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Finish Week 1 STRONG~ SSS 01

Let’s Finish Week #1 STRONG– weekends can be tough, but if you can stay strong through it you will set yourself up for getting results in week #2!!

I am going to be STRONG this weekend~ Ladies let’s keep our mojo STRONG all the way through week 10!!! (can you tell my “truth hammer” for is STRONG?)

At the end of each week you’ll find a place in your SSS journal to summarize how you did that week and make a plan of attack for next week:

 

Homework for week 01~

  1. Be sure to do Mini-Challenge #1 take your STATS and STARTING Pictures.
  2. Get your WEEK 01 workouts done– take a JUST DO IT mentality– Any movement counts!!

Stay engaged and accountable by posting a comments and encouraging others– that’s how I stay STRONG!!

Your STRONG friend,
Michelle Berger

P.S. If you missed any of the info for the week, you can always find it on my BLOG~  Here’s a nice summary for you….

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


Fab Abs Day 0

Today is Day 0 in our “Fab Abs” challenge! During the Challenge EVERY DAY has a FAB ABS post, please follow along and comment on the posts for accountability.

This post contains a DIET for you…so that you can have OVERALL SUCCESS in addition to our ABS focus!

Here is more INFO and Instructions-

  • A quick link to each FAB AB challenge post is found on this page www.BuffMother.com/FabAbs   — take 1 day at a time please– read, do and comment daily PLUS, Please feel free to share the post.
  • Strive to apply the info to your day immediately! Try the exercises, think about your midsection, be focused on causing change, JUST Do it!!
  • This challenge encourages you to submit before and after pictures at the END of the challenge.  The photos should capture the area of focus– from your mid-chest to just below hips is about perfect.  A FRONT and SIDE photo are required you can choose any attire you’d like but strive to wear something that could show progress (for example; a bikini, sports bra and shorts, tight fitting tshirt/tank, etc…).  STARTING and ENDING shots should be in the same clothes, taken in the same location if possible and in similar lighting and angles.
  • this is a “Challenge” so there are no official Prizes or Winners however, anyone who has great success may be asked to be featured as a success story….those individuals will get prizes (a shirt? or set of books?)
  • I’ve put together a tentative “Calendar” of info for you that you. Please “print it” so you can stay engaged and ON TRACK!! It’s located HERE:   http://buffmother.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/FabAbsCalendar.pdf

 

As promised, here’s a STRICT diet to help you reveal your ABS!

“FAB ABS” Diet :

A lot of results can happen in just 28 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!

NOW a bit more housekeeping, I believe in beginning with the END in mind~

At the end of the Challenge please submit a “Fab Abs”  28  challenge Final to Michelle@BuffMother.com or on your www.TeamBuffMother.com blog titled “Fab Abs Entry for __________ (your first name and last initial)”

Name:
user name:

Height:

Starting weight:
Ending weight:

 

Starting waist relaxed:
Ending waist relaxed:

 

Starting waist sucked in:
Ending waist sucked in:

 

*Optional extra stats can be included like cycle day, caliper or body fat measurements.

PHOTOS~
Starting Front photo:
Ending front photo:

 

Starting side photo:
Ending side photo:

 

Thoughts about the contest~ a short essay about how the contest helped you, what your favorite info was and your progress during the 28 days:

 

Thanks and Let’s get FAB ABS!!

-Michelle

 

 

 

 

POA Week #6

Yesterday I didn’t get in my lifting as I had hoped, but that’s okay because I DID have a super hard run and got in 100 lunges

6 to Sexy~ day 35: Final week #6 Challenge: Lunges

POA:

Mon- 10am bike 20 mins; 2-3pm Back/Shoulder/Bicep lifting +100 lunges + ABS!

