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Seek and you will find

I have been SEEKING this year.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Life is looking up!
Have a great HUMP DAY!

Love, Michelle

28 days of Christmas: Day 16

XMAS: Day 16~ Abs/Core

EVERYDAY our focus is on ABS and core…be sure to work your abs often and consistently!!

Abs, Core, Obliques, 6 pack!! Focus hard ~ it rocks to be SHREDDED!! Here’s some video links of some FAVORITES of mine.  What are your favorite AB Exercises??

knee ups on ottoman
decline sit ups
Roman chair knee ups
Ab Crunch- Isolation
STANDING ABS
Dancing- ab twist

 

Knee ups on ottoman

Decline sit ups

Roman chair knee ups

Ab Crunch- Isolation

STANDING ABS

Dancing- ab twist

Please share or comment on the videos~

Thanks,
Michelle

 

28 days of Christmas: Day 10

XMAS Day 10: “rest day”…

If you’ve gotten in your workouts this week, you deserve a rest day.  Resting and letting your muscles recover is key to rebuilding your body, metabolism and mind!

On my days “off”, I like to do RESEARCH for my next workout or learn some new exercises.  Here’s a long list of videos I’ve put online over the years.  If you enjoy any of them please comment (it really helps them gain traffic).

http://buffmother.com/7030/video-links

Have a great day OFF!!

Thanks,

Michelle

"Thin in 30"- Day 21

“Thin in 30”- Day 21

We made it through the second 10 days~ 2/3 of the contest~ and guess what??? NOW it’s time to kick it in for ten days!!!  For these final 10 days- let’s be RELENTLESS!!!

Workout:

Workout # DAY #21
  “Basics”

DAY

Exercises: Chest:
  Bench
  4sets of x10 reps
  Legs:
  Squats
  4×10
  Back:
  Pull ups
  2xfailure
  ABS:
  Knee ups
  4×25
  Crunches
  2×15
   
   
   
   
1-2 mins between sets  

 

Substitutions:

Bench: Push ups, wall push ups, DB Press, Chest press

Squats: Body weight squats, Band Squats, Dumbell Squats, Leg Press, Lunges

Pull ups: Band over hook pull downs, Pull downs, inverted/supine pull ups, DB rows, etc…..

 

Some video links-

http://buffmother.com/video

 

Today’s Diet Focus:

Drink more WATER!
Strive for at least 1 gallon a day~ You need water to keep your body hydrated, kidnesy working properly, flush the toxins and fat out of your system.  Also be aware that you need more water to digest protein than any other type of food…so as you up your protein intake you need to up your water intake.

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Get after upping your intake~ it’s very important to help “flush” the toxins and fat out of your body!

I GULP it, lol!

-Michelle

"Thin in 30"- Day 11

“Thin in 30”- Day 11

We made it through the first 10 days~ 1/3 of the contest~ and guess what??? NOW it’s time repeat the first ten days again!!!  For Day 11 we have the same workout as day 1 and same diet focus, day 12 the same as day 2 and so on…. The program is designed this way for many reasons:

  • THIS will give you GOALS!
  • the first 10 days set a standard- now you can compete with yourself
  • you NOW know what each workout feels like, what weights challenged you, what exercises were your favorites, etc…
  • You can also challenge yourself to do better on each daily diet focus!! And try some of the strategies utilized by other contest members etc…
  • Gives you an opportunity to “get it right this time”
  • you can compete with  performances of others on the same workouts (many of you posted GREAT ones in your blogs)

***Please note*** I will be adding to the number of sprints each week and giving you “optional EXTRAS” for your workouts.

Workout:

Workout # DAY #11
“Basics”DAY
Exercises: Chest:
Bench
4sets of x10 reps
Legs:
Squats
4×10
Back:
Pull ups
2xfailure
ABS:
Knee ups
4×25
Crunches
2×15
1-2 mins between sets

 

Substitutions:

Bench: Push ups, wall push ups, DB Press, Chest press

Squats: Body weight squats, Band Squats, Dumbell Squats, Leg Press, Lunges

Pull ups: Band over hook pull downs, Pull downs, inverted/supine pull ups, DB rows, etc…..

