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Fab Abs Day 0

Today is Day 0 in our “Fab Abs” challenge! During the Challenge EVERY DAY has a FAB ABS post, please follow along and comment on the posts for accountability.

This post contains a DIET for you…so that you can have OVERALL SUCCESS in addition to our ABS focus!

Here is more INFO and Instructions-

  • A quick link to each FAB AB challenge post is found on this page www.BuffMother.com/FabAbs   — take 1 day at a time please– read, do and comment daily PLUS, Please feel free to share the post.
  • Strive to apply the info to your day immediately! Try the exercises, think about your midsection, be focused on causing change, JUST Do it!!
  • This challenge encourages you to submit before and after pictures at the END of the challenge.  The photos should capture the area of focus– from your mid-chest to just below hips is about perfect.  A FRONT and SIDE photo are required you can choose any attire you’d like but strive to wear something that could show progress (for example; a bikini, sports bra and shorts, tight fitting tshirt/tank, etc…).  STARTING and ENDING shots should be in the same clothes, taken in the same location if possible and in similar lighting and angles.
  • this is a “Challenge” so there are no official Prizes or Winners however, anyone who has great success may be asked to be featured as a success story….those individuals will get prizes (a shirt? or set of books?)
  • I’ve put together a tentative “Calendar” of info for you that you. Please “print it” so you can stay engaged and ON TRACK!! It’s located HERE:   http://buffmother.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/FabAbsCalendar.pdf

 

As promised, here’s a STRICT diet to help you reveal your ABS!

“FAB ABS” Diet :

A lot of results can happen in just 28 days of working out but if you really want to get results you need to FOCUS on your diet also.  For this contest we will have a “Daily Diet Focus” and OVERALL “5&5+” Diet goal:

OVERALL “5&5+” Diet goal:

By “5&5+” I am referring to serving guidelines- let’s put are focus on what TO Eat in a day vs. What NOT to eat:

5 proteins servings daily
AND
5 Fruits and veggies

+Plus FAT = what ever FATS come with those proteins, fruits and veggies (meat fats, dressings, oils, butter, etc…)

Don’t go overboard with “extra fats” and be WISE about your food choices- but PLEASE enjoy your food and fats in moderation. They are good for you and needed for a healthy body! (FYI- this 5&5+ fits perfectly into my hormonal timing diet recommendations for buffing …more info on that is in my books)

Like I said-“FOCUS on what we CAN EAT vs. what we can’t- FOCUS on Solutions!!!”

***NOTES ABOUT CARB INTAKE***

5 fruits/Veggies is the goal- CARBS are in many fruits and many veggies

it’s up to you on how few carbs you get in by the selections you make-

In an optimal weight loss “buffing” style diet (the 5-3-3-3)- you’d want about 3 of the choices to be CARB based (like fruit or complex carb veggies like sweet potatoes, etc..) and the other 2 from greens

BUT PLEASE let’s keep this simple! If you focus on 5 Proteins &5 fruit/veggies + the accompanying Fats you will lose weight!

NOW a bit more housekeeping, I believe in beginning with the END in mind~

At the end of the Challenge please submit a “Fab Abs”  28  challenge Final to Michelle@BuffMother.com or on your www.TeamBuffMother.com blog titled “Fab Abs Entry for __________ (your first name and last initial)”

Name:
user name:

Height:

Starting weight:
Ending weight:

 

Starting waist relaxed:
Ending waist relaxed:

 

Starting waist sucked in:
Ending waist sucked in:

 

*Optional extra stats can be included like cycle day, caliper or body fat measurements.

PHOTOS~
Starting Front photo:
Ending front photo:

 

Starting side photo:
Ending side photo:

 

Thoughts about the contest~ a short essay about how the contest helped you, what your favorite info was and your progress during the 28 days:

 

Thanks and Let’s get FAB ABS!!

-Michelle

 

 

 

 

SSS2012 Finalist- Theresa T of NC

Theresa may not have any children, but she is certainly a “BuffMother”!!  I am so inspired by Theresa’s determination to use EXERCISE as her medicine.  Through her transformation she has a new sense of happiness and a new found belief that it’s not over for us at the age of 48….it’s now where NEAR over!! Keep up the excitement you’ve found for the future Theresa, I expect you to be fit forever!!