 

Tue- weigh in day for the finish of my 4 week dietbet.com morning fasted hills run and bike + whatever else I need to do to hit weight- shouldn’t be too hard since I am at 132.2 today (need to get to 130.9), SWEAT IT OUT, like a fighter trying to make weigh in,  lol!; afternoon- Chest/Triceps + lunges and ABS

 

Wed- LEGS! Abs and lunges (no Cardio!!-best part of leg day)

 

Thurs- morning bike; Back/Sh/Biceps and I’d love to get to the track for SPRINTS! +lunges

 

Fri-Morning bike; Chest/triceps + lunges and abs

 

Sat- Intervals or Long run again lunges and abs

Sun- LEGS and lunges

 

The focus is to keep pushing hard on my running and get in 6 good lifting workouts too!  I am leaning up for sure, excited to take my new measurements and pics for the end of the 6 to sexy.

 

Other things that are going on here include my DD’s Tia and Layla joined BB this year. They have their first practice on Tues night, gotta run to Rogers with them tomorrow afternoon to buy shoes and shorts and sports bras PLUS costumes for Friday.

 

My son has a BIG football game against Shiloh this week, they are a private school here who can sorta “recruit” football players…so they are typically very good.

 

Here’s my bikini pic for day #7….It was 85 outside. HOTT!!

Let’s have a killer week #6!!

-Michelle

p.s. if you ever visit my BuffMother Page on facebook, realize that I allow the chaos to go on there for Marketing purposes.  Rude people, Perverts and Idiots abound, but I DO reach many for good! The goal is help others realize they can be fit and healthy.

 

 

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Couple of Videos

Just uploaded this video yesterday about “Causes and Cures for Belly Fat” #bellyfat #insulin #cortisol http://youtu.be/95dWZe9KwR4

Here’s a video of me squatting from yesterday

I had a really good workout day: 25 mins on the bike in the morning and then a leg workout at about 4pm
Warm up body-weight stuff
Dead lifts
95x10x2sets
Paired with laying side leg raises
20 reps each leg 2sets
Squats
My sets were 45×20 warm up, 135×10, 155×10 (seen here), 175×6, 155×10, 135×10
paired with weighted crunches on ball (15#DB)2sets
and some knee ups
then I did Bulgarians
holding 10# platesx10 reps; Holding 15#DB’s x10 reps
Plus did hip ups, knee extensions, around the wolds
More Dead LIfts
135x10x2 sets
1 more set laying side leg raises
Today is day 30 of our contest! amazing, just a dozen days to go…

So the “Date” with my son was a success! We went shopping and he got several shirts and 3 pairs of pants– unreal that he’s a size 32×34! Big little man!

We also went out to eat at TLC for our favorites Spicy Cesar salad and MR Smoked Sirloin- YUMMY! And his hair cut turned out really nice too!

AND I even got in a stellar workout after it. Ran hills, my best run of the month for sure and then lifted chest.

Bench

Tricep bench dips

lateral raises

knee ups

Some push ups

Saturday’s workout was 20 mins of bike this morning and a leg workout Sunday.

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

  1. Cycle day- 3 feeling much better today!
  2. Weight- 132.0 today.  Nice to see it going back down…expecting an under 130 weigh in any day now!  I feel so much leaner, I’m getting excited to take measurements and my AFTER pics for the contest. 2 more weeks!!
  3. Sexy To do’s-  SEXY Saturday, so spending some extra time with DH is a must.  Also, I will get some more time OUTSIDE in today. That always makes me feel more sexy.
  4. Workout- bike and legs
  5. Meal POA- Salad for lunch; Chicken with sweet tater salad for Lupper; Pot roast for Supper
  6. Sexy Actions- I think I’ll paint my nails today! plus adding in make up will be a must. Extra HUGS and Kisses and kind words to HUBBY!

The topic of proper training and injury prevention is totally on my mind and our contest topic feature today:

6 to Sexy~ day 27: Fitness level, weight training and Injuries

What is it you really WANT?

Just finished with some fasted biking and will lift later…didn’t get in any workout yesterday.

Life is so good! I’m very excited for September in many ways…but have this question running through my brain recently… “What is it that you really WANT?”

I’m going to work on answering that for myself this September!

Fitness wise, My goals for the next 3 months are just to be HEALTHY and very CONSISTENT in my workouts.  I’ve been researching and RE-learning much about how the thyroid and insulin hormones work to regulate our bodies for a SEMINAR I’m teaching on Sept. 11th…it’s VERY TRUE that hormones affect EVERYTHING in our body! If we operate blindly without that realization we will NOT have the best results.

