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Value your Muscle!! ~Shine in 49: Day27

Value Yourself and Your Muscle


What does it all boil down to? Valuing our health vs. Neglecting it: As women we seem to often times be selfless, giving, giving, giving… often times forgetting that we need to take care of ourselves, so that we can continue to bless those we love.

I am a prime example of this as a mother neglecting myself was a BAD HABIT. My eating, my dietary needs and my workouts used to have to fit in as an extra around the rest of my life. Only when I changed the value I put on my heath did I realize my true potential in life.

A big part of the process to learn to value my health, was for me learning to value my muscle mass. For years I had taken my metabolism and figure for granted… that is until it was GONE!! I realized muscle, was the key to so many aspects of my well being. Without it I was fat, tired, weak, less attractive… but with it I am lean, energetic, strong, and confident!

Now I hold my muscle in high regard and feed it what it needs so it won’t wither away. A key supplement that I have fallen in love with is L-Glutamine. I use it after my workouts to supply my muscles with this very essential building block of my body.

I also recommend it to all of my clients and hear rave reviews about its positive effects.

Here are just some of them:

  • Decreased muscle soreness – actually in some cases eliminating soreness all together
  • Increased stamina, leading to more frequent and intense workouts
  • Increased strength gains – this is key for all of us trying to rebuild our metabolism
  • Phenomenal hair and nail growth- what a nice bonus!!


Key points to keep in mind about L-glutamine:

  1. L-glutamine is great at preventing muscle loss when we are in a fasted state- so the best times to take it are immediately after a workout, before bed and immediately upon waking in the morning— SAVE that muscle you’ve worked so hard to get.
  2. In order to see results 5g once a day is all that is essential…if for instance you are extra sore from an intense workout—go ahead and take more…up to 15g a day.
  3. Also know that l-glutamine is in most every protein source also, so taking a supplement is not 100% necessary, but if you are like me and not always perfect at my diet…you should consider taking it.
  4. Your body requires more water to process any extra amino acids in your body. L-glutamine is the most prevalent amino acid in your body and if you take extra you will need to drink more water. Also note that it may cause you to retain a little more water than usual (1-2 pounds). So be aware that if you feel bloated or puffy the l-glutamine could be causing slight water retention—the best way to prevent the bloat is to drink a ton of water (1-2 gallons daily

I’d love to chat with you more about how much I love L-glutamine!! You are more than welcome to join me in the Rally Room (the best women’s only support group on the web)—we talk frequently about supplements and offer tons of advice about utilizing them for optimal effects.

It works if you work it~
GET BUFF!!
xoxoxo~
Michelle Berger


My Favorite Gift to GIVE!! Toffee!!!

My Favorite Gift to GIVE!! is Toffee!!!
I’ve been giving the gift of monthly toffee to my loved ones for the past couple years and it’s a huge HIT!
As a business owner, mother and wife….My time is limited.  Unfortunately, I don’t have much free time to connect with my family who resides in MN…
Giving them a Toffee of the Month subscription make me happy to know that each month they get a sweet yummy reminder that I love them!!

And it’s a gift that keeps on giving!! MONTH after MONTH

www.ToffeeCreations.net -FLAVOR OF THE MONTH –

Our Flavors of the Month toffees only come in sizes Medium and Large
Medium – $15.00, Large – $30.00
To order the Flavor for this month, use the drop down menu below.
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Use drop down menu below to order the flavor for this month or for subscriptions.

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Subscriptions

For constant indulgence on a monthly basis, (or to upgrade from your standard ‘Cheese of the Month”) subscribe to our Flavor of the Month subscription and get a new flavor of toffee every month for 12 months!  Choose from two sizes: Medium and Large.  A medium will feed about 4 people and a large will feed 8 or more.  A great gift for the holidays but especially for birthday gifts for men, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and wedding gifts!  Below are the flavors of the Month:

JAN – Banana Nut Toffee                               FEB – Butter Pecan Toffee

MAR – Chocolate Mint Toffee                          APR – Lemon Meringue Toffee

MAY – Peaches & Cream Toffee                       JUN – Root Beer Toffee

JUL – Apple Cinnamon Toffee                         AUG – Almond Praline Toffee

SEP – Caramel Coffee Toffee                          OCT – Harvest Mix Toffee

NOV/DEC – Pumpkin Spice Toffee                   DEC – Gingerbread Toffee

You can also substitute flavors for your subscription if you prefer a different flavor that month.  Free Shipping included on all subscriptions!
Toffee Creations also does AMAZING Party and Wedding favors.   I had them make these CUTE boxes full of toffee for my BuffMother Event!

