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The Sunny Side Group!

I’ve recently realized something about myself that I do not like! I have a tendency to go through streaks where I constantly catch myself thinking about and focusing on, the negative side of things instead of the “bright”! I’ve heard the phrase “look at the bright side” so many times that it’s lost the intended affect. If my husband says, “look at the bright side…” I often just groan inside and then wander off and continue to bicker, mumble and complain to myself or other people. I do this despite the fact that I devoted an entire chapter of my book to the subject of “focusing on SOLUTIONS” instead of the “PROBLEM” at hand. For the most part, this is the way I live my life, but I still have those NEGATIVE streaks. The truth is, complaining, bickering, arguing, etc, ALWAYS causes my life to be frustrating, difficult and miserable!! This is why I’m confessing this issue to everyone and I’m bound and determined to break this horrible habit!! I’m asking everyone who reads this blog including my family, friends and even casual acquaintances to please hold me accountable. If you ever catch me writing, talking or even thinking about the negative side of anything, CALL ME OUT! I want you to BUST me on the spot! I’ve asked my husband to use the phrase, “focus on the SUNNY side, HONEY” instead of the old cliché’ “Look at the bright side” since that phrase seems to always trigger negative feelings in my mind.

I know that some people would much rather discuss negative rumors, gossip and many other situations of this nature. It’s very easy to and even somewhat enjoyable to get together with a small group of people and feed off this negative energy. I’ve been caught in this trap many times! I declare myself “GUILTY as charged charged”. It’s human nature to take the “easy road” by adding our own little negative spin to a conversation or even starting the flow of negative energy hoping that others will join in. We all seem to have a natural weakness for being attracted negative information. If you want proof just read the headlines in any news source, TV, internet, newspaper, etc. The headlines are almost always focused on negative stuff because that’s what attracts readers and viewers. In fact, I’ve completely stopped watching the “news” because it makes me feel depressed!

As I previously stated, focusing on negative things such as criticizing, condemning or complaining always results in making my life miserable! I recently to read a book written by the richest, most powerful and wisest man who ever lived. I believe success breads success and even though I’m not much of a reader, I decided to take 5 minutes a day to learn what this man had to say about true success. The man is King Solomon and the book is Proverbs. It has 31 chapters and I read 1 chapter every day of the month. Some tidbits that hit me really hard on the 15th of this past month. Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; griping brings discouragement.”
15:15 “When a man (or woman) is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when she is cheerful, everything seems right” 15:30 “Pleasant sights and good reports give happiness and health.” The entire 15th chapter seemed to say to me, If you want to be miserable, unsuccessful, and depressed, hang around negative people and focus on negative information.

If you want a great life, full of joy, success and happiness, hang around positive people and focus on the “sunny side” of your circumstances. As a result, I’ve made a decision. From this day forward, I’m done poisoning my life with negative people, conversations, actions, thoughts, etc! Instead, I’m rededicated to hanging out and communicating with positive people, focusing on solutions instead of problems, looking for the sunny side of my circumstances instead of all the negative situations and events that occur in life.

I want to find at least 100 women who are willing to join me! We’ll call us “The Sunny Side” sisters! LOL!

This doesn’t mean that you can’t tell us about negative situations, events or problems that you are going through. There is nothing wrong with expressing these things to the group. Together, we’ll help each other find and concentrate on the solutions so we can get through tough times. We’ll team up to focus on the SUNNY side… honey! I’d like to incorporate this into the Rally Room (our TEAM BUFFMOTHER private women’s only group) since this is one of the many reasons I created the Team BuffMother in the first place! If you haven’t joined the Team BuffMother group I encourage doing so. It will change your life! If you already are a Team BuffMother member, and want to commit or re-commit to this positive group, please respond to this post.

Feel free to add your own special twist in your post but don’t feel obligated. It’s fine to just say something like, “I’m in! But, if you have any additional thoughts, insights and/or stories that popped into your mind regarding this topic, please jot them down in your post. Please keep in mind this is not a writing contest or anything like that. I know most of us don’t have tons of extra time and energy and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us. I’m member #1, who wants to be member #2, #3, #4…?

xoxoxo~
BuffMother!
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Half-Way Done!! SSS wk 06

HALF WAY DONE in the SSS contest!! be sure to fill out the halfway done report in your Success journal– answer questions, be honest and get EXCITED to hit these final 5 weeks harder than the first 5!! Let’s do it!!