Name: Theresa T of  NC
Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0):  0
Age:  48

Why did you enter the “SuperSTAR Success” contest by BuffMother?

I began this contest depressed and hopeless.  My clothes no longer fit; I was at my heaviest weight ever and was told I was in danger of high blood pressure and a heart attack if I didn’t lose body fat.  I was experiencing premenopausal symptoms and really felt as if it was over for me; I’m a “has-been” is what kept going through my thoughts.  I felt as if my hormones had knocked me down and were kicking me around.

When I got Michelle’s email announcing the contest, I thought to myself, I don’t have the energy to even get out of bed in the morning, I’ll never be able to keep up with an exercise/meal plan for 10 weeks… but something inside me kept saying, yes, this is exactly what I need to get back on track.

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

I developed a plan to eat clean, take my supplements, and get my daily exercise.   I realize now how vitally important all three are to my wellbeing.

How do you feel about your success?

Honestly, I don’t see much difference in my physical appearance but I can without a doubt say my mental outlook is a complete 180 turn around.  I really believe I am a “BuffMother” even while going through menopause.  I haven’t reached my goal weight but give me another 6 weeks and I truly believe I will be where I want to be.

My entire outlook on life is different because of this contest.  Before, I was thinking about retirement and looking at life as though it was passed; but now, I’m going back to school in January, setting new goals for my future and feel like I’m 20-something again with my entire life ahead of me.  I’m very excited about what the future holds for me and feel like I can accomplish any challenge life throws at me. As the saying goes, “BRING IT”!!!

The most important lesson I learned from this contest is how vitally important supplements are at this stage of my life.  Without them, I felt out-of-control but with them, I can conquer the world.

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

Half way through the contest, I had surgery and then went on a two week vacation; both of which sidetracked my motivation.

I managed to maintain my weight while away and when I returned from vacation, I was even more determined to get back on track, and thanks, to Michelle and all my fellow buffmothers’ motivational posts and emails; it was no trouble at all.  I used the FaceBook “TEAM BUFFMOTHER” group to lift my spirits.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?

I know Michelle’s mission is to help women after pregnancy but I think she should expand to include “after menopause”.  Our well-being doesn’t have to end when we reach midlife; our hormones might say otherwise but we are all over comers and with the BUFFMOTHER support groups, we can be victorious for the rest of our lives.

Can I have your permission to post your entry and photos online? yes

Michelle, thanks again for all that you do.  You are an amazing woman and have made a huge impact on my life.  You are truly a lifesaver.

#2-Beginning/Ending STATS-

DATES taken-  20 August 2012/27 October 2012

Height:  60”
Weight:  130 lbs/127 lbs
Bust:  37.5/35.5
Waist:  34/32
Hips:  40/38

Teresa Before:

Teresa After:

Additional measurements:

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around the biggest part, women only):  37.5/35.5
Chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):  36/35
Waist (the smallest part):  34/32
Hips (the largest part of your butt):  40/38
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):  43/42
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):  12/11.5
Thigh (8” above Knee cap):  19/18.5
Thigh (12” above Knee cap):  23/22.5
Calf (7” below knee joint):  11.5/11

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:

"Sexy in 70" (SX70)- STATS and Pictures

“Sexy in 70” (SX70)- STATS and Pictures DEMO VIDEO


“Sexy in 70” (SX70)- STATS and Pictures -INFO
You will need these stats and photos for your final entry-keep them in a safe place or feel free to post in the Rally Room www.therallyroom.com (our safe and private and women only community!) -please don’t send them in to me until the 70 days are complete.
Please be sure to  take these standard 5 measurements:
  1. WEIGHT*: 123.2 at 6pm after my workout before I ate
  2. Bust: 36
  3. Waist: 26
  4. Hips: 36
  5. Thigh: 19

*be sure to note your CYCLE DAY also!!!  It makes a BIG difference!