 

Some video links-

http://buffmother.com/video

 

Today’s Diet Focus:

Drink more WATER!
Strive for at least 1 gallon a day~ You need water to keep your body hydrated, kidneys working properly, flush the toxins and fat out of your system.  Also be aware that you need more water to digest protein than any other type of food…so as you up your protein intake you need to up your water intake.

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Let’s get after it and keep our focus!! Consistency is key!!!

Your friend,
Michelle

"Thin in 30"- Day 1

“Thin in 30”- Day 1

BY the WAY…if you missed the official contest “sign up” go here:
http://blog.buffmother.com/4031/thin-in-30-contest

The workout program** I’ve designed for our contest is very different from what I normally use in my own fitness program and in training the majority of my clients. This program is a  Full Body training routine! Every workout program has it’s advantages and I believe NOW is a great time for a FULL BODY plan! It’ll provide us some fun, FAST results!

For those of you new to fitness- a “FULL BODY” workout routine simply means that each time you lift weights you address your full body- so you will do exercises for your upper body and lower body all in the same workout.

Personally,  I am at a good point with my fitness MOJO, but I am greedy– I’d like some MORE MOJO!!  Snicker

Over the summer- I’ve been struggling to get in my gym workouts with the chaos of the kids being home and my preference to “play”- I would rather play tennis or go run sprints, than workout in the gym.  In order to find some MOJO for me and my fellow TEAMMATES!!  I put  together a routine that will “shake up” our lifting routine, help us get back into lifting again, give us new insights, allow for muscle gain, and get us some FAST weight loss results!

** You are FREE to follow whatever workout routine you desire during the 30 days, this workout plan is for those who want to try it and those who don’t already have a plan to follow**

Workout:

Workout # DAY #1
“Basics”DAY
Exercises: Chest:
Bench
4sets of x10 reps
Legs:
Squats
4×10
Back:
Pull ups
2xfailure
ABS:
Knee ups
4×25
Crunches
2×15
Rest between sets 1-2 mins between sets

 

Substitutions:

Bench: Push ups, wall push ups, DB Press, Chest press

Squats: Body weight squats, Band Squats, Dumbell Squats, Leg Press, Lunges

Pull ups: Band over hook pull downs, Pull downs, inverted/supine pull ups, DB rows, etc…..

 

Some video links-

http://buffmother.com/video

ATTACHED below this post you will find a downloadable PDF with the first 7 days of workouts

EXAMPLE ACTUAL WORKOUT~
Lifting~ “Basics” DAY#1- full body

Chest:
warm up- push ups 12 reps
Bench
45#x15 (warm up)
95#x 10 x 2sets
115# x 9 x2sets

Legs:
Squats
45×15 (warm up)
95×10
135x3x10

Back:
Pull ups 10, 8

ABS:
Knee ups
4×25 (set 1 after bench, set 2 after squats, set 3 after set 1 of pull ups, set 4 affter pull ups)
Crunches
2×15 (set 1 after set 1 of pull ups, set 2 affter pull ups)

Extras:
play with kids- various activity
Hip lifts, rotation, boxing drills, stationary lunges with butt out, hip thrust, stretching, knee extensions (light- 2sets)- all between lifting sets
Went up to Kingswood Park in Bella vista so the kids could play at the GREAT park there in the shade while DH and I hit TENNIS!  FUN!! We were there for close to 2 hours

 

“Thin in 30” CONTEST Diet :

A lot of results can happen in just 30 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) chef

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!

Today’s Diet Focus:

Drink more WATER! Strive for at least 1 gallon a day~ You need water to keep your body hydrated, kidnesy working properly, flush the toxins and fat out of your system.  Also be aware that you need more water to digest protein than any other type of food…so as you up your protein intake you need to up your water intake.

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Let’s get after it and keep our focus!! Consistency is key!!!

Your friend,
Michelle

p.s. Be sure to DOWNLOAD the attached PDF containing all of  week #1’s workouts.

Thin in 30-week 1