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Week #1 MINI CHALLENGE – take measurements/stats and pictures

SSS Week #1 MINI CHALLENGE – take measurements/stats and pictures

*** Be sure to begin with the END in mind, by reading through the form***SEE BELOW****

Congrats to all of you for making the commitment to join us in the “Super STAR Success” contest!!! I am so excited that you are so fired up to work hard for the next 10 weeks (70 days) so that you can really enjoy your Success during this SPRING!!!  Let’s rock these next 70 days and along the way ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE others to “Take control of their own body LIFE and LEGACY!!!”

Week #1 MINI CHALLENGE – take measurements/stats, pictures, + these  Additional ITEMS: share your starting thoughts, chart your hormones and journal/blog daily

Part 1~ Get fired up!! Mini challenge intro

Part 2- taking STATS :measurements and body fat calipers

Part 3- How to take your photos demonstration:


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 Snicker

~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 body-fat. 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, the Specific ones you MUST TAKE are Located on the FINAL ENTRY FORM:

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 next set of progress photos you take.

~Photo are best taken in good lighting (during the day)

~take them with the same suit on, from the same distances and angles, on a light background and in heels.

~It is best for you to take following poses all full body*:

  1. straight on arms at sides
  2. straight on arms up and flexed
  3. from behind w/arms at sides
  4. behind with arms up flexing biceps
  5. from the side
  6. model or movie star pose- have fun!

* do them both relaxed and flexed.

~Have fun and SMILE.

#3-Starting Thoughts:

Where are you in your journey?
What are your goals and aspirations?
Where do you see this challenge taking you?
Do you feel that you are fully committed to completing it?
Do you have and fear or concerns?
What is your REASON for doing this, your WHY?
Are you excited about your support group?
How are you going to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?
Will you reward yourself if you hit certain goals along the way?
What other thoughts are in your head at the moment?
#4- CHART your HORMONES

GET to know your body~!

Chart how you feel on a daily basis…START NOW!!! Here is a GREAT chart to use straight from my book

#5- Journal/Blog Daily

~I like to use the Super STAR Success Journal during my “contest” to keep me on track towards success in every area of my life. The 10 Foundations contained withing my book “Hormonal Timing” are about more than my fitness

~ I love to journal my workouts so that they are more effective and so that I can see my progress in other ways than just my pics and measurements–”I got stronger!!!” or “I can run harder way easier now!!”

~AND also, I love to blog! I blog about whatever pops into my head, some days that isn’t much Laughing

But other days it is a longer more intense “pump up” session for my soul!!

~ it is so fun to have that journal/blog to look back at as a record of my life!!

REMEMBER that this contest is about being CONSISTENT not about being perfect~ Don’t feel you have to “do it all perfectly”…THAT’s impossible!  The key is to JUST DO IT, do your best and know that if you can consistently be a tiny bit better better this week than  you were last week you will be successful.  Keep moving forward!!  Don’t allow your self to quit!

KEEP it simple, take your starting stats and pics this week…get your workouts done this week, then repeat that again for the next 10 weeks.  the KEY is to stay focused and JUST DO IT for 10 weeks….  at the end of the contest, you’ll feel proud about FINISHING the contest!

NO QUITTING ALLOWED!!

LET’s COMPLETE the TASK that we started and get some GREAT SUCCESS!!!

YOU DESERVE IT!!!

LOVE,

Michelle

p.s. here’s the final entry form

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


Ab wheel or Repeat: “Fab Abs” Day #7

Hi!! It’s our 7th day…Congrats for making it 1 week in our Fab Abs Challenge. I would say that the first week is the hardest. Your body has been in shock and your ABS most definitely have been sore because of the extra effort.

 

I expect that this next week will be very encouraging to you~

  • you won’t get as sore
  • you will see improvement in your coordination
  • you will see your core strength improve
  • you may even notice some new definition in your waist

Today’s Challenge is to either do this fun little ab/shoulder workout or REPEAT on of your favorite challenges from the previous days.

Summary of Fab Abs contest posts:

Info and Instructions: “Fab Abs” Day 0

30 Ab exercises: “Fab Abs” Day 1

After Baby ABS! “Fab Abs” Day 2

6 pack of COKE: “Fab Abs” Day 3

Sit up Test: “Fab Abs” Day 4

“T” abs challenge: “Fab Abs” Day 5

After running ABS: “Fab Abs” Day 6

Ab wheel or Repeat: “Fab Abs” Day 7
Let’s get ready to SEE some fun SECOND WEEK results!!

-Michelle

p.s. an AB wheel is a super fun inexpensive piece of equipment but if you don’t have one you can do a similar exercise as a substitution (ball roll ups,  full sit ups, hanging knee ups, etc…)

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Man Men??

Who has watched the TV Series Mad Men?  Travis and I are addicted to it and have been watching it like crazy the past couple weeks.  It’s so interesting to think back to the 1960’s and realize how life was SOOOO very different. People were so “PRESENT”…fewer distractions and life was so much more simple. But at the same time the basics of ADVERTISING is still true. Copy writing is an art and finding a way to market is still very much worth money!  The internet and smart phones has certainly changed the way people do business over the past 2 years!!

