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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

 

 

 

 

Lost a day?

Hey ya, feels like I lost a day somewhere this week??

Not sure how it’s already Friday, but I’ll take it…Friday’s Rock!

This one is extra nice because it’s sunny and warm and I get to have a special Date with my son. He’s got a hair appt at 4:30 and we are going to shop a bit too. He’s grown so big that he’s got hardly any of his own clothes to wear….been sharing with his Dad.

 

Okay, so on Thursday night I did a good leg workout with some SEXY dancing!

Here’s my pic from that:

 

Yesterday, I had a rest day from workouts and from the Rally Room…Sorry, I just posted yesterday’s contests post now:

6 to Sexy~ day 25: Sexy Meals

 

I was on the “road” yesterday. I had a business meeting, my HAIR APPT!! (yay) and then finished up the day doing some errands for “work”.  I say “work” because as you know I have a DREAM JOB!! I love being BUFFMOTHER, my work is very enjoyable, but it’s still work, lol!

 

Okay, here’s a pic of my hair. It’s quite a bit darker, but it will lighten up some as I wash it over the next few days.  I think I like the change– It’s what I wanted, more NATURAL!

 

Today’s Contest POST: 6 to Sexy~ day 26: Sexy Actions

 

Today’s plan:

Get some more “work” done

Workout- Chest/tris and a hills run outside.

Date with Gunner!

 

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

  1. Cycle day- 2 need I say more…part of why I lost a day of my life yesterday. I do feel better today than yesterday and am happy to be almost out of hormone hell
  2. Weight…I’ll add this in a bit
  3. Sexy To do’s…Get my legs shaved and fix my new hair!
  4. Workout: Chest/Tri’s and run– can’t wait to do this outside today!
  5. Meal POA : Not a full plan yet…Protein shake with a banana in it after run … then go out to eat with Gunner later. Put the pot roast in the crock pot for dinner!!
  6. Sexy Actions- I will spend some extra time with DH tonight.  Maybe give him a back rub

 

That’s all folks, see you tomorrow!!

Love,
Michelle

p.s. here’s today’s contest post

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

True Insights

Finally!!! I have time to sit and truly blog!  I’ve been so busy keeping up with all the new member registrations, questions, contest info and questions that I’ve not taken the time to truly “REFLECT” on my own goals for the 6 to Sexy contest.

It’s already Day 3 of SEXY!!

If you haven’t already please visit today’s Contest POST:

http://www.teambuffmother.com/…-day-3-4-daily-tasks

And do your Week 1 Challenge (my big GOAL for TODAY)!!

Week #1~ 6 Weeks to SEXY! (6toSexy) Stats, pics and WHY?

Today’s workout will be~
Fasted bike (just finished 28mins) and this afternoon Lift Lower Body and ABS…I had to skip the LIFTING yesterday due to cracking bruising and cutting the back of my heel with a chair, hubby having a flat tire and simply running out of TIME/Energy.  I did however get in 20 mins fasted biking…so that’s better than NOTHING!

Now to reflect on yesterday’s “It takes Brains to be SEXY” assignment:

3 Simple steps  to help your mindset be prepared for success in this contest.

It takes BRAINS to be SEXY!

 

STEP #1 Goal Setting~ …what do I want to accomplish?
Take an honest look at where you are at and make goals that are attainable, yet challenging.

~Start by taking your pictures and stats (I will do this today!!).
Even though I don’t have the pics or stats fully taken, I KNOW where I am at. I am weighing in daily 131 to 133 pounds which means I am holding FAT in my tummy and upper body mostly. My fall clothes are all tight and trust me the weight gain is NOT MUSCLE   The cold hard truth is that I’ve been slacking on my diet and I’ve also been “skipping” some of my workouts.  Time to buckle down!

~Set an “EVENT”

The movie I am www.thephoneintheattic.com in was just selected to be featured in the HOT SPRINGS HORROR FILM FESTIVAL on October 23-26th. That’s a goal date for me to look better, then keep pressing in to have even better results come the final day of our contest on Nov. 2nd!

#2 Control your Thoughts~ Have purposeful thoughts…
Be sure to journal or blog here about what you are thinking.
Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Where am I at in taking care of my health?

I am in a good place. Recently I’ve been TRYING several things, all to find that they’ve been no help. So I’m taking “time off”those items and pressing into taking my blood glucose levels throughout the day to try and figure some things out with it.  For those of you that don’t know, about 2 years ago, I found out I have rather bad insulin resistance and have been eating very low carb since then. Recently I’ve not found the success with it that I first did.  I’m exploring adding in a few more carbs but need to watch my blood glucose levels and symptoms as I do so.

