#1-Take measurements, stats~
Today’s Date:____8-23 AFTER 10-31-12_____ height:___5-6.5____ weight:__129.6_AFTER= 128.0 _ age:_37____
Today’s cycle day- day 9 AFTER= cycle day 23
Please list the following measurements-
Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 36 After= 35.5
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides): 34 AFTER= 33.5
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides): 38 AFTER= 37
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part): 27 AFTER= 26
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part): 25 AFTER= 24.5
Hips (the largest part of your butt): 36 AFTER= 35
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides): 41 relaxec, 42 flexed AFTER= 40 RELAXED, 40.5 FLEXED
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm): 10 AFTER=9.5
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):11 AFTER=11
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap): 19.5 AFTER=19
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap): 20.5 AFTER =20
Calf (about 7” below knee joint): 13 AFTER= 13.25
Caliper measurements (*these are the ones I like to track on myself and use to calculate my body fat, for further info on body fat measurements here is a link http://www.linear-software.com/online.html)
*Tricep: 6 AFTER= 4
*Thigh: 7 AFTER=6
*Iliac: 6 AFTER= 4
Abdomen (I do this one for kicks, since I am an apple): 9 AFTER= 8
NICE LOSS OF INCHES AND BODY FAT AND WEIGHT!! VERY HAPPY!!
BEFORE and AFTER front:
BEFORE and AFTER side:
Before and After back:
I like the changes in the pics-- except that I lose my butt when I lose weight!! I am going to focus hard on squatting and deadlifting a bunch the next couple weeks and see if after this next buffing phase I can get some better booty progress.
Thanks so much for all your encouragement through the contest!! I love each and every tidbit of feedback, TEAM BUFFMOTHER is the reason I keep going!!!!
Where are you in your journey?
I am in a spot of transition...I feel like I've made good progress, but yet want more. Over the past few months I've become quite diligent at completing my workouts at home. I'm very proud of myself for that!! Years of being inconsistent with home workouts made me unsure that I'd ever successfully workout at home. I give much of the credit to my online support system for my success at "home workouts", Thanks TEAM BUFFMOTHER!
( I wrote this and then looked back at my starting thoughts and answer to this question-- crazy similar!!)MY STARTING STUFF- http://therallyroom.com/node/53979
Did you reach your goals and aspirations?
My goal was to work on my diet and to take tennis lessons! I did both!! YAY ME!!
The other goal was to work on my business- I did yet, I am still not quite in FULL ATTACK MODE on this item. The momentum is building, but I need to "decided" my exact path. Once I do, I'll go all out!
Where do you see this challenge brought you?
It's not physical for me-- it's mental. I am in a daily battle in my head regarding what is good vs. evil for me, my body, my time management, my goals, etc... I am often reminded of the quotes "to whom much is given much is required" and that "with FREEDOM come much responsibility" I don't want time to fly by without my STAMP on it. I want to live an impactful meaningful life. I constantly have to resisit the urge to just "be".
Do you have any lingering concerns?
Yes, I am concerned about winter. Every year when the days get shorter I get a bit down, lazy, tired etc... The BEST medicine is exercise, GOALS and forcing myself out of HIBERNATION and into the sunshine, lol!
Do you feel you made an impact on your legacy during this contest?
I do! Through my test results at the doctor showing that I am very insulin resistant, my kids have learned more about how sugar and carb consumption affects your body. And how being sure to eat protein with meals is very helpful in feeling good!
My WHY is stonger than ever! I know more of WHY my body works the way it does. I know more of WHY I need to help other women learn about their bodies. I also know why GOD created me like ME! I am unique and I have a unique mission that doesn't fit into a mold.
Did you feel the support group helped you stay on track?
OH yes, support is always vital!! I love TEAM BUFFMOTHER and the encouragement I get to give and receive!!
What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 70 days?
Oh my, so many!! I used the weekly challenge, my favorite one this time was the daily bikini wearing. It really helped me realize the work to be done, plus got me excited about snapping pictures on a daily basis. That's when I decicded to do my #workoutproof pictures each time I workout. I've really enjoyed that challenge to myself.
The videos have also been great. Seriously, I was inspired by myself a few times, LOL!!
Did you reward yourself when you hit certain goals along the way?
Not really, I had so much going on all the time that no specific thing was a "reward"...I don't know if that's my style either. I am not too reward driven. I am more accomplishment driven and driven by a deep need to be challenged. Rewards, Money and Prizes are not things I strive to attain.
What other thoughts are in your head at the moment?
I wish I could have finished the contest a bit stronger and that I would have taken my pics and stats last week. I was at a good place-- finishing buffing strong and at my lowest weight in months. Now I'm in the midst of boosting and have had several days of "tummy issues"...anyhow, I know one week won't negate the progress I've made, but still I would really like my progress pics to show progress!!
*** Please be sure to submit the SSS Contest FINAL Entry form****DUE November 5th***
#4- Comment about your HORMONES
Did you GET to know your body?
