc, my HT PILLs and creatine too!! in 3 more week’s I’ll be Shining BRIGHT  for my 37th birthday!!

Be sure to get in your workout today!!  Every one counts at this point!!

I thought I’d share some FAQ’s with you today…tons of helpful info is below 🙂  Learn and  Enjoy!!

Customer Service F.A.Q.

On Hormonal Timing:

Question:

I don’t have a period, will hormonal timing work for me?

Answer:

YES, If you have ovaries you have a hormonal cycle

If you are on birth control pills or other forms of birth control hormones you will still have a cycle hormones…make sure to chart your symptoms. The added benefit of knowing how your body responds to that particular type of birth control may come in handy at your next doctor visit. If you take the pill, I would recommend opting to take the traditional 28 day cycle of pills which contain a week of “inactive” placebo pills to allow for monthly bleeding (your period). Also if you have the option of being “natural” go for it, I feel it is most often the “optimal” choice.

If you have a hysterectomy and still have your ovaries, you will still have a cycle. And, if you are going through menopause or you’re post-menopausal you still have a cycle ….make sure to chart. Just because you don’t bleed monthly does not mean you are not having cyclical hormone fluctuations. It is crucial that you CHART your weight, bloat, mood, focus, stress, energy, pain, hunger, strength, sleep, libido and other symptoms so that you can see how your cycle still affects you. Within a few weeks of charting you will see how your hormones still affect your body. Once you “see” your cycle you will be able to determine your buffing and boosting phases. During your body’s natural buffing phase you will feel more in control of you food intake, have more energy, enjoy better sleep, and see the scale as your friend. In contrast during your natural boosting phase you may feel more hunger, less focused, more tired and struggle with water weight.

Follow these steps to determine your buffing and boosting phases when you are without a period.

Follow our HT rule “when in doubt BUFF!”. So if you don’t know where to start, start with a 2 week buffing phase.

Start charting your hormones immediately- Since you won’t know what cycle day you are on in your month simply start by using calendar dates instead of c-days on your charting form (Appendix A of my book) or a normal calendar to chart your symptoms. Soon from your symptoms, you will clearly see the cycle of your hormones from low to high.

Once you identify a START of a new hormonal pattern in your body, switch to start a NEW 2 week phase of either Buffing or Boosting.

As you move along through these first couple months of charting you may have to adjust your phases just a bit more and that’s OKAY…you will soon learn your body and be able to benefit from training in SYNC with your body and feel at peace knowing you are working WITH your body vs. fighting with it!

 

Question:

I don’t know where I am in my cycle what should I do?

Answer:

Start with a 2 week buffing phase, followed by 2 weeks of boosting…then adjust as you figure out your cycle “ When in doubt, BUFF!”

Question:

I’m confused- when am I buffing and when am I boosting?

Answer:

My books will detail how to track your cycle and have a good knowledge base about how the buffing and boosting phases work, it’s time to make your plan of attack to Apply HT to your personal fitness and diet program:

I’ve created this helpful tool:

http://buffmother.com/buffingboosting-calendar

On this chart you see the Buffing days in PINK and Boosting days in PURPLE

If you have an average 28-day monthly cycle, your Buffing and Boosting phases will each be exactly 2 weeks. The Buffing Phase runs from c-day 5 through c-day 18. The Boosing phase runs from c-day 19 through the end of your cycle, roughly c-day 28 and then continues on from c-day 1 to c-day 4. On a chart like this or on a normal calendar, you need to note in the day of the week and date that corresponds to your personal cycle like I have shown in this example:

*RULE*

When in doubt BUFF (i.e. add days to your buffing phase)

  • If you Don’t have a period, start with a Buffing phase and be staunch about charting your symptoms. You will soon see your cycle from your symptoms and then be able to your Buffing and Boosting phases to it( see page 35). Once identified stick to 2 weeks of buffing followed 2 weeks of boosting, followed by 2 weeks of buffing, etc..

On Books:

Question: I can’t wait to get your books. About how long does shipping take?

Answer:

It takes up to a week for us to process orders after that shipping takes 2-3 days (within the USA). We ship everything via USPS priority mail.


Question: How did you get your abs and stomach to look that way especially after a c-section/ Where is your c-section scar?

