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Finally!!! I have time to sit and truly blog!  I’ve been so busy keeping up with all the new member registrations, questions, contest info and questions that I’ve not taken the time to truly “REFLECT” on my own goals for the 6 to Sexy contest.

It’s already Day 3 of SEXY!!

If you haven’t already please visit today’s Contest POST:

http://www.teambuffmother.com/…-day-3-4-daily-tasks

And do your Week 1 Challenge (my big GOAL for TODAY)!!

Week #1~ 6 Weeks to SEXY! (6toSexy) Stats, pics and WHY?

Today’s workout will be~
Fasted bike (just finished 28mins) and this afternoon Lift Lower Body and ABS…I had to skip the LIFTING yesterday due to cracking bruising and cutting the back of my heel with a chair, hubby having a flat tire and simply running out of TIME/Energy.  I did however get in 20 mins fasted biking…so that’s better than NOTHING!

Now to reflect on yesterday’s “It takes Brains to be SEXY” assignment:

3 Simple steps  to help your mindset be prepared for success in this contest.

It takes BRAINS to be SEXY!

 

STEP #1 Goal Setting~ …what do I want to accomplish?
Take an honest look at where you are at and make goals that are attainable, yet challenging.

~Start by taking your pictures and stats (I will do this today!!).
Even though I don’t have the pics or stats fully taken, I KNOW where I am at. I am weighing in daily 131 to 133 pounds which means I am holding FAT in my tummy and upper body mostly. My fall clothes are all tight and trust me the weight gain is NOT MUSCLE   The cold hard truth is that I’ve been slacking on my diet and I’ve also been “skipping” some of my workouts.  Time to buckle down!

~Set an “EVENT”

The movie I am www.thephoneintheattic.com in was just selected to be featured in the HOT SPRINGS HORROR FILM FESTIVAL on October 23-26th. That’s a goal date for me to look better, then keep pressing in to have even better results come the final day of our contest on Nov. 2nd!

#2 Control your Thoughts~ Have purposeful thoughts…
Be sure to journal or blog here about what you are thinking.
Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Where am I at in taking care of my health?

I am in a good place. Recently I’ve been TRYING several things, all to find that they’ve been no help. So I’m taking “time off”those items and pressing into taking my blood glucose levels throughout the day to try and figure some things out with it.  For those of you that don’t know, about 2 years ago, I found out I have rather bad insulin resistance and have been eating very low carb since then. Recently I’ve not found the success with it that I first did.  I’m exploring adding in a few more carbs but need to watch my blood glucose levels and symptoms as I do so.

  • Do I need to visit the Dr.? or enlist professional help?

I have, and will if I feel I need assistance with my insulin issues.  Fall is coming and I’m scared of how the lack of Vit D. affects me.  May need to go tanning, lol!

  • What have I been doing with my time the past few months?

I’ve been keeping busy that’s for sure, but not very productive.  I feel like I’m just hitting my stride again the past couple weeks. Thank God for the kids being back in school!

  • I’m I “over-booked” OR “under-booked”

I’m perfectly booked at the moment, which for me is slightly overbooked.  I work best when I have a extra stuff going on. Just have to keep it from becoming WAY TOO MUCH!

  • Am I happy? What will make me truly happy?

I have to be honest, I should be happy, but I am not really at the moment. I’d describe myself at PEACE, but needing to find my JOY/Happiness.  I feel that I’m at a crossroads in life/business, but am confident that after a few changes are implemented I’ll be at a HAPPIER place.

What makes me truly happy is knowing I am making an impact on others for good.  And Knowing that I am truly being a “light in the darkness” for God.

 

  • Have I  been focusing on fueling your body with the NUTRIENTS it needs?

Not exactly! I’ve got to get more focused on this. A big stumbling block for me recently is that I’ve been slowly gaining weight without really eating as much as I know I “should” be eating. I’m scared to eat all that I know I should because I feel that would lead to more weight gain.  It’s a vicious cycle because then my workouts suffer, my recovery suffers and I remain stagnant in my progress.  IT’s a mental battle and a battle of insulin/blood sugar ~ PLUS some thyroid issues added in.  As I mentioned above…I do plan to strategically add in a few more carbs- specifically during my next boosting phase (in 10 days) for now I’m keeping it low carb/lower cals to press into my buffing.

 

#3 Commitment to your goals~ Quitting is not an option..
Are you committed to follow through?

Yes, I’m very committed!  I will not quit even if I don’t exactly attain my goals.

I just finished praying this prayer over each of you who committed to be  in the contest individually:
“Dear Jesus,
I pray for __________  to feel the Spirit of God upon her as she embarks on the “6 to Sexy” journey.  Let your Holy Spirit guide her through every choice. Let her know the love You hold for her; let her receive confidence to press into the beauty within her. Thank you so much for being our King we love and adore you!! Amen”

I’m going to pray this same prayer over myself throughout the 6 weeks. I need God’s Help to be sexy!

I’m going to get my shower done NOW!! I am soaked from just completing my biking.

Love,

Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

30 day “Get Buff”- Day 1

30 day “Get Buff”- Day 1

First off THANKS so much for joining in on our contest!! more info is located about the contest in yesterday’s blog– check it out: GET BUFF contest!!

The workout program** I’ve designed for our contest is very different from what I normally use in my own fitness program and in training the majority of my clients. This program is a  Full Body training routine! Every workout program has it’s advantages and I believe NOW is a great time for a FULL BODY plan! It’ll provide us some fun, FAST results!

For those of you new to fitness- a “FULL BODY” workout routine simply means that each time you lift weights you address your full body- so you will do exercises for your upper body and lower body all in the same workout.

