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The Sunny Side Group!

I’ve recently realized something about myself that I do not like! I have a tendency to go through streaks where I constantly catch myself thinking about and focusing on, the negative side of things instead of the “bright”! I’ve heard the phrase “look at the bright side” so many times that it’s lost the intended affect. If my husband says, “look at the bright side…” I often just groan inside and then wander off and continue to bicker, mumble and complain to myself or other people. I do this despite the fact that I devoted an entire chapter of my book to the subject of “focusing on SOLUTIONS” instead of the “PROBLEM” at hand. For the most part, this is the way I live my life, but I still have those NEGATIVE streaks. The truth is, complaining, bickering, arguing, etc, ALWAYS causes my life to be frustrating, difficult and miserable!! This is why I’m confessing this issue to everyone and I’m bound and determined to break this horrible habit!! I’m asking everyone who reads this blog including my family, friends and even casual acquaintances to please hold me accountable. If you ever catch me writing, talking or even thinking about the negative side of anything, CALL ME OUT! I want you to BUST me on the spot! I’ve asked my husband to use the phrase, “focus on the SUNNY side, HONEY” instead of the old cliché’ “Look at the bright side” since that phrase seems to always trigger negative feelings in my mind.

I know that some people would much rather discuss negative rumors, gossip and many other situations of this nature. It’s very easy to and even somewhat enjoyable to get together with a small group of people and feed off this negative energy. I’ve been caught in this trap many times! I declare myself “GUILTY as charged charged”. It’s human nature to take the “easy road” by adding our own little negative spin to a conversation or even starting the flow of negative energy hoping that others will join in. We all seem to have a natural weakness for being attracted negative information. If you want proof just read the headlines in any news source, TV, internet, newspaper, etc. The headlines are almost always focused on negative stuff because that’s what attracts readers and viewers. In fact, I’ve completely stopped watching the “news” because it makes me feel depressed!

As I previously stated, focusing on negative things such as criticizing, condemning or complaining always results in making my life miserable! I recently to read a book written by the richest, most powerful and wisest man who ever lived. I believe success breads success and even though I’m not much of a reader, I decided to take 5 minutes a day to learn what this man had to say about true success. The man is King Solomon and the book is Proverbs. It has 31 chapters and I read 1 chapter every day of the month. Some tidbits that hit me really hard on the 15th of this past month. Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; griping brings discouragement.”
15:15 “When a man (or woman) is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when she is cheerful, everything seems right” 15:30 “Pleasant sights and good reports give happiness and health.” The entire 15th chapter seemed to say to me, If you want to be miserable, unsuccessful, and depressed, hang around negative people and focus on negative information.

If you want a great life, full of joy, success and happiness, hang around positive people and focus on the “sunny side” of your circumstances. As a result, I’ve made a decision. From this day forward, I’m done poisoning my life with negative people, conversations, actions, thoughts, etc! Instead, I’m rededicated to hanging out and communicating with positive people, focusing on solutions instead of problems, looking for the sunny side of my circumstances instead of all the negative situations and events that occur in life.

I want to find at least 100 women who are willing to join me! We’ll call us “The Sunny Side” sisters! LOL!

This doesn’t mean that you can’t tell us about negative situations, events or problems that you are going through. There is nothing wrong with expressing these things to the group. Together, we’ll help each other find and concentrate on the solutions so we can get through tough times. We’ll team up to focus on the SUNNY side… honey! I’d like to incorporate this into the Rally Room (our TEAM BUFFMOTHER private women’s only group) since this is one of the many reasons I created the Team BuffMother in the first place! If you haven’t joined the Team BuffMother group I encourage doing so. It will change your life! If you already are a Team BuffMother member, and want to commit or re-commit to this positive group, please respond to this post.

Feel free to add your own special twist in your post but don’t feel obligated. It’s fine to just say something like, “I’m in! But, if you have any additional thoughts, insights and/or stories that popped into your mind regarding this topic, please jot them down in your post. Please keep in mind this is not a writing contest or anything like that. I know most of us don’t have tons of extra time and energy and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us. I’m member #1, who wants to be member #2, #3, #4…?

xoxoxo~
BuffMother!
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“GET Buff”- Day 27

“GET Buff”- Day 27

Workout:

 

#Day 27
“Buffing” Intervals:
5 min. warm up
#1-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#2-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#3-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#4-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#5-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#6-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#7-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#8-30 sec hard
2.5 min.+ cool down
This is 20 min total: 4 extremely hard min. total

Today’s Diet focus:

No Dessert- let’s strive to get out of the dessert habit! Break that habit and watch your belly be gone!!