Answer:

All my Secrets are in my ABS book; My scar is all too real and is hidden under my bikini.


Question:

Can I buy the books without the supplements? Where? How?

Answer:
Yes, all items are available individually. Please visit www.buffmother.com/store

and you can also get the books alone on amazon.com.

Question:

I just ordered your hormonal timing book today…and I noticed on today’s blog that if I order today, I will also get a copy of after baby abs…is this true? If so, thank you!

Answer:

YES!

Question:

Does the hormonal timing book work in conjunction with using birth control pills?

Answer:

Yes, for normal 28 day pill packs, start buffing when you start your new pill pack, then start buffing in conjunction with the first day of your 3rd week of pills (day 15 on your pill pack) and continue to boost through your week of placebo pills.

To enhance your results I would highly recommend taking the buffing and boosting pills along with your buffing and boosting phases.

Question:

What are the ingredients of the pills?

Answer:

The ingredient labels are here:

http://buffmother.com/free-help/free-trials

Question:

Exactly what are the pills for?

Answer:

The pills are made to enhance your body’s response to your Buffing and Boosting phases. The HT Pills are made to help your body produces it’s hormones the way nature intended along with helping you through your monthly hormonal fluctuations with a few extra ingredients. For instance the buffing pill contains extra amino acids to help you retain the muscle while you are losing weight. And the boosting pill has an appetitie suppressant in it that will help you control your food intake during PMS.

Question:

Can I take the HT Pills while on Birth control?

Answer:

Yes! They are all natural and will not interact negatively with your birth control pills.

Question:

Can I take the HT Pills while pregnant?

Answer:

Please check with your doctor.


Question:

Is it safe for my teenage to take the HT Pills?

Answer:

Yes, just be aware that every once in a while people are sensitive to certain nutrients (like vit e, niacin and chromium) found in the pills. Since she most likely has not taken many supplements in the past keep an eye out for any possible sensitivities.

Question:

I am interested in your HT Pill. Currently I take Vitamines C, B6, Cal-Mag, Chromium, Womans Vitamin and Flax Seed each day. Would this replace all these??? If not, which ones would I have to continue taking? Thank you, Violet

Answer:

Hi Violet,

Thanks for your note.

The Hormonal Timing Pill works in conjunction with your natural hormonal cycle and with my training program’s Buffing and Boosting phases. The HT Pills would replace your current B-6, Chromium and magnesium supplements. PLUS they would give you additional nutrients and support what is going on in your body at that time of the month.

Please let me know if you have anymore questions,

Thanks!!

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!

Question:

From: Pam

Michelle, I was looking into the HT pill and was wandering on the 60 day supply do you get both the buffing and the boosting? Also do you have a brand name of supplements that you recommend some brands have a lot of fillers is liquid cal. better than pill? Sorry so many questions. thank you Pam

Answer:

Hi Pam,

Thanks for your note~

For the 60 day supply of the HT Pill you get both the buffing and boosting pills. I

As for a “brand” of supplement, I don’t have a general recommendation. It depends greatly on what vitamins you are talking about. For Calcium, there are so many choices…liquid is a great one since you KNOW it will be absorbed, but there are many great pills on the market also. Personally I take a one a day calcium supplement called EZ Cal or Tums.

Hope that helps a bit,

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!

Question:

Message:

Your website says it’s never too late, and I believe that, but do you know of any organized group for women over 50 that are just getting started? There’s a difference in hormonal changes and menopause. I would like to find women my age battling over 50 challenges. Thank you for the articles; they have been inspiring. Rebecca

Answer:

HI Rebecca,

Thanks for your sweet note. You are right it is never to late to improve your health and quality of life!

I actually have several women your age in my Team BuffMother Rally Room AND my training system Hormonal Timing still works regardless of your age, because even though you are past menopause you still have a cycle of hormones each month!

If you are set on looking for away from www.BuffMother.com for another site, I’d suggest checking out www.GrayIronFitness.com

Thanks!

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!

