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Interview for Strength Advocate

1.  You’ve been an inspiration to thousands of women with your practical approach to fitness after motherhood.  What inspired you to speak out and share your wisdom with others?

 

I was inspired because of my own results! I attacked and regained my body after 4 kids using a system I call Hormonal Timing. My personal success captured in pictures was PROOF that women can get their bodies back after babies, even twins and even after c-sections!! That’s how www.BuffMother.com was born~ soon after that we became a TEAM of women and now almost 10 years later I am very honored to say we’ve been able to impact countless women all over the world.

My mission was and is to simply help women BELIEVE again!

 

 

 

2.  The “about” page on your website starts off with the statement, “I am no different than you…” this is a powerful statement.   What are some of the biggest misconceptions that deter women from starting a fitness program?

 

Yep it’s so true, I am not some “made up” fitness personality living a posh life in Hollywood. I’m a real mother with tons of responsibilities and obstacles that could easily keep me from being fit and healthy. 

 

For many of us when we see someone we admire~  it’s easier to believe that  “it’s easy for her”, “she was born that way” or …”she doesn’t have anything to overcome compared to me” rather than take an honest evaluation of situation, step out into the unknown and take action towards the person we want to become. IN the case of fitness and diet, It’s never easy to be fit and healthy. No matter what you have to make many tough choices daily. 

 

 

 

3.  What is a motivational method you recommend for those having trouble sticking to an exercise program?

 

That’s a tough question, because there is no ONE SIZE fits all answer– I do believe the #1 way to stay motivated  is to involve yourself in others success. “The Key to your Motivation is to encourage OTHERS!”  Just try it- give a little of your energy to someone else and you will be amazed at the motivation you get in return!!

 

Secondly, You must BELIEVE! do things that build your belief in what you are doing.  Research, Read books, Read Success Stories, journal/blog, take pictures, measure your success, etc…All towards building your belief!! Once you truly belief that every little choice you make has an impact on yourself and others FOREVER, your motivation to succeed with skyrocket!  Step up! Take a hold of your life!! YOU have the power to create a legacy of HEALTH!

 

Thirdly, you shouldn’t expect to enjoy it! Eating right and exercising is like taking your medicine– or like brushing your teeth. A part of life that you must do habitually. Personally, I rarely enjoy workouts. I enjoy the RESULTS from my workouts!!  Envisioning the good results keeps me motivated to workout and eat nutritiously!
A Final key to staying motivated is to realize CONSISTENCY is the key.

I’ve seen it so many times, people QUIT because of their ALL OR NOTHING mentality. Unfortunately, many fitness professionals paint an skewed idea of how to be healthy and fit. They present themselves as PERFECT and never failing– which is a big lie. Everyone fails at times and no one eats 100% clean, healthy and perfect all the time. I’ve never claimed to be faultless, I only claim to try to make wiser choices more consistently;  continually striving to improve myself and my health. Know that it’s a journey!! Learning the lifestyle of healthier eating takes years of effort and determination!!

 

 

4.  In the past, you’ve mentioned that the mainstream approach to fitness and diet were unsuccessful for you?  Why do you think that is the case?

 

Mainstream diets and exercise programs are marketing schemes. They are founded on misconceptions, full of empty promises, hype and blurry results.  My experience in failing was NOT unusual. Most people fail, heck the mainstream programs prey on that reality!

 

They fail because most of the programs address only one or 2 facets of the hundreds of items needed for fitness success.  The programs are not addressing the whole person: mind, body and spirit.

 

 

 

5.  You talk a lot about hormonal timing.  Can you tell a little about this secret system?

It’s how I’ve trained for the past  almost 11 years and how I’ve trained my clients since that time. Hormones need to be taken into consideration into your fitness approach.  Hormones are the great regulators of our body systems, if the are out of balance in any way eating properly and working out becomes very difficult.  Once you truly understand the power of hormones and how to work with them you’ll find the success you are craving.

 

Unfortunately, millions of women are overweight simply due to their HORMONES!!!

  • We get uncontrollable cravings for junk food.
  • We gain weight without explanation.
  • We suddenly have no desire to exercise.
  • The negative effects caused by our hormones are endless.

Hormonal Timing is a strategy designed for women only using their natural hormones. My goal was to create the fasted possible method for women to achieve radical physical transformation. I believed the key was to capitalize on the positive effects of our hormonal fluctuations while also diminishing the negative effects. I used myself as my first test patient. I had just given birth to twins by C-section which were my 3rd and 4th babies in less than 4 years. My body was stretched out, fat, depleted in every way and just plain disgusting. At the time, I just wanted to see radical transformation in my body. I had no idea that I was on the verge of discovering something that would change the lives of thousands of women. To make a long story short, my body transformed radically by using what I now call Hormonal Timing.