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It works if you work it!! xoxoxo~ Michelle

 

“Get Buff”- Day 17

“GET Buff”- Day 17

Workout:

 

#Day 17
“Buffing” Intervals:
5 min. warm up
#1-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#2-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#3-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#4-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#5-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#6-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#7-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#8-30 sec hard
2.5 min.+ cool down
This is 20 min total: 4 extremely hard min. total

Today’s Diet focus:

No Dessert- let’s strive to get out of the dessert habit! Break that habit and watch your belly be gone!!

“Get Buff”- Day 7

“Get Buff”- Day 7

Workout:

#Day 7
“Buffing” Intervals:
5 min. warm up
#1-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#2-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#3-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#4-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#5-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#6-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#7-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#8-30 sec hard
2.5 min.+ cool down
This is 20 min total: 4 extremely hard min. total

Today’s Diet focus:

No Dessert- let’s strive to get out of the dessert habit! Break that habit and watch your belly be gone!!

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Congrats on making it through the first week!! Just about 3 weeks left to get BUFF!! Let’s do it!!

It works if you work it!!
xoxoxo~
Michelle

28 days of Christmas: Day 18

It’s the 18th day into our 28 day contest, Congrats for STAYING with us!!! It’s an “ACTIVE” rest day today~ so be sure to do something active (Like shopping, a cardio workout or some yardwork)

Today’s task is to LEARN about YOUR HABITS!

#1-Learn about yourself and why you want to  break the your bad Habits- ask yourself questions like when did this become a problem? when did I have this habit in the past? what is the root of the habit?  why do I do what I do?

#2- Learn about ways other have broken the same habit– Google is amazing! Or, heck, go old-school and hit the library or book store for some resources! Take action NOW to learn about your how to BREAK your bad HABITS!

Please Share what you learn with us in a comment here!!

I’m Back!

Hey!! I’m back from my ski trip to Keystone…it was an amazing time!  I skied 2 days, fell approximately 30 times and have only 1 bad bruise to show for it!! LOL!!  It was a great break from real life and now I am trying my hardest to “RE-ENTER” life at full speed— TOUGH to do!!

Anyhow, I came home a sick little girl and the mess that occurs when Daddy babysits for 4 days   Layla stayed home today and I spent the day catching up on work, cleaning, cooking, shopping, laundry and got in a good chest workout with my boy.

Time to call it a night…but TOMORROW, I start the clean eats challege with Ya’ll!  Whohoo!!

-Michelle

13 days to go…

13 days to Go!!

Lucky #13– what’s your mindset about your habits today? if you want to break the bad ones; YOU MUST BE STRONG!! Stand up to the temptations and stay positive– you can do it!!

Today’s link is here:

http://therallyroom.com/node/51852

Have a Happy Valentines Day!
I love all of you!

I am so blessed to have friends like you, you all are my valentines 🙂

Love, Michelle

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13 Days to GO…POSITVE!

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Mon, 2012/02/13 – 12:28pm — BuffMother

Lucky #13– what’s your mindset about your habits today? if you want to break the bad ones; YOU MUST BE STRONG!! Stand up to the temptations and stay positive– you can do it!!

Force yourself to BE Postivie about your Habit! Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there!! – even though it may be hard to find. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.

Your Task for Today-
Write down 3 postive truths about how your life will be better becase you broke or attained your habit:

1-
2-
3-

Keep those TRUTHS handy to CRUSH negative thoughts and tempations arise– I call them “Truth Hammers”!

 

Workouts for today~

Beginner option:
Stretch 10 mins- try these leg streteches:

Experienced option:
Intervals and ABS
Try this AB workout- Standing Abs

 

 

Have a Happy Valentines Day!
I love all of you!

I am so blessed to have friends like you, you all are my valentines 🙂

Love, Michelle

 

Lucky #13– what’s your mindset about your habits today? if you want to break the bad ones; YOU MUST BE STRONG!! Stand up to the temptations and stay positive– you can do it!!

Force yourself to BE Postivie about your Habit! Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there!! – even though it may be hard to find. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.

Your Task for Today-

Write down 3 postive truths about how your life will be better becase you broke or attained your habit:

1-

2-

3-

Keep those TRUTHS handy to CRUSH negative thoughts and tempations arise– I call them “Truth Hammers”!

 

Workouts for today~

Beginner option:

Stretch 10 mins- try these leg streteches:

Experienced option:

Intervals and ABS

Try this AB workout- Standing Abs

 

 

Have a Happy Valentines Day!

