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Be Determined

HEY!!! Welcome to Week #2 of our “Six to SEXY” contest!!!
I hope you are refreshed from your rest day to hit it hard this week.

 

The word for today is DETERMINED!!

 

I am so DARN DETERMINED to get to my goal!! I love that feeling of FOCUS!!!
DETERMINATION is a GREAT thing!!!

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”
-Tommy Lasorda (American Baseball Player and Coach, b.1927)

“Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.”
– H. H. Swami Tejomayananda (Indian , b.1950)

“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”
– Sonia Johnson

My determination will lead me to workout hard again today!!! I am on fire!!

 

hope you are equally DETERMINED to get your workout done and make it better than your last one!!  Lift heavier, push harder and focus on getting results at the gym!!

 

Today’s workout suggestion is:

Upper body, ABS and Intervals

Be sure to start with a warm up- 10 mins on the bike is a great place to start

 

UPPER BODY- Circuit- do all exercises upper body in the order as listed; repeat the circuit 3 times.  #1 then immediately #2 then immediately #3 etc…then the entire series again for 3 rounds
EXERCISES DATE
UPPER BODY
#1-Chest press or Push ups regular or on knees lbs.
3 sets to  failure reps.
#2-Rows- machine or bent over holding dumbbells lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.
#3- Tricep machine or Chair dips- for triceps lbs.
3 sets of 10 reps each reps.
#4-shoulder press machine or DB Shoulder Press lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.
#5-Bicep machine curls or DB Bicep Curl lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.
#6-Cable tricep push downs or Tricep extension lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.
#7-Standing Lateral/Side shoulder Raises (flies) with DB’s lbs.
3 sets of  10 reps reps.

ABS:

 

ABS–CPTME…SIMPLE 7 for 7 – REFER to my book “AFTER BABY ABS” for an explanation of these exercises and terms
Passive Abs
Sit ups- hands on hammies
Vacuums!! 10- 10 seconds daily
Knee ups- roman chair are best
Traditional AB crunch
Ball Crunches
Cats/Dogs

Then intervals like these:

Stair mill
15 mins of intervals
hard mins at 8 and 9 easy mins at 6
+ 8 mins cool down on r-bike

 

ALSO, Don’t forget about CHARTING YOUR HORMONES~ Here’s some questions to ask yourself~

1- what cycle day is it for you?
2- what was your weight today?
3- do you notice any water retention in your body? if yes, where?
4- are there any “other” factors of importance to note about your weight gain or loss today?

 

BE DETERMINED to reach your goals!! And remember that together we CAN change the world for the better!!! Let’s Be DETERMINED to lead by EXAMPLE and in turn help every woman be inspired become their best ALSO!!

 

Love,

Michelle

BELIEVE!! (week 05 coaching topic)

This week’s coaching topic is about Belief!! We all have things we believe deeply in.  I challenge you to increase your BELIEF level this week!! You need to BELIEVE!
In this video I assign a “homework” task for you…
EACH DAY THIS WEEK WRITE AN “I BELIEVE…” STATEMENT IN YOUR JOURNAL DAILY!
Here’s the video:

 

A few of my Beliefs:

~I believe… in Jesus! My Christian Testimony

~I believe… I LOVE YOU ALL!! It is fun to have such great friends like you~ and it is really fun to realize I truly LOVE YOU!!

~I believe… thistles have beautiful flowers  Isn’t that amazing…that a horrible icky weed like thistles can have VERY beautiful flowers?! I was running outside today around the yet to be built area of our neighborhood and the lots were full of TALL thistles…and noticed how pretty the purple flowers were on them. God probably made them that way as a reminder that even things (or people) in life that poke us, hurt us, stick us, cut us, etc…. still can produce beautiful flowers!!

~I believe… in the power of REST! In looking back at this week, I had a GREAT one. I took a couple extra days “off” of working out, but made my workout days count and It was great despite it is usually one of my roughest hormonal times (c-days: 19, 20, 21, 22) of the month!!! I am pumped about it~ I followed my own advice and RESTED more than I usually let myself REST and it keep myself HAPPY, unstressed, productive, loving, patient and healthy! In addition to the rest I was a good girl about taking my “boosting” supplements and they always help with keeping my hormones balanced. Soooo, I feel great! and ready to hit my LEG workout today HARD and have another super week of Boosting!!