Mexico was a blast, Travis and I both really needed the time to “CHILL”, we needed to just escape.

The weather was very nice, a big mish-mosh but overall NICE most of the time.  We had 1 day where the sun was full blast and we made it a “TOTAL BEACH DAY”…it was fun to get in the water with the waves. Thankfully my toe handled most all of what we did great.  It continues to improve daily.  We worked out all but 2 days of the trip, played some ping pong, danced a bit and played pool volleyball too!

The most fun times were the conversations we had– we just really enjoy spending time together!!  We met a few interesting people too… One guy was from England, named Gram…we saw him spend HOURS trying to learn to windsurf. He would not give up! It was inspirational and fun to see him get after it at the age of 46 It inspired both Travis and I to keep trying NEW things in our life.

The kids and Grandma seemed very happy to see us, it’s so fun to come home to people that love you. Last night we all went to Gunner’s first game of the season.  He played mostly linebacker but also played some blocking back on offense. He’s very strong and much bigger than most of the kids on the field. He had some very nice hits and played very aggressive. It was fun to see!

Tonight the twins are going off to sleep overs, Gunner is going to the HS football game and Gracie’s got a friend coming over. There’s always action going on with 4 kids…They are awesome!

Time for me to get rolling on my to do’s…

Love ya,

Michelle

P.S. finally updated my measurements that I hurriedly took before we left on our trip. Can see the increase in bodyfat, mostly “Belly fat”.  Overall though, I am OVER IT…having the time to just CHILL in Mexico this past week really made me understand how blessed I truly am!

 The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

“Get Buff”- Day 2

“30 days to “GET Buff”- Day 2

HEY!! it’s day two~ Just wanted to remind you to be sure to take your starting STATS and pictures if you have not already.

Remember there are….

4 Simple steps to enter and WIN:

1. Take your starting stats (pictures optional)

2. Participate at least 3 times during the duration of the Challenge with a blog entry, workout proof picture, a “SHARE” or even a measly “like”, lol!

3. After the 30 days, Take your ending stats

4. Submit your entry to michelle@buffmother.com by November 5th- Entry= starting stats, final stats, a written paragraph sharing your thought about the contest, and at least photo of yourself.

 

So for #1- STATS and Optional Pictures need to get done ASAP!

Please be sure to  take these standard 5 measurements:

  1. WEIGHT*:
  2. Bust:
  3. Waist:
  4. Hips:
  5. Thigh:

*Ladies be sure to note your CYCLE DAY also!!!  It makes a BIG difference!

These are all I will require- BUT MORE IS BETTER!!  Here’s a link about how to take more stats and your pictures:  http://youtu.be/8cv_kuE8umw

Day #2 Workout:

DAY #2
“1 minute Intervals”
20 mins total: (7 hard mins )
3 min. warm up
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
4min. cool down

 

Today’s Diet Focus:

Up your veggie intake- especially GREEN VEGGIES

Ideas:

The way I get 3 in a day is to start my day with a GREEN, focus on eating greens for my “snacks” and having greens with dinner.

Greens are so good for your digestion, your body’s acidic balance, for nutrition, for energy, etc….
My favorite Greens lately are:
Cucumbers,
Peppers,
Green Beans,
Radishes,
Asparagus,
Brussels Sprouts

Others I eat quite often include:
Stir fry veggies,
Spinach,
Romaine Lettuce,
Green and Red Cabbage
and Spaghetti Squash

Get after those greens~

They are SO good for you and REALLY help lean you up!!!
YUMMY!!!

Let’s keep the MOJO! ~ Michelle

Hot Hiney Habit Contest Starts TODAY!

NEW CONTEST! “HOT Hiney Habit”~ 21 days to a HOT A$$!

21 days makes a habit they always say– so why not a nice booty habit?

Join us!

My personal journey from a flat butt to having a booty still boggles my mind…Years of focus have produced results! I’ve tried it all and know what works and what is a waste of time. I’ve also overcome many obstacles along the way- a bad back, sciatic issues and genetically WEAK butt muscles!