Question:

Hi, I recently received your book and have started reading and following it. (I’m the customer in South Korea). Your book and website mention the hormonal timing pill, and I think it would be a good thing. But I have some inquiries about it. I’m really inclined to buy the Pill, because taking 1 pill with everything I need sounds fantastic. Currently I order many variety of things for a lot of money from bodybuilding.com. So not only, would ordering the Pill be convenient, it would probably allow me to cut out the other individual things I’m taking, and save me money. But the one problem I’m having, is I don’t want to buy it without know what the ingredients are. And I know that you probably don’t want to reveal it on your website and in your book, so its not easily copied. However, I have a thyroid problem, and am currently on medication for this. And would really want to know what the ingredients are in your Pill. Just so that I can cross reference with my doctor, and make sure there will be no complications. So if you could please let me know what you are putting in your Pills, it would be greatly appreciated. A customer and motivated fan, Dianna

Answer:

HI Dianna!

Fun to hear you are using Hormonal Timing!! I am actually sending out your After Baby Abs bonus book today!

I’ve placed the nutritional labels of the HT Pill supplements here:

http://buffmother.com/free-help/free-trials

so that you can see the ingredients.

Thanks so much for your note and excitement…

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Your friend,

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!

Question:

When WILL your training package be available??

Answer:

The Customize Training programs are availiable now….I had been sold out for quite some time, please check back at www.buffmother.com  for more details.

For the following requests please e-mail customerservice@buffmother.com:

Please stop my autoship/subscription to the HT pills.

Please change my the credit card I use for my subscription.

Please send just boosting pills and no buffing pills…I can’t handle any caffeine.

Take the Challenge TUESDAY!! ~ Shine in 49: day 9

HI!! Each Tuesday of our Contest I’ll be issuing a weekly “Mini-Challenge”…This week’s Week #2 MINI CHALLENGE- Eliminate BREAD from your diet this week…

NO BREAD simply means what YOU think NO BREAD means, lol! I want you to choose your own definition but in general terms~

Bread= any baked grain product made with yeast

The goal of this challenge is to make you aware of that there are MANY other great
carb choices besides bread to choose from. Rice, beans, sweet potatoes, etc…

Take this challenge as a prompting to
explore other alternatives to bread for your carbs. I personally LOVE fruit for
carbs. Also life without “bread” helps me to keep my gluten and yeast intake at a
minimum~ which in turns helps eliminate bloat for many people.

REMEMBER! Don’t get too technical…
just KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetheart)!!!

If you want to take the challenge up a notch~

One step further- eliminate all grains except for rice and oats from your diet.

If you wan to go even further- eliminate all grains from your diet

Personally, I don’t eat much bread anymore. I have found other better sources
for carbs than grains. My tummy is much happier when I limit the amount of gluten
I eat. For this week I plan to eliminate all grains from my diet including rice.

Have fun with this challenge and embrace it as a human experiment!!

Your fellow competitor,
Michelle
p.s.
please consider some getting some extra
“support” by by joining The Rally Roomhttp://therallyroom.com

Hormones~ Track ’em : Shine in 49 day 8

Hormones ~ Start Tracking Today!

Hormonal Timing Chart (from my book “Hormonal Timing: Female Fitness Evolved”)

I believe in the power of your Hormones!

  • I am actually obsessed with HORMONES, lol! HORMONES control EVERYTHING!!
  • I track mine daily,
  • I analyze other’s daily,
  • I research them constantly and
  • I believe hormones can make you fat and
  • HORMONES have the power to make you thin.

This belief is what has led me to build the body that won 5 figure titles
the year after having my 3 and 4 children after a c-section and what has keep me
buff ever since! This belief is how my clients gain GREAT results so very
quickly, and this belief is what the HORMONAL TIMING program is all about.
Many of you who’ve read my blog or books (know some about what I am
talking about, but for those of you who do not, I encourage you to start by
simply tracking your hormonal cycle.

Hormonal Timing Chart (from my book “Hormonal Timing: Female Fitness Evolved”)

Cycle Day 1 is the first day of your period. Things you should note daily
include :

  • Weight
  • mood
  • appetite
  • energy level
  • motivation level
  • focus
  • stress level
  • strength
  • soreness
  • water retention (bloat)
  • pain
  • libido
  • etc…

Tracking for as little as one month WILL open your eyes to the affects your
hormones have on EVERY aspect of your life.

