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28 days of Christmas: Day 9

XMAS Day 9:

I just love, love, love Tuesdays!!  Today is an exciting day in the Berger home.

 

My excitement lies in getting in a good workout and getting my house clean Mom w/kids and groceries

On tap for this 9th day of the contest is another upper body workout~ I re-ingnited my desire to lift heavy yesterday from my own post about muscle!!
Here’s a link to that workout http://buffmother.com/6916/28-days-of-christmas-day-2

I am excited to build up my fat furnaces!!!  AND I am now finishing my Boosting phase~   So my workouts are now going to be HEAVIER weights for lower reps.  3 sets of 6 and more rest between sets!

BTW-  next Thursday we’ll start with the Phase 2 workouts- from the workout download sheet.  So you only have 3 workouts left in Phase 1- today’s upper body,  a lower body and one more upper body. Let’s make the most of them!!!  Bench Press

Let’s all have an AWESOME DAY!!
-Michelle

28 Days of Christmas: Day 4

Good Morning!! It’s Day 4 and another scheduled day OFF for  workouts.  Tomorrow will be another LEG workout!!  PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND…what you eat today and do today will affect how effective your leg workout will be.  Make sure you eat good nutrients including good carbs to fuel  your body to lift powerfully tomorrow!!  NUTRITION is very key if you want to have effective workouts.

Let’s have a quick review of our start to the 28 days of XMAS~

Day 1- LEGS/ABS; Day 2- Uppper Body/ABS and INTERVALS; Day 3- OFF

Day 4- OFF (AGAIN?)

…Now let’s have a little “chat” about this extra day off.  I am at a point in my fitness to where 1 day off in a row is plenty for me to recover.  For example today I have good energy, I am not sore and I am chomping at the bit to do a workout.  I also know that I am very capable of working out 3 days in a row and will be fine to hit it hard until my next off day on Day 7 of our contest.  Basically what I am saying is that I will be working out today!  I don’t need the extra day off~ so I am going to go for a run.

You can feel free to do the same if you’d like…BUT know that if you are still  trying to recover from your day 1 & 2 workouts or if you don’t think you can handle 3 days of workouts in a row or if you simple don’t have the time, energy or desire to workout today, DON’t feel any pressure to workout!!  Working out more than the 4 days/week is “BONUS” and totally up to you.  I am confident that the 4 workouts/ week I’ve laid out for you will get you GRAND results and are DO-ABLE during this BUSY time of year!!!

What do you think??

 

17 days to go…

17 days to go…
It’s amazing how almost everyone in our 21 day contest is focused improving on their diet!!
I love the determination and desire shown by you to eat better~ Congrats!! You are being a
great leader for your family!!

Today’s post is filled with tons of DIET info~
SEE BELOW

Be sure to ask questions…Team BuffMother is here to help!!

You can accelerate your results dramatically with just a few simple adjustments to your diet~
LET’s attack our diets these last 17 days of the contest!!

You can kick your habit!
Your friend,
Michelle

 

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17 days to Go…Diet info!

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Wed, 2012/02/08 – 6:03pm — BuffMother

17 days left…that’s slightly over 2 weeks left…TIME is ticking away!! Keep your focus~ you can kick the habit!!  Due to the fact so many of our bad habits are diet realted I’d thought I’d  share MY…

 

“21 Days: Kick the HABIT” CONTEST Diet :

A lot of results can happen in just 21 days of working out but if you really want to get results you need to FOCUS on your diet also.  For this contest I  have a “Daily Diet Focus” and OVERALL “5&5+” Diet goal~ feel free to join me!!

Here’s the details:

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) chef

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!

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Your “TASK” for today is to make a solid HEALHTY Protein, FRUIT and VEGGIE filled shopping list~ Make it your goal to hit the store just once this upcoming week– You’ll save tons of time, energy and life will honestly be less stressful for your entire family!