You CAN have a HOT HINEY!! if you put in the work, use good info and stay consistent!!

To participate, follow these 3 steps:

1- take starting pics and measurements of your hiney; plan to take the EXACT picture/measurement in 21 days

2- post daily the specific action you took toward your “hot hiney habit”

3- give additional props to www.teambuffmother.com with “shout-outs” on facebook, instagram, youtube, pinterest, etc… feel free to link my websites, user names and use hash-tags that describe your mission during the contest! Let’s spread the word about how awesome we are!! Team BuffMother ROCKS!!

Daily, I’ll post in the forum a short helpful tip, video, lesson, or workout idea about your improving your booty–My goal is to get you informed and on your way to a lifelong HOT HINEY! Please feel free to join in by submitting additional forum post on the “BUTT” topic that will aid us in our journey!!

Commit to it by posting simple commenting here~ and please invite your friends to join us!!  The contest will “mainly” occur here in the FREE areas of the Rally Room!  So it’s free and full of FUN! We officially start tomorrow! May 6-26th will be 21 days of AWESOME A$$ES!!

Let’s have a blast building our booties!!

Day 1:

In order to be successful in attaining a desired goal you must first know what it is…What is your goal butt?

Once you identify the goal, getting there is about focusing on attaining habits that will CREATE that goal and eliminating the habits that sabotage the goal.

So today on Day #1 of our “Hot Hiney Habit” contest I need you to follow these 3 steps-

-Michelle

p.s. did you know you can invite your friends to join us in the rally room via email through this site? Click: Invite Others To Join Community   to invite your friends; we love new TEAM members!!

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Super STAR Success Finalist- Lindsey K of ND

CONGRATS to Lindsey on her amazing transformation over our 10 week contest. She averaged losing a bit over a pound a week and definitely shaped up here post baby body!!  I’m so proud of you and very excited for the MOJO you’ve regained as a busy mom of 2!! 

#1-General INFO and Questions~

Name:  Lindsey K of ND

Number of children and ages : 2
Age: 32
Why did you enter the “SuperSTAR Success” contest by BuffMother? To lose the baby weight…she was born in March and change my habits to be a better example for my family!
What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days? Rally Room, preparation for each week POA and meal planning
How do you feel about your success? Fabulous!
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals? Getting to the gym on days following bad nights of sleep and changing habit of ice cream with my hubby after kids go to bed.
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?  Buffmother and the RallyRoom are awesome!  BuffMother is so encouraging and makes this journey accessible to any women in any circumstance.  More than anything, there is consistent information, motivation and accountability.  LOVE!
Can I have your permission to post your entry and photos online? Sure

height: 5’ 11

Starting  Date:__8/29/12_______ weight:___165.0________
Ending Date:__10/31/12_______ weight:___153.6_____ 11.4 pounds lost!!
Today’s cycle day- not sure…don’t have a cycle due to nursing

Please list the following measurements:                                                                                             Before     After
Bust (around breasts the biggest part):                                                                                               35”           34”
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):                        34”           33”
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):                        36.5”        35”
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part):                                                                                       32”           28.5”
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):                                                                                    30”           27”
Hips (the largest part of your butt):                                                                                      40”           37”
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):                  42”           41”
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):                                                                        12”           11”
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):                                                                          12.5”        12”
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap):                                                                                                20.5”        19.5”
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):                                                                         23.5”        21.5
Calf (about 7” below knee joint):                                                                                          15”           14”

#3-FinishingThoughts:
Where are you in your journey?  I’ve made major progress over the last 10 weeks.  I lost the remainder of my baby weight and then some and I’m feeling stronger, more confident and happy to be back in my pre-pregger clothes.  My daily habits have adapted considerably and take less thought…like my water intake, protein and green focused meals, etc.

Did you reach your goals and aspirations?  Yes, my goal was to be more fit at 32 and after two babies than before.  I’m  feeling leaner than before and have been bit by the lifting bug.  I hadn’t focused on strength training since college so it’s amazing to be back at it.