 

Today, I awarded 10 winners of my YouTube “Energy Angel” pre-workout supplement give away. CONGRATS to the winners!!

If you weren’t a winner, be sure to get in on this BYGO special!

 

Other than that, I’ve been working hard on my BuffMeals.com business. I’m getting more and more excited about the business every day! I didn’t get a chance to do my “chef” pics yet, but will very soon!  I did put up a short video about pre- and post- workout eating.  Here’s that video:

 

 

 

The DietBet is going well, what do ya’ll think?  Should I commit to holding another one?  I like the extra motivation, but am not sure how well others are liking it?  Anyway, I do know this time of year is one of the toughest to get people inspired towards fitness, so it’s actually going well

 

We all want a hot holidays right??

My #1 tip to stay on track during this time of year is to CONTINUE to workout!!

be sure to get in 4 days of working out per week!~!!!!!~!!!

 

Yesterday’s Nostalgic November:

http://youtu.be/5RX7uTr3zXA

 

Guess what? I was a semi-professional football player…And I rocked it! http://youtu.be/F6V78SYnRbs

 

So, yesterday I made a plea on my BuffMother facebook page for help. I want more of a good productive following there instead of perverts. My solution was to make a plea for help….

 

Dear followers… I need your help!!
I need those of you who are UPSTANDING and KIND to let me know what info you’d like to see more on this page. I try to provide accountability by leading by example with my own workout proof pics. I try to provide helpful tips through blogs, videos and motivational quotes. I try to help endorse worthy products and people. I am truly here to HELP OTHERS…Let me know what I can do to help you! Please? thanks!!
-Michelle (BuffMother!)
— looking for things to do.
35,840 people reached

Every Dayness

We are starting our second week of every day in MAY!! Congrats for making it the first 7 days!!

 

Week #2’s focus for diet is to EAT MORE GREENS and in our fitness “Strength”.  I write more about those later.

 

It’s Thankful Thursday today!! Be sure to think about something you are thankful for today. And/Or be extra thankful. The art of APPRECIATION is so powerful.  Reach out to and thank someone, you will be amazed at how much it impacts you in the positive!!

 

Our diet challenge for today is to eat some fish! Each day of the week we have a set diet challenge that is meant to get you thinking about your food intake and help you get out of the “grind” of eating the same things all the time.  Variety in food intake is vital for nutritional and mental reasons.  Try some fish today!  Tuna, Salmon and Talapia are some of the fish I eat.

 

 

Today,  is my first official day of buffing too, yay! The workout on tap is

May 8 (Day 4 of my 10 day training cycle)~ Legs 6-pack of PEPSI ab routine

 

Heading into town for some shopping now, THANKS for reading

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

SUPERHERO, Day 3!!

Just a reminder that daily the suggested workouts are posted to my BuffMother! page…I’ve been trying to add them here daily also.

CONGRATS on 2 amazing first days!! I am so proud of your excitement and focus. STRIVE to keep ON TASK this weekend!! GET IN THOSE WORKOUTS!!!

Every Day in May! ~ Day 3
This week’s diet focus is to Drink More Water! Gulp, Gulp. Our fitness focus for the week is building Endurance. Keep at it!

Check out today’s suggested workout: http://youtu.be/koK7KyCHMVU

ABS/BOOTY!!

PLUS: It’s SUPER HERO Saturday and your challenged to Drink some TEA today

SUPERHERO Saturday is all about you doing EXTRA ORDINARY things today– I love getting in the mood with a super hero shirt, thinking about how cool it would be to have a super power and taking action towards being physically strong like a super hero.

Why TEA? Well, it’s a fun way to get some nutrients, to detox, to get a bit of caffeine, and to spice up your water intake

 

My Day 2 didn’t go exactly as planned….I only managed the 11 minute Lower Body SlimChick Band workout.  I was too busy having outdoor adventures to even change into my workout duds.

 

 

I also failed to eat cukes or lettuce   I did get in some carrots and green beans though!  I’ll eat a cucumber salad today for lunch and I plan to make some ICE TEA to drink while I sunbath a bit today. It’s a GORGEOUS day here today!!

 

I will do the SlimChick ABS/Booty workout today PLUS I’ll get in my missed leg lifting to boot.  I may also hit the trail for a run SINCE I am a SUPERHERO!! …I plan to mow it today first though. The grass is getting so long!

 

I’m off to be a superhero!!

-Michelle

p.s. I keep forgetting to take my starting pic.  I’ll add that to my to do list!

“Get Buff”- Day 15

“Get Buff”- Day 15

 

CONGRATS!! today is our HALFWAY POINT!!  And guess what- MY plan is to take a set of fresh STAT and pictures to see what I’ve been able to change already!!  If you’ve been working hard~ I’d suggest you do the same!! It’s a great way to keep focused!!

Workout:

 

Day #15
Rest day
Or
long
steady
cardio
30-60
min.

If you missed any of the cardio or sprinting workouts from past days today would be a perfect day make up that workout~!! If you ever miss a day of workouts- SHIFTING your workouts a day forward is better than SKIPPING them entirely.