 

I began designing custom Hormonal Timing programs for women online. I charged $1200.00 for an 8 week program. It wasn’t long before I was sold out! I simply didn’t have time to take on any more clients. The results my clients were experiencing was amazing and I soon realized that I had to develop a way to share Hormonal Timing with every woman in the world. That’s why I wrote my book “Hormonal Timing”.  It will provide you with all the knowledge and tools you need to begin living The Hormonal Timing Lifestyle immediately.

 

6.  You have a huge following, you’ve written books, you have an infomercial and you’ve produced a series of workouts on DVD.  What’s next for BuffMother?

 

I’m always busy doing THINGS…Business wise, we are in the midst of a 10 week transformation contest within our private women’s only site www.TeamBuffMother.com.  Then this spring,  I will be hosing an online “class” for those ladies who would like to become “BuffMother Trainers”. At the same time we are working hard toward a new EXCITING product launch for 2015!!

 

In my “hobby” life, I operate best when I have a scarey goal in front of me. The next UPCOMING adventure is a movie role. I play Diedra, a lady who is charming, sexy, wild and a bit crazy.  I’ve been rehearsing for that role my whole life!! Check out the Movie’s Facebook page~ The Phone in the Attic : https://www.facebook.com/ThePhoneInTheAttic

 

 

7.  Finally, what do you say to all of those that look to you for inspiration?

 

I am honored to be able to and I expect to continue to be a leader by example forever! I am “BuffMother” and will remain that way because I take that responsibility to heart.  I really believe that inspiration is all around. The realization that our actions can greatly impact others is eye-opening.  You too, are being “watched” …take that to heart. Prove to the on-lookers that YES you will WIN the battle!  Show them that You will accomplish your goal!!

 

 

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The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Whew!

Whew! I am beat~ and we are in the midst of an ice storm. ICKY!!

Anyhow…I just wanted to recap my past couple days- EATS have been PERFECT! that’s GOD for sure due to it being cycle day 26 for me.

And my workout mojo has been good too…Although my workouts have been about half as intense as usual due to my sciatic.

Tuesday I just did my testing;

Wed I did 10 mins on the elliptical then about 30 mins of stretching and some rehab exercises, then about 20 mins of VERY light weights:
Torso rotation machine
Abductor machine
Adductor machine
low back extensions

i then did a good run on the tready…after 6 mins warm up I did 15mins straight at 8 MPH (7:30 mile pace)- so that was 3:45 half mile pace x4 Continuous, lol!

Then today actually went to my MMA class which turned out GREAT! I was the only one there so I had an hour of 1 on 1 form training…we really focused on that! Then I went to the gym and did some 15mins on the r-bike, lots of stretching and a few abs,  some knee extension, calf rotation machine and smith butt squats.

My hips are sore from yesterday but my BUTT still seems to be improving, however NOT FAST enough for me. I can SEE MY BUTT is getting flat already from not being able to do an aggressive leg workout!

I hoped to test my 1/2 outside in my neighborhood tomorrow, but this ICE will prevent that!  Maybe next week!

My plan for tomorrow is to stay sane and try to get in a back workout.

Sleep tight, I am heading to bed!

Love ya,

Michelle

40 days to FIT!! Day 5~Rally Room "rest intervals"

Hey all!!

I am right in the midst of my workout and using my “rest intervals” for
Rally Room time!! I love it!!

My workout is going like this:

run 20 mins

3 rounds of sprints/drills:

Sprint 100m (fire hydrant to fire hydrant)
Walk 25m driveway to driveway
Walking High knees- 25m
Skipping High knees*- 25m
walk 25 m
REPEAT

pull ups
10, 6

3 sets of the following-
5 pull upsx10 bent over lateral raises with 15#db’s+ 5 upright rows

One arm DB lat rows- alternating arms no rest between sets
30#DBx10x3sets

Now I am done and off to enjoy the family and some summer sunshine!!
Have a FAB Weekend!!!

your friend,
Michelle
FYI~ during buffing I am eating really low carb- shooting for 3 servings per day- about only 75grams…it’s hard while I am on creatine, but doable.
and *here is a video of the “Skipping High Knee” drill I did today:

Happy May Day!


April Showers, Bring May Flowers!

Bring on the FLOWERS, Expect to have success this month in your LIFE!

I know I am–
In my relationships,
In my fitness,
In my finances,
and in my FUN factor….I am gonna have some FUN!!

My plan of action, or as Shauna says POA for the week will look something like this:
M-workout w/DH back-intervals
T- Run outside lunges and maybe a few sprints?
W- Lift Legs
Th- Lift chest, intervals
F- Run outside
Sat- workout w/dh legs
Sunday- run outside

Diet hard :)…photoshoot is coming!!

Looks doable, my kiddos are all home again this week, so wish me luck in that regard. I am in the midst of chaos :)…but loving it!

Make something BIG happen today!!
-Michelle

I was Attacked!


EEEK! I was attacked and had to use my mace last evening on my run. I was attacked by a dog. Thank God it was just a dog and not a man. BUT-
Always remember saftey first when you are outside walking, biking, running, etc.
Always carry mace. It is light and easy to cary during your outdoor activity and could save your life!

Stay Safe,

Michelle