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Secret Santa “Sassy Sock” Exchange~

2012 Secret Santa “Sassy Sock” exchange for Team BuffMother.

CHRISTMAS is coming quick!!  Over the years in Team BuffMother,  we’ve always had a fun time Celebrating the Season– This year we are going to do a “Sassy Sock” Secret Santa exchange– It should be fun!!

Sorry you missed the DEADLINE for SIGN UP was NOVEMBER 19th~

You will be required to purchase and send a gift of FUN SASSY Socks (the cute long ones perfect to wear for workouts or with boots) to another Team BuffMother member as their SECRET SANTA.

Here’s a simple example-

And some other images I put on facebook- https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10151491611714008&type=1

In return you will be sent a pair for your enjoyment as well!!  We will email you your Secret Santa “assignee” info no later than December 1.

Thanks and please share, like and comment on the blog post with any questions!!

Merry Christmas!!
Love, Michelle

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Branded?? ~S6day14

Have you branded yourself?

Today our 14th day of contest and it’s another day off.

For my day off I love handing with family and hitting the trails. We just “found” a network of trails in our city last week and today is in the 60′s and sunny~ so we are going to venture out with the kids. It should be a fun time!!

I was reading part of a book by the preacher T.D. Jakes this morning. It was the first time I’ve ever read anything of his. He seems to be a good writer…He wrote about that we should all “BRAND” ourselves. Similar to how Oprah has branded herself. When we hear the name Oprah~ we know what kind of quality she stands for and we expect that something with her name on it should be a certain way. Each of us should be able to name at least 3 things that are the qualities of our personal BRAND. For instance this would be and example mine:

“Hi, I am Michelle Berger….my mission is to help women by giving them hope to persue their dream body, life and legacy! My method is to lead by example in my own life, showing love to others and giving encouragement to women who God brings into my life.”

Have you ever thought about what your brand is? or what you want your brand to BE?

Today is also my day off of workouts~ and BOY am I in need of it!! I am sore! Not as tired as I am many Thursdays, but I am glad we are taking the day off. My lower back is still being a bugger~ I think I strained something in there on Monday…so tomorrow’s leg workout will have to be adjusted. AND I have limited my cardio/intervals because of it. So…my week hasn’t gone exactly as planned, but it’s still been very productive!

Yesterday we lifted CHEST~
here’s how that went:
6 min r-bike

Bench
45×20
one set push ups (15reps)
95×10
115×8
135×6 (help with 2)
145×4 (help with 2)
155×4 (help with 4)
135×5 (help with 3)

Dips
9,7,5

Cable flys (one arm at a time)
30x12x2
40×10

Bench dips
3 sets to fail

knee ups
2 sets of 15

I cooked a chicken for dinner~ it was good and will have some of that meat for eats today!

Well, I gotta go get ready to HIKE!!

-Michelle

Hot Yoga & Other Musings of my Mind

Well…Hot yoga was good- not as hot as I expected, the moves were rather painless but the results were a great overall feeling of calm and relaxation in my body and muscles. I would do it again- it’s the perfect “active rest” day activity. I’m happy I tried it- It was also fun to see my friend and visit another gym.  I really wish wish my gym offered the class 🙂

The past 2 days I’ve been dealing with some odd hormonal side effects.  I had night sweats really bad, had muscle cramps yesterday and was very light headed this morning.  Today is cycle day 22…my weight is 130.

I’ve been eating really good today-
proteins: eggs, taco meat, protein powder
fruits: apple
Veggies: carrot, broccoli slaw
others- coffee, cream, sugar, creatine punch, Ester-C

My Sweet Dear Daughters have been talking with me about doing the talent show this spring at school.  They get “groups” together to do dances to songs etc…My hubby sweetly suggested that I help them choreograph a dance.   I jokingly said my dancing would probably be inappropriate for the elementary school stage

I found a video that made me think of my little performer Layla dancing:

It’s very unique and just her style- she does robotic moves quite naturally, she is skinny like this lady, plus it’s funny that her brother’s nick name is Guns. “Son of a Gun”.