  • Do I need to visit the Dr.? or enlist professional help?

I have, and will if I feel I need assistance with my insulin issues.  Fall is coming and I’m scared of how the lack of Vit D. affects me.  May need to go tanning, lol!

  • What have I been doing with my time the past few months?

I’ve been keeping busy that’s for sure, but not very productive.  I feel like I’m just hitting my stride again the past couple weeks. Thank God for the kids being back in school!

  • I’m I “over-booked” OR “under-booked”

I’m perfectly booked at the moment, which for me is slightly overbooked.  I work best when I have a extra stuff going on. Just have to keep it from becoming WAY TOO MUCH!

  • Am I happy? What will make me truly happy?

I have to be honest, I should be happy, but I am not really at the moment. I’d describe myself at PEACE, but needing to find my JOY/Happiness.  I feel that I’m at a crossroads in life/business, but am confident that after a few changes are implemented I’ll be at a HAPPIER place.

What makes me truly happy is knowing I am making an impact on others for good.  And Knowing that I am truly being a “light in the darkness” for God.

 

  • Have I  been focusing on fueling your body with the NUTRIENTS it needs?

Not exactly! I’ve got to get more focused on this. A big stumbling block for me recently is that I’ve been slowly gaining weight without really eating as much as I know I “should” be eating. I’m scared to eat all that I know I should because I feel that would lead to more weight gain.  It’s a vicious cycle because then my workouts suffer, my recovery suffers and I remain stagnant in my progress.  IT’s a mental battle and a battle of insulin/blood sugar ~ PLUS some thyroid issues added in.  As I mentioned above…I do plan to strategically add in a few more carbs- specifically during my next boosting phase (in 10 days) for now I’m keeping it low carb/lower cals to press into my buffing.

 

#3 Commitment to your goals~ Quitting is not an option..
Are you committed to follow through?

Yes, I’m very committed!  I will not quit even if I don’t exactly attain my goals.

I just finished praying this prayer over each of you who committed to be  in the contest individually:
“Dear Jesus,
I pray for __________  to feel the Spirit of God upon her as she embarks on the “6 to Sexy” journey.  Let your Holy Spirit guide her through every choice. Let her know the love You hold for her; let her receive confidence to press into the beauty within her. Thank you so much for being our King we love and adore you!! Amen”

I’m going to pray this same prayer over myself throughout the 6 weeks. I need God’s Help to be sexy!

I’m going to get my shower done NOW!! I am soaked from just completing my biking.

Love,

Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Scattered

Every Day in May! ~ Day 15 WE ARE HALFWAY DONE!! and today starts our 3rd week– with NEW FOCUS… This week’s diet focus is to Eat More Protein! Our fitness focus for the week is gaining Speed. Check out today’s suggested workout: http://youtu.be/6SJFwlREe0A

 

So…I’ve been very SCATTERED lately.  I have a lot of stuff going on in my mind, body and life at the moment.  WHICH is nothing new, lol! It’s odd though how sometimes I can handle it with ease and at other times I just can’t FOCUS!  It’s a bit more than just female hormones for me currently. It’s deeper in my SPIRIT.  I’ve been looking for some solution, but the truth is I KNOW THE SOLUTION. The solution is getting ROOTED, GROUNDED and FOUNDED in my faith.  I’ve been slacking on my prayer time, my church time, my building faith time, my FELLOWSHIP with GOD time!  This cycle needs to end~ Actions towards feeding my “SPIRIT” need to start today.

 

That said, I will dig into a message during my “bike ride” in just about 10 mins.

First, I’d like to mention I’ve been consistent in my workouts all month despite being so scattered. Thank GOD for this Every DAY In May challenge. Without it I may just have forgotten to workout all together, lol!

 

Yesterday was a big win for me in the workout dept…got in my 20 mins fasted, then trained a couple sweet ladies, then ran some “pampering errands” and when I got home made myself do a hills run. IT WAS SO HARD! but afterwards I felt better and even did a couple sets of pull ups and abs.

 

 

this pic was right after my run, isn’t it pretty outside?! Sooooo GREEN!

Tuesday I did manage to do a good leg workout. It was shorted and way more scattered than I had hoped, but I am sore from it for sure!