Today’s workout options- one for Beginner level and one for Experience are as follows:

Beginner-

Lift Upper Body and a 5 min walk

 

Wall Push ups- 3 sets of 15 reps (take 1 minute between each set)
Bent over DB Rows- for your back
3sets of 10 reps (3×10) with 1 min rest between sets
Chair dips- for your triceps/upper arm
3×10
Shoulder press- for your shoulders
3×8-10
Bicep curls- for your arms
3×10
MORE Wall push ups- for your chest
3x 10
lateral shoulder raises
3x 10

Finish with a 5 minute walk outside or on the treadmill 🙂

OR…

Experienced-

Lift Chest followed by a 11 interval workout

 

Bench Press
4×10, 8, 6, 10 take 2 minutes between heavier sets–challenge yourself!
Incline Chest Press
4×10, 8, 6, 10
 Incline Flys
3×8
Assisted Dips- or unassisted if you can!
2xfailure
Barbell Tricep Extensions (skull crushers)
4×10, 8, 6, 10
Cable Tricep pulldown
3×8

Intervals (any mode- meaning, you can run, do elliptical, bike, jumprope, dance, etc…): warm up 3 mins; increase intensity/speed  on odd mins 4, 6, 8, 10 and recover on even minutes 5.7.9… 11 minutes is done fast!!

Keep your focus on diet this weekend-Don’t backslike!!

You are KICKING your HABIT!!

-Michelle

MB Blog: 17 days to GO~ My Diet- day 5

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Fri, 2012/02/10 – 6:55pm — BuffMother

We have 17 days to go…diet info here: http://therallyroom.com/node/51780

Diet is a constant work in progress for me…It is an area where I am always learning, tweaking and striving to find balance.

The BEST results I’ve had with dieting come when I use “elimination rules”, for instance: no dairy, no gluten, no carbonation, etc…

I then follow up those rules with filling my mind with the foods I can eat vs. not eat.  Brainstorming for “allowed” foods, possible recipies and shopping lists helps me keep the focus on the positives of my diet vs. CRAVING those foods I’ve eliminated.

Here are some of the foods I’ve been eating a lot of recently:

Protiens: eggs, hamburger, roast, salmon, chicken, whey protein powder
Carbs: oranges, apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, sauces- honey mustard, bbq, tomoto soup (tomotoes are greens unless processed like in soup )
Fats: almonds, olives, cooking oils, dressings for salad, butter, meat fats
Greens: lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, brocolli slaw, frozen stir-fry mixes, salsa, v8

I must admit, I had a couple slips on my road to breaking the “junk carb” habit at the birthday party for the twins on Thursday…but I’m back to fully engaged and comitted today!

I am comitted to fueling my body to be it’s BEST!

Happy Friday to you!!

-Michelle

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EMAIL for day 5; 17 days to GO!!

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Sat, 2012/02/11 – 11:52am — BuffMother

It’s amazing how almost everyone in our 21 day contest is focused improving on their diet!!
I love the determination and desire shown by you to eat better~ Congrats!! You are being a
great leader for your family!!

Today’s post is filled with tons of DIET info~
http://therallyroom.com/node/51780

Be sure to ask questions…Team BuffMother is here to help!!

You can accelerate your results dramatically with just a few simple adjustments to your diet~
LET’s attack our diets these last 17 days of the contest!!

You can kick your habit!
Your friend,
Michelle

Whoa! It's my HORMONES!

Whoah!! I missed a few days of blogging…I know exactly what’s going on with me there “IT’s my HORMONES!”

Thurs- turned out to be a non- lifting day for me- I did ride the bike for 20 mins with some arm and abs moved thrown in as extras
Friday-  I hit a recent low reading on the scale 123.6 YAY! Lift Chest/Tri/ABS- highlight: I did higher rep bench- the first 2 sets were 95#x20reps
Saturday- short run outside 15 mins of HOTT intervals, Lift legs at the gym with Travis- highlight: I did 2 sets of 10 @155 and 1 set of 6 @175#…a good weight for me when I’m under 125#’s
Sun- cycle day 23-BLOATED! tennis in the hot windy weather- 1 hour- highlight: I hit several good winner shots