Homework for SSS week #6

  1. Halfway done report
  2. WRITE down you food intake 3 days this week(all of it!)
  3. Try on bikini Daily

… DIET!! Let’s focus hard on diet!!

p.s. Next week~ We’ll talk about ABS!!

 

Experienced Boosting Leg workout in detail with Video

I’ve had a ton of requests for more workout videos demonstrating an actual workout for an experienced level lifter who is in their BOOSTING phase.  The Boosting phase is all about lifting HEAVY with good recovery between sets.  The goal is to take about 2 minutes between each set.

SSS live workout: Experienced Boosting Legs

 

Experienced Boosting Legs (ph 3 log)

Lift Lower Body

LEGS
Squats
4 sets total×10, 8, 6, 10
Bulgarians
3×8-quads
Pliet Butt Squats
3×10-glutes/hams
Knee Extensions
4 sets total ×10, 8, 6, 10
Leg Curls (NOTE- I substituted DEAD LIFTS)
4 sets total ×10, 8, 6, 10
Walking Lunges- go HEAVY
2×10-15 -butt focus
Calf Raises
3×10

Videos- of this workout

Part 1- Squats

Bulgarians

Part 2- Pliet Butt Squats

Part 3-Knee Extensions

Part 4- Dead Lifts

Walking Lunges- do these with holding DB’s

and…

Calf Raises

After Baby ABS! “Fab Abs” Day 16

Tuesday Feb 17th; Day 16 Repeat day 2-  After Baby ABS! “Fab Abs” Day 2

It’s Day #16 in our “Fab Abs” challenge and Today I am sharing my AB Secrets with YOU!!

Your CHALLENGE for today is  to do the AB following AB workout from the AFTER BABY ABS BOOK!

TeamBuffMother.com MEMBERS!! I’ve uploaded my EBOOK version of the book free (this week only) for you!!

Download it here~

 http://www.teambuffmother.com/topic/s2s-abs-book-free-download

 

If you don’t have the book*…. this detailed video is an instructional how to do it and below you’ll find the exercises.

This video goes over the exercises contained within the book “After Baby ABS”

Starting on Page 12 of “After Baby ABS”

ABS–CPTME….SIMPLE 7 for 7 Do as a circuit 2x’s

Passive Abs- 24/7, posture, tummy-in
Sit ups- hands on hammies x15 reps focus on Crunch
Vacuums!! 10- 10 seconds daily these work Transverse
Knee ups- 15 reps focus on Eccentric
Traditional AB crunch- 15 reps focus on Crunch
Ball Crunches- 15 reps full extensions focus on Eccentric motion
Cats/Dogs-3 reps of 5 counts each position Transverse

 

 

I know you can regain your beautiful tummy, after babies and even after years of neglect— just use the info and put in the work!!
Love ya,
Michelle

 

 

Ab Secrets: “Fab Abs” Day 12

“Fab Abs” day 12 is all about Ab Secrets!!

First off let’s talk EXERCISE~ let’s LEARN more about your tummy and how to apply exercise and diet strategies that will create an optimal waistline.

I am a big believer that ab work can be done daily…and should be done that often when you are in “REBUILDING” mode. If you want to truly transform your tummy, constant focus and EFFORT is the only way you’ll get the change you desire. It’s not just doing SIT UPS– it’s more than that– That’s why we’ve had daily EXERCISE Challenges in this contest to expose you to a variety of exercise that shape your tummy.

Fab Abs day #12 Challenge–  read the 4 pages (attached and below- click to enlarge) from my AFTER BABY ABS BOOK And DO This circuit 3x’s

“C” ABS– 10 Ab Crunches focus hard on CRUNCHING hold if for 3 seconds each crunch

“T” ABS- Plank for 20 Seconds – keeping core tight and sucked in

“E” ABS- 10 Knee ups on a bench or chair…focus on LOWERING your legs slowly- resist the stretch, take 5 seconds to lower them on each rep

Have a super INFORMED day #12!!

Love ya’s,

Michelle

p.s. you can also take today and this weekend to “make up” any missed challenges!!

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After running ABS: “Fab Abs” Day #6

Day #6 ALREADY!!!