I love all of you!

I am so blessed to have friends like you, you all are my valentines 🙂

Love, Michelle

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Truth Hammers…day 9; 13 to go

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Tue, 2012/02/14 – 1:03pm — BuffMother

Happy Valentines Day everyone…It’s a gorgeous day today.  I’m headed for a walk out on my land– gotta get some sonshine and fresh air!!

MYTask for Today-
Write down 3 postive truths about how your life will be better becase you broke or attained your habit:

1- “I will be a good example to my children”
2- “my kitchen will be a peaceful place”
3- “I will see benefits of good nutrtion in my skin, eyes, hair, body compostion and I will have more energy”

Keep those TRUTHS handy to CRUSH negative thoughts and tempations arise– I call them “Truth Hammers”!  (FYI- they are one of the success tools found in my book “Hormonal Timing”)

 

Love,

Michelle

20 days to go!! LEG plans~

20 days to go in our 21 day: kick the habit contest!….
I SO EXCITED about this contest and all the great goals my BuffSisters have posted in the Rally Room.

Hope you got off to a great start yesterday…

http://buffmother.com/?p=8152

Here’s day 2’s link to content~
SEE BELOW~ LEARN!!

Please feel free to comment on the post- questions and input are encouraged!!

I decided on my habit to break and habit to attain and posted them in my private blog… I am committed!!!

So with the excitement of the contest to stoke my workout fire I’m planning for a great day workout wise!!

LEGS are on tap!!

The plan: Workout time NOON
warm up with 10 min of intervals on the r-bike-killer butt bike
Squats paired with calf press
45×10
95×10
135×10
155×10
155x8x2

Calf machine (seated)
90×20 (half toes in half toes out) x 3 sets

Smith Squats paired with smith lunges
10 reps at each weight
50
70
90x2sets

Dead lifts paired with side lying leg lifts
115x10x2sets narrow
115x10x2sets wide
15 leg lifts each side 4sets

Leg extensions paired with seated leg curls
90×10
120×10
125×10
135×10

leg curls
60×15
70×10
85x8x2

Then afterward I need to go birthday shopping! the Twins turn 9 on the 9th!

My plan is to stick to the plan!!
-Michelle
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MB Blog: A day 2/21 vlog

I’m testing out how things work on my new mac…lots to learn!! Anyhow here’s the first video I’ve shot with my webcam and uploaded with imovie:

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MB Blog: Learnin’- day 2

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Tue, 2012/02/07 – 8:54am — BuffMotherToday’s task is to LEARN! So that’s what I’m writing about!!

 

#1-Learn about yourself and why you want to attain or break the HABIT-

Quit the JUNKY Carb Habit!!
I’ve been a junk fool aholic since I was a kid….I’ve always loved candy! I’ve always loved chips! I’ve always loved snacking and eating quite a bit.  I do NOT believe that eating some “fun” foods is wrong– I’ve never been a “CLEAN” eater, nor do I think it’s paramount!  We need to enjoy all life has to offer, but in MODERATION! Also, I am a big believer that when you workout HARD enough, a slightly imperfect diet is okay. I am not someone who believe the popular notion that diet is 90% of the equation when trying to lean up- It’s and important part, but WORKOUTS count a lot more than 10% in my math!

My eating/diet is a work in progress- ALWAYS!  I look back 12 years ago and MAN!! I ate horrilby!! Now days- I get “lazy” with my diet at times, but overall it’s 100x’s better than then.  The winter is always a time when I gain weight….the past couple years I even got up into the 135 range.  This year, I’ve done better than normal, but still I’m ready to hit it harder sooner this winter!  Having goals like a ski trip on March 1 and the Warrior Dash on May 5 really helps!!

Back about 1.5 years ago, when prepping to go “train with Ava Cowan”….I had a stellar attitude toward my diet- I was eating only fruits and veggies for carbs and I really leaned up nicely!  However, I was working out quite a bit more at that time– Travis and I were playing tennis for 2 hours at a time 2-3 times a week– that long “activity” added to my aeoribic fitness a lot and allowed me to lean up easier.  I need to figure out how to add more long aerobic activity into my routine- hiking is a good idea!

Attain the Keep my Kitchen clean Habit:

This challenge to keep my kitchen clean is tough already! I hate cleaning…especially when it’s 3-4 times a day like in the kitchen!  It’s always been a problem for me to keep my kitchen clean, mostly becuase I find it a waste of time to clean after every meal– it’s faster to do it all 1 time a day??  Anyhow- I want my kitchen clean consistently.  So I must change my mindset about it!