In other news:

my sister is coming to visit in less than 10 days.  It’s been several years since she’s been able to come here for a visit!  It’ll be a fun time!  I’d like to get my taxes done before she comes and I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to get some “handyman” jobs completed prior to her visit.  I’ll add that to my to do list 🙂

my kid’s spring break got cut down due to snow days- which makes me rather happy, hehe.  I think I’ll enjoy the shorter break much more than a longer one….maybe we can GO somewhere for a couple days- I’ll have to see how the hubby’s schedule shakes out.

I have a new Tuesday workout partner.  She’s a girl on my football team and we’re going to switch off going to each other’s gyms every other Tuesday.  It should be fun- her and I are 2 of the smaller girls on the team- so we both need to focus on maintaining/gaining our strength and weight.

I have some business ideas bouncing around in my head and need to figure out what and how I should attack.  I have been at a indecisive “stand still” for a couple months… it’s almost time for my strategic attack.  My time management focus this month has already helped me realize it’s important to attack projects that have the most IMPACT vs. just being busy.  I am a business owner and should be focused on the BIG VISION, not the little day to day tasks.  Day to day tasks need to get done, but they can be done by others.  Delegation is key to time management.

Kids are home now and we have to go get some groceries, do homework, cook, eat, clean, read, etc…

Have a great evening!!

Love,

Michelle

Time Management March

“Time management MARCH!” will be my theme for the upcoming month.  Why you ask??  Well, I am in a tish of a funk today…I think it’s a combo of colder weather, a messy house and frustration with having too much work that needs to be done (namely TAXES) that I can’t seem to get it done!  Time is just flying by every day with “busy-ness” and before I know it another weekend is here.  I love weekends but really need more productive work days!  I need to focus on my time management for March!

The past 2 days were crazy busy- GO, GO, GO!!  I enjoyed yesterday so much, getting my hair lighter was so awesome! And then the girls had dance and the twin’s muscical production for school.  Tia and Layla were so cute!!  I could tell Tia was nervous, she even mentioned that in the afternoon’s production she was so nervous she got sweaty, lol!!  Layla on the other hand is a PERFORMER- Holy Cow!! that girl lights up on stage like no one I’ve ever known!!  I can’t wait to see her shine on stage more in the future.

So, yesterday I was strapped for time and skipped lifting legs (which I have not done since last Saturday) and I opted to run on the tready instead.  I warmed up with 15 mins on the R-bike and then hit the tready.  It was a decent run, my best in awhile- but I’d way rather run outside!  I went for 20 mins- 6 intervals @ 9mph, 2 @8mph- easy minutes at 6mph total distance- 2.35 average speed: 7.2mph cals  burned- 300

Today I met up with Emily (my photog) for our week #5 “workout with someone” challenge- We lifted upper body as a PUSH/PULL workout.  She may join my gym 🙂  That would be fun!!!

Time to go shower, clean and get ready for the kids to be home~

Have a great FRIDAY!!

-Michelle

Tomorrow is the DAY!

“Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya Tomorrow!!!….”

Tomorrow is the DAY! that I will send my son off to 5th grade!! YAY!! then all 4 will be back in school! It’s been a fun time having just Gunner home~ He’s such a great little man!

Tomorrow is the DAY! that Bus Service STARTS!! YAY!! I won’t have to pick up the girls from school every afternoon!!  It will give me 1 more hour of freedom each day!!

Tomorrow is the DAY! that Travis and I will have a DATE! We have not had kidless time alone in the recent months~ so it’ll be our day to go out and play while the kiddos are in school!!  I’m excited!!  We want to go out for breakfast or coffee and do a bit of shopping!

Tomorrow is the DAY! that I get to talk with the contest team again!! We skipped our July conference call due to “SUMMER” – so it’s been a couple months! I’m FIRED UP to connect again and get our ladies on the STAGE!

Tomorrow is the DAY! that I will get my AC fixed, I hope!! It will be NICE!