Today’s challenge today is to go for a run (at least a 5 min)  and the do this

“After Running ABS” workout:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBIptTcQEd0

 

In this video I coach you through an advanced ab routine that is stellar for getting you six pack abs:

  1. Old School sit ups to burning (about 15-30 reps)
  2. “Hands on Hammie” sit ups to burning (about 15-30 reps)
  3. Sit ups to each side to burning (about 15-25 reps)
  4. Labor sit ups x10 reps
  5. Ab Wheel x15
  6. Leg raises x 15reps each leg
  7. Knee ups x 15 reps be sure to focus on the eccentric
  8. Sit up with oblique twist x10 each side

After cardio/intervals/running is one of the VERY best times to challenge your abs! Take on the challenge and work it hard!!

Make me proud!!

-Michelle

p.s. any comments/likes/shares of my YouTube videos is such a blessing to me, thanks!!

 

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

“T” abs challenge: Fab Abs Day #5

Day #5 is upon us in our focus on our ABS or Core or Tummy or Pooch or Gut or Beer Belly Laughing

 

Okay so you get the point…we are in a continual war against our belly and constantly use our core in basically every move we make, so It is vital that we work towards keeping it strong!

 

In you workout today, and as you go through your be constantly focused in tightening and engaging your core.

 

The Day #5 Fab Abs Challenge is to do at least 15 vacuums of about 10 seconds each as you go through your day!

 

Vacuums are simply sucking in your tummy!
I find they produce HUGE results~ they work your
TRANSVERSE abs. “T-ABS”

These are highly important muscles that act as a “girdle” around your waist. The muscles run HORIZONTALLY and HOLD your organs in place.
They get stretched out from pregnancy, weight gain, inactivity, sickness and they need to be rebuilt!!  VACUUMS will do just that!
T ABS are worked whenever you practice good posture, and will respond even quicker if you aggressively work at rebuilding them through
exercises like vacuums.

One of the easiest ways to do them is to stand with your hands on your knees and suck your tummy in. Try to pull your belly button to your spine. You can do vacuums anywhere anytime- I did some last night while brushing my teeth and this morning sitting in the car.

 

Remember it works if you WORK IT!!

God Bless,

Michelle

After Baby ABS! “Fab Abs” Day 2

It’s Day #2 in our “Fab Abs” challenge and Today I am sharing my AB Secrets with YOU!!

Your CHALLENGE for today is  to do the AB following AB workout from the AFTER BABY ABS BOOK!

TeamBuffMother.com VIP MEMBERS!! I’ve uploaded my EBOOK version of the book free for you!!

Download it here~

 http://www.teambuffmother.com/topic/s2s-abs-book-free-download

 

If you don’t have the book*…. this detailed video is an instructional how to do it and below you’ll find the exercises.

This video goes over the exercises contained within the book “After Baby ABS”

Starting on Page 12 of “After Baby ABS”

ABS–CPTME….SIMPLE 7 for 7 Do as a circuit 2x’s

Passive Abs- 24/7, posture, tummy-in
Sit ups- hands on hammies x15 reps focus on Crunch
Vacuums!! 10- 10 seconds daily these work Transverse
Knee ups- 15 reps focus on Eccentric
Traditional AB crunch- 15 reps focus on Crunch
Ball Crunches- 15 reps full extensions focus on Eccentric motion
Cats/Dogs-3 reps of 5 counts each position Transverse

 

 

I know you can regain your beautiful tummy, after babies and even after years of neglect— just use the info and put in the work!!
Love ya,
Michelle

p.s. visit  my site www.AfterBabyAbs.com for a free assessment of your After baby body.

 

Fab Abs day 1: 30 Ab exercises

It’s DAY #1 in our “Fab Abs” challenge

Thanks and Congrats for joining this QUICK 28 day focus on whittling our waists!