~I believe… in Adrenalin~ I love thrills and wild rides- watching wild fight, wild sports etc…I am an adrenalin junkie and I’m excited for the adrenalin to come this week!

~I believe… in PURPOSE. WE ALL have a purpose for our lives…do you have a vision of what your’s is? I know mine…it is to HELP WOMEN- as simple as that! I’d like to help every woman in the world have HOPE- I want to share the message that YOU have the power to change YOUR body, life and legacy.Does that sound do-able? LOL! I BELIEVE it is!!Now, I have not always had this VISION for my PURPOSE…it has taken time, effort and GOD’s timing to reveal it in my life. I’ve only had a CLEAR VISION for my purpose for the past 2-3 years. Until then I was searching and honestly more than a little frustrated…I had an uneasy feeling, I knew I was supposed to do something, but WHAT??I really believe that God put me through every part of my life for a reason…even the bad parts. I now see how things that seemed bad at the moment, have turned to work for my favor NOW. I’ve also gained a ton of WISDOM through my struggles and my triumphs. Without the past 32 years of my life I wouldn’t be me and I wouldn’t be ready to attack my PURPOSE.A couple books that helped me in finding my purpose are: the BIBLE, “Reduce me to LOVE” by Joyce Meyer and “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson Keep on Believing and keep striving towards your PURPOSE…YOU HAVE ONE!!

~I believe…in PAIN without it we don’t know the joy of being pain free, lol!
NO PAIN, NO GAIN is also true~ if you want results you have to push into some pain…lactic acid pain, the pain of sacrifice, the pain of having to take ANOTHER shower! ON AND ON…. PAIN is an important part of life!I
~I believe… To WIN no one needs to LOSE~I read that statement somewhere last week…and it STRUCK me! I am very competitive, and LOVE to WIN…AND I also LOVE seeing others win. HOWEVER, there are times when I catch myself in a contest with someone wishing that they would LOSE~so I can WIN. I DON’T want to EVER think that way.
That’s why I LOVE that no one has to lose in order for ME to win!! We can all win~ woohoo! WooHoo!

~I believe… in leading by my actions…case in point my workout today. I don’t ask my clients to do anything I am unwilling to do myself. SOOOO…Since, I am on the same workout schedule as one of my clients LISA of NE, I decided to do the same workout as her today. The friendly “competition” really helped push me to excel and be relentless! Thanks LISA!
~I believe… my day was a good one! I am rather sore…I guess that’s what happens when you don’t workout for a week or so, lol!

I believe in relationships…we are made for this purpose. The reason God created man was so he could have “relationship”…that is AMAZING! And makes me realize that the HAPPIEST times of my life have been when I am actively seek out relationships with other people. I am a very independent person and have at times a tendency to isolate myself from interacting with others. It is my natural “I can do it better by myself” attitude. However, it is not very fun nor is it very rewarding when others are not involved in the process or the reward. That’s why I love the Rally Room! It keeps me in relationship with others and gives me a place to easily give my energy away through encouraging others!! I love the RELATIONSHIPS I have been blessed with in TEAM BUFFMOTHER!!

Some GREAT Belief Quotes:

Mark 11:23,24 Jesus said ” I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this Mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”
“You’ve got to believe you’ve got it, before you get it”- Joyce Meyer

“As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.” -Voltaire

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”-Oprah

“God didn’t have time to make a nobody, only a somebody.I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition.”~Mary Kay Ash

“Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.”
-Norman Vincent Peale

“You can do it if you believe you can!”-Napoleon Hill

Keep on Believing Ladies~
LOVE,
Michelle

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


off my HINEY

Yesterday was cycle day 23…enough said, lol!  No seriously it wasn’t bad at all…I actually had a good day! Today in contrast has already been a hormonal struggle~ I must remember “It’s just my HORMONES!”…Chill out Michelle!