As you track for 2 to 3 months patterns will emerge…you will see when
you are just “off” or when you are “ON”, when you feel confident and days when
you just want to hide in a cave, you will notice what days are GREAT for sex and
what days you typically say NO WAY!

KNOWING all of these things about yourself
will open up a whole new understanding of how to plan your life, allow
you to set realistic expectations for yourself on a day by day basis. WE as
women are NOT the same on monthly cycle day 5 and cycle day 25! You must realize
that!! And account for it in your life, your fitness, your diet and your
supplementation.

You may just “UN-Mask your inner person~~ Who are you REALLY?”

So I implore to you….Start charting NOW!!

Hormonal Timing Chart (from my book “Hormonal Timing: Female Fitness Evolved”)

 

And for you sweet young ladies that don’t have monthly periods~ if you
have ovaries you still have a cycle~ chart your symptoms and you will “see”
when your hormones are being nice and when they are being naughty

 

On to today~

We are on Day 8- of our contest- it’s a Scheduled  UPPER BODY, ABS and INTERVALS Day!

FYI~I am totally impressed with the way you all have attacked your YOUR
week 1 Workouts!! YOU are off to an impressive start- let’s keep
that focus and FIRE for the entire  remaining 6 weeks!!!

Start tracking your HORMONES today!!!!

Your soon to be your Shining BRIGHT friend,

xoxo~
Michelle

P.S. Your workouts for today

Day 8- Mon-Repeat Day 1= Upper body, Intervals and ABS

Hello!

Had a great conference call today about “ABS: 3 Focuses to Accelerate Resutls!!”  We talked about all sorts of important factors that go into making great abs, but we highlighted 3 Focuses that will impact and accelerate results:

  1. Momentum (daily work)
  2. Poise (posture, form)
  3. Digestion (strategies to eliminate bloat and enhance nutrient absorption)

Here is my quick presonal recap:
my personal goal to workout “Every day in May” is still perfect!!

Sun- hike 2hours

Monday- Chest, Tri, Abs and Intervals Ran hard outside intervals for 20

Tuesday- football practice,

Wednesday- Legs

Thursday- probably football again.  I am in a bit of a time crunch with work (yes, I do work, lol), so not sure if I can sacrifice the time to get there tonight or not.  If not I’ll do a short but sweet at home back, shoulder, bicep workout.

As I said, I am in a time crunch to get some important work done, so gotta GO!!

-Michelle

Hormones ~(S6~ Day 3)

Hormones ~ Start Tracking Today!

I believe in the power of your Hormones!

  • I am actually obsessed with HORMONES, lol! HORMONES control EVERYTHING!!
  • I track mine daily,
  • I analyze other’s daily,
  • I research them constantly and
  • I believe hormones can make you fat and
  • HORMONES have the power to make you thin.

This belief is what has led me to build the body that won 5 figure titles
the year after having my 3 and 4 children after a c-section and what has keep me
buff ever since! This belief is how my clients gain GREAT results so very
quickly, and this belief is what the HORMONAL TIMING program is all about.


Many of you who’ve read my blog or books (
http://www.buffmother.com/store/book-special.html) know some about what I am
talking about, but for those of you who do not, I encourage you to start by
simply tracking your hormonal cycle.

Cycle Day 1 is the first day of your period. Things you should note daily
include :

  • Weight
  • mood
  • appetite
  • energy level
  • motivation level
  • focus
  • stress level
  • strength
  • soreness
  • water retention (bloat)
  • pain
  • libido
  • etc…

Tracking for as little as one month WILL open your eyes to the affects your
hormones have on EVERY aspect of your life.

As you track for 2 to 3 months patterns will emerge…you will see when
you are just “off” or when you are “ON”, when you feel confident and days when
you just want to hide in a cave, you will notice what days are GREAT for sex and
what days you typically say NO WAY!

KNOWING all of these things about yourself
will open up a whole new understanding of how to plan your life, allow
you to set realistic expectations for yourself on a day by day basis. WE as
women are NOT the same on monthly cycle day 5 and cycle day 25! You must realize
that!! And account for it in your life, your fitness, your diet and your
supplementation.

 

So I implore to you….Start charting NOW!!