Monday- weight back down, still feeling fat but scale says= 124.4? I need a new battery, so not sure if I trust this??  workout plan a wimpy shoulder babying,  back, shoulders, biceps lifting workout  and run intervals outside
Tues- Chest/tri’s/ Abs and intervals on bike/stair mill or elliptical

My shoulder/neck have been bothering me since playing football.  I think I may have strained my rotator cuff with some of my “hitting” so I have a really limited my desire to lift upper body.  The only reason I’ve been lifting upper body at all is due to being a good lifting partner for my hubby  

Anyhow…He’s doing a GREAT job getting ready for the beach Beach It looks as though we are now going to go to Cancun for about a week and stay at the JW Marriott.  All we have to pay for is meals/entertainment and 2-3 nights as we have airline and rewards points for all the rest!! WooHoo!

Okay, I’ve got 1 more item on my to do list for the day (excluding my errands and workout Wink ) so I’d better get to it!!

Love ya’s!!
:kiss:

-Michelle

Time for CHANGE?? ~S6day16

Time for Change??

Time for Change??~ What’s the thought process that you go through when you are making a change in your life?  What are your emotions and feelings?  Are you excited, scared, nervous, confused, confident?

Change no matter what is stressful, but having friends who support you through the CHANGE makes the entire process much easier!  I love Change in my life…it keeps me on my toes and Challenges me to rise up and be my best!  My faith in God through change is what keeps me positive, confident and stress-free!  God is GOOD and wants the BEST for me!! I know that!!

My yearning for change is crazy sometimes…I get bored way to easily~ A few years back we “moved” from Fargo to Dallas, Dallas to MN, MN to Fargo and Fargo to Arkansas.  All within a matter of 3 years!  That was too much change and CRAZY!

Another example of crazy change is jumping from one failed diet plan to another…Back when I was “lost” to my HORMONES…I tried every diet under the sun!  Every month I’d start a program and 2 weeks later I’d fail!  The cycle continued until I CHANGED my approach.  I found out that my HORMONES were the cause of my failure and all I needed to do to fix the problem was to integrate them into my plan!  And that’s how Hormonal Timing was born!  I’ve STUCK to that plan for 6 years…and Have had NO DESIRE to change it!  When something WORKS and gives continual results why CHANGE??  There is NO REASON TO!

I would like to encourage you to change things in your life that aren’t working …but things that DO work, stick with them!  And when you are changing things up, stay plugged into friends and support who’ve successfully led the way.

My Chest/Tricep workout from yesterday was a bit less than I had hoped for and a bit more painful than expected, so I didn’t do any intervals and I am taking today off from my workouts, but NOT my diet!

Here is my running tally for today:
P- shake
C- cream and sugar in coffee

Have a great day!!

-Michelle

p.s. today’s Lower body/abs workout:

LOWER BODY 

 

DB Squats
3×10
Pliet Squats-wide toes out
3×10
Laying side leg raises
3×10
Romainian Dead lifts
3×10
Walking Lunges- no weight
2×15-20 each leg
Calf Raises
3×10 

AND ABS!!

ABS–CPTME….SIMPLE 7 for 7
Passive Abs- suck it in 24/7- posture
Sit ups- hands on hammies
Vacuumes!! 10- 10 seconds daily
Knee ups- roman chair are best
Traditional AB crunch
Ball Crunches
Cats/Dogs

 

2011 will be Heaven!

2011 will be Heaven!! is my motto for this year…I will be positive, I will have JOY and I will live an insanely adventerous glorious powerful life! I don’t want to look behind anymore only to the future. 

What lays ahead??  I have a vision that is enourmous

I will confidently take baby steps towards that vision daily and soon WE as a team will arrive there together!! AWESOME Adventures and LOVE awaits!!  Physically I expect all the energy I need to do the tasks at hand, God will provide the strength, wisdom and provision for all that He’s destined for me in 2011!! He’ll provide for you too!! 

My kids are at an amazing age right now- so fun and interactive and teachable! I have a huge desire to teach them, teach others and learn more myself. EDCUATION is a huge theme for me this year! 

Time to get to it!!