Today’s Date:__4/5/10_______ height:______5-7_______     weight:__123_________ age:__34_____
Today’s cycle day- 10
OR….
You can take these detailed ones that show more about muscle gain and fat loss-  the more measurements the better 🙂
Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part):36
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides): 32
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides): 37
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 26
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):25
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 36
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 39.5
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 10
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 11
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 19
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):19.5
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 13
Pictures- Aim to produce photos that will be most comparable with the next set of progress photos you take. Photo are best taken in good lighting (during the day), the same suit 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.
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:5
*Thigh:5
*Iliac:3
Abdomen (I do this one for kicks, since I am an apple):6

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

My Starting pictures:

Sexy in 70

Now is the for Final ENTRY Submission!!!

Now is the for Final ENTRY Submission!!!  If you’ve been following along with our SSS contest this fall, NOW’s the SUBMIT your Final Entry Form
http://blog.buffmother.com/2261/sss-final-entry-form/

Entries are Due 12-2-09 for this round of judging, Here’ s MINE:

#1-Beginning/Ending STATS-

Not much changed in stats, but I am UP 3 pounds- MUSCLE GAIN (which showed in my pics and stat a bit) and my waist is smaller for sure!

Today’s Date:___9-14-09 ; 11-25-09  height:_____5-7________ weight:___126.5; 129  age:__34_____

Today’s cycle day-28; cday 16

Please list the following measurements~
Bust (around breasts the biggest part):37; 36
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):34; 34
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):36; 36
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part):27;26
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):25.5; 25.5
Hips (the largest part of your butt):35; 35.5
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):41.5; 42
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):10; 10
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):11.5; 11
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap):19; 18.75
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):20; 20
Calf (about 7” below knee joint):13; 13

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 www.linear-software.com/online.html)
*Tricep:4; 4
*Thigh:6;6
*Iliac:3; 4
Abdomen (I do this one for kicks, since I am an apple):8; 6

#2- Pictures– I need your most dramatic before and after shot.  Please send only 1 of each with your entry.

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

Before pic:

After pic:

Picture link- http://therallyroom.com/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=8226&g2_highlightId=8242

And a little SSS final photoshoot video:

#3-Final Entry Form

Name: Michelle Berger
Address: 902 S. Walton Blvd., Ste. 1-286,  Bentonville, AR 72712
Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0): 4 ages 10, 7, 6, 6
Age: 34
e-mail address: michelle@buffmother.com
Why did you enter the SSS contest by BuffMother? I wanted to lead by example; my goal was to get more fit and to gain muscle

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days? I did a ton of videos for my SSS video coaching program…a 10 week training program that gives you weekly coaching via a private site www.buffmother.com/videocoaching

I also tried to blog daily in the Rally Room and to comment on everyones blogs! The energy is amazing in the RR!!

How do you feel about your success?  I feel really good!!  I feel like these 10 week have been a journey in my spirit life.  I feel more passionate about my health than I have in quite  a while. That feeling comes from deep within my spriit~ God is the source of my passion and love for life…I want to keep HIM #1!

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals? I have been dealing with recurring bladder/kidney infections.  It was really tough at times to know if I should rest or workout.  I did the best I could with it and I feel healthier each day.  My goal is to stay healthy and never have another UTI!!!

What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?  I would like to let everyone know that it’s never too late to increase your fitness, your health and to create your best body EVER.  I also want people to know that success in fitness is not measured by the scale…many of the measurements are not even visual. It’s about being HEALTHY… in mind, body and spirit!

I am very thankful for all of you!!  :bff:

 

Here’s a quick reminder to get in your SSS contest entries!! http://blog.buffmother.com/2261/sss-final-entry-form/

 

SuperSTARS Success Contestants are SUPER HEROs!!

Well, Day #1 of the contest was a BLAST!!  I couldn’t believe all the super excitement from the contestants!! THANKS!! In my mind 175 of you SuperSTARS Success Contestants are SUPER Heroes!! You know why? because you REFUSE to Give up and GIVE into the EVIL NEMESIS of life!!
You are All going to be SUPER BUFF, SUPER STARS!!

My day got away from me a bit (as it usually does on Monday)…so I already behind on my workouts for the week. Oh well, I WILL catch up~!

