The Sunny Side Group!

I’ve recently realized something about myself that I do not like! I have a tendency to go through streaks where I constantly catch myself thinking about and focusing on, the negative side of things instead of the “bright”! I’ve heard the phrase “look at the bright side” so many times that it’s lost the intended affect. If my husband says, “look at the bright side…” I often just groan inside and then wander off and continue to bicker, mumble and complain to myself or other people. I do this despite the fact that I devoted an entire chapter of my book to the subject of “focusing on SOLUTIONS” instead of the “PROBLEM” at hand. For the most part, this is the way I live my life, but I still have those NEGATIVE streaks. The truth is, complaining, bickering, arguing, etc, ALWAYS causes my life to be frustrating, difficult and miserable!! This is why I’m confessing this issue to everyone and I’m bound and determined to break this horrible habit!! I’m asking everyone who reads this blog including my family, friends and even casual acquaintances to please hold me accountable. If you ever catch me writing, talking or even thinking about the negative side of anything, CALL ME OUT! I want you to BUST me on the spot! I’ve asked my husband to use the phrase, “focus on the SUNNY side, HONEY” instead of the old cliché’ “Look at the bright side” since that phrase seems to always trigger negative feelings in my mind.

I know that some people would much rather discuss negative rumors, gossip and many other situations of this nature. It’s very easy to and even somewhat enjoyable to get together with a small group of people and feed off this negative energy. I’ve been caught in this trap many times! I declare myself “GUILTY as charged charged”. It’s human nature to take the “easy road” by adding our own little negative spin to a conversation or even starting the flow of negative energy hoping that others will join in. We all seem to have a natural weakness for being attracted negative information. If you want proof just read the headlines in any news source, TV, internet, newspaper, etc. The headlines are almost always focused on negative stuff because that’s what attracts readers and viewers. In fact, I’ve completely stopped watching the “news” because it makes me feel depressed!

As I previously stated, focusing on negative things such as criticizing, condemning or complaining always results in making my life miserable! I recently to read a book written by the richest, most powerful and wisest man who ever lived. I believe success breads success and even though I’m not much of a reader, I decided to take 5 minutes a day to learn what this man had to say about true success. The man is King Solomon and the book is Proverbs. It has 31 chapters and I read 1 chapter every day of the month. Some tidbits that hit me really hard on the 15th of this past month. Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; griping brings discouragement.”
15:15 “When a man (or woman) is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when she is cheerful, everything seems right” 15:30 “Pleasant sights and good reports give happiness and health.” The entire 15th chapter seemed to say to me, If you want to be miserable, unsuccessful, and depressed, hang around negative people and focus on negative information.

If you want a great life, full of joy, success and happiness, hang around positive people and focus on the “sunny side” of your circumstances. As a result, I’ve made a decision. From this day forward, I’m done poisoning my life with negative people, conversations, actions, thoughts, etc! Instead, I’m rededicated to hanging out and communicating with positive people, focusing on solutions instead of problems, looking for the sunny side of my circumstances instead of all the negative situations and events that occur in life.

I want to find at least 100 women who are willing to join me! We’ll call us “The Sunny Side” sisters! LOL!

This doesn’t mean that you can’t tell us about negative situations, events or problems that you are going through. There is nothing wrong with expressing these things to the group. Together, we’ll help each other find and concentrate on the solutions so we can get through tough times. We’ll team up to focus on the SUNNY side… honey! I’d like to incorporate this into the Rally Room (our TEAM BUFFMOTHER private women’s only group) since this is one of the many reasons I created the Team BuffMother in the first place! If you haven’t joined the Team BuffMother group I encourage doing so. It will change your life! If you already are a Team BuffMother member, and want to commit or re-commit to this positive group, please respond to this post.

Feel free to add your own special twist in your post but don’t feel obligated. It’s fine to just say something like, “I’m in! But, if you have any additional thoughts, insights and/or stories that popped into your mind regarding this topic, please jot them down in your post. Please keep in mind this is not a writing contest or anything like that. I know most of us don’t have tons of extra time and energy and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us. I’m member #1, who wants to be member #2, #3, #4…?



Finish Week 1 STRONG~ SSS 01

Let’s Finish Week #1 STRONG– weekends can be tough, but if you can stay strong through it you will set yourself up for getting results in week #2!!

I am going to be STRONG this weekend~ Ladies let’s keep our mojo STRONG all the way through week 10!!! (can you tell my “truth hammer” for is STRONG?)

At the end of each week you’ll find a place in your SSS journal to summarize how you did that week and make a plan of attack for next week:


Homework for week 01~

  1. Be sure to do Mini-Challenge #1 take your STATS and STARTING Pictures.
  2. Get your WEEK 01 workouts done– take a JUST DO IT mentality– Any movement counts!!

Stay engaged and accountable by posting a comments and encouraging others– that’s how I stay STRONG!!

Your STRONG friend,
Michelle Berger

P.S. If you missed any of the info for the week, you can always find it on my BLOG~  Here’s a nice summary for you….

Yeah that’s right ~ I’m gonna be buff!!


How do you like my truth hammer for today: “YEAH that’s right..I’m gonna be BUFF!!!”

My Buffing phase ends today c-day 19…but that’s not gonna stop me from being BUFF for my birthday.  I’M GONNA BE BUFF!!

