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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

 

 

 

 

All over the place!

Hey Ladies, My brain and body have been all over the place. All the new stuff going on has got me working on so many fronts. It’s really a ton of fun!!

 

Finished our www.GymAngel.com give away 10 lucky ladies get a big box of supplements and a tshirt. Keep your eyes open for other give aways…I’m gonna be doing them often! As part of my responsibilities I’ve been a bit more active on bodyspace and in the BodyBuilding.com forums. I’ve already met many new super cool along with some very “interesting” people! Makes me thankful for the sweet encouragment and privacy of www.TeamBuffMother.com

 

STARTED our www.DietBet.com/BuffMother game. All the members got a free 28 day workout/diet download and it’s ROCKING already. I weighed in this morning for it at 135.6 pounds, up a bit from BOOSTING since I’m cycle day 27.

This week’s focus is on ENDURANCE.

Did you know that part of why you can gain more endurance is to do with MITOCHONDRIA?  Mitochondria are the energy factories in your cells. As you train in the “aerobic” zone consistently your body adjust by creating MORE MITOCHONDRIA in your cells! That means MORE ENERGY for you!!  Also, the mitochondria become more efficient at producing energy as you get in shape and at BURNING FAT for fuel!!  Even though I don’t love Endurance training, I do love it’s effects!! It is important!

I’ll post more info about ENDURANCE as the week rolls on!

 

Have our next batch of HT Pills on it’s way…should be able to open up for sale again at the end of the month! Set to work on getting some of these HT PILL Success Stories integrated into our marketing   AWESOME STUFF!

 

BUFFMEALS.com is rollin’ right along, more orders coming in and more work to be done on that too! It’s a fun “SOLUTION” to promote! I’m working on a “SPECIAL REPORT” type give away and promo campaign to gain visibility. Also, set putting up more info on my website, taking some good photos and doing more videos about the meals very soon!

 

 

Thursday night at 5:15, I’m teaching “Insulin and Thyroid” Class again. Anyone local is free to come “on the house” as my guest! It’s in Bentonville at Project Wellness by Krispy Kreme)1400 SE Walton Blvd., Ste 28, Bentonville, AR 72712

 

On the Family front, Football is over, Basketball is underway, OFF SEASON football lifting for Gunner and Track training is set to begin for me, my son and maybe even my Gracie (she’s busy with BB, but loves running too!). I’m hoping to go to a local (actually an hour away) track club a few times to see about gleaning some helpful ideas for my own club that I plan to start in April.

 

Hunting season is well underway…Travis is the only one here hunting this year. He’s not had much luck, but he’s enjoying it!

 

Now, on to workouts…

I missed yeseterday’s afternoon session but I did get in a good 30mins on the bike in the morning.

Today:

Biked 15min, Ran 15mins of intervals, Biked another 15 mins.– training my endurance, my goal by Dec 9th, is to be up to doing 1 long cardio day weekly of 60mins.

 

The plan is to lift legs/abs here in just about 30mins.

Gotta keep working on my BUTT and GUT!!

Time for me to roll!

Lot’s to do,

Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

Photoshoot Set

Did I tell you??? I have a photo-shoot set for Thursday the 29th= 9 days away and I am rusty, lol! It’s been a while since I’ve done a shoot and PREPARATION is needed.  It’s a lot like getting ready for a figure contest, one should practice posing and give a bit of extra attention to the details.  My main objective during the shoot is to get some updated photos for my portfolio and to knock the rust off so that I can be ready when duty calls

That said my POA for the remainder of the week is as follows:

T- bike 20 mins fasted; lift lower body +abs/booty focus

W- run hills; back, shoulders, biceps + abs

Th- bike 20 mins fasted; lift chest/triceps/abs and boxing intervals

F- run road intervals + sprints

Sa- LEGS

Sun- fasted treadmill run; back/shoulders/biceps

Monday- chest/triceps/abs; Happy Memorial Day!!

I’m making a BIG push to get to 4000 YouTube subscribers…Please help me by subscribing to my channel http://www.youtube.com/buffmother Thanks Ya’ll rock!! Also, if you have any requests for certain videos please let me know

I’m off to get on my bike!!

Have a stellar day 20 of every day in MAY!!

-Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

I know you may feel…

Yey ladies!! I can’t believe the final week of our 2014 SuperSTAR Success contest is already here!!

This week’s Challenge is to FINISH the contest!!

Please know that 10 weeks is a long time and I understand if you may feel you didn’t stay as intense or focused or as consistent as you had hoped, but no matter what you did progress!! Just Trying creates a lot of mental and physical changes that you need to acknowledge.  PLEASE FINISH and complete your entry.

The act of FINISHING itself is a HUGE WIN! You owe it to yourself,  you have nothing to lose and a FREE “BuffMother!” shirt to gain for your final entry submission!!  I also know that once you take stock of your results you will be surprised at how you did change in MIND, BODY and Spirit!!

