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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!
http://facebook.com/groups/buffmother

 

“Get Buff”- Day 2

“30 days to “GET Buff”- Day 2

HEY!! it’s day two~ Just wanted to remind you to be sure to take your starting STATS and pictures if you have not already.

Remember there are….

4 Simple steps to enter and WIN:

1. Take your starting stats (pictures optional)

2. Participate at least 3 times during the duration of the Challenge with a blog entry, workout proof picture, a “SHARE” or even a measly “like”, lol!

3. After the 30 days, Take your ending stats

4. Submit your entry to michelle@buffmother.com by November 5th- Entry= starting stats, final stats, a written paragraph sharing your thought about the contest, and at least photo of yourself.

 

So for #1- STATS and Optional Pictures need to get done ASAP!

Please be sure to  take these standard 5 measurements:

  1. WEIGHT*:
  2. Bust:
  3. Waist:
  4. Hips:
  5. Thigh:

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

These are all I will require- BUT MORE IS BETTER!!  Here’s a link about how to take more stats and your pictures:  http://youtu.be/8cv_kuE8umw

Day #2 Workout:

DAY #2
“1 minute Intervals”
20 mins total: (7 hard mins )
3 min. warm up
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
4min. cool down

 

Today’s Diet Focus:

Up your veggie intake- especially GREEN VEGGIES

Ideas:

The way I get 3 in a day is to start my day with a GREEN, focus on eating greens for my “snacks” and having greens with dinner.

Greens are so good for your digestion, your body’s acidic balance, for nutrition, for energy, etc….
My favorite Greens lately are:
Cucumbers,
Peppers,
Green Beans,
Radishes,
Asparagus,
Brussels Sprouts

Others I eat quite often include:
Stir fry veggies,
Spinach,
Romaine Lettuce,
Green and Red Cabbage
and Spaghetti Squash

Get after those greens~

They are SO good for you and REALLY help lean you up!!!
YUMMY!!!

Let’s keep the MOJO! ~ Michelle

Super STAR Success Finalist- Lindsey K of ND

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

#1-General INFO and Questions~

Name:  Lindsey K of ND

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

height: 5’ 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

BEFORE~

AFTER~

 

Suzi V. of NE, SSS winner!!

Suzi V. of Nebraska, the 2012 “SuperSTAR Success” 1st place winner!!
(a 10 week transformation contest)

Name: Suzi V. of Nebraska
Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0): two – 10 & 6
Age: 42

This personal note Suzi included with her entry says it all~!!

Dear Michelle!

First I want to say…”I LOVE YOU”…is that weird? LOL

Seriously, I’ve been on a rollercoaster since I was in college, now at age 42, I look & feel the best I have ever felt!! I am thanking you for sharing your experiences and knowledge with me and all the other women. You have made your mark in the world, and changed my life for the better!! I now look on the outside, how I’ve always felt on the inside. And I my husband and kids would love to thank you too…mentally & physically, they now have the best Me here in the present!

God Bless You, Suzi

I LOVE YOU TOO Suzi!!
Congrats on your win and SUPER STAR SUCCESS!!
Your friend, Michelle

Before Picture

After 10 weeks Picture


STATS-

BEFORE: DATE taken- 8/20/2012

Height: 5’1”
Weight: 120.6
Bust: 36
Waist: 28
Hips: 36
Thigh-mid: 21 ½
Thigh-upper: 21
BF%: 16.8 (home scale)

AFTER: DATE taken- 11/1/12

Height: 5’1”
Weight: 111.8 8+ pounds lost
Bust: 36
Waist: 27 1 inch lost
Hips: 34 ½ 1.5 inches lost
Thigh-mid: 19 ½ 2 inches lost
Thigh-upper: 19 ½ 1.5 inches lost
BF%: 16.0% (home scale)

General INFO and Questions~

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

To get better with eating Whole Foods!…plus teach myself how to continuing eating healthy on the weekends! And of course the hopes of trimming my lower body!