Personally,  I am at a good point with my fitness MOJO, but I am greedy– I’d like some MORE MOJO!!

Currently, I’ve been struggling to get in my gym workouts with the chaos of the kids being activities and my preference to “play”- I would rather go hiking, spend time on my tractor, play tennis or go run sprints, than workout in the gym.  In order to find some MOJO for me and, YOU, my fellow TEAMMATES,   I put together a routine that will “shake up” our lifting routine, help us get back into lifting again, give us new insights, allow for muscle gain, and get us some FAST weight loss results!
** You are FREE to follow whatever workout routine you desire during the 30 days, this workout plan is for those who want to try it and those who don’t already have a plan to follow**

Workout:

 

Workout # DAY #1
“Basics”DAY
Exercises: Chest:
Bench
4sets of x10 reps
Legs:
Squats
4×10
Back:
Pull ups
2xfailure
ABS:
Knee ups
4×25
Crunches
2×15
Rest between sets 1-2 mins between sets

 

Substitutions:

Bench: Push ups, wall push ups, DB Press, Chest press
Squats: Body weight squats, Band Squats, Dumbell Squats, Leg Press, Lunges
Pull ups: Band over hook pull downs, Pull downs, inverted/supine pull ups, DB rows, etc…..

Need help with exercises?? use google or Here are Some video links- http://buffmother.com/video

“GET BUFF” CONTEST Diet :

A lot of results can happen in just 30 days of working out but if you really want to get results you need to FOCUS on your diet also.  For this contest we will have a “Daily Diet Focus” and OVERALL “5&5+” Diet goal:

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)

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!

Today’s Diet Focus:

Drink more WATER! Strive for at least 1 gallon a day~ You need water to keep your body hydrated, kidneys working properly, flush the toxins and fat out of your system.  Also be aware that you need more water to digest protein than any other type of food…so as you up your protein intake you need to up your water intake.

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Let’s get after it and keep our focus!! Consistency is key!!!

Your friend,
Michelle

p.s. EXAMPLE ACTUAL WORKOUT~
Lifting~ “Basics” DAY#1- full body

Chest:
warm up- push ups 12 reps
Bench
45#x15 (warm up)
95#x 10 x 2sets
115# x 9 x2sets

Legs:
Squats
45×15 (warm up)
95×10
135x3x10

Back:
Pull ups 10, 8

ABS:
Knee ups
4×25 (set 1 after bench, set 2 after squats, set 3 after set 1 of pull ups, set 4 affter pull ups)
Crunches
2×15 (set 1 after set 1 of pull ups, set 2 after pull ups)

Extras:
play with kids- various activity
Hip lifts, rotation, boxing drills, stationary lunges with butt out, hip thrust, stretching, knee extensions (light- 2sets)- all between lifting sets
+ hiking in the woods for 2 hours

day 1 “Get Buff”

Just do it! 6 Week Contest

Just do it! 6 week performance results based contest is set to Start on Monday the 18th!!

The coolest thing about this contest is that it’s YOU competing with YOU!!  We are going to have 5-6 TESTS that you will do the first and last weeks of the contest so that you can see how much you’ve improved in each area of your “fitness” over the 6 week time frame. Each TEST will also have a point system attached to it so that you MEASURE your results against others results too also, which will help the judges determine who wins! YOUR goal will be to improve on each of the TESTS as much as possible over the 6 week time frame and therefore get as many points possible.  The cool thing is that once you do the contest once you could always repeat it in the future and compare your points from your previous results.

You may be wondering, What are the tests?  Well….I’m not going to tell you ahead of time!  I don’t want anyone to get a “head start” or be concerned about how good or bad you may do on the specific tests until it’s TIME to do them, lol!  The element of surprise is key to getting your baseline, starting test results.  I will assure you that the TESTS will be stuff all of you can do!  There will be built in substitutions for various fitness levels or physical constraints.

MY goal during the 6 weeks of the contest is to help you with weekly tips on how to improve in each of the TESTS.  The first time you test may be the first time you’ve ever done it, that’s okay….that only means you’ll have an even bigger chance of improvement.

The HELP I’ll be giving will be instructional, educational and applicable to making you perform better for your end of 6 week testing session.  I’ll be uploading video, photos, articles, insights, tips, exercises, drill,  etc… to the Rally Room throughout the 6 weeks so that you can see great gains in your performance!!!

I thin this contest will be a blast!  You’ll love it because it’s not all about visual or weight results it’s about PERFORMANCE RESULTS, so anyone can compete and anyone can win!!

Details:

Start date~ January 18-26, 2010

End date~ February 28th, 2010

Prizes; TBA; They’ll be good, promise!!

Judging criteria- Points and Participation (blogging your journey and encouraging/helping others through theirs)

Prize eligibility requirements:

All contestants must be active members of the female only Team BuffMother Rally Room (www.therallyroom.com)
All contestants must officially enter by simply posting a comment in the contest post in the Rally Room(late entries will be allowed through Tues, Jan 26th)
All contestants must submit  via e-mail a final entry form to michelle@buffmother.com by March 8th, 2010- I will provide a simple “form” for this and will include your basic information, a photo of you, start and finish testing results and your thoughts on the contest
So…If you want to join us on this fun Fitness Adventure, just sign up at www.therallyroom.com!! Everyone can do this!!

NEWS!!!

Big news for me today! I have made the decision to enter a contest. What contest, I am not 100% sure. It all depends on finding someone to take care of the kids for possibly 5 days and about $2000 dollars. Contests are not cheap! I plan to log my training progress here with all sorts of revealing photos and insights into my life. So hold on for the ride. I am currently 11 weeks out. So plenty of time to mold my body into perfection