This past weekend, NDSU Bison Basketball team played SanDiego State University in the March Madness Division 1 tournament.  They exceeded everyone’s expectations.  I love how well the Bison BB team did…a true testament that “Success breeds Success”!!  As their football program have been National Champs for the past 3 years.  I have all the confidence in the world that NDSU will be a GREAT Division 1 contender in all Sports as the years move forward!! GO BISON!!  It’s a great reminder that if you want to be successful surround yourself with success!!

Are you unsure of your goals, mission or purpose in life?? No worries, start attacking an interest and pray…you will be lead you to your goal, mission and purpose! God drives us to accomplish our dream, through our actions!!
“How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.” -R. Buckminster

Here’s a great pic of my 3 girls from this weekend:

Gracie, Tia and Layla

 

My POA for the week:

*Not much UPPER BODY, due to very sore right shoulder.  I’m giving myself 2 more weeks off most upper body stuff. On a side note, my shoulder was very sore from just running even…that’s how I know I really need to baby it still.

 

M- run hills outside with some sprints at end and do some extra bike afterwards T- legs and possibly some steady bike

W- longer run of intervals + extra steady, about a 30 min total duration. Outside if possible. Th- try a few upper body things- stuff that isn’t heavy or use much of the shoulder– some biceps?  kids are out of school…will be very active

F- LEGS AGAIN hard!!

Sa- run @track maybe!! Acceleration work plus some fun stuff with kids, like long jump

Su- off workouts, but will do pics and stats and final entry stuff.

 

Here’s the log from my last run on Saturday. On treadmill…the first 20 mins were intervals ranging from 8 to 9mph with the incline of 2-3.5%, easy minutes were done at 7mph. The second 15 mins was a steady pace of 8mph, 7:30 pace at 2.5% grade.  I ran hard but felt good!

 

 My weight today is 128.0 and I am on cycle day 14.  Feeling good overall, but still a bit more tired than I’d like.  I learned some new info about hemoglobin and ferritin (iron) levels this past weekend plus have been doing some research on the treatment options for MTHFR gene mutation.

I’ll share more about all that with you very soon!!

My “final” contest weight goal will be 126…I don’t plan on doing any sort of dehydration or depletion for my photos. However if you’d like some “photoshoot” prep tips, look for me to post those later today in the forum.

Time for me to ATTACK my to do list!

Let’s kick it in this week,  Ellie

Accountability August

ACCOUNTABILITY August starts today– join in by posting proof of your actions towards your goals this month with workout pictures, healthy eating photos, status updates about activities accomplished, etc.!! Let’s be accountability partners!
Feel free to post here in the Rally Room, or Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest– feel free add the hashtag #buffmother or www.buffmother.com to your post, your support means the world to me.  THANKS!!
“Sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” -William James (1842 – 1910 Pioneering American Philosopher)

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Summer Stuff & Diet Talk

Its almost 9:30 and all my kids are still asleep…crazy summer vacation!  Anyhow…We have lots of stuff on our TO DO list for the summer yet I think my kids may just sleep through the entire thing!

 

Anyway…I thought I’d share a short video about diet with you today:

 

 

Over the next couple months I’ll be striving to add some more content to our forums.  Please feel free to use the forums for TOPIC driven discussions.  Blogs are great for your general thoughts, journal and connection, but they get “Lost” and harder to find when you ask a topic driven question.

Here are some of the new posts I made just yesterday:

FYI- I’ve suspended the weekly Wednesday chats for the June/July…We’ll start them up again come August.  BUT you are always free to schedule any of your own that you’d like!
AND in other news, I will soon be starting a radio show.  I’m VERY excited about that venture!!
I’ve gotta get rollin’ to complete my ERRANDS for today.  I’ll be back soon!!
Love, Michelle

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~

 

How can it be the Last day??

I am in shock that it’s already the last day of JUNE??  It has flown by so fast!! I’ve had a very interesting month~ Lot’s of GREAT amazing things, plus some not so super things.  I’m not going to spend 1 second thinking about anything negative, but instead give all my energy to the positive.  PLUS I’m getting internally fired up for the next half of the year– JULY is going to be the start of an amazing 6 months!!

It’s a good time for me to look at my 2012 New Year’s resoultions again– I wonder how I am doing?

This year I have 3 resolutions:

1- to KISS MORE!!
2- to take more PHOTOS!
3- to BLOG DAILY!

  1. Kissing more sounds simple, yet when you have 5 loved ones in your family (+ a puppy)  who all need KISSES, it can be a bit demanding.  I am up for the challenge~ it may get sloppy & personal but I am armed with  my puckered lips ready to rock my kisser in 2012!!
  2. More photos is a must…my kids are beautiful and I barely took any good photos of them the past couple years! It’s a shame, but no more– I am going to snap away. I also have beautiful landscapes, animal and plant life all around~ no better way to capture it than with a click of the camera!
  3. Blogging daily is something I’ve slacked at the year….I love blogging– not just using it as a journal, but using it as a place to explore my deep inner thoughts, ideas, strategies, etc…the more I blog the better I feel about everything.  I don’t expect EVERY DAY that my blog will rock, but I do expect inspiration and creativity to flow from time to time!