30 days isn’t a long time, but BURN OUT can happen fast- It’s very key to PACE yourself and incorporate REST DAYS into your workout program for your physical and mental success!

Today’s Diet focus:

Try new food or recipe- Variety is key to diet success!

“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!!

~~~~~~~~~

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

Kim our “28 Days of Chirstmas Winner!!”

28 Day Christmas Challenge Contest WINNER!!
HI!! You are the WINNER!!
Congrats and thanks so much for your SUPER participation via my BuffMotherPage on facebook!! You were a stand out during the entire contest and I love your willingness to share your passion for fitness with the world!!
Thanks and Congrats~
Love,
Michelle Berger
Kimberly Of NY
I am 41 years old
I have 2 children (13 and 11)
  1. How do I feel the 28 days of Christmas Challenge helped me during the crazy holiday season?
    The contest helped through a lot of stress this time of year. Gave me something to focus on instead of worrying about things I wasn’t in control of right now. I am someone who loves     to give gifts. Deciding, finding, and giving a gift is one of my favorite things to do. We had to cut back a lot this year, so I was unable to ‘give’ as much as I would have liked. The     contest helped me deal with the situation and focus on things that matter more than monetary things. The kids stepped up and helped as well. A great holiday!
  1. Summarize my performance in this contest…
    I realized early on during this contest that even though I was working out most days I wasn’t pushing myself as hard as I could. Reading other Buffmother posts helped me see that.     So I began looking for and planning tougher workouts. Now I am trying new gadgets and heavier weights. Trying hard to think outside the box and give it all I got. Thanks,     Buffmothers!
  1. Are you happy with your results?
     I was very consistent and on track with my workouts throughout the challenge. Had a strong start with my eats, but had trouble Christmas week. Getting back on     track as type this. This is my 2nd contest and I always feel that my results could have been better. I put a ton of effort into the contest, but there is always something I could have     done differently or better. Always a work in progress. So overall I am happy with the things I have learned along the way, but I can do better each day.
  1. Encouraged by? Denyse W. and Suzi V.. I love our dynamics as a group. We work well together for accountability and encouragement. Inspired by? Robin W.. I love her enthusiasm, dedication and sense of humor. She has been a great addition to the group. I look forward to seeing how far she can go.
  1. I shared my pics most days on the Team Buffmother and the Buffmother sites. Lots of fun!
  1. In closing: As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed the contest. It is an amazing thing to have so many wonderful women to discuss common interests with and help those women when they need a word of encouragement. I enjoyed the workout proof pics. A great add on to this contest. Gave us a chance to show a different side to ourselves, open up and be creative. The occasional questions you passed along to us was helpful to me as well. They made me pause and think. I started a separate journal to keep those answers to look over when I need to regroup or refocus. I’ve made so many great friends these past 6 months. Can’t thank you enough, Michelle Berger, for changing my life. I have my goals set for the new year and a renewed focus on what I want from my life. Thank you!

Here are several of Kim’s “workoutproof” pictures from the contest~

Forgot to post day 1 here, too. Stats done this morning. Eating lots of protein and veggies today. Looking forward to fruit as my treat later. Waiting for DH to come home for some P90X plyo. Wonder if he will come home. Lol! See ya’ll later:)

 

#workout proof 2…p90x plyo style

#workout proof 3. Love my photo helpers 🙂

#workout proof 5. Almost didn’t happen, but abs are done!!

Hot weights instead of yoga today. Very warm workout with the wood stove going. #workout proof 6 legs and abs day.

Added more reps to my burpee workout challenge. My shoulders were on fire!! Also completed 30 squats for the squat challenge. #workout proof 8, part 1. Everyone keep up the great work!!

Tried something new for abs. DH took video. #workout proof 10. Total of 5 exercises. Love them!

Workout felt great today (except for IT Band)…I am stretching daily. Squats with bicep curls in between sets and ab intervals. Gonna feel it tomorrow. #workout proof 12

Love, love, love Zumba Sentao! Especially with my favorite instructor. #workout proof 13 — with Anna Rivelo.

Ladder drills with DD for some outdoor fun. #workout proof 14

Got ’em! Love my Sassy Socks from Heather Dobbs O’Callaghan. So warm and snuggly. Have to keep an eye on my DD…she wants them:) Thank you so much! #workout proof 16 bis/tris maxed out #buffing phase #Buffmother

 

#workout proof 17…leg day. #Buffmother and my new favorite shirt. Keep up the great work girls!

 

Yoga and squat day here with my snowman guy 🙂 #workout proof 18

 

Abs and squats day! #workout proof 20. Eeked out my workout…feel a little better now. Have a great day!

Elliptical, abs, and 100 squats for #workout proof 23. Sassy socks make working out lots more fun :))

P90x cardio workout. Was finally able to push myself harder. Feel great! #workout proof 22

Was feeling stressed this morning, so I kicked booty with a shoulders, back, bis, abs, and squats workout. Nothing will stop me now. #workout proof #buffmother

#workout proof 27 of shoulders and tris, squats, abs, and a little cardio. Finishing strong!

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!!

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