 

Today is Day #2 of our HH Contest and in the forum post I talk more specifically about ways to really CHANGE your butt: BIG Butt Work

 

My butt goal~ build up/keep my butt muscles throughout my track training; My visual is of my own butt Hormonal Timing downladed e book 8-5-09.pdf_page_128_of_130

 

My butt habit to incorporate~ Lift heavier! I’ve been in “recovery mode” from a neck injury for the past couple months…now that I am healthy again it’s time to challenge myself on the weights.  Lower reps and higher weights~ Heavy lifting provides amazing muscle growth!

My butt habit to eliminate~ Sitting! get off my HINEY! I’ll be using my standing work station

 

Yesterday, I was really  sore and tired from Sunday’s track workout. But I did manage to do a short back workout

Bent over DB Lat rows- 2 sets Inverted Pull ups- 4 sets Ab Wheel- 1 set Lateral and front raises- 10#plates 1 set Bicep Curls- 2 sets Pull ups- one set of 8

 

Today my plan is to lift Chest/triceps/Abs and run hill intervals. I also need to take my butt starting pictures!

 

Off to get off my HINEY! I’ll be using my standing work station a lot over the next 3 weeks!

Have a happy day~

Michelle

Thoughts

Sorry, I’m a bit slow at getting the contest post for today written, but think it’s got some GREAT info in it:

Also, be sure to READ and COMMENT on Kim’s Featured “SEXY ARTICLE”:
Today has proven to be a good day of DEEP Thoughts.  I’ve been in a time of indecision on how to proceed with my business.  I am 100% committed to being a leader in the fitness industry forever, but I am not sure of my NEXT BIG MOVE?  If you would, could you please pray for guidance and for God to open up doors toward the right path that will help me complete my MISSION on earth?  I want so much to help people know what I know about fitness, life, confidence, hormones, goals, dreams, business, etc…  And I want to learn more!  I am hungry for SUCCESS and wanting to help others BE SUCCESSFUL in the process!

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

  1. Cycle day- 12 I feel like I’m close to ovulation…a bit of ovary tenderness, a bit of a tummy bloat, a bit more emotional, but overall really happy.  I am really at peace despite being “injured” and I even feel a bit sexy
  2. Weight- 132.8..I didn’t end up weighing yesterday, but this number being up was pretty much expected.  Sitting on my butt doing NOTHING, taking advil, etc… doesn’t lead to weight loss, lol!  I think a short walk will be nice and tomorrow I’ll attempt a light workout.
  3. Sexy To do’s– Finish my “pedicure” that I started yesterday.  Also, I’ve been going through my extra make up and cleaning it out along with discovering some fun items I forgot.   I’d also like to organize my thoughts about my APRIL THEME- “ABS APRIL”!  Should be a fun SEXY focus for the month.
  4. Workout- a walk– probably only 10 mins, but it’s something
  5. Meal POA- NO CARBs…no workouts for my body means no glucose burned which means my insulin resistance is in full force and carbs can’t be consumed or I FEEL IT as “Sludge” in my veins. Sad but true   Some foods I do plan to eat: salad and STEAK.  I have a ribeye that needs to be grilled ASAP!  Gonna cook it now!
  6. Sexy Actions– Wear perfume.  Hubby accused me of not wearing any last night…he said he was the only one who smelled good in this relationship~ WHAT?! I’ll show him, HA!

Time to get some things done besides THINKING today!! Toodles!!

-Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Terrible Tally!

I am TOTALLY failing at my attempt to TALLY my workouts and other stuff for the year, lol!! I’m glad I only committed to test trying to do it this January.  It’s just not my personality to be able to tally, lol!! I am too much of a “fly by the seat of my pants” type girl.  ALTHOUGH I do love journaling and keeping track of things in my notebook by using lists etc… I just can be on regime to do certain things every day like tally, lol!