 

All in all being scattered is the worst of what I’m dealing with at the moment. Everything else in life is wonderful! I am truly blessed!! THANKS be to GOD, He has given me so much that I can’t do justice by even listing everything but I am going to list some: My husband, my kids, my puppy, my land/home, my chickens, my friends, my TEAM BUFFMOTHER ladies!!, my super family, my finances, my health, my computer(s), my clothes, my shoes (OH HOW I LOVE SHOES), my drive, my personality, my looks, my hair, my legs, my abs, MY LOVE for others, my passion to learn…Oh my, I could go on and on.  Simply I am VERY THANKFUL for all that is part of my life– All of it is so appreciated I could EXPLODE with Excitement about how much I am BLESSED!!

 

Time to go listen and ride!!

LOVE YOU All so much thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us here in the Rally Room and being such super members of our team!!

Thank you, thank you!!

-Michelle

 

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

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

Shine in 49 Runner Up – Sarah Pacia

Name: Sarah Pacia of RI
Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0): 2 boys ages 6 and 2
Age: 41

Why did you enter the “Shine in 49” contest by BuffMother? I entered because I want to win!   I am excited to be in a contest.  I also joined the contest because I know how great Michelle is at motivating me and how knowledgeable she is.  This contest also fell at the perfect time to get in shape for bikini weather.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 49 days? The mirror is a great tool!  The group on facebook also kept me going.  Every time I would hear about someone else’s great results it pushed me to try harder.  I felt so good working out and seeing results. I care about myself and want to feel good about me and my body.

How do you feel about your success? I feel good about my results.  My clothes fit better and I am confident in my workouts and in wearing shorts!

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals? I had to be flexible when finding a time to work out.  My husband is a firefighter and is gone at off hours and I have 2 young boys with no family nearby to help with childcare.  The gym I belong to does not provide childcare.  Another obstacle is I live in a house of white carb lovers but overtime the temptation of eating foods that go against my goals went away!  I also work in Boston part time and when I’m gone it’s for 12 hours a day.  Really, none of the obstacles slowed me down much, I had a goal in sight to get in the best shape I can over the 7 weeks.

What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ? I’ve been telling anyone who I speak with about working out that I’m in the contest and how Michelle had 4 children in 4 years and won several competitions the following year.  I also tell them how she helps other moms and women get in shape online and offers so much help and support.

Can I have your permission to post your entry online? Yes

 STATS-

DATES taken-     Beginning 4/23/12     Ending date 6/9/12

Height: 5’7″
Weight: 140,135
Bust:33,32
Waist:28,27
Hips:40, 38

Today’s Date:_6/9/2012_______
height:______5’7″______ weight:___135________ age:_41______
Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around the biggest part, women only):33,  32
Chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):34, 34
Waist (the smallest part):28,  27
Hips (the largest part of your butt):40,  38
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):41.5, 42.5
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):10, 10.5
Thigh (8” above Knee cap): 22,  19.2
Thigh (12” above Knee cap):22.5,  21.5
Calf (7” below knee joint):11.5, 12

I lost 7.8 inches and 5 lbs during this contest!

Before and After Pictures


Correspondence:

6-9-12  Hi Michelle,

Thank you so much for holding this contest and providing such great and helpful information that I am going to continue to use towards my goal of being fit and in the best shape of my life!

I’m having a really hard time choosing 1 after photo so am attaching 1 before and 2 after…I’m sorry if that’s a bother!  I want to show you my back and my abs.  I love to do core exercise 🙂  I feel like it keeps me strong in my workouts and in every day life.  My true before and after picture if I had to choose would be the 2 pictures from behind.

You have done wonderful things for me including helping me feel good about myself and I can’t thank you enough!  Thanks again for giving me so much. I will continue to spread the word about buffmother!

Your friend,
Sarah

How can it be the Last day??

I am in shock that it’s already the last day of JUNE??  It has flown by so fast!! I’ve had a very interesting month~ Lot’s of GREAT amazing things, plus some not so super things.  I’m not going to spend 1 second thinking about anything negative, but instead give all my energy to the positive.  PLUS I’m getting internally fired up for the next half of the year– JULY is going to be the start of an amazing 6 months!!

It’s a good time for me to look at my 2012 New Year’s resoultions again– I wonder how I am doing?

This year I have 3 resolutions:

1- to KISS MORE!!
2- to take more PHOTOS!
3- to BLOG DAILY!

