Seek and you will find

I have been SEEKING this year.

Matthew 7:7-8: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Looking, thinking, digging deep, praying and truly SEEKING to find what road to take next in my journey.  At this point I have found 2 things-

#1 I need to leave behind some of the old in order to make room for the new
#2 I need to make my life a bit more private by limiting and adjusting my social media

I’ll keep pushing into SEEKING as I am still looking, but at least I can take action on somethings until then.

Workouts this week have been:
Monday: Back, shoulders and some legs @gym +Stretch and Slip-drill Abs
Tuesday: Hills + sprints run outside +Stretch and Bulgarians
Today is Legs!! YAY!! and Shoulder Press


HAVE YOU been doing our JUMPSTART CHALLENGE exercises?? I post them daily on social media, just jump in and do them with us!! Also, please comment that you did it when complete.

I have been cleaning all afternoon.  Got my office clean, the entryway floor mopped, and the Christmas tree down!! I have to finish with the workout room.  It need to keep it clean for my clients.  If you would like to train with me here’s more info

Life is looking up!
Have a great HUMP DAY!

Love, Michelle

Jumpstart Challenge

Join the free “JUMPSTART” 1 daily exercise challenge–

JUMPSTART your Strength training by doing 1 exercise per day.
JUMPSTART your Momentum
JUMPSTART your Discipline
JUMPSTART your Pride
JUMPSTART your body’s natural Hormone production
JUMPSTART Yourself with this Month long challenge

I’ll post a short video demo of 1 exercise daily and your job is to do it, then comment that it’s done!! The exercises will be simple moves that need very minimal equipment (dumbbells, a ball, a chair). Join in on the fun and JUMPSTART your fitness! Who’s with me??

Full Playlist

DAILY Summary:

  1. Push ups
  2. Squats
  3. Knee ups
  4. Chest Press
  5. Lunges
  6. Adductors
  7. Lat Rows
  8. Dead Lift
  9. Slip-drill Abs
  10. Bulgarians
  11. Shoulder Press
  12. Side Lunge
  13. Pump Ups
  14. Underbutts
  15. Bicep Curls
  16. Step Ups
  17. Ladders on the ball
  18. Hip Ups
  19. Dips- on chair
  20. Calf Raises
  21. Leg Raises for ABS
  22. Booty Pops
  23. Arnolds
  24. Walking Lunges
  25. Dancing Abs
  26. Side Leg Raises
  27. Kick Backs
  28. Ball Leg Curls
  29. Cat and Dogs
  30. Hip Thrusts
  31. Upright Rows

Congrats you are done!! Be sure to comment and share the challenge with your friends!!

p.s. ALSO– A Big thanks to my workout wear sponsor “FAITH FIT”



Gearing up for 2017– Jumpstart Challenge

We are just a few days from 2017 and I for one am very excited!!

Today I announced our January Challenge….the “Jumpstart” January 1 daily exercise challenge– PLUS toward the end of January I’ll be announcing a BIGGER, longer contest type challenge!! Get ready to get BUFF in 2017!!

Jumpstart January will be all about JUMPSTARTING your strength training by doing 1 exercise per day. I’ll post a short video daily and your job is to do it then comment that it’s done!! The exercises will be simple moves that need very minimal equipment (dumbbells, a ball, a chair or an exercise band). Join in on the fun and JUMPSTART your fitness in 2017!! Who’s with me??

Today I filmed the first 14 days of exercises and I’ll be uploading them to YouTube. I’ll also be promoting them on social media daily.  You won’t miss them 🙂

In other news, yesterday I had a good workout day after having basically taken Tues off.  I say basically because I did train 2 clients which always involves me doing some exercising with them and I did run for about 8 mins of intervals with a client that day.  Yesterday I had a real workout. I ran outside in my tank and pants, it was 65!  It was the first time I had ran on the uneven trail for about 2 months, my joints are certainly telling me so today!  After the run I did a short lifting workout:

PBJ butt sandwich
Bent over Row
Kettle bell swings
Inverted Pull Ups
One arm KB rows

Then a stretching session– I was certainly a bit tired by this point.