Good Morning my friend,
Today I am here to tell you “I’m Gonna Be BUFF!!”

That’s my “Truth Hammer” and I plan on using it!!!
Truth Hammers CRUSH DOUBT
Truth Hammers Enforce Belief
Truth Hammers POUND in the TRUTH
Truth Hammers OVERCOME!!

And so far all is well in the diet category:
coffee with cream
Brussels sprouts
a carrot
3 scrambled eggs

My planned workout today will be to get in a full body lifting workout and some intervals on my upright bike.
Plus, I’ll stretch a bit afterward~I uploaded a bunch of new videos to my you tube about stretching, try some they feel GREAT!


Have a Killer day!!
YEAH that’s right..YOU are gonna be BUFF!!!

-Michelle Berger, aka “BuffMother!”

p.s. here are the stretching videos


Warrior Women!

A sweet friend of mine helped me remember that “We are WARRIOR WOMEN”…we are fighters!

I preach and teach that I want being buff to look easy.  I strive to make it simple, turn-key and uncomplicated…But the truth is it’s a battle!

I battle continuously:

I fight for time I fight sore muscles I fight for proper food I fight for good information I fight for energy I fight for focus I fight injury, illness and disease I fight to be understood I fight to get results I fight to learn more I fight to help others I fight for my motivation I fight to be positive I fight to keep the MISSION pure I fight to enjoy life

We are “Warrior Women”, fighting is what we must do, but we must do it with LOVE!!

Love is the key– if we fight out of rage, jealousy or malice–we lose!


Warrior Princess,

Michelle Marie Berger


UNREAL it’s snowing today!! It is very, very weird for this time of year for us to see anything white coming out of the sky!

Week #1 of my 10 weeks has been a decent one…BUT I still have my mini-challenge to do! I am NOT motivated to take pics or measurements right now at all~ BUT I will do it…because I know I need to SEE the truth!

Okay….so my back was a bugger yesterday during my attempt to do some sort of leg workout, so it ended up being a VERY modified workout:

Warm up r-bike: 10 mins
laying side leg raises
20 reps x 3 sets with stretching between sets

Seated leg press- one leg at a time
45x10x2sets +2 sets of calves
55×10 + 1 set of calves

Seated calves

knee extensions

leg curls

rotary calves
170x10x 2

tried walking lunges– not good

25mins r-bike

hammer curls + bicep curls
25’sx10 +10 x2 sets

At least it was something and my back continually gets better…I am hoping that by mid next week I’ll be able to get in an even better leg workout.

We are heading out in the snow in just a bit to lift upper body….but first I have to cut Gunner’s hair. His MOHAWK is outta control, He looks like an little Indian, lol!

Let’s strive to enjoy the joys of family this weekend!!
Love ya,

Starting NOW!

I am starting my new year “NOW!!” After all it is already the 5th, lol!
I’ve worked out 2 of those 5 days so that’s not too bad, but I expect BETTER!
I believe in setting HIGH expectations for myself. I want to be EXCEPTIONAL not normal.

The first step towards getting to where I want to go this year is in my mind…I need to get my mindset in a position from where I can attack 2009.

Right NOW…I am going to think hard and pray about what ACTIONS I need to take this year to attain my goals.

I am starting NOW!!

My Hormonal timing Journal tidbit for today:
Cycle Date:

My “Truth Hammer”:

“I am starting NOW!” (I feel like my NEW YEAR hasn’t arrived yet…but I am starting NOW)

Flyin’ by Friday!!

Where in the world did today go???
I started the day with a “wake up” by my early rising daughter, GG…she was backpack on and all ready to go to school at 6:30 am!!!  I was like WHAT are you doing up so early?? It’s not time to get up even (we usually get up around 7 am).
THEN I proceeded to “pass out” until WAY to late~ 8:30!
So needless to say I started my day “behind”…

But really it was not a problem~ I got the kids to school a bit late, got some work done, pampered myself with a shower, bath, shave, exfoliation, teeth whitening and some good food.
Then I was off to get more pampering–my hair done!
It turned out great and from there headed to the gym–but OOPS! I forgot to pack any workout shorts, so instead I went tanning and picked up the dry cleaning and then exchanged cars before I headed to my nail appt.  AFter my nails, I almost skipped my workout–I was tired it was already 6:15 and I hadn’t eaten much at all…but I used my Truth Hammer “BuffMojo” and GOT IT DONE!!

I was a bit weak but here is how it went:
5 min warm up
paired with bench dips
10 reps x 3 sets

Icline hammer press
70×10×3 very focused on these
tricep extensions

Run intervals
warm up 4 mins
10mph for 1 min
20 seconds off on sides to slow down to 8 mph
Repeat for 5 intervals
cool down
a total of 15 mins

then home–
100 lunges

while feeding the kiddos and myself and DH!
It was a good FAST day!

Off workouts, but not off BELIEF~

I believe in Jesus! My Christian Testiomony

What a GREAT day~ I’ve go a ton accomplished, I’ve already eaten 3 servings of greens, I feel rested,refreshed and READY for my workout tomorrow.  Which BTW is with my SIL!!  So my mini-challenge is ON!!

Keep on Believing Ladies~

belief quote of the day:
Mark 11:23,24  Jesus said ” I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this Mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.  Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”