“All-Star!” KQ Smith of SC and CT

“All-Star!” KQ Smith

Well Where do I begin… I had the pleasure of meeting KQ  over 5 years ago via www.buffmother.com.  She’s been a member of  TEAM BuffMother~ almost since we began!
KQ is one wonderful, motivated, fun, excitable lady!!   We got to “meet” in person a little over a year ago and I knew then that this lady was truly destined for big BEAUTIFUL things in her future-and FYI- she is Strikingly Beautiful herself!!  Over the years, KQ has been on a journey…one filled with a few potholes here and there, but the one constant in her life has been her commitment to become her BEST!  and to surround herself with the BEST!   KQ is truly an “All-Star”.  Please follow her as she preps for the next stop in her journey.  the Fitness America Pageant in SC on Aug 14th!! She will be rocking the stage for SURE!  I love this lady!

Kenisha and Michelle Berger in LA Dec 2008

Connect with KQ:

Follow her BlogSpot:  http://kqfitness.blogspot.com/

Friend her on FB: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1346161964


KQ and Michelle Berger other TEAM BUFFMOTHER members on the set in LA Dec 2008

I’m a 33yr old mother of 1, I work 2 jobs, I have a LIFE and I STILL GET IT IN!! I work hard, I play hard & I train EVEN HARDER!!! I make NO EXCUSES and I’m not holding anything back . . NOW IS MY TIME TO LIVE MY DREAM!!!

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A DREAM COME TRUE~!  KQ Competed at the Fitness America (Atlantic) in April of 2010!!