This week I have also been dealing with bladder pain.  Not worried that it’s a UTI but still it’s annoying!  The same cycle day last month (cday10) was when it was bad also– I doubt it’s a coincidence.

Hope you join in on the JUMPSTART CHALLENGE!

Happy New Year, Michelle

Lara Braddy – Shine in 49 2nd Place Winner

We actually had a tie for 2nd place in the Shine in 49 Contest and tomorrow will feature our other hardworking winner!  Today’s Featured 2nd Place winner is…..

Name: Lara Braddy (Nebraska Lara)

Age: 41

Number of Children: 0 human, 1 chocolate lab, Jake who I love like my kid!

Why did you enter the Shine in 49 contest by BuffMother?

I needed a positive change in my life and this contest was the jumpstart I needed. For the past 10 years I was not taking care of myself, unhappy, and very out of shape. Considering I have always taken pride in my appearance, I’m not sure how my weight and unhealthy lifestyle got this out of control.  I’ve been hanging around the BuffMother Rally Room for about a year now and have gotten to know some pretty amazing women. These are the women I look up to and want to be like.  My Dad used to tell me to hang around people you want to be like – I’m finally getting what he means.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 49 days?

Accountability & Encouraging my teammates:  I made it a habit to stay accountable by posting in the Rally Room pretty much every day. My goal was to stay positive and encourage other ladies during the contest. It’s really amazing what blogging and encouraging does for your spirits!


Tracking Eats:  I tracked everything I ate for the first half of the contest to get in the habit of portion control and sticking to healthy, unprocessed foods.  I gave up artificial and regular sugars with exception to incidentals here and there. When I felt I was getting off course a bit, I would go right back to tracking my food to get back on track. Overall though, I would say that my eating habits were pretty stellar during the contest. I had some serious willpower in the beginning, and then later on, it felt easy to resist all the junk.


Consistent Workouts: I didn’t follow the workout plans 100% but my goal was to establish consistency with my workouts at least 5 times a week. On Sunday, I would plan all my workouts for the week .They didn’t always happen because of a Birthday, or niece’s dance recital here and there but for the most part, I really did well sticking to my plan.  I did a combination of exercises including Michelle’s weekly workout plans, new cardio classes (kickboxing, Zumba, Body Burn, Yoga and some running (ugh!).


Motivational Posters, Facebook, Pinterest: I made it a point to “Like” as many fitness icons, positive, healthy eating pages as possible.  This way, every time I’m on Facebook or Pinterest (which is a lot!), I get new ideas and have a constant reminder of getting healthy and fit! I think I stole most of these from Brenda, Michelle and Crystal!

How do you feel about your success?

I feel AMAZING and my Confidence is higher now than I can ever remember! I feel like I can do anything now if I set my mind to it! The fact that I stuck to this contest for 49 days was a huge triumph for me. I have struggled all my life to stay focused on goals. I have always been an all or nothing kind of a person and if it didn’t come easy, I gave up. I’m not that person anymore. Something has changed in my mind and body during this contest and I WANT to keep going.  I want to be that person who other people look at and say, “Wow, I want to be like her”. I want to be someone that my friends and family can look up to.

What obstacles do you have to overcome to attain your goals?

Having no patience. It’s easy to look at your body in the mirror and say, “It’s just not fixable!” The 49 day period gave me the patience to ultimately say, “YES IT IS!” Making slow adjustments was key for me in my short-term success and accepting that looking like I want to is not going to happen overnight but it will happen with short-term goals.

What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother?

BuffMother’s are women I look up to. They are successful, goal-driven, motivated and beautiful, both inside and out. They motivate, give advice freely, and make you believe in yourself. A year ago, I could have very well given up on myself, but now I am looking ahead in my life to see what personal challenges I can take on next. I am excited to keep going!

Can I have your permission to post your entry online?

Yes, Absolutely!

Height= 69.5″
Weight- Start 218.6. End 206.0
Overall Lost- 10″ and 12.6 pounds!


Amazing job Lara, keep up the good work!!