Your 3 ASSIGNMENTS for today~

1- Take your starting pics and stats as outlined in yesterday’s post Info and Instructions: “Fab Abs” day 0

 

2- Set your goals based upon your stats/pics. Keep them attainable and ACTION based, some example goals:

  • to lose 1 inch off my tummy
  • do 10 mins of ab exercises daily
  • add in 3 interval sessions/weekly to help burn fat
  • eliminate dessert from my diet
  • increase my fiber and protein intake, etc…
  • Take these 28 days to establish at least 1 good TIGHT TUMMY habit

 

3- Do this Day #1 “Fab Abs” Challenge: complete at least 10 reps of 20 different AB exercises. I’ve shown examples of 30 varieties below~

 
Ab Adductor V’s
Ab Ball Rope Climb
Ab Crunch- feet on floor or feet up
Ab Crunch Pump legs up
Ab Flutters
Ab Isolation Crunches
Ab Jump Twists
Ab Scissors
Ab Wheel
Ball Crunches
Bicycle Crunches
Cats
Dumbbell Side Crunch
Ball Oblique Crunch
Lower AB Leg Lift
Lower Back Extensions
Knee Ups
Knee UPs- SIDES
High Knee Abs
Hula Hoop Abs
Oblique Sit ups and Crunches
Oblique Twist Crunch
Sit ups Variations- Old School, Hands on Hammies and Labor
Pilates Leg lifts- Low and High
Pelvic Tilts
Planks- beginner and side
Roll Ups
Reverse Crunches
Vacuums
V-ups

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Gym Angel Products & Review

Michelle Berger introduces the full line of Gym Angel Supplements!! http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/gym-angel.html

Gym Angel is dedicated to producing formulas that are specifically geared towards the needs of today’s modern woman. Gone are the days of women simply wanting to be “skinny”. Today’s woman wants to be strong and sexy!
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I love this product it is easy to take and full of the BEST omegas– I really feel it helps decrease my inflammation allowing my joints to withstand more training!

Gym Angel: Omega Angel

Fish Oil Softgels Support Health & Wellness*

Contains Powerful EPA/DHA With Enteric Coating And Citrus Flavor

Gym Angel Omega Angel Product Guide

  • Powerful EPA/DHA
  • Enteric Coated and Citrus Flavor (No Fish Burps!)
  • Free From Heavy Metals and Other Toxins
  • Vitamin E Fortified To Protect the Fish Oil
  • 100% Nordic Fish Oils

Omega Angel™ is a very high quality Nordic fish oil product that is 60% DHA/EPA. This is an extremely high level which allows for the overall consumption of less fat and cholesterol from your omega 3 intake. Not only are these Nordic fish oil softgels a nutritional masterpiece, but they are enteric coated and citrus flavored so they smell/taste very good and you will not get any regurgitation (fish oil burps) that is common with cheaper more crude fish oil formulations. Our Nordic fish oil is also free from all contaminants and is molecularly protected with the inclusion of vitamin E so you can be assured of the utmost quality.

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Gym Angel Pure Angel Product Guide

  • Encourages daily regularity*
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight*
  • Fast results*

Some women wrongly proclaim themselves “FAT”. For many, that puffy belly may not be fat at all, but instead accumulated feces in the digestive tract. Unless you have a high fiber diet, chances are you have lots of thick buildup in your gastrointestinal tract. It’s sometimes difficult to keep your system functioning smoothly with many of the highly processed foods that we consume on a daily basis. Processed foods can be very rough for your body to handle and excrete properly. Pure Angel™ can help!

Pure Angel™ discretely and gently helps your body’s digestive tract remain in a healthy equilibrium where it can flush out foods that are hard on the body while simultaneously being overly discrete.* With Pure Angel™ you won’t have one of those embarrassing moments where you find yourself needing to run to the women’s room stat!

 

I’ve been using this product for over a month, at first I was skeptical but after the first couple half doses of 1 pill I increased to the full dose of 2 at night before bed. I felt it helped my digestion and decreased my morning bathroom issues.  I will continue to take this product.

 

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Day 10 ~ Thursday

This week’s diet focus is to Eat More Greens! Our fitness focus for the week is increasing Strength. You want to add a few pounds….to your barbell!
Check out today’s suggested workout 6pack of LACROIX: http://youtu.be/egrPlp_NMzI

“6 pack of LACROIX”

Repeat this circuit 2 times

1)   L= Leg raises: 7each leg

2)   A= Around the worlds: 7 each direction

3)   C= Crunches  (feet on floor): 14 reps

4)   R= Reverse crunches: 14 reps

5)   0= Oblique Twists: 7 each direction

6)   I= Incline Bicycles: 14 reps

7)   X= X leg raises: 14 reps

 

Today’s Diet Challenge

Drink some TEA today…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

 

Today’s Personal Challenge

It’s Thankful Thursday…Be sure to think about something you are thankful for today. Simply,   just say “thank you” MORE! 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!!

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com