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28 days of Christmas: Day 14

XMAS Day 14:  “off day”–halfway point~ Congrats!! You made it to the halfway point!!! Now it’s time to refocus- dig deep and continue on towards the finish!!! BE RELENTLESS!!!

I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again~ I love the thoughts feelings and attitude that the word RELENTLESS brings to my soul!!!  It’s the halfway point of our 4 week contest~ time to get relentless!!!

Let’s all chant “relentless”, “Relentless”, “RELENTLESS!!!!!” to ourselves as we “kickit-in” towards our goals cheerleaders

 

How are you doing?

Do you feel any different?

Are you seeing results?
What obstacles are you facing? (what are the SOLUTIONS?)

Are you still on fire and focused?

2 weeks left, time to KICK IT IN!!!
Or you’ll “Eat My Dust” ,lol!!

Love ya,
Michelle

 

SSS 2012 Finalist – Jenny B of NE

I am so VERY proud of Jenny for “finding herself” again through BuffMother.  She over came her Mommy guilt and overcame her fear of the “meat heads” in the weight room.  I’m very impressed with how 7 pounds of weight loss transformed her!! Way to go Jenny~ I expect your fitness future to bring many more successes!!

Name: Jenny B of NE
Number of children: 1
Age:33

Why did you enter the “SuperSTAR Success” contest by BuffMother?  I wanted to challenge myself and learn more healthy ways to attain my fitness goals. I also wanted the extra guidance that I got from the Youtube videos, emails, journal, Rally Room and fellow BuffMothers.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?  I really utilized the Rally Room for support, I also used my husband because he also helped keep me accountable, watching the YouTube videos, journaling as well as continuing to reference “Hormonal Timing” book. All of these together helped me keep my focus.

How do you feel about your success?  I am very happy with my results and excited to see how I will look and feel months from now after continuing to live a healthy lifestyle.

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?  Some of the obstacles I had to overcome were to fit working out into my already busy schedule, having “mommy guilt” after leaving my daughter to go to the gym to workout, eating healthy and prepping meals. It took me some time to figure out the meal prepping thing.  I also had to overcome the “haters” and being criticized for what I was trying to accomplish.  Another big one was using the weight room at the gym and not feeling intimidated by the equipment as well as the “meat heads”.

What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?  I was able to find myself again through BuffMother.  The knowledge I gained about eating, hormones, and workouts will stay with me for years.  I met some great friends through the Rally Room, which I found to be a very safe place for me to express my feelings and share my successes as well as struggles. I wish every woman wanting to learn and make changes could be a part of the BuffMother community.

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

#2-Beginning/Ending STATS-

DATES taken- 08/20/12   11/01/12

Height: 5’4”
Weight:   130       123
Bust:        34         32.5
Waist:     29          27.5
Hips:       39.5      37

Before Picture

After Picture

Additional Measurements:

Today’s Date: Before 08/20/12         After 11/01/12
height:_5’4___ weight:_130_____ age:_33______
**Start of your last period date:_2 years ago____
Length of last 2 monthly cycles (average is 28 days): Unsure
Today’s day in your monthly cycle (c-date)-Unsure   C-21

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around the biggest part, women only): 34  32.5
Chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides): 33.5  29
Waist (the smallest part): 29   27.5
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 39.5   37
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 40   39
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 11.5  11
Thigh (8” above Knee cap): 20  21.25
Thigh (12” above Knee cap): 22.25   21.75
Calf (7” below knee joint): 13  13.5

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

 

"All Star" Dayle of ID

Dayle of ID

Meet BuffMother! Dayle of ID!

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Dayle of ID

I wanted to see where I could take my body and mind with a more committed mindset. I wanted to lower my BF% and lose 10 lbs. I also wanted to show ladies that they CAN fit fitness into their busy schedules (and even at home) whether they are a stay-at-home mom, single mom, working mom…whatever. I reached all but 1 of these goals (I only lost 7.5 lbs.) I proved to myself that when I set my mind to something that I CAN DO IT no matter what life stresses come my way.

This challenge underlined the fact that achieving a healthy body is not all about vanity; it can benefit you in more ways than one can ever imagine. This challenge showed me just how powerful my mind is. I was determined to be both mentally and physically strong during my time spent in Oklahoma. When my dad was still alive but was quickly deteriorating, I told myself that I HAD to continue to workout and take care of myself so I could physically help my mom with housework and physically help my dad if he fell or needed help walking or if he needed to be moved in his bed. When I went back for the second time I told myself that I HAD to continue to workout to keep me mentally strong and to channel my feelings into my workouts in order to keep me sane and keep me strong for my family.

My girls saw me continue to work out no matter what was going on. They were able to see me fit my healthy habits into my daily grind just as I would any other daily task. Now after they wake up and get dressed, part of their before school tasks is to do 5 minutes of exercise!

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RECENT 10 WEEK SSS results
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Name: Dayle S
Number of children and ages: 4 and 9
Age: 36

Today’s Date: 9/14/09…11/22/09
Height: 62 inches…same
weight: 131…129
Today’s cycle day-CD 29…CD37
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 37…36.5
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides): 36…35
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 29…28.5
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 37.5…36
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 39.5…38.5
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 11…11.25
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm): 11.5…11.75
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 20…19.5
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap): 22…21.75
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 13.5…13.75

Why did you enter the SSS contest by BuffMother?
To get back on track…I had been getting the workouts in but not as consistent or as INTENSE as I used to and it shows!!  Not only was I feeling sluggish and non-motivated but my lack of BUFFNESS had resulted in a loss of muscle tone and a gain of about 10 lbs. since December ’08!!  I joined the contest because I needed the committment to accountability and the support of the RR to achieve my goals.   This was also my first challenge BC *FREE* and I was excited to see what changes were ahead of me…good or bad.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?
KathyK and I either texted or emailed our POA’s to each other daily.  I returned to more consistent blogging and changed the tone of my blogs to document more of my eating plans.  I had my DH join me for the first half of the SSS and I loved the support and the togetherness.   I also fed off of the new energy!  There are many new RR members that are in their BuffMother “honeymoon” phase and it was energizing!

How do you feel about your success?  I feel great!  I did not make much physical change (and actually suprised that I did actually go down a few inches) but I am super excited about the other changes…my consistency was back and my eats had a major shift!  I went from working out off and on to scheduling it into my daily life again.  It also seemed like all of a sudden the eating part just clicked!  I was choosing foods because I wanted to, not because I felt like I had to buckle down because of a contest.  For several weeks I ate 90% clean every day with only 1 big cheat meal for the week!  That is *HUGE* for me.  The eats clicked mentally for me this time!  WOOHOO!

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?
Can you say FT job, 2 kids and a husband?  I am not special in any way…I am not unlike any other woman, but I do have a lot to juggle and the inconsistency with balance, lack of energy and overscheduling myself contributed to why I lost the muscle and gained the 10 lbs. over the past year.  Jeff worked out with me for the first few weeks of the SSS.  I used to always workout on my own so this gave me a different kind of motivation.  After about 5 weeks Jeff got really sick and had to take some time off…he never really got back in.  I never realized how much I depended on his presence during workouts until he was gone.  Honestly, I think that was when my workouts got a little sluggish.

What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother?
I would like for women to know that HT is the key to unlocking their potential!  You ARE different and that is alright!  With HT you learn to listen to your body and respect your hormones!  Stop looking for quick fixes, the pills and the surgeries.  YOU can do this! YOU can make these changes and you want to tell people that YOU did this!  Earn this!  This is why I love BuffMother.  It is something you can put hard work into and earn all on your own!