  1. Kissing more sounds simple, yet when you have 5 loved ones in your family (+ a puppy)  who all need KISSES, it can be a bit demanding.  I am up for the challenge~ it may get sloppy & personal but I am armed with  my puckered lips ready to rock my kisser in 2012!!
  2. More photos is a must…my kids are beautiful and I barely took any good photos of them the past couple years! It’s a shame, but no more– I am going to snap away. I also have beautiful landscapes, animal and plant life all around~ no better way to capture it than with a click of the camera!
  3. Blogging daily is something I’ve slacked at the year….I love blogging– not just using it as a journal, but using it as a place to explore my deep inner thoughts, ideas, strategies, etc…the more I blog the better I feel about everything.  I don’t expect EVERY DAY that my blog will rock, but I do expect inspiration and creativity to flow from time to time!

Don’t be surprised if in 2012 share photos of me kissing others in my blog!!

SMOOCHES!!
-Michelle

 

Also, for my birtday I put up a good list of goals– I need to hone in and make them happen!!

Tomorrow is my 37th Birthday!! YAY!!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the next year of my life the past week.  I have some things I want to accomplish during my 37th year:

Spirit:

  • Keep a thankful heart
  • Pressing toward sharing God’s love in all I do- SHINE for HIM!!
  • Find a good local church- get whole famiy involved

Family:

  • Help each of my kids with one of their passions-
    • Gunner’s football preparation
    • Gracie’s Gutiar/Voice lessons
    • Tia Sprinting at the TRACK and camping
    • Layla horse riding lessons
  • Keep being a good loving sweet supportive wife to my best friend of 20 years, Travis
  • Get our 20th anniversary trip to GERMANY planned!! (Aug 2013)

Home:

  • Finish off the remodeling that we need done
  • Get workout area “POSH”
  • Get a pool installed by next summer
  • keep working on our land- clearing it, making it beautiful!!
  • Maybe get some animals??

Business:

  • RE-publish a second edition of my book
  • Do more e-book promotion
  • Run another transformation contest this fall and next spring
  • Plan at least 1 more gathering in the next year (AUSTIN spring/summer 2013)
  • Work towards a “secret BIG project” completion for the NEW YEAR!!

Fitness:

  • Keep learning- I’d like to take some hands on classes/certifications
  • BE very consistent in my workouts and do them at a set time/place- follow my POA!
  • Stay healthy! No injuries or time off due to illness
  • Possibly do some tennis lessons and enter a tournament next spring??

Diet:

  • I’d like to  get my whole family eating Gluten-free…I pretty much have all the symptoms of needing to do this for myself (plus DH and 2 of my kids seem to have very similar issues with Gluten problems)
  • Get tested for allergies??
  • Work on my healthy cooking– I go in streaks with this– been BAD the past couple years!

 

Beauty:

  • I’d like to to consistently wear more “professional” looking clothes– when I go to appointements or meetings I’ll plan to look like a business woman– not a teen, lol!
  • I’ll continue to take care of my skin, teeth, hair and nails– always looking “put together” (this is harder than you think for me!)
  • I’d also like to learn more about essential oils, home facial/hair treaments
  • Help my DD’s be consistently “groomed”– time to teach them how to shave, use curling iron and maybe even some make up lessons!

 

LOT’s to think about and keep infront of me at all times so I stay focused!!

As for my workouts this week, I did 4 days in a row: M- upper body/intervals, T- Legs, W- Run Hills + 10 mins bike, Th- upper body/intervals— AND I was so sore and exhausted yesterday that I had to change my plans to add a day off!!  I’m still sore today, but I’ll get in a workout regardless.  I am going to make this body SUBMIT!

Money, Money!!

I’m sending “Shine in 49″entries off to the judges today~ so that we can get the results announced prior to the HOLIDAY! I can’t believe the 4th of July is almost hear! OH wow! time for the bikini!!  It makes me very thankful to be back to my workouts this week!

1 week off + 3 days of workouts = SORE! SORE! SORE!

I can hardly move today without something hurtin’…OMGoodness~ Then this morning I found out I forgot to take my CREATINE yesterday– it was still sitting on the kitchen counter from yesterday~ DUH!  So I took it, despite it probably not quite as effective since creatine turns to creatinine after it’s been mixed for a a period of time. That’s why it’s best to take shortly after mixing it into your liquid.

My workout total for yesterday ended up great: 10 mins fasted  upright bike intervals and 27 mins total of outside exercise – 6 minute long uphills + additional running/walking for a total of a 27 min workout.

I was greeted at the end of my running trail by a pretty blue snake (thankfully it was dead!)…I guess it’s called a “Blue Racer”

Here’s a pic:

So today I facebook I posted this “I may be odd but money has never seemed to make me take action— So I’m curious…Do you get motivated by $$$$ MONEY $$$$ ~??”