 

And for you sweet young ladies that don’t have monthly periods~ if you
have ovaries you still have a cycle~ chart your symptoms and you will “see”
when your hormones are being nice and when they are being naughty

 

On to today~

We are on Day 3- of our contest- it’s a Scheduled Rest Day! However if you
don’t feel that you need it…you can always do an interval/cardio workout or a
fun activity like a fitness class or playing a game of tennis. If you do exercise keep in
mind that you have another UPPER BODY, ABS and Interval workout on tap for Day 4.

 

FYI~I am totally impressed with the way you all have attacked your YOUR
day 1 & 2 Workouts!! YOU are off to an impressive start- let’s keep
that focus and FIRE for the entire 6 weeks!!!

Start tracking your HORMONES today!!!!

Your soon to be your Sizzlin’ HOT friend,

xoxo~
Michelle

P.S. Your workouts for the next 2 days…

Day 3- Wednesday-Off day

Day 4- Thursday-Repeat Day 1= Upper body, Intervals and ABS

Calves!

Baby Calves that is 🙂   They are everywhre here in the fields and so CUTE!!  I just love how they are always running around and full of spunk! 

I had a good day yesterday- I took it off and feel so much more refreshed and energized today because of it!!  Hubby got back into town last night- It’s so good to have him home.  Right after I picked him up we HIT the OUTBACK for some filet, ceasar salad, green beans and of couse some coconut shrimp!! YUMMY it was perfect!!

Today, I just got done with an appt. at the accountant, have a coaching call at 12, a trainining session @ 1 and then another call at 3pm- BUSY, BUSY Friday here!!  Maybe at 2 I can get in a run and then later workout with my hubby, and at some point also work on my passing/catching with my son and/or hubby.  It’s gorgeous here today- I’ve gotta get outside and enjoy it some!!

I’ve been having 26 day cycles the last few months ,but this month I went a bit longer- YAY!! Eating more, supplementing and consisten workouts are to thank for that!  It was 29 days–  I hope I stay at 28-29 days for next cycle too….A great app that I use for my I-phone to track my cycle days is : FMC Menstrual Calendar by Tamtris Web Services

Today is cycle day 1- weight 129
tummy upset- very normal for me on cday 1
pain- medium, I have a bit of sciatic irriation- normal for me this cycle day
last night had night sweats and had to get up to pee 2x’s- expelling water!!
no zits
clear head
a bit tired this morning- but good energy now

C.Date Mood Stress Anxiety Pain Craving Bloat Fatigue
1

3-11-11

happy medium low med-low low- no hunger upset tummy but low bloat Needed some extra sleep- but now feel good energy

Well, I have not eaten anything yet today- I’ve only had coffee with some sugar and cream! So I MUST go feed myself!

Have a FANTASTIC FRIDAY!!

-Michelle

Customer Service FAQ

Customer Service F.A.Q.

On Hormonal Timing:

Question:

I don’t have a period, will hormonal timing work for me?

Answer:

YES, If you have ovaries you have a hormonal cycle

If you are on birth control pills or other forms of birth control hormones you will still have a cycle hormones…make sure to chart your symptoms.  The added benefit of knowing how your body responds to that particular type of birth control may come in handy at your next doctor visit.  If you take the pill, I would recommend opting to take the traditional 28 day cycle of pills which contain a week of “inactive” placebo pills to allow for monthly bleeding (your period).  Also if you have the option of being “natural” go for it, I feel it is most often the “optimal” choice.

If you have a hysterectomy and still have your ovaries, you will still have a cycle. And, if you are going through menopause or you’re post-menopausal you still have a cycle ….make sure to chart.  Just because you don’t bleed monthly does not mean you are not having cyclical hormone fluctuations.  It is crucial that you CHART your weight, bloat, mood, focus, stress, energy, pain, hunger, strength, sleep, libido and other symptoms so that you can see how your cycle still affects you.  Within a few weeks of charting you will see how your hormones still affect your body.  Once you “see” your cycle you will be able to determine your buffing and boosting phases.  During your body’s natural buffing phase you will feel more in control of you food intake, have more energy, enjoy better sleep, and see the scale as your friend.  In contrast during your natural boosting phase you may feel more hunger, less focused, more tired and struggle with water weight.