Yes, I did even more than ever. In September I got a full hormone panel ran. Both blood and saliva tests done. My results showed that my insulin resistance was REAL. I had theorized about that for years, but having a test show it has caused me to stop "playing" around with it. I have no business eating anything but a very low carb diet. I don't ever want to be diagnosed with Diabetes!
I also found out that my progesterone was very low and could be causing many of my other hormonal issues. I am on my second month of using progesterone cream during the second half of my cycle and I do feel better. The doctor said to have patience with it and by 6 months in I should feel back to my NORMAL self. YAY!!
Did you learn about your good c-days, your bad c-days, your weight fluctuations, etc…
I am still learning! I have really FELT the effects of my lower carb diet. I feel less lethargy and more STEADY throughout my cycle. Controling carbs is key for me!
Did anything surprise you? Not really :)
#5- Favorite Journal/Blog Posts
take a peek back at your blogs– what were some of your favorite entries from the 10 weeks?
One of my favorites was "When to REST" and another was the one on BELEIF- http://buffmother.com/6757/believe-week-05-coaching-topic
Did anyone else’s impact you along the way?
Oh yes!! Lots of positive feed back and I TRULY enjoyed each and every comment on my blogs, videos and facebook posts!! I don't know if many of you realize how much that helps TEAM BUFFMOTHER reach more people. The way the internet works and search engines "rank" websites is by activity. Each and every comment really helps me help more women!! So in turn you help reach the world by giving a bit of feedback :) THANKS!!
I run into negative people on a daily basis. I have had countless emails condemning me for being too sexy, accusing me of being "porn", notes and comments continually that I have to delete--tons from men, but many from MEAN WOMEN. People may think they KNOW me, but they have no clue! I have learned to shrug most items off-- delete and ignore is my motto. I also block people quite often from my online profiles. I am NOT HERE FOR THEM, I am here for those I can help and inspire. I am NOT HERE OF FOR THE CHURCH/Christian community either~!
I am a big believer that every woman has a GOD GIVEN desire to be desirable. Every woman is a sexual being and just because I am a Christian does not mean that I am supposed to be something I am NOT. I am still allowed to wear a bikini, be a fitness model and do my best to look beautiful. I have never asked a church group to endorse me, nor would I expect them to. I am here to reach the world with my message of HOPE, not pander to those who want to find fault with my sexy side.
Here' a quote from one of my previous blog posts: http://buffmother.com/2521/my-new-beginning
"For those of you who have my book you understand that I deeply believe and TEACH that we must consider EVERY Aspect of ourselves into our quest to attain a glorious body. It must be integrated into our LIFESTYLE and encompass our entire being! Please don't forget the BIG PICTURE! The True WHY behind why you do what you do for your fitness and diet. The TRUE meaning for me is to touch lives! I sacrifice much so that I can stand up with confidence and REACH out to those who are looking for help and HOPE! I want you to realize~ yes I may seem vain or a bit edgy to promote so many bikini photos but this is my calling from GOD! I have a mission to help women and to be a light in the darkness. I have peace about God's mission for my life...I know God will say to me "Well done my good an Faithful servant" when I arrive in heaven :)
I have been called to be a LIGHT in the darkness and reach those who would not otherwise be interested~ I have a mission and I will complete that MISSION!"
Today, I've been trying to keep my head in the right place!! I am determined to focus On my Mission, On the postives and On LOVING!
Let's never let NEGATIVES win!
Seriously what does a mom of 4 do without a dryer...NO LAUNDRY, that's what, lol!!
My dryer that's only 10 months old quit on me last week just as it dried the final load prior to our trip to MN. When we got home I called about it, and they can't get anyone here sooner than the 31st!
Anyhow, I have my old dryer upstairs in but it's got the wrong kind of cord attached to it for my house-- so Travis said he can put on a different cord tonight for me- once i get it from the hardware store-- they close at 5pm, so I couldn't get there yesterday. Silly Small town business hours-- no wonder they don't succeed!!??
Sorry for the complaining! Can you tell I'm entering boosting?? lol!!
Okay, so my POA from 2 days ago went out the window-- I haven't gotten in any lifting workouts nor a run this week yet (besides the one on Sunday I did in Fergus Fall, MN)...I did have my tennis lesson yesterday. It was intense and I am SO sore from it!!
Today, I've decided to get my workout clothes on- hit the hardware store and gym for a workout. GOING TO DO IT NOW~!
p.s. Be sure to check out the final entry info for the SSS~ http://buffmother.com/?p=6820
We are home!! After ONE EXTRA DAY of travel due to flight issues, I'm so glad to be home and back to my "farm" lol!! It's gorgous here right now-- beautiful fall colors plus tons of green still!! I love fall!!
While I was gone I got in 2 runs for my workouts-- NO LIFTING-- so this week I'll be hitting the weights.
Finish out BUFFING phase:
Tue- legs and maybe a run?? after 2 days off and a couple flights I need some EXERCISE!