Her first show~ She is GORGEOUS!!

~~~~~~10 week www.BuffMother.com SSS contest results (Fall of 2009)~~~~~~~

Name: KQ Smith
Number of children and ages:
Age: 32

Why did you enter the SSS contest by BuffMother?
I entered b/c I am a BUFFMOTHER at heart and I wanted to use this competition to help me get back on track and continue working towards my goal which is competing in my first competition along with moving towards my goal of doing fitness modeling. This challenge has really helped me get myself refocused and I was able to start a Bootcamp at home and really get my personal training going.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?
I decided I was a winner and I was tired of complaining about my weight gain and I knew I had the ability to lose the weight and get myself jump started again. I have just really been taking this time as a reevaluation period and it has been WELL WORTH IT. I also used my boyfriend as a motivation. He believes in me completely and has stayed on me hardcore when it came to some of my bad habits like my snacking. I also used his desire to get back in shape to help me to b/c I have to keep myself on track if I’m going to help him get on track. I also refocused on hormonal timing again and getting paying close attention to my cycle and weight gain. How do you feel about your success? I am truly excited and overjoyed about my success. At one point I thought I had really fallen off the wagon and I was so hard on myself about getting back on but this challenged allowed me to focus and obtain my goals.


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

During the 70 days I experienced some great highs and some terrible lows by having crazy weight gains every now and then. I struggled with my issues that I call “drive-by snacking”. It’s not that I eat bad I tend to pop in the kitchen and grab some nuts, a piece of this, a piece of that and that all adds up unfortunately. I have also been traveling a lot during these last 70days and I have really worked hard at staying focused and on track by running and doing my workouts at the house, hotel or any gym I could find.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?
You already know I am a BUFFMOTHER thru and thru and I will preach it from the roof top. As I stated earlier I have really refocused myself on hormonal timing again. So much so that I know what CD day it is just by how I feel without even looking at the calendar. That is one of the best parts about this challenge which is KNOWING YOURSELF mentally & physically!!! That has to be one of the best parts of Buffmother besides creating the bonds with the other ladies who are going thru the same things as you are. Another great thing is the challenges b/c it forces you to have a starting point and to track your numbers that way you are able to see your success first hand b/c sometimes without the numbers and pictures we would drive ourselves nuts thinking we’re not getting anywhere and that’s exactly what I had been doing in the past. Most of all I will tell the world that I LOVE BUFFMOTHER AND I LOVE MICHELLE for bringing it to us!!

STATS  beginning vs. after 10 weeks

Today’s Date:____9/14/09 11/21/09 ____ height:___5’10 still 5’10___ weight:__165 158_ age:___32 still 32___
Today’s cycle day-

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 34 33.5
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):33.5 33
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides): accidently forgot this one in the beginning
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 27.5 26.5
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part): almost 27 26
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 38.5 37
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 41 1/4 40
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 11.5 11
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 12.5 12
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 21 3/4 20.5
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap): 24 rt=23, left=23.25
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 15 15

JOY is Prayer!


“Joy is prayer – Joy is strength- Joy is love – Joy is a net of love

by which you can catch souls.  She gives most who gives with Joy.”

Mother Teresa

Prayers of a BuffMother!

Please Lord God Almighty,

Let me have the strength to get all the kids buckled up and checked in to childcare today so that I can go kill myself doing my workout

Let all the kids be healthy enough to go to the gym

Let all the kids take their naps so that I can do my workout during naptime

Let all the kids take their naps so that we don’t have melt downs at the gym childcare

Let the kids poop b4 we go to the gym so that they don’t hate me for stinking the place up

Let the kids learn to love spinach, oatmeal and chicken so that I don’t have to make a separate meal for everyone

Help my husband have a huge desire to rub my stiff and tired body tonight

Help me fit into my jeans today, I did legs yesterday and they are so swollen I don’t think my sweats would even fit

Help me figure out a way to wash the dishes since my arms are too sore and tired to even lift them

Help me to be tough and not complain and be a great example to my children to brainwash them into believing working out is actually fun

Keep our family safe from the gym freak who I heard was a convicted rapist

I pray that no one will ask me for any advice today while I am in the middle of my set of walking lunges

Please Lord help me LOVE others, take the time to show love first and foremost to my kids and DH

I love you Lord!

AMEN~ your Daughter Michelle

Lead Me!

Are leaders born or made? Do leaders have leaders? What are the qualities of a leader? Are you a leader?  Are you a leader or a follower?

I consider myself a leader…but I am not sure I was “born” that way.  I certainly had some of the same innate qualities noted as important for leadership, yet I lacked MANY vital leadership traits and skills.  Through my God given desire to impact and help as many women’s lives as possible I’ve studied and developed a much stronger leadership capability.  I am far from finished learning  and developing stronger more effective leadership skills.

I’ve spent a little time this morning researching leadership and my conclusion is that no one is BORN a leader- you must Develop it! 

I believe EVERYONE is a leader in some regard- Take pride; lead by example!!

Together we can change the world!

“LEAD ME”….

Even though I am a leader- I still yearn to be led at times!  Sanctus Reel, a Contemporary Christian band,  has a new song out titled “LEAD ME”.  My DH turned me onto it- The song is it’s very pure and stirs up raw emotion in my heart.

Sanctus Real – “Lead Me”

I look around and see my wonderful life
Almost perfect from the outside
In picture frames I see my beautiful wife
Always smiling
But on the inside, I can hear her saying…

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can’t