Follow these steps to determine your buffing and boosting phases when you are without a period.

Follow our HT rule “when in doubt BUFF!”.  So if you don’t know where to start, start with a 2 week buffing phase.

Start charting your hormones immediately- Since you won’t know what cycle day you are on in your month simply start by using calendar dates instead of c-days on your charting form (Appendix A of my book) or a normal calendar to chart your symptoms.  Soon from your symptoms,  you will clearly see the cycle of your hormones from low to high.

Once you identify a START of a new hormonal pattern in your body, switch to start a NEW 2 week phase of either Buffing or Boosting.

As you move along through these first couple months of charting you may have to adjust your phases just a bit more and that’s OKAY…you will soon learn your body and be able to benefit from training in SYNC with your body and feel at peace knowing you are working WITH your body vs. fighting with it!

Question:

I don’t know where I am in my cycle what should I do?

Answer:

Start with a 2 week buffing phase, followed by 2 weeks of boosting…then adjust as you figure out your cycle “ When in doubt, BUFF!”

Question:

I’m confused- when am I buffing and when am I boosting?

Answer:

My books will detail how to track your cycle and have a good knowledge base about how the buffing and boosting phases work, it’s time to make your plan of attack to Apply HT to your personal fitness and diet program:

I’ve created this helpful tool:

http://www.buffmothertraining.com/buffingboosting-calendar.html

On this chart you see the Buffing days in PINK and Boosting days in PURPLE

If you have an average 28-day monthly cycle, your Buffing and Boosting phases will each be exactly 2 weeks.   The Buffing Phase runs from c-day 5 through c-day 18. The Boosing phase runs from c-day 19 through the end of your cycle, roughly c-day 28 and then continues on from c-day 1 to c-day 4.   On a chart like this or on a normal calendar, you need to note in the day of the week and date that corresponds to your personal cycle like I have shown in this example:

*RULE*

When in doubt BUFF (i.e. add days to your buffing phase)

  • If you Don’t have a period, start with a Buffing phase and be staunch about charting your symptoms.  You will soon see your cycle from your symptoms and then be able to your Buffing and Boosting phases to it( see page 35). Once identified stick to 2 weeks of buffing followed 2 weeks of boosting, followed by 2 weeks of buffing, etc..

On Books:

Question: I can’t wait to get your books. About how long does shipping take?

Answer:

It takes up to a week for us to process orders after that shipping takes 2-3 days (within the USA).  We ship everything via USPS priority mail.


Question: How did you get your abs and stomach to look that way especially after a c-section/ Where is your c-section scar?

Answer:

All my Secrets are in my ABS book; My scar is all too real and is hidden under my bikini.


Question:

Can I buy the books without the supplements? Where? How?

Answer:
Yes, all items are available individually.  Please visit www.buffmother.com/store

and you can also get the books alone on amazon.com.

Question:

I just ordered your hormonal timing book today…and I noticed on today’s blog that if I order today, I will also get a copy of after baby abs…is this true? If so, thank you!

Answer:

YES!

Question:

Does the hormonal timing book work in conjunction with using birth control pills?

Answer:

Yes, for normal 28 day pill packs, start buffing when you start your new pill pack, then start buffing in conjunction with the first day of your 3rd week of pills (day 15 on your pill pack) and continue to boost through your week of placebo pills.

To enhance your results I would highly recommend taking the buffing and boosting pills along with your buffing and boosting phases.

Question:

What are the ingredients of the pills?

Answer:

The ingredient lables are here:

http://blog.buffmother.com/store/free-trial/

Question:

Exactly what are the pills for?

Answer:

The pills are made to enhance your body’s response to your Buffing and Boosting phases.  The HT Pills are made to help your body produces it’s hormones the way nature intended along with helping you through your monthly hormonal fluctuations with a few extra ingredients.  For instance the buffing pill contains extra amino acids to help you retain the muscle while you are losing weight.  And the boosting pill has an appetitie suppressant in it that will help you control your food intake during PMS.

Question:

Can I take the HT Pills while on Birth control?

Answer:

Yes!  They are all natural  and will not interact negatively with your birth control pills.

Question:

Can I take the HT Pills while pregnant?

