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Kim our “28 Days of Chirstmas Winner!!”

28 Day Christmas Challenge Contest WINNER!!
HI!! You are the WINNER!!
Congrats and thanks so much for your SUPER participation via my BuffMotherPage on facebook!! You were a stand out during the entire contest and I love your willingness to share your passion for fitness with the world!!
Thanks and Congrats~
Love,
Michelle Berger
Kimberly Of NY
I am 41 years old
I have 2 children (13 and 11)
  1. How do I feel the 28 days of Christmas Challenge helped me during the crazy holiday season?
    The contest helped through a lot of stress this time of year. Gave me something to focus on instead of worrying about things I wasn’t in control of right now. I am someone who loves     to give gifts. Deciding, finding, and giving a gift is one of my favorite things to do. We had to cut back a lot this year, so I was unable to ‘give’ as much as I would have liked. The     contest helped me deal with the situation and focus on things that matter more than monetary things. The kids stepped up and helped as well. A great holiday!
  1. Summarize my performance in this contest…
    I realized early on during this contest that even though I was working out most days I wasn’t pushing myself as hard as I could. Reading other Buffmother posts helped me see that.     So I began looking for and planning tougher workouts. Now I am trying new gadgets and heavier weights. Trying hard to think outside the box and give it all I got. Thanks,     Buffmothers!
  1. Are you happy with your results?
     I was very consistent and on track with my workouts throughout the challenge. Had a strong start with my eats, but had trouble Christmas week. Getting back on     track as type this. This is my 2nd contest and I always feel that my results could have been better. I put a ton of effort into the contest, but there is always something I could have     done differently or better. Always a work in progress. So overall I am happy with the things I have learned along the way, but I can do better each day.
  1. Encouraged by? Denyse W. and Suzi V.. I love our dynamics as a group. We work well together for accountability and encouragement. Inspired by? Robin W.. I love her enthusiasm, dedication and sense of humor. She has been a great addition to the group. I look forward to seeing how far she can go.
  1. I shared my pics most days on the Team Buffmother and the Buffmother sites. Lots of fun!
  1. In closing: As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed the contest. It is an amazing thing to have so many wonderful women to discuss common interests with and help those women when they need a word of encouragement. I enjoyed the workout proof pics. A great add on to this contest. Gave us a chance to show a different side to ourselves, open up and be creative. The occasional questions you passed along to us was helpful to me as well. They made me pause and think. I started a separate journal to keep those answers to look over when I need to regroup or refocus. I’ve made so many great friends these past 6 months. Can’t thank you enough, Michelle Berger, for changing my life. I have my goals set for the new year and a renewed focus on what I want from my life. Thank you!

Here are several of Kim’s “workoutproof” pictures from the contest~

Forgot to post day 1 here, too. Stats done this morning. Eating lots of protein and veggies today. Looking forward to fruit as my treat later. Waiting for DH to come home for some P90X plyo. Wonder if he will come home. Lol! See ya’ll later:)

 

#workout proof 2…p90x plyo style

#workout proof 3. Love my photo helpers 🙂

#workout proof 5. Almost didn’t happen, but abs are done!!

Hot weights instead of yoga today. Very warm workout with the wood stove going. #workout proof 6 legs and abs day.

Added more reps to my burpee workout challenge. My shoulders were on fire!! Also completed 30 squats for the squat challenge. #workout proof 8, part 1. Everyone keep up the great work!!

Tried something new for abs. DH took video. #workout proof 10. Total of 5 exercises. Love them!

Workout felt great today (except for IT Band)…I am stretching daily. Squats with bicep curls in between sets and ab intervals. Gonna feel it tomorrow. #workout proof 12

Love, love, love Zumba Sentao! Especially with my favorite instructor. #workout proof 13 — with Anna Rivelo.

Ladder drills with DD for some outdoor fun. #workout proof 14

Got ’em! Love my Sassy Socks from Heather Dobbs O’Callaghan. So warm and snuggly. Have to keep an eye on my DD…she wants them:) Thank you so much! #workout proof 16 bis/tris maxed out #buffing phase #Buffmother

 

#workout proof 17…leg day. #Buffmother and my new favorite shirt. Keep up the great work girls!

 

Yoga and squat day here with my snowman guy 🙂 #workout proof 18

 

Abs and squats day! #workout proof 20. Eeked out my workout…feel a little better now. Have a great day!

Elliptical, abs, and 100 squats for #workout proof 23. Sassy socks make working out lots more fun :))

P90x cardio workout. Was finally able to push myself harder. Feel great! #workout proof 22

Was feeling stressed this morning, so I kicked booty with a shoulders, back, bis, abs, and squats workout. Nothing will stop me now. #workout proof #buffmother

#workout proof 27 of shoulders and tris, squats, abs, and a little cardio. Finishing strong!