This weekend was a good 3 days off official workouts and I am OK with it because I was really active and I knew my hormones were high…Saturday I was in a terrible mood 🙁 cycle day 23 this month.  And my cycle ended up only being 25 days this month.  Not sure I like that???  Anyhow, It’s cycle day 1 today and I’m gonna hit the weights for a chest workout and a run.

I’ve been thinking more about us doing a contest here in the rally room to prepare for our “VEGAS” trip– I think it’ll be similar to the Six 2 Sexy contest we did a couple years back~ Check it out:

http://therallyroom.com/node/34832

 

Congrats again to Kim for her win in the 28 days to Christmas contest~ her prize is a BuffMother STARTER PACK~ I know she’ll put it to work!!

Have a great day,

Michelle

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28 days of Christmas: Day 12

XMAS Day 12: I believe in the power of your hormones! I am actually obsessed with HORMONES, lol! HORMONES control EVERYTHING!! I track mine daily, I analyze others daily, I research them constantly and I believe hormones can make you fat and have the power to make you thin. This belief is what has led me to build the body that won 5 figure titles the year after having my 3 and 4 children after a c-section and what has keep me buff ever since! This belief is how my client gain GREAT results so very quickly, and this belief is what the HORMONAL TIMING program is all about.

Many of you are long time followers of BuffMother.com and know some about what I am talking about, but for those of you who do not, I encourage you to start by simply tracking your hormonal cycle. Day 1 is the first day of your period. Things you should note daily include your mood, appetite, energy level, motivation level, focus, stress level, strength, soreness, water retention (weight), pain, libido, etc… Even tracking for as little as one month WILL open your eyes to the affects your hormones have on EVERY aspect of your life.
As you track for 2 to 3 months patterns will emerge…you will see when you are just “off” or when you are “ON”, when you feel confident and days when you just want to hide in a cave, you will notice what days are GREAT for sex and what days you typically say NO WAY! KNOWING all of these things about yourself will open up a whole new understanding of how to plan your life, allow you to set realistic expectations for yourself on a day by day basis. WE as women are NOT the same on monthly cycle day 5 and cycle day 25! You must realize that!! And account for it in your life, your fitness, your diet and your supplementation.

So I implore you to start to chart NOW!!
And ladies that don’t have monthly periods~ if you have ovaries you still have a cycle~ chart your symptoms and you will “see” when your hormones are being nice and when they are being naughty 👿

On to today~ Woohoo only 17 days left of our contest!!
And I am totally impressed with so many of YOUR Workouts!!  YOU ROCK!!!

Today is another LEG WORKOUT~ LET’s work it hard!! It’s the last Leg workout in PHASE 1…On MONDAY the workouts will change.  Strive to Lift heavier than last leg workout and give this one your all!!

and don’t forget to start tracking your HORMONES!! Here’s a handy chart for you!

http://buffmother.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Hormonal-Timing-Chart.pdf

xoxo~

Michelle

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

Am I a hermit?

I seriously am worried I’m turning into a HERMIT.  I don’t want to leave my house!  I know my hormones tend to make me feel this way monthly, but I am seriously feeling more and more like I don’t want to venture away from my “Sanctuary” of a ranch.  We moved out to the country about a year ago and I’m totally diggin it!  I’ve learned so much about myself this past year…I love doing so many things that I never knew existed prior to this past year.

I love driving a tractor I love planting fields I love brush hogging I love building big fires I love running hills on a dirt trail I love hunting varmits I love shooting guns (i got a hand gun and a shot gun!) I love making mulch (our anniversary present was a small mulcher) I love cutting down weeds and sumac!! it makes me feel powerful! I love working out at home! (I never thought that’d be the case) I enjoy the sunrise (Before this year, I barely ever got up to see one, lol)

…I could keep going but the point is that life is so amazing– a constant adventure and discovery!!

So far our 28days of Chistmas is a success!! tons of posting tons of fun #workoutproof pictures~ tons of great women who I’m so excited to get to know better!!

I got in my workout last evening at about 6pm… here’s my proof pic~ I’m sore today!!

Today I hope to get my workout done earlier.  Upper body and a run is on tap!!

Have a GREAT day #2!!

Love,

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