Tomorrow is the DAY! that the girls get to “try” gymnastics class~ they all can be in the same group- so that’s good!! It should be fun!

Tomorrow is the DAY! I get to start the 2nd third of our “30 days GET BUFF” contest!! I’ve had great results to this point and plan to PUSH HARD toward the finish!! 1/3 done, 2/3 to go!!! LET’S GO!!! “30 days to Buff”- Day 11

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To keep you up to speed- my last 3 days have panned out as follows:

Monday- cday 10-Weight 126-Tennis for 1.5 hours with Travis

Tues- cday 11-Weight 127-mish mosh workout with some squats in the early afternoon- late afternoon run 10 mins then lower body @gym

Wed-cday 12-Weight 127-I met a friend for a workout at 8:30am!~ can you believe that I did it that early??  LOL! we did upper body- chest press, lat pulls, incline chest press, seated rows and abs- then at 11 Travis and I played tennis for 2 hours- I was killing it!! LOVE IT!!

I feel really great and have been eating very well- my favorite eats have been: egg whites with pico, frozen blueberries/water and natural choc protein powder in a shake (thank you magic bullet), pickles and peanut butter, green beans with garlic, broccoli slaw salad with turkey and cashewes and some dressing, carrots…

I ovulate around day 10-12 each month- so the weight being up to 127 from 126 is totally NO BIGGIE!! I know I am working hard with stellar focus and within 2 days I’ll see NEW LOWS on the scale!! I love Hormonal Timing!!!

anyhow~ Have a super night and an even better TOMORROW!!!!

love,

Michelle

Have you branded yourself?

Today for our spring break family outing we are going to hit the trails. We just “found” a network of trails in our city last week and today is in the 60’s and sunny~ so we are going to venture out with the kids. It should be a fun time!!

I was reading part of a book by the preacher T.D. Jakes this morning. It was the first time I’ve ever read anything of his. He seems to be a good writer…He wrote about that we should all “BRAND” ourselves. Similar to how Oprah has branded herself. When we hear the name Oprah~ we know what kind of quality she stands for and we expect that something with her name on it should be a certain way. Each of us should be able to name at least 3 things that are the qualities of our personal BRAND. For instance this would be and example mine:

“Hi, I am Michelle Berger….my mission is to help women by giving them hope to persue their dream body, life and legacy! My method is to lead by example in my own life, showing love to others and giving encouragement to women who God brings into my life.”

Have you ever thought about what your brand is? or what you want your brand to BE?

Today is also my day off of workouts~ and BOY am I in need of it!! I am sore! Not as tired as I am many Thursdays, but I am glad we are taking the day off. My lower back is still being a bugger~ I think I strained something in there on Monday…so tomorrow’s leg workout will have to be adjusted. AND I have limited my cardio/intervals because of it. So…my week hasn’t gone exactly as planned, but it’s still been very productive!

Yesterday we lifted CHEST~
here’s how that went:
6 min r-bike

Bench
45×20
one set push ups (15reps)
95×10
115×8
135×6 (help with 2)
145×4 (help with 2)
155×4 (help with 4)
135×5 (help with 3)

Dips
9,7,5

Cable flys (one arm at a time)
30x12x2
40×10

Bench dips
3 sets to fail

knee ups
2 sets of 15

I cooked a chicken for dinner~ it was good and will have some of that meat for eats today!

Well, I gotta go get ready to HIKE!!

-Michelle

Party on St. Patty’s Day!!

Well the big happenings for today are to go get a workout done…here very soon 😉 and then get ready for the party tonight. The party is not a St.Patty’s day party, but one for Grandma Mary- her birthday was last Tuesday. We are going over to my SIL’s house to have STEAK and a fire pit!
Should be a fun time!!

I bought the girls and Gunner all little green clothes. The twins got matching t-shirt dresses, Gracie got a Bratz shirt, and Gunner got a green striped polo shirt. So they won’t get pinched, lol!

Well, I am off to prep for the gym:
Chest, Tri’s and intervals are on tap 🙂
-BuffMother!