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

BM RallyRoom and Team BM Facebook! Took midway photos, report journal & stats! Weekly POA. BM Chart Cycle!!

How do you feel about your success?

AWESOME!! Took my head, heart and body to a place I only dreamt about! I’ve beaten my “monthly weight rollercoaster cycle” that I’ve been on for YEARS!! I feel more in control of my life now…mainly due to Hormone Timing!

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

DEFINITELY WEEKEND BINGING!! Took the first month to really teach myself! The second month I changed my attitude to “it’s just another day to be healthy”. No More 4 days good, 3 days bad…it’s all about 7 days good!!

What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother?

It is so MUCH MORE than just looking good…it’s a way of life! Understanding your hormones is really the key! When you understand them, you don’t have to fight them, you just work with them! AND this is NOT a new fade diet; it is a lifestyle change where you learn to make better choices!

Where are you in your journey?

I am very interested in getting certified to be a PT. And definitely would love to compete in a fitness challenge someday SOON!

Did you reach your goals and aspirations?

Yes, I wanted to take my body to another level of fitness!

Where do you see this challenge brought you?

Definitely took me into a new chapter in life. Freed me of self doubt, and listening to others tell me I can’t do it. I feel so alive and ready to make positive changes in all areas of my life!

Do you have any lingering concerns?

Only that I may have moments where I listen to the negative comments about my changes. But I know this is an awesome thing for me and my family!

Do you feel you made an impact on your legacy during this contest?

Yes my kids love having a “strong & healthy Mom”. They know that protein keeps them full, and “snack” foods are not really food!!

Did you feel the support group helped you stay on track?

Absolutely Yes…in countless ways!

Did you reward yourself when you hit certain goals along the way?

Bought myself some new jeans…because I was tired of pulling them up all day!! Woohoo!!

What other thoughts are in your head at the moment?

Energized!! Food use to control me…then control my moods. I am so empowered by making the right choices day to day!

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

Absolutely Yes!


Please Comment about your HORMONES~
Did you GET to know your body?

Definitely yes! My monthly cycle controlled my eating, moods, and choices more than I ever imaged the could… but they don’t know!

Did you learn about your good c-days, your bad c-days, your weight fluctuations, etc…Again Definitely yes! I use to think my “boosting days” were me being tired of being good, but it was just me being physically tired & hungrier. I love taking advantage of the buffing days, then sit back and maintain during boosting. I stopped fighting my cycle, I work with it now!

Did anything surprise you?

YES, I feel so much better staying away from dairy!!

Favorite Journal/Blog Posts
Take a peek back at your blogs– what were some of your favorite entries from the 10 weeks?

One of my favorites would have to be when my “neigh sayer” friend turned positive and gave me her son’s old lifting set!! Then of course my “Aha Moment” when I truly realized I was a weekend binger…but not anymore!!

Did anyone else’s impact you along the way?

Oh Yea! Denyse, Kim, Brenda & Jen! Denyse, Kim and I even set up “weekend accountable” challenges. We had to report back to each other on how we did Friday through Sunday, highs & lows. It was very educational to my progress! I feel very blessed to have had them with me during this BM journey!

 

 

SSS Final Entry Instructions and FORM

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

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

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

~ Here are the Measurements and STATS I personally take:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,
Michelle

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

 

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

Prizes*:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#1-General INFO and Questions~

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

#2-Beginning/Ending STATS-

To enter submit at least the basic 5 measurements~

DATES taken-

Height:
Weight:
Bust:
Waist:
Hips:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Contest Prizes*:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks so much!!
-Michelle

Shine in 49 Runner Up – Dayle Stevens

Name:  Dayle Stevens of ID

Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0):  2 girls (11 and 7)

Age:  38

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 49 days?  I stayed active in the Rally Room and surrounded myself with others doing the same challenge.