I wanted to be sure to post a reminder about the MINI-CHALLENGE info for this week:
Week #1 MINI CHALLENGE- take measurements, stats,
pictures, journal or blog your starting thoughts,
and begin with the end (SUCCESS) in mind.

I took my pics and stats last night~Here’s the stats:

However 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:___9-14-09______ height:_____5-7________ weight:___126.5________ age:__34_____
Today’s cycle day-28

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):34
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):36
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part):27
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):25.5
Hips (the largest part of your butt):35
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):41.5
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):10
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):11.5
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap):19
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):20
Calf (about 7” below knee joint):13

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 www.linear-software.com/online.html)
*Tricep:4
*Thigh:6
*Iliac:3
Abdomen (I do this one for kicks, since I am an apple):8

Also, Be sure to look at the final entry form so
you know what you’ll need to submit in order
to be eligible to WIN~
SEE FINAL ENTRY FORM

Here’s to a SuperSTAR week #1!!
Your fellow competitor,
Michelle
p.s.
please consider some getting some extra
“support” by joining my video coaching site
FYI~ save 20% with the SEPTEMBER
coupon code: SSSBUFFSEPT
http://buffmother.com/videocoaching

SSS Final Entry Form

SSS Final Entry Form-

This is to be filled out and submitted to me via e-mail when you have completed your 10 weeks of the SSS contest.  We have a new “official” contest starting 1/24/11~ the end date will be the SUNDAY April 3rd and all entries are DUE the following Monday, April 11th.  Winners will then be announced the next week on April 18th.

For all who submit a Complete final SSS contest entry**

You will get a prize~
A FREE BuffMother! shirt!!!

A few more details:

  • Start date MONDAY 1/24/11!!
  • to be eligible to win You must: sign up for the contest prior to or on the start date
  • Submit starting stats/photo no later than 2/2 to contest@buffmother.com (more info here)
  • Submit final stats/photos along with your Final Entry Questionaire no later than 4/11 to contest@buffmother.com
  • 10 weeks duration- a perfect amount of time to get great results
  • We’ll follow the SUPER STAR SUCCESS journal format
  • I offer additional Online training/Video Coaching for those who truly want to succeed- Check it out SSS Video Coaching

**To be eligible for prizes You need do 3 things: Sign up for the contest by 1/24/11;  send in beginning stats and photo by 2/2/11 ; Send in final entry for by 4/11/11

SSS 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 SSS 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 online?

#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– I need your most dramatic before and after shot in JPEG form.  Please send only 1 of each with your entry.