More info about party favors here:

http://www.toffeecreations.net/Wedding_Party_Favors.htm

The best thing about Tofee Creations is April is one of my Leaders in TEAM BUFFMOTHER!!

Here’s one of her recent blog entries:

“How Do You Stay in Shape??

Aside from cooking, this one of the top most asked questions I receive. So thank you all for your sweet compliments! I’m very flattered! What’s my secret? It’s not a secret at all. It’s because of BuffMother!  That’s right BuffMother… If you’re a woman and want to get into the best shape of your life for the REST of your life, it’s time to visit her site.  The owner is Michelle Berger and she is the most amazing woman I’ve ever known.

BuffMother

I feel privileged and honored to call Michelle my friend.  In the Rally Room, you will find wonderful like-minded women who will embrace you with open arms. Not only is Michelle Berger an accomplished author who has created the revolutionary Hormonal Timing but is an incredible online personal trainer.

Why am I praising her so much?  Because she’s THAT GOOD!   If she can help keep a candymaker who’s surrounded by temptation 24/7 in shape, imagine what she could do for you!”

And her story from my www.BuffMother.com:

All Star” April of VA

Your Age: 27

Number of Children: 1 boy

Ages of Children: 2

April’s thoughts on Hormonal Timing:

“Hormonal Timing is a blessing in disguise.  Michelle’s ground-breaking technique is going to revolutionize the way women workout because it really works. There’s no gimmicks, or expensive shortcuts, just real results that are life changing.  She teaches you how to be in tune with your body.  I never would have thought it help cure my long-term, annoying health issues on top of regulating my cycles, moods and energy levels.  It’s also improved my skin’s appearance, libido and stress levels!  It’s amazing and it honestly works and I shall use her methods for the rest of my life.”

April’s essay about Why She loves the Rally Room ~2007:

From Strangers to Family

How do you thank someone for changing your life?  How do you thank someone for being your rock, comedian, your friend, coach, mentor, or even your shoulder to cry on?  What’s the answer?  You can’t.  There is neither word nor abundance of words that can ever express the love and gratitude I have for the Rally Room.  The Rally Room – a wonderful blend of women from all walks of life.  Who would’ve thought you could find something so amazing that you just have to believe there was some divine intervention taking place?  In cyberspace for that matter?

Before I found the Rally Room, I was a new mother with low self-esteem and little confidence in myself who had just gotten out of the military to be a stay-at-home mom.  I’ve always been a happy person who loved life, but underneath it all, I was a scared, naïve mother who before her son, had three miscarriages and couldn’t stand her body, could care less about her appearance, and put her son above everything else in fear of losing him.  After I joined the Rally Room, I felt like this huge rush of overwhelming love and friendship had hit me.  It was just the support and love I needed being away from all family and no friends to lean on.  I’m so happy when I log into the Rally Room to see what my fellow BuffMother! teammates doing with their lives and their workouts.  You learn so much from these women that you can utilize in your own life.  You end up evolving and changing for the better.  Your whole mental attitude on life changes.  You feel more confident, empowered, and just ready to take on the world!  You say to yourself, these women did it, why can’t I?

What makes the Rally Room so special?  You may think it’s the pretty colors of the website in all it’s pink and purple glory that make you smile.  But it’s not.  It’s the pictures of all those wonderful women replying to your posts.  It’s the challenges and competitions we all share to better ourselves and each other.  It’s the love we feel for complete strangers that we’ve never met, but somehow become so emotionally connected to one another.  It’s all this and so much more.

I was in the Air Force for 6 and a half years and never have I seen such unity and harmony between so many strangers in one place.  Not even the military!  The Rally Room makes me feel that I belong.  Belong to something so wonderful that you want to share it with the world no matter how crazy or obsessed you sound!  I love the feeling I get when I read responses to my posts.  That feeling is accomplishment, pride, happiness, and just plain love.  So many feelings intertwined together that make you want to spread that love!  How?  By responding to others’ posts to tell them how wonderful they are and how great they’re doing!  This leads to their happiness and confidence so they respond to another woman’s post and the beautiful cycle continues.