How do you feel about your success?  I am extremely pleased!  I didn’t lose a million inches but I feel more solid!!!  My body feels more dense and my muscles feel like there is more content/structure.   My strength is increasing and my body is changing in shape!!!  I loved the photo prep, esp. the 2 gallon and salt manipulation…got to see how low I could go for an event.  J

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?  Life!  This is the busiest time for me at work so I really had to commit to my gym time.  I was tired running all day long and really had to time my eats so focus was on food as fuel.

What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?  Do not give up!  It does not matter where you have been, what matters is where you are about to go and BuffMother.com can help you on your journey!

Can I have your permission to post your entry online?  YES!

 

#2-Beginning/Ending STATS-

Beginning (April 28, 2012) VERSUS Ending (June 10, 2012)

CD: 14………………..27

weight: 128…………122.5 (picture day 6/9) 125# on stats day 6/10

chest: 36.5…………..37

bust: 36………………37

shoulders: 40……….39.5

biceps: 11…………..11

waist: 28.5………….27.5

hips: 35.5……………35

thigh (12″): 21.5…..21.75

thigh (7″): 19………19.25

calf: 13.5……………14

the next 3+ weeks!

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

 

My STATS-

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

Body Fat Calipers:

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

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

MY POA for the week is intense:

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

Time to get after it!!

Love ya,

Michelle

p.s.

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

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

 

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

STARTING stats- Day 2~ “Shine in 49”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shine in 49 ENTRY FORM

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

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

Part 3- How to take your photos demonstration:

"Thin in 30"- Day 2

“Thin in 30”- Day 2

HEY!! it’s day two~ Just wanted to remind you to be sure to take your starting STATS and pictures if you have not already.

Remember there are….

4 Simple steps to enter and WIN:


1. Take your starting stats (weight, height, bust, waist, hips, thigh) and pictures in workout wear or a bikini

2. Comment on daily blog posts at least 5 times during the duration of the 30 day Contest

3. Take your ending stats and pictures

4.  Submit your info to michelle@buffmother.com by Sept 10th- Entry= starting stats, final stats, a short written paragraph sharing your thought about the contest, and at least 1 before and after photo of yourself.

ENTRY INFO HERE : http://blog.buffmother.com/4064/thin-in-30-final-entry-form/

 

So for #1- STATS and  Pictures you need to get done ASAP!

Please be sure to  take these standard 5 measurements:

  1. WEIGHT*:
  2. Bust:
  3. Waist:
  4. Hips:
  5. Thigh:

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

These are all I will require- BUT MORE IS BETTER!!  Here’s a link about how to take more stats and your pictures:

http://blog.buffmother.com/2632/sexy-in-70-sx70-stats-and-pictures/

 

 

Workout:

DAY #2
“1 minute Intervals”
20 mins total: (7 hard mins )
3 min. warm up
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
4min. cool down

 

Today’s Diet Focus:

Up your veggie intake- especially GREEN VEGGIES

Ideas:

The way I get 3 in a day is to start my day with a GREEN, focus on eating greens for my “snacks” and having greens with dinner.

Greens are so good for your digestion, your body’s acidic balance, for nutrition, for energy, etc….
My favorite Greens lately are:
Cucumbers,
Peppers,
Green Beans,
Radishes,
Asparagus,
Brussels Sprouts

Others I eat quite often include:
Stir fry veggies,
Spinach,
Romaine Lettuce,
Green and Red Cabbage
and Spaghetti Squash

Get after those greens~

They are SO good for you and REALLY help lean you up!!!
YUMMY!!!

"Thin in 30" Final entry form-

“Thin in 30” Final entry form-

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

#1-General INFO and Questions~

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

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

#2-Beginning/Ending STATS-

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

Height:
Weight:
Bust:
Waist:
Hips:

#3- Before and After Pictures

PHOTOS:

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

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

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

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

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

Your friend!!
-Michelle (aka BuffMother!)

p.s.Additional  helpful notes:
STATS

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

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

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

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