At the completion of your 10 weeks, Be sure to e-mail all 3 items (stats, photos and questionnaire) to contest@buffmother.com
Have fun!! I can’t wait to see the final Submissions for the SSS Contest!!

~~~~~

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):

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

Why Intervals Rock!

Upper Body/Interval day–why intervals ROCK!!

Quality over Quantity
You DO NOT have to spend much time working out to get results. If you
work hard, even 11 minutes can make a big impact. HOURS of cardio are often
a waste of time. Choose the most effective exercises and PUSH your body.
Focus on your BIG MUSCLES (Legs, Back and Chest) and on using BIG MOVEMENTS.
If you focus on HIGH quality exercise and keep active in life, you
don’t need much quantity.

Quality over Quantity is why…
I recommend doing most cardio in the form of interval training. A simple 2O-minute interval workout will provide optimal results in minimal time. It’s perfect for those
of us who have no time or desire to spend hours doing cardio.

    Science has proven that interval training gives the following results:

1. INCREASES FITNESS-Interval training increases overall fitness (both Aerobic and Anaerobic capacity) and efficiency of cardiac and lung function.

2. BURNS CALORIES-
Interval training increases energy production (increased
metabolic rate) for up to 72 hours after a single session.

3. BURNS FAT-Interval training increases your body’s efficiency of using fat
for fuel (you will burn the fat off your butt and gut!)

4. INCREASE CONTRACTION-Interval training increases ability of muscle contraction
(great news for being able to build a great metabolism and move with
controlled ease).

5. BOOSTS BRAIN FUNCTION-Interval training causes an increase in mental
sharpness and clarity.

Interval Training “BuffMotherobics!” VS. Cardio – low intensity steady aerobics

Intervals:

*Stimulating and Quick (20 min.)

*In the long term and short term increases your metabolism (Anabolic “Building up”)

*Less wear and tear on joints and muscles due to shorter duration and less volume

*Increases muscle building/sparing hormone levels following session

*The best method for lowering body fat

Low Intensity:

*Boring and Lengthy (45-60 min.)

*In the long term decreases metabolism (Catabolic “Tearing down”)

*Energy Drain – uses up your extra energy stores

*Leads to wear and tear on joints and muscles resulting in injuries

*Does not raise muscle building hormone levels

*Not the best method of lowering your
body fat

I choose intense BuffMotherobics! over traditional cardio for the following
reasons:
• Time- I am busy and don’t feel I can commit more than 20 mins to my
cardio.
•Results- I get better and faster results from a focused, 20-min session of
BuffMotherobics! than traditional long duration steady cardio. It energizes
me versus draining me.
• Fun factor- time goes by faster when I play “games” with myself during
my session. Moving from one speed to another often adds a dimension
that keeps me from being bored.
• Injury Prevention-I have had “overuse” injuries and joint pain in the
past from running too far, too long and too often. POUNDING adds up
on joints. I like intervals because in 20 mins only so much pounding
can happen and I can get great results with as little as 3 sessions a week.
It is short and sweet, allowing my joints to rest the other 23 hours and
40 mins of the day.

Weekly Q! Week 4, 2009

Happy Wednesday!!!  It’s Question of the WEEK time again!!

Over the past 5 years I’ve had countless of women inquire about after baby boobies and Breast Implants…so for our question of the week this week, we’ll discuss BOOBIES!!

Do you have any Breast Augmentation tips, advice, warnings, boobie stories, etc… to share?? Please do!

Here is a short Q and A:

Question:

Okay, I’m seriously thinking about getting implants. I saw a friend of mine a few weeks ago and she admitted that she had them (she has two kids). She just filled in what she had lost through pregnancy, nursing and stuff.

I used to be a D cup and now I’m barely a B. However, the skin from the D is still there like a deflated balloon. So here is my question. Where do I start? I wouldn’t even know how to find a reputable doctor and such. For those of you who have taken the plunge, how did you go about it?

Thanks-

Answer:

“Research research research…and find a surgeon with a good reputation and that you are comfortable with. If he turns out to be more expensive than another surgeon…so what…It’s your body…be VERY protective of it because ALOT can happen and you need to make sure you’re taken care of before, during, and after the procedure.

They will run higher with a lift…but if you need a lift…get it done with the implants so that you don’t have to have them re-done later. A good honest surgeon will let you know this and you will usually save money by having them done at the same time rather than in two surgeries as well!

Go to www.implantinfo.com and spend all the time that you are saving money researching, asking questions, and educating yourself.”

Q:

Hi, first I would like to say that you look awesome! I have seen in some other threads that you have talked about your implants and I was wondering if i could ask you some questions. Here goes……Did you get them over or under the muscle and why? How many cc’s did you get? And like most women do you wish you went a little bigger? I have my operation in 9 days and Im so curious as to how others feel about there own. Thanks in advance, and I hope you dont mind my questions.

A:

Hi-