Answer:

Please check with your doctor.


Question:

Is it safe for my teenage to take the HT Pills?

Answer:

Yes, just be aware that every once in a while people are sensitive to certain nutrients (like vit e, niacin and chromium) found in the pills.  Since she most likely has not taken many supplements in the past keep an eye out for any possible sensitivities.

Question:

I am interested in your HT Pill. Currently I take Vitamines C, B6, Cal-Mag, Chromium, Womans Vitamin and Flax Seed each day. Would this replace all these??? If not, which ones would I have to continue taking? Thank you, Violet Balzer 86 Trussler Road Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2G 3W7 P – 519-741-1383

Answer:

Hi Violet,

Thanks for your note.

The Hormonal Timing Pill works in conjunction with your natural hormonal cycle and with my training program’s Buffing and Boosting phases.  The HT Pills would replace your current B-6, Chromium and magnesium supplements.  PLUS they would give you additional nutrients and support what is going on in your body at that time of the month.

Please let me know if you have anymore questions,

Thanks!!

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!

Question:

From: Pam

Michelle, I was looking into the HT pill and was wandering on the 60 day supply do you get both the buffing and the boosting? Also do you have a brand name of supplements that you recommend some brands have alot of fillers is liquid cal. better than pill? Sorry so many questions. thank you Pam

Answer:

Hi Pam,

Thanks for your note~

For the 60 day supply of the HT Pill you get both the buffing and boosting pills.  I

As for a “brand” of supplement, I don’t have a general recommendation.  It depends greatly on what vitamins you are talking about.  For Calcium, there are so many choices…liquid is a great one since you KNOW it will be absorbed, but there are many great pills on the market also.  Personally I take a one a day calcium supplement called EZ Cal or Tums.

Hope that helps a bit,

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!

Question:

Message:

Your website says it’s never too late, and I believe that, but do you know of any organized group for women over 50 that are just getting started? There’s a difference in hormonal changes and menopause. I would like to find women my age battling over 50 challenges. Thank you for the articles; they have been inspiring. Rebecca

Answer:

HI Rebecca,

Thanks for your sweet note.  You are right it is never to late to improve your health and quality of life!

I actually have several women your age in my Team BuffMother Rally Room AND my training system Hormonal Timing still works regardless of your age, because even though you are past menopause you still have a cycle of hormones each month!

If you are set on looking for away from www.BuffMother.com for another site, I’d suggest checking out www.GrayIronFitness.com

Thanks!

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!

Question:

Hi, I recently received your book and have started reading and following it. (I’m the customer in South Korea). Your book and website mention the hormonal timing pill, and I think it would be a good thing. But I have some inquiries about it. I’m really inclined to buy the Pill, because taking 1 pill with everything I need sounds fantastic. Currently I order many variety of things for a lot of money from bodybuilding.com. So not only, would ordering the Pill be convienient, it would probably allow me to cut out the other individual things I’m taking, and save me money. But the one problem I’m having, is I don’t want to buy it without know what the ingredients are. And I know that you probably don’t want to reveal it on your website and in your book, so its not easily copied. However, I have a thyroid problem, and am currently on medication for this. And would really want to know what the ingredients are in your Pill. Just so that I can cross reference with my doctor, and make sure there will be no complications. So if you could please let me know what you are putting in your Pills, it would be greatly appreciated. A customer and motivated fan, Dianna

Answer:

HI Dianna!

Fun to hear you are using Hormonal Timing!!  I am actually sending out your After Baby Abs bonus book today!

I’ve placed the nutritional labels of the HT Pill supplements here:http://blog.buffmother.com/store/free-trial/

so that you can see the ingredients.

Thanks so much for your note and excitement…

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Your friend,

Michelle Berger, aka BuffMother!

Question:

When WILL your training package be available??

Answer:

The Customize Training programs will be available in April 2009, please check back at  www.buffmother.com frequently for more details.  However we do offer many training options via our Video Coaching program.  More details on that are here www.buffmother.com/videocoaching

For the following requests please e-mail customerservice@buffmother.com:

Please stop my autoship/subscription to the HT pills.

Please change my the credit card I use for my subscription.

Please send just boosting pills and no buffing pills…I can’t handle any caffeine.