Don’t leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, what about us?

Show me you’re willing to fight
That I’m still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

I see their faces, look in their innocent eyes
They’re just children from the outside
I’m working hard, I tell myself they’ll be fine
They’re in independent
But on the inside, I can hear them saying…

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can’t
Don’t leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, but what about us?

Show me you’re willing to fight
That I’m still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

So Father, give me the strength
To be everything I’m called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won’t You lead me?

To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can’t
Don’t want to leave them hungry for love,
Chasing things that I could give up

I’ll show them I’m willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this our home
Lead me, ’cause I can’t do this alone

Father, lead me, ’cause I can’t do this alone

Now onto my workout update:

May 4th- cycle day 10; 127#, RHR= 43! (that’s my recent low)my workout was FUN stuff- family play and a walk with my family- about 45 mins worth of walking.

May 5th- cday 11; RHR=50; today- heading to the gym now for a back, sh, bicep workout and 11mins of the stair mill.

Tomorrow’s plan: TENNIS fun!! and possibly more~

Remember that this week’s mini-challenge in the SX70 contest is to workout with someone!! The week is flying by, so be sure to get the challenge complete!

I’m off to LEAD by example!!

-Michelle

p.s.

Here’s some of the info I read and a couple quotes I found interesting:

“I’m often asked the question: Are Leaders born or are they developed? I usually answer that leaders are much like athletes-some have more natural talent than others. But, without practice, athlete or leader will fail.

Often we hear and read about the quality of GE’s leadership bench. In GE’s annual report of last year, under Leadership it read:

It’s about the four “E’s” we’ve been using for years as a screen to pick our leaders. “Energy”: to cope with the frenetic pace of change. “Energize”: the ability to excite, to galvanize the organization and inspire to action. “Edge”: the self-confidence to make the tough calls with “yeses” and “noes” – and very few “maybes.” And, “Execute”: the ancient GE tradition of always delivering, never disappointing.”

Are GE’s leaders born with all these attributes? Of course not!

~ Phil Holberton

http://www.holberton.com/newsletter5.html

“Some people are born to move and shake the world. Their blessings: high energy, exceptional intelligence, extreme persistence, self confidence and a yearning to influence others.”~Bruce Avolio

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199909/are-leaders-born-or-made

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership

http://www.forbes.com/2007/11/29/leaders-born-fordism-lead-ceo-cx_sv_1129varghese.html

http://psychology.about.com/od/leadership/p/leadtheories.htm

Book:”The 108 Skills of a natural born leader”

SuperStar Success 2009 ~ Finalist Daphne D.

Daphne D

Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0): 7, 4
Age: 32

Today’s Date:____11/21___ height:____5’3”______ weight:__110 —106.4___ age:____32_
Today’s cycle day-1

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 33—34
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):34—33 ½

Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):35–341/2

Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 28—26.5
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part): 26—25
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 35—35
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 37 ¾—38
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 10—10

Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 10 ¾—10 3/4
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 19—19
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap): 20—20 1/2
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 11 ¾—11 3/4

Why did you enter the SSS contest by BuffMother?

I entered the SSS contest for 2 main reasons.  First, I want to win.  I’ve discovered through my time in the Rally Room that I am extremely motivated by contests. I find that I am challenged by seeing what others are doing to accomplish their goals.  In addition, the desire to finish well and accomplish my own goals is an overwhelming motivator for me.  Second, I entered the contest so that I could accomplish super-star success.  I want to get better and be the best that I can be, whether I win or not.  I feel like if I win, that’s super.  However, if I don’t win, I have learned and improved from trying my best.

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

I made a habit of blogging and commenting as often as I could.  I know I missed days here and there, but I aimed for being active daily in the Rally Room.  I also tried to set attainable goals for myself as well as using the weekly mini-challenges to start new and better habits.  Third, I made up a chart that I could use to easily record and track my food, workouts, supplements, cycle days, and hormones all in one place.  The chart helps me see how I’m progressing and how food and hormones play into my progress.
How do you feel about your success?

One of my goals was to reduce my body fat.  I used a hand held body fat calculator at my gym and was pleased to see that it said that my body fat was down to %17.3.  A year ago, it was %22.  It’s not a tremendous drop, but it did go down.  My other goal was to get more definition in my arms and legs and stomach.  While my legs don’t show too much change, my improvements are showing on my upper body.  I’m excited to see my fat loss continue to progress to my lower body.
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?

I’ve struggled with stress and sickness during this contest.  Both me and my family have had multiple sicknesses continually repeating and recurring in our household.  I’ve also had tremendous stress.  I’ve had a huge ordeal with my dad that our family has been dealing with.  He is a difficult person and seems to thrive on attacking and emotionally destroying his loved ones.  In addition, homeschooling has been tough this year.  The contest started at the beginning of the school year and the stress of getting into the routine has been difficult.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?

I tell my friends all the time about the wonders of hormonal timing.  Women don’t realize how simple it really is to reach their goals when they understand how to work with their hormones instead of against them.  The more in-tune I am with how my body responds to my hormones and to certain foods, the more I can succeed at reaching my goals.  I will never go back to floundering in the physical and emotional defeat that comes from not understanding my female cycle.