Well since you asked so sweetly 🙂 I would love to answer your questions.

1. I have had 2 surgeries.

the first time over the muscle: a Big mistake in hindsight

The second under-100% better in look feel and all the way around

2. For cc’s 300 saline the first time, 600 silicone the second

3.  The first operation, i had good b’s naturally so I was happy with the size, but at times I wished I had gone bigger

for the second, after nursing 4 kids and having a much lower body fat there was no choice but to go with that size, I am very happy now with the size…not too big and not too small and silicone is SOOOO much better.

Good luck with your surgery, you are gonna love them.

Take care, Michelle

A few years ago I took some time to put together the START to a short booklet/article about how to get:

</b>” Golden rules of Spectacular Breast after Augmentation”</b>

GOLDEN RULE #1

Placement should be under the muscle especially if you are planning a family.

3)  Surgery # 2 – In 2004, I made the decision to have an augmentation revision with placement under the muscle.  Everything went according to plan and before I knew it my breast were good looking again.  I was pleased with the results but wanted to see if there was a way to make my breasts more natural looking and feeling

•             Details of surgery  This surgery took 3.5 hours  was very extensive and very painful to recover from.  I was in bed for 4 days post op and did not hardly move for 2 weeks.  By 4 weeks I was able to do light cardio and by 6 weeks was able to do some light lifting with my legs.  By 8 weeks I was cleared to start some chest / back exercise

•             Size- 600cc smooth silicone low profile implant.

•             Advantages over surgery 1- this twice as big implant did not make me look any bigger, with clothes on .  It filled out my chest cavity and the low profile prevents me from looking top heavy.

•             Placement Under the muscle-  This was very important to make the breast look as natural as possible.  I did not want to see my implant ridge or it’s ripples.

•             Advantages over surgery 1

•             Type of implant

•             Advantages over surgery 1

•             Silicone vs. Saline VERY FEW DOCTORS WILL TELL YOU THE TRUTH!

GOLDEN RULE #2-When it comes to size, err on the large side.  You will be happier     down the road.  A larger diameter implant looks better and more natural. (low profile)

GOLDEN RULE #3-If at all possible, go with silicone.  You and your husband will be happier with the feel.

II.   How to make good breasts SPECTACULAR!

•             Spectacular breasts are full, soft and most importantly VERY NATURAL LOOKING.

•             Several factors can cause breast implants to look less than spectacular- the “ridge” caused by the top of the implant.

GOLDEN RULE #4- You must rebuild your chest muscles post operation

For me this was the breakthrough!!  I needed to rebuild the muscle on top of the implant so that the natural shape to my chest would return.

I started slowly working through the pain.  I focused on re-building my chest muscles.  Almost immediately I started seeing a huge improvement in the look and feel of my breasts:

•             They were softer

•             They were fuller

•             The ridge of the implant disappeared

•             My flexibility increased and I was able to regain good posture

The workout

I advise waiting for your doctors approval before starting any exercise program after surgery.  Every augmentation case is unique and only you and your doctor know when the time is right for you to start rebuilding your chest muscles.

This workout is simple designed for anyone to do at home all the equipment you will need are dumbbells.

Post Operation lifting Program:

Stage 1: 3 weeks post operation

Cleavage squeeze- place your hands in front of your chest like you are going to pray.  Push your hands together and squeeze hold for a count of 3.

Stage 2: 4-6 weeks post operation

Wall push ups:

Stand 2 feet away from the wall place your hands a little wider than shoulder width apart and slowly lower your body towards the wall and push back up to the starting position

Dumbbell Flys: Lay on the floor or on a bench if you have one and hold 2 5-8 pound dumbbells above your chest.  Slowly lower the weight to the side as low as you can and then return the dumbbells to their starting position.

Stage 3:

You can progress to doing all of your regular chest workouts…just be aware that you need to warm up extra well, lift extra light and be in some pain due to breaking up scar tissue that has formed.  Expect full strength recovery within 6-12 months.

THE END…

Hope some of this info helps you~

BTW- I love my boobies 🙂

LOL!

-Michelle

Happy 47th Birthday BUFFMOTHER Julie!!!

My dear friend and super inspirational BuffMother! leader JULIE of CA is 47 years YOUNG today!! Everyday this beautiful woman inspires me to rise up and take on life with a positive, relentless attitude every day~ she is a true LEADER in TEAM BuffMother.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIE!!! I know you are going to have a super day and the best year of your life…Keep on inspiring!!!

LOVE,

Michelle

P.S.

Can you believe this used to be JULIE??

Julie has been a featured BuffMother! Success Story for months now, and recently wrote this AWESOME piece about “Why I love the Team BuffMother Rally Room” :

Why I love the Team BuffMother Rally Room by Julie Laughery April 2007

My name is Julie Laughery and I’m a 46 Year Young mother of 3 adult children. I’m hear to share my journey with you and let you know how I came to find “Buffmother” and how it’s changed my life and made me who I am today.