I think I’ll put my ipod on and get after it– it could be relaxing to listen to a podcast while I clean.

 

#2- Learn about ways other have established this habit or broken it– Google is amazing! Or, heck, go old-school and hit the library or book store for some resources!

CARB INFO-
I am a Carb Addict- I’ve know it for about 14 years…I wrote an article about it a few years ago- here’s the link:
http://store.femnutrition.com/mb-carboholic.html

Today, I found this great definition of what being Addictied to Carbs means: http://www.carbohydrateaddicts.com/cadfnd.html

Cleaining Info-

A couple PDF’s:
http://www.household-management-101.com/support-files/daily-kitchen-clea…

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=14&ved=0CEI…

A good link:
http://www.readersdigest.ca/home-garden/cleaning/6-good-kitchen-habits-d…

 

I feel like I’ve learned a lot about the battle I’m up against to BREAK THE HABIT!! I certainly hope you take a half hour or so to LEARN about your specific habit(s)!

We can Change!!

Michelle

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EMAIL for day 2; 20 days to GO!!

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Tue, 2012/02/07 – 7:59am — BuffMotherHope you got off to a great start yesterday…

Here’s day 2’s link to content~
http://therallyroom.com/node/51727

Please feel free to comment on the post- questions and input are encouraged!!

The countdown is on…just 20 days to go!
Yippie!!
-Michelle

New Contest- MB blog: “habits! ones to attian; ones to break”- day 0 Vie

Sun, 2012/02/05 – 12:19pm — BuffMother

Today I’m thinking about the contest a bunch~
what habit do I hope to attain or BREAK during the 21 days?

Here’s a quick brainstorm list on some habits….

 

habits to attain:

take your supplements,  eat green veggies, eat raw foods, chew your food, eat fruits and veggies, eat your protein, eat nutritent dense foods, no dairy habit, no grains habit, no sugar, low carb, drink water, hygyne, take a shower first thing in the morning, put on make up, bi-weekly exfoliation, skin care routine, hair care- keep it well maintained and fixed, fashion- wear at least a few outfits that are trendy, shoe variety- don’t find yoursel wearing the same boring shoes daily, smile habit, say hello, be thankful, write it down, break your comfort zone, High priority- do things that are IMPORTANT vs. easy, make your bed habit, relaxation time habit, read something habit, document it habit, help others, stand more, walk more, show affetion (more hugs, kisses, pats on the back, etc), more focus- be a good listener, connect to your inner self, stretch more, lift weights more, get outside, try a new activity, learn about a new topic daily, study something of interest to you, organize something, be a sweetheart, being thrifty, being and encourager, being pro-active vs. reactive, being positive in everything, listening to truth vs. lies, being happy, be a good tipper

habits to break:

candy, ice cream, restuarant habit, over-caffination, dessert habit, atificial foods/sweetners, carbonation, alcohol, the excuse habit, unhealthy choice habit, mental sabotage habit, all or nothing habit, shower habit, cleaning habit, comfy clothes (forever lazy), unfriendly habit, over-eating habit, see it eat it habit, carboholic, undiciplined habit, lack of intensity, not finishing, social status habit, speeding, being late, too much texting, too much tv, too much internet, too much shopping, wasting time, too much sitting, too much noise, smoking, inactivity, unsocial, too social, dirty vehicle, approval addict, negative attitude, judgemental attitude, sarcasim, being brash/rude, drama queen, complaining, eating too much fat, eating too little protein, always on a “diet”, wearing old out of date clothes, being cheap

 

I’d love to have everyone in the contest focus on 1 or 2 habits for the 21 days… I’d pick one habit to break and one habit to attian.

Once you have your focus narrowed you’ll find it easier to reach your goal–We have our whole lives to become our best– let’s focus on 1 or 2 areas these next 21 days!!

I’d love to hear your brainstorming on habits!!

Please share,

Michelle

"Thin in 30"- Day 17

“Thin in 30”- Day 17

Workout:

#Day 17
“Buffing” Intervals:
 
5 min. warm up
#1-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#2-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#3-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#4-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#5-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#6-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#7-30 sec hard
1.5 min easy
#8-30 sec hard
2.5 min.+ cool down
This is 20 min total: 4 extremely hard min. total

Today’s Diet focus:

No Dessert- let’s strive to get out of the dessert habit! Break that habit and watch your belly be gone!!

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It works if you work it!!
xoxoxo~
Michelle