The Rally Room has given me my self-esteem and self-respect back.  It’s even improved my relationship with my husband.  I learn something new every time I log into the Rally Room.  It’s just a wealth of knowledge coming from real women and real

experiences.  I know when I need advice; I’ll ask the Rally Room before even looking on the Internet!  I feel such a strong connection to these ladies.  They’re my family.  They’ve helped me push myself out of my comfort zone and it’s given me the courage to start the business I’ve always dreamed of having but was afraid to try.  They’ve made me find a love for lifting and being healthier in general.  I’m beyond convinced that the Rally Room has changed my life.    Michelle’s motto says it all.  “The Key to your Motivation is to ENCOURAGE others”.  How unbelievably true!  Even if your friends or family do not support your decision to live a healthier and fitter lifestyle; you can always count on the Rally Room to be there for you rain or shine.  And that’s a great feeling.  A feeling that I don’t ever want to lose.

April’s website: www.toffeecreations.net

"All Star" April of VA

April of VA

April of  Virginia

Your Age: 27

Number of Children: 1 boy

Ages of Children: 2

April’s thoughts on Hormonal Timing:

“Hormonal Timing is a blessing in disguise.  Michelle’s ground-breaking technique is going to revolutionize the way women workout because it really works. There’s no gimmicks, or expensive shortcuts, just real results that are life changing.  She teaches you how to be in tune with your body.  I never would have thought it help cure my long-term, annoying health issues on top of regulating my cycles, moods and energy levels.  It’s also improved my skin’s appearance, libido and stress levels!  It’s amazing and it honestly works and I shall use her methods for the rest of my life.”

April’s essay about Why She loves the Rally Room ~2007:

From Strangers to Family

How do you thank someone for changing your life?  How do you thank someone for being your rock, comedian, your friend, coach, mentor, or even your shoulder to cry on?  What’s the answer?  You can’t.  There is neither word nor abundance of words that can ever express the love and gratitude I have for the Rally Room.  The Rally Room – a wonderful blend of women from all walks of life.  Who would’ve thought you could find something so amazing that you just have to believe there was some divine intervention taking place?  In cyberspace for that matter?

Before I found the Rally Room, I was a new mother with low self-esteem and little confidence in myself who had just gotten out of the military to be a stay-at-home mom.  I’ve always been a happy person who loved life, but underneath it all, I was a scared, naïve mother who before her son, had three miscarriages and couldn’t stand her body, could care less about her appearance, and put her son above everything else in fear of losing him.  After I joined the Rally Room, I felt like this huge rush of overwhelming love and friendship had hit me.  It was just the support and love I needed being away from all family and no friends to lean on.  I’m so happy when I log into the Rally Room to see what my fellow BuffMother! teammates doing with their lives and their workouts.  You learn so much from these women that you can utilize in your own life.  You end up evolving and changing for the better.  Your whole mental attitude on life changes.  You feel more confident, empowered, and just ready to take on the world!  You say to yourself, these women did it, why can’t I?

What makes the Rally Room so special?  You may think it’s the pretty colors of the website in all it’s pink and purple glory that make you smile.  But it’s not.  It’s the pictures of all those wonderful women replying to your posts.  It’s the challenges and competitions we all share to better ourselves and each other.  It’s the love we feel for complete strangers that we’ve never met, but somehow become so emotionally connected to one another.  It’s all this and so much more.

I was in the Air Force for 6 and a half years and never have I seen such unity and harmony between so many strangers in one place.  Not even the military!  The Rally Room makes me feel that I belong.  Belong to something so wonderful that you want to share it with the world no matter how crazy or obsessed you sound!  I love the feeling I get when I read responses to my posts.  That feeling is accomplishment, pride, happiness, and just plain love.  So many feelings intertwined together that make you want to spread that love!  How?  By responding to others’ posts to tell them how wonderful they are and how great they’re doing!  This leads to their happiness and confidence so they respond to another woman’s post and the beautiful cycle continues.

The Rally Room has given me my self-esteem and self-respect back.  It’s even improved my relationship with my husband.  I learn something new every time I log into the Rally Room.  It’s just a wealth of knowledge coming from real women and real

experiences.  I know when I need advice; I’ll ask the Rally Room before even looking on the Internet!  I feel such a strong connection to these ladies.  They’re my family.  They’ve helped me push myself out of my comfort zone and it’s given me the courage to start the business I’ve always dreamed of having but was afraid to try.  They’ve made me find a love for lifting and being healthier in general.  I’m beyond convinced that the Rally Room has changed my life.    Michelle’s motto says it all.  “The Key to your Motivation is to ENCOURAGE others”.  How unbelievably true!  Even if your friends or family do not support your decision to live a healthier and fitter lifestyle; you can always count on the Rally Room to be there for you rain or shine.  And that’s a great feeling.  A feeling that I don’t ever want to lose.

April’s website: www.toffeecreations.net