I had my first child at the age of 20 and my other two by the age of 26. I gave all I could to my children and their upbringing. I “Believed” that I needed to put them first and I always put myself and my husband second. I was that soccer mom, Girl Scout Leader, Den Mother and Childcare Provider. Intertwined in my being and all these hats was the desire to be fit, feel great and have back that same body I had before children. Along my road I would try and try to achieve this with some form of exercise video or aerobics in my living room, but I never could seem to follow through and meet my inner desired longings.

Then at the age of 39 something happened to me that changed the direction of my life as I knew it. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It’s a syndrome that effects your muscle and joints. It was at this time that I decided I needed to make changes in my life. I gathered up all I could and found out that working out, nutrition, and supplements were important in combating the symptoms. I started to go to a gym and so begins the fitness journey.

I started working out and feeling better and this became my life. My health was my number one goal. I at first started with cardio and gradually worked my way into the weight room. It was all a process and over the course of the years in the process of feeling better than I ever I had lost body fat and gained muscle. The gym became a way of life for me. It was a lonely life though as none of my friends had this life and they just didn’t understand the new evolving me.

Then one day while surfing the web I found “Buffmother” and life changed for me even though my kids were all now young adult children. As I was reading her Introduction on “Believing” I realized that I “was” that mother that she was describing. I was that mother that had the belief that if I tried to give myself that extra time in the day for “Me” to reach my desires that I would have been selfish. I had the belief that as you got older that you were just destined to “look” a certain way and age. This was a real light bulb moment. I realized that I wasted a lot of time and there was no more time to waste. I could achieve a New and Improved me!

I immediately joined “Buffmother” and I’ve now been a member since the Rally Room first opened. The reason I stay and have become addicted to the Rally Room is because of all the wonderful, positive support that you receive. We all have the same goals. We all want to be Buff and the Best person that we can be!! You receive so much LOVE and SUPPORT for whatever you’re going through good or bad….It’s an AWESOME, POSITIVE and INSPIRING place. It feels so good to be a part of a movement that is for the improvement in self and inspiring and encouraging others. I strive to do this now in and out of the Rally Room.

I have made lots of friends in the Rally Room over the course of a year and I’ve had the pleasure to meet up with some of them in my travels. I’ve now met Melissa from Washington, Tracy from Utah, Tracy from Idaho, Jamie from California and this coming October will meet many others on the Buffmother cruise.

Becoming a “Buffmother” I for once in my life finally “Got It” what “Buffmother” Michelle was preaching….It’s “Believing” you can make changes and reach the goals that you set for yourself as long as you “BELIEVE” you can. I not only feel like this with my body now, but also with life in general. You can do anything you want and be anything you want. You just need to “Believe” and you can achieve this and be a good mother, daughter, friend to others in the process.

Since joining “Buffmother” I’ve entered my first NPC Figure competition. By being in the rally room through my competition prep I received SO much support. There were times when I wanted to quit and I would throw up a Blog to that effect only to hear my “Buffmother Friends” tell me….You CAN DO IT!! I needed that extra push when that little devil was in my brain telling me to give up. I will be speaking soon at a Rotary Lunch about my competition and so the journey still continues.

I had the honor of becoming one of the “Buffmother” Success stories. I have entered Challenges from Buffmother herself and received the reward of the “RELENTLESS” Challenge. I’ve learned to set my own challenges as well. One of them I just completed. I had professional portraits taken for my husband, a goal that I’d had for fifteen years and finally I felt like I had the body I was looking for.

I now BELIEVE that I can do anything I set my mind to. I’ve learned to set fitness goals. I’d never really done that before. I’ve learned to set challenges for myself. I’ve been working out for many years, but with no real goals and no real diet. I now know how to fuel my workouts, how to CHALLENGE myself and receive the results that I’m looking for. As “Buffmother” always says….Challenge=Change…I really BELIEVE that!!

The Rally Room has really been a Blessing. It’s “my space” and “place to belong.” In my space I can post my pictures, family, interests, etc., without worrying about man eyes seeing. In this place we’re all women and we understand and know the “joys” of motherhood, Tom, PMS, Menopause, and other issues that men would not understand or care to understand. Women need an outlet and the Rally Room is that and more!!

Thank You Michelle for your hard work and commitment in creating a place where we all benefit and receive valuable Information, Inspiration, Motivation, Encouragement and Support!!
We Love You!