Don’t be surprised if in 2012 share photos of me kissing others in my blog!!

SMOOCHES!!
-Michelle

 

Also, for my birtday I put up a good list of goals– I need to hone in and make them happen!!

Tomorrow is my 37th Birthday!! YAY!!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the next year of my life the past week.  I have some things I want to accomplish during my 37th year:

Spirit:

  • Keep a thankful heart
  • Pressing toward sharing God’s love in all I do- SHINE for HIM!!
  • Find a good local church- get whole famiy involved

Family:

  • Help each of my kids with one of their passions-
    • Gunner’s football preparation
    • Gracie’s Gutiar/Voice lessons
    • Tia Sprinting at the TRACK and camping
    • Layla horse riding lessons
  • Keep being a good loving sweet supportive wife to my best friend of 20 years, Travis
  • Get our 20th anniversary trip to GERMANY planned!! (Aug 2013)

Home:

  • Finish off the remodeling that we need done
  • Get workout area “POSH”
  • Get a pool installed by next summer
  • keep working on our land- clearing it, making it beautiful!!
  • Maybe get some animals??

Business:

  • RE-publish a second edition of my book
  • Do more e-book promotion
  • Run another transformation contest this fall and next spring
  • Plan at least 1 more gathering in the next year (AUSTIN spring/summer 2013)
  • Work towards a “secret BIG project” completion for the NEW YEAR!!

Fitness:

  • Keep learning- I’d like to take some hands on classes/certifications
  • BE very consistent in my workouts and do them at a set time/place- follow my POA!
  • Stay healthy! No injuries or time off due to illness
  • Possibly do some tennis lessons and enter a tournament next spring??

Diet:

  • I’d like to  get my whole family eating Gluten-free…I pretty much have all the symptoms of needing to do this for myself (plus DH and 2 of my kids seem to have very similar issues with Gluten problems)
  • Get tested for allergies??
  • Work on my healthy cooking– I go in streaks with this– been BAD the past couple years!

 

Beauty:

  • I’d like to to consistently wear more “professional” looking clothes– when I go to appointements or meetings I’ll plan to look like a business woman– not a teen, lol!
  • I’ll continue to take care of my skin, teeth, hair and nails– always looking “put together” (this is harder than you think for me!)
  • I’d also like to learn more about essential oils, home facial/hair treaments
  • Help my DD’s be consistently “groomed”– time to teach them how to shave, use curling iron and maybe even some make up lessons!

 

LOT’s to think about and keep infront of me at all times so I stay focused!!

As for my workouts this week, I did 4 days in a row: M- upper body/intervals, T- Legs, W- Run Hills + 10 mins bike, Th- upper body/intervals— AND I was so sore and exhausted yesterday that I had to change my plans to add a day off!!  I’m still sore today, but I’ll get in a workout regardless.  I am going to make this body SUBMIT!

Submit your RESULTS!! “Shine in 49”

Simply send your results to Michelle@BuffMother.com
Everyone who sends in an entry will get a free “BuffMother” shirt!! ENTRIES ARE DUE JUNE 17TH!!

Thanks!!!

THE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM IS FOR DOWNLOAD:

Shine in 49 ENTRY FORM

Contest Prizes*:

1st Place– an 8 week MIRACLE 8 Customized online training program with Michelle Berger, BuffMother (worth $2000)!! PLUS “The Royal Treatment”~ you get all of my products FREE for an entire year~ Books, supplement, shirts, video coaching and the Rally Room!

2nd Place– The Royal Treatment~ you get all of my products except customized online training for FREE for an entire year~ Books, supplement, shirts, video coaching and the Rally Room!

FINALISTS= anyone who submits a complete final entry- you will get a FREE “BuffMother!” shirt

Judging:
A panel of 5 judges (leaders in Team BuffMother) will pick their top 3 picks for the WINNER based on participation, results, attitude and the “light” shining within. Each judges picks will be put on a piece of paper (15 little pieces of paper) will be placed in a hat and the winner drawn from there.

Each and every one of you CAN WIN this Contest~ Please participate and let’s enjoy the synergy of TEAM BuffMother! working together towards being continually FOCUSED on being our BEST!!!!

Shine in 49 ENTRY FORM– ….please submit this word document along with your stats and photos to michelle@buffmother.com. ENTRIES ARE DUE JUNE 17TH!!

This is the information the judges will receive and will judge you upon~ so do your best- SHINE!!!

Thanks so much!!
-Michelle