Where do you see this challenge brought you?  It brought back some of my focus to me when I was accustomed to caring for everyone else first.  Now, at least I’m on the daily agenda!

Do you have any lingering concerns?  No, just hoping to recommit and focus on my next goals.

Do you feel you made an impact on your legacy during this contest?  Yes!  I’ve got my mojo back!

your WHY?  I want to show my daughter, now 7 months old, how to be a strong and confident woman and lead my family by example. I tell myself all the time…be the example and also challenge= change! J

Did you feel the support group helped you stay on track?  Yes, I enjoy the rally room but read more than blogging myself.  I’ve fallen off over the last several weeks but look forward to staying connected.  Knowing there is a network of women out there striving toward similar goals is motivating and  inspiring.  Plus, whenever I have posted, I got great feedback and positive boosts from the ladies.

What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?  I set my POA every Sunday and making those intentions a conscious decision helped me.  Also, making sure I kept the house stocked with my good eats was crucial.

Did you reward yourself when you hit certain goals along the way?  Yep, I finally got my hair cut since having the babe!

What other thoughts are in your head at the moment?  I loved the weekly challenges and will miss those or have to set them for myself again!  My favorite weeks were the 100 lunges a day, 10 vacuums per day and the three greens a day.

#4- Comment about your HORMONES 
Did you GET to know your body? Yes and no.  I still don’t have a cycle due to nursing  and have been tracking how I feel but I think it will take a few more months for me to figure out my c-days.

Did you learn about your good c-days, your bad c-days, your weight fluctuations, etc?… Sort of.. I had much more awareness of my body and  how I was feeling.  It was the first time I was really evaluating how I felt daily and considered the impact that hormones could be playing.  Before this challenge, I never even considered hormones as a factor.  OF course with two small kids, I always assumed my physical and mental state was a reflection on how much sleep we were getting.  Now, I’m aware of our sleep but also hormones, water, nutrition, etc.
Did anything surprise you?  Yes, I was really concerned about nursing and keeping up my production while upping my workouts and changing my diet with significantly more greens.  I worried that it could make our baby, Joy, gassy or something if my milk changed.  Thankfully, It hasn’t had any negative impact on that front. Yay!

 

#5- Favorite Journal/Blog Posts
take a peek back at your blogs– what were some of your favorite entries from the 10 weeks?  Probably just my enthusiasm and eagerness at the beginning of the 10 weeks.

Did anyone else’s impact you along the way?  Yes, definitely.  I love that the RR is filled with women of all ages and stages of fitness.   Whether someone was prepping for a competition or just trying to lose some lbs, the group is very inviting and supportive.  They continue to inspire me to get better!

BEFORE~

AFTER~

 

another SSS in the BOOKS!

Another SuperSTAR Success Contest is in the books! WOW!!  70 days went by really fast- I love that, but also wonder where the time has gone??

I’m getting a good number of entries already, but certainly hope many more are coming soon!!
Here’s the info for submission once again-

http://buffmother.com/6820/sss-final-entry-instructions-and-form

 

ON my personal front…I’m still dealing with some “sickies”.  My son is home sick from school today and I’ve been still a bit bogged down with feeling a little sick myself??  I didn’t take my pics yesterday as I had wanted– I’ll get them and my measurements done tomorrow instead.

I rested yesterday except for a couple hour hike through the woods with Travis– it was AWESOME!  It’s the first time we’ve been able to go for a hike in the woods since last year– He tore his meniscus last fall and finally got surgery on it this August.  It’s so nice to have him healthy again!!

This afternoon once the girls get home I’ll hit the tennis courts with them for a bit and then we’ll carve pumpkins tonight!  They are so fired up for Halloween– but all of them are SCARED Sill, I found all 3 of my girls in bed together this morning, lol!!  I told them yesterday at the store we’ll focus on decorating for CHRISTMAS instead of halloween.

SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS…In Team BuffMother, We’ve done gift exchanges and card exchanges in previous years– This year we are going to do a “Sassy Sock” secret Santa exchange– It should be fun!! I’ll be posting details soon!!

Have a SAFE night!!

Love, Michelle