I got some interesting responses…and also figured I should elaborate the meaning behind the question:

When I say I am not motivated by money, I mean it!  I can’t seem to do simple things that could easily make me more $$.  When I look at my to do list money is often there for the taking, but I don’t take action on those items unless my back is against the wall.  I hate that about myself, but I am so thankful that MONEY is not what moves me to action.

I see people “keeping up with the Jones’ “or flaunting their private jets, expensive cars, big houses, designer clothes and other STUFF– and it does NOTHING for me!  I do love having money though— I love not being STRESSED about every penny!  I love being able to give gifts, buy my kids things, afford nice things, but it still doesn’t make me move!

What make me move is deeper– it’s actually LOVE.  I love people, I love seeing people happy.  I love feeling that I can help others.  I love teaching. I love sharing a bit of my happy life with others through positive info, pictures, stories, tips, etc….Love is truly the greatest motivator for me.  I love the thought of making life easier for my kids (with my $$)

I am motivated out of LEGACY.  I am want to be excellent, I want others to be excellent and I want the world to be more excellent because of my contribution to it.  I refuse to sell junk, to HYPE anything I don’t truly believe in.  That’s part of why you don’t see Ads on my website for every fitness product under the sun.  That’s part of why I don’t spam my mailing list with offer after offer.  I don’t want money that makes me be anthing but true to MYSELF!

I also am motivated by RESPONSIBILITY.  “To whom much is given, much is required”…I have been blessed with some amazing talents and I feel I huge responsibility to do them justice!  God gave me so much and I must not squander it!  I have a responsibility to my GOD to do all I can with what HE has blessed me with.  It’s something I take very seriously.

FYI- I grew up in poverty, as did my husband– so don’t think I have “silver spoon” syndrome either– I am at a prosperous place in my life because of my GOD and hard work!

AND…I need to ADD– I don’t think there is anything WRONG with being motivated by money– I think it’s either in your DNA or not…I honestly wish I was more motivated to take action because of money, lol!!  Thanks for all the honest answers on facebook about it!! https://www.facebook.com/buffmother/posts/10151872073415055?notif_t=feed_comment

Love ya’s!!

-M

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have an amazing Wednesday!!

Love,
Michelle

Shine in 49: Day 18~ Confernence Call

Today’s Call is focused on Key MENTAL STEPS of my Transformation-

1.Belief and REVENGE!
2.Who am I?
3.High Expectations
4.NO EXCUSES!
5.Eureka!!

You can download an listen here if you missed the call: http://rs1035.freeconferencecall.com/fcc/cgi-bin/share.mp3/7127757100-675377-11.mp3

1-Belief and REVENGE-

•Staring at my flabby tummy
•RATIONAL~ Scientific
•EMOTION
•Prove them all wrong!
•I got mad~ at the world and at myself!
•I wanted REVENGE!

2-Who AM I?

•In the process of Motherhood,  I got lost
•Mommy clothes, mommy activities, mommy thoughts…no MICHELLE
•Who WAS I?
•I thought back to when I was 18….
•I was a competitor, I am a competitor
•I had to deliberately invest in myself again

3-High EXPECTATIONS-

•I refuse to “settle”
•I refuse to allow my past to dictate my future
•I want to succeed
•I want to excel
•I want to lead by example
•I set HIGH GOALS and Continue to set higher ones

4-No EXCUSES-

•How do you find time?
•I’m injured or have a bad back or knee
•My kids don’t like the gym
•I don’t have the energy
•I don’t have any money
•NO EXCUSES!
•Just do it!

 

5-Eureka “HORMONES”-

Eureka-Hormones are the missing ingredient!

•2004- Hormonal Timing was born.
•Michelle went on to become the only woman in history to have 4 children and win 5 NPC figure titles all within 5 years!
•2005- buffmother.com was launched to offer hope and inspiration to every woman in the world. (Team BuffMother! 4000 members strong)
•Michelle is now on a Mission to share her discovery with every woman!
•Hormonal Timing is the missing ingredient for women to be consistently successful in their fitness quest. It is truly revolutionary.
•There has never been an exercise and nutritional system that works in sync with a woman’s monthly cycle like the Hormonal Timing system.

Just the basics of How it works:

•Two distinct phases of their monthly cycle…the first half (good time) and the second half (pms time). (buffing and boosting)
•HT synchronizes a woman’s workout, diet, supplementation routine with these 2 distinct monthly environments.
•Optimal hormonal conditions are capitalized on during each of the phases to burn fat and transform the body.
•Women will get in sync with their bodies and be able to overcome the mental  and physical obstacles that sabotaged their success in the past.