28 days of Christmas: Day 23

XMAS Day 23: Well HELLO!! This morning I went on a fasted run~I planned on doing a basic out an back of 3 miles total…well not even half way through I felt like cutting it short. Over and over again I had to talk myself into going the entire way…my thoughts of YOU kept me going!! THANK YOU!

Hope that thinking of me can help you get through your workout as much as thinking of you helped me! Thanks again!!

-Michelle
p.s. Today’s workout is UPPER BODY and intervals (my run was my interval workout)
     
Upper body Day
                      
10 min Warm up
                      
Pre-exhaust exercise=
Push ups
2x15reps or failure
                      
abs between sets of Push ups
                      
#1~Rows
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
                      
abs between sets of Rows
                      
#2~Flys on ball
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
                      
abs between sets of Flys
                      
#3~Pull ups- inverted
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
                      
abs between sets of Pull ups
                      
#4~Bench/Chest Press
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
                           
 **extra abs- leg raises**

28 days of Christmas: Day 22

XMAS Day 22:  SMILE!! it’s almost time for your final photos!!
Here’s the photo shoot prep that you can opt to do for the last 4 days of the contest!!!  It seriously works!!

Photoshoot – 4 day prep
 
4 days out-
PREP
Eat Protien and Greens +Fats    
-Cut your carbs to only 2.
-Eat very salty foods. And if you find this to be a problem, drink a couple of cups of chicken bouillon. It is very important that you have a salt overload on this day
 
    
3 days out
Eat Protien and Greens +Fats
-No Carbs
-NO SALT
Put a coat of tanner on b4 bed- Banana Boat tanner with bronzer in it is the best!
 
    
1 day out
Eat Protien and Greens +Fats
-NO Salt
-No gas causing foods
-Take a water pill(diruex-non caffeinated kind) B4 bed and -no water after 8pm(time so you have 12-16 hours without water b4 shoot)
-Put another coat of Tanner on
 
    
Photoshoot day
-NO Workout
-Do your measurements and stats in the am
-you can have a cup of coffee
-No water or carbs until after the shoot
-Put another coat of tanner on
-Do your hair
-“Over do” your make up make sure you have some that will make your face a little tanner looking. What I use is a face bronzer, and 1 shade darker makeup for photoshoots. You may want to practice with this before hand.
-Have fun!!
-Play music
-(have a glass of wine)
Afterward
Eat and drink a lot!!! You need to rehydrate

Today’s workout is LEGS!! The same one from last Monday~ Give it a super effort and try to lift heavier than last week!! WO details here: http://buffmother.com/?p=7212

 
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28 days of Christmas: Day 20

XMAS Day 20!! The workout on tap is Upper body/ABS/Intervals/extra cardio

Exercise
 
       
 
Upper body Day
       
10 min
Warm up
       
Pre-
Push ups
       
Exhaust
2x15reps or failure
       
abs
between sets of Push ups
       
#1
Rows
       
 
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
       
abs
between sets of Rows
       
#2
 Flys on ball
       
 
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
       
abs
between sets of Flys
       
#3
Pull ups- inverted
       
 
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
       
abs
between sets of Pull ups
       
#4
Bench/Chest Press
       
 
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
       
 
 **extra abs- leg raises**

Here’s a detailed example of how I attacked this same workout in the past:
Warm up- raced on the bike for 5:30 mins

~Push ups 15x2sets

~Seated rows
80×15
90x8x2
100×8
knee ups between sets- 2 sets of 20 (10 front; 5 ea side)

~Assisted pull ups
30×10
20×8
20×8
roman chair knee ups- 20repsx2sets

~Incline flys
35’sx7x3sets
ab machine between 2 sets until boredom

~Bench Press
45×15 warm uo
95×10
105x8x2sets

Crunches and leg raises between sets

~Intervals on the treadmill- 8 hard mins total

~18 extra mins on the r-bike at the end I was good and sweaty!…I should sleep good tonight!!

Hope you have a Super DAY 20!!

Michelle

28 days of Christmas: Day 19

XMAS Day 19: LEG DAY again~ follow the workout detailed on Day 15 (http://buffmother.com/7212)

Be Persistent to attain your goals- Never give up!  You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action.

Your task today is to write down what you WANT!

  • What do you want your life to be like 1month, 1year, 5 years from now?
  • What changes do you have to make to attain those desires?

Be honest with yourself and you’ll find a deeper focus that will keep you persistent toward your goals!


 

28 days of Christmas: Day 18

It’s the 18th day into our 28 day contest, Congrats for STAYING with us!!! It’s an “ACTIVE” rest day today~ so be sure to do something active (Like shopping, a cardio workout or some yardwork)

Today’s task is to LEARN about YOUR HABITS!

#1-Learn about yourself and why you want to  break the your bad Habits- ask yourself questions like when did this become a problem? when did I have this habit in the past? what is the root of the habit?  why do I do what I do?

#2- Learn about ways other have broken the same habit– Google is amazing! Or, heck, go old-school and hit the library or book store for some resources! Take action NOW to learn about your how to BREAK your bad HABITS!

Please Share what you learn with us in a comment here!!

28 days of Christmas: Day 17

XMAS Day 17~ today is an official DAY off~ so enjoy it!!  I am planning to get all sorts of stuff accomplished on my To Do list!! If you’ve missed any workouts, be sure  to do them TODAY!!

Also, on days you don’t workout your entire focus needs to be on DIET~

Here’s the diet I’m trying to follow for contest:

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!!!”

 

 

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 15

XMAS Day 15- PHASE 2 begins with “LEGS”!!!  challenge=change~!

Well today is our first day of phase 2 for our “28Days” of Christmas Challenge~ and if you look at the workout, the exercises are basically the same just in BACKWARDS order!!  It’s amazing how doing a workout backward from time to time really creates some nice results.  Typically though it’s best to do the BIGGEST exercises first, but for these 2 weeks we’ll switch it up!  I call it “PRE-exhausting” your muscles 🙂

FUN, FUN!!!

Here are the details~ and as always you can find all of this info in the download you were sent when you entered the contest.

 

“FCH” Workout Log~Phase 2 ( the second 2 weeks)
FCH Ph 2
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
SAT
SUN
Week 3
Lift Lower Body
ABS
Lift Upper
Intervals
Off
Active rest- Walk?
Lift Lower Body
ABS
Lift Upper
Intervals
Off or extra cardio
Week 4
Lift Lower Body
ABS
Upper
Intervals
Off
Active rest- Walk?
Lift Lower Body
ABS
Lift Upper
Intervals
Off or extra cardio
Exercise
DATE
 
 
Leg Day
 
set 1
set2
set 3
10 min
Warm up
Pre-
Walking Lunges
lbs.
Exhaust
2x30steps
reps.
abs
between sets of lunges
2sets
#1
Leg Curls
lbs.
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
reps
abs
between sets of leg curls
2sets
#2
Leg Extensions
lbs.
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
reps.
abs
between sets of leg extension
2sets
#3
Dead Lifts
lbs.
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
reps
abs
between sets of dead lifts
2sets
#4
Squats
lbs.
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
reps.

 

XMAS Day 15!!! ~ As we head into the final 2 weeks prior to the Christmas~ REMEMBER:

Challenge=Change…
Our bodies are master adapters. The more we challenge them the more they change to accommodate those demands. The good news about this is that if
you continually challenge yourself, your body will change. The bad news is….that if you don’t continually challenge it, it will stop changing and may even
regress.

There are 5 main ways to change workouts to cause them to be more challenging:
Intensity
*How hard are you pushing?
*Do you push yourself to the MAX each workout?
*Do you only ever “go through the motions”—social exerciser?
*Do you vary your intensity to get different results?
*Do you like to take your time?
*Do you like to “get it done”?

Frequency
*How often do you work out?
*How often do you lift each body part?
*How often do you do intervals?
*How often do you do other fitness activities?

Duration
*How long do you workout at a time?
*How long are your lifting sessions?
*How long are your intervals?
*How much other time do you devote to fitness activities?

Mode
*What type of activities do you do? Do you cross train?
*Are you training for a certain sport?
*What lifts do you do for each body part?

Rest intervals
*How many “rest” days do you take?
*How much time between each lifting set/exercise do you do?
*How much time between hard intervals do you “rest”?
*How much time do you “rest” each day?
*Do you purposely take time to “de-stress”?

“The path of least resistance leads to a poor reflection in the mirror.”

28 days of Christmas: Day 14

XMAS Day 14:  “off day”–halfway point~ Congrats!! You made it to the halfway point!!! Now it’s time to refocus- dig deep and continue on towards the finish!!! BE RELENTLESS!!!

I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again~ I love the thoughts feelings and attitude that the word RELENTLESS brings to my soul!!!  It’s the halfway point of our 4 week contest~ time to get relentless!!!

Let’s all chant “relentless”, “Relentless”, “RELENTLESS!!!!!” to ourselves as we “kickit-in” towards our goals cheerleaders

 

How are you doing?

Do you feel any different?

Are you seeing results?
What obstacles are you facing? (what are the SOLUTIONS?)

Are you still on fire and focused?

2 weeks left, time to KICK IT IN!!!
Or you’ll “Eat My Dust” ,lol!!

Love ya,
Michelle