Wed- tennis and back
Thu- chest/tris and an interval run
Sun- a run-- probably hills :)
I'm going to be uploading some photo prep tips for our SSS week #10 minichallenge, Plus I do have some info for next week too-- about how to submit entries, etc... Don't forget that if you submit a complete entry I'll send you a free "BuffMother!" shirt
I can't believe we are in the final stretch of the 70 days--!! AWESOME SUCCESS STORIES are flooding my inbox already!!
Warm up- push ups and stretching outside
10, 8, 6
So many times I've been asked the question, "When should I REST instead of workout?" ...It's a tough one, but in general I go by about 4 different parameters:
1- Is my workout going to add to my tiredness in a negative way or am I tired because I need to get moving?
2- Would an hour nap do me more good than a workout?
3- Am I sick or on the verge of getting sick?
4- Am I depleted, sore and physically in need of a day off?
Typically, if a person is eating well, doing appropriate workouts for thier fitness level and generally a healthy person do they need to take more than 3 days off of workouts weekly. For a highly trained person- most weeks 1-2 days off is sufficient.
Some life events that cause me to take more than that off:
- Big STRESS- like moving, marriage troubles, having babies, death in the family
- Surgery, Illness
- UNIQUE days-- those that are out of the ordinary routine of life
- Lack of proper nutrition
- Improper training- over working or under challenging myself, so therefore a lack of improvement in my fitness
Yesterday, after a week of travel prep and a weekend trip to Dallas that included some late nights- A VERY OUT OF THE ORDINARY weekend for us. I was EXHAUSTED yesterday. So I took the day off making that 2 days off in a row of workouts for me. I did mow the lawn-- SUNSHINE is such great therapy!
Today will be a workout for sure-- thinking I'm going to switch things up a bit these last 2 weeks of the contest to do FULL Body workouts- it may be easier for me to fit things in as we travel this week to MN again and as I recover from it the next week, lol!
Here's the POA-
Week #9 in our SSS contest-
Tues- Full body lift and a run
Wed- Full Body lift
Thurs- a run
Saturday- full body lift @hotel
Sun- a run
Week #10 in our SSS contest-
Monday- ?? Travel day-probably off
Tuesday- full body lift and a run
Thurs- full body lift
Saturday- Full Body Lift
Sunday- last day of contest~ run
If any of you in the RR would like to see a sample of a good full body lifting routine-- the ""30day Get Buff" contest book contains a full body workout routine- Here's the link to the first week's POA-- http://therallyroom.com/node/45413
Let's finish strong~ WE have enough time to get results 13 days baby!!
This week is going to be a blast!!
We have a trip to Dallas on Friday- and until then I'll be eating my GREENS (and proteins), working out, prepping for the trip, shopping and doing my taxes.
M- run, tennis cycle day 27
T- upper body lift and some bike intervals
W-tennis and LOTS of driving-
Th- Leg workout -tax appt
F-NO WORKOUT- drive to Dallas, rehersal Dinner
Sa- workout at hotel; wedding at 7
Su- workout at hotel in am before drive home
Let's have a stellar week #8!! Time is Flying by!
“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
― Groucho Marx
Ok, I've been through many CHAOTIC times in my life-- this doesn't "appear" to be one of those seasons, yet I seem to have NO TIME?? I am seriously confused on why I feel so busy!! I guess that's just the life of a MOTHER?? ...AND I expect that in less than 10 years I'll be an empty nester longing for the days when my kids were here with us.
To recap my week:
Monday- Chest lifting workout + a hills run
Tues- Leg lifiting workout, Do you like my lifting partner?
Wednesday- Tennnis lesson- which wore me out! I also had some bad crab salad from the deli- ICKY, I was ILL for about 4 hours from that! Even had to take a nap!
Thursday- plan is to make up the lifting workout I missed yesterday-- back, shoulders, biceps and run intervals--- not sure where or when?? Tonight is Gunner's football game
Eating- it's been good minus the CRAB Salad issue-- NEVER AGAIN will I eat that! I've improved my choices daily and am in a good mental place to resist the sugar and carbs that tend to "sneak" into my diet. I can tell that I have less carbs in my system during workouts-- I was rather weak on Tuesday during legs. But overall I am actually feeling better!
Have a good one!! I'm off to the RACES!!
I had a good week 6- Got in most of my workouts -- PLUS a lot of other stuff!! This weekend I took off of workouts but was very active-- today we built a fire and cleaned up a bunch of dead trees and logs- I LOVED IT, but it was a ton of work. Yesterday I brush hogged-- that went well too.
We also had a good time watching the UFC fights last night, the Vikings game today and some TV as a family tonight. Do any of you watch LONGMIRE? it's on of the newer shows we've really been enjoying about a Sherrif in Wyoming named Longmire.
Here's my plan of attack for the week~ I'm boosting, yet I will do my best to remain on a limited carb intake.
Phase 5 of the EXPERIENCED level calendar
Lift Lower Body
Lift Lower Body
Let's rock the week! Before you know it, the HOLIDAYS will be upon us!!
Time to get buff for them!! YOU CAN DO IT!!
Insulin resistance is one step prior to pre-diabetes-- my AC1 score was 5.5 which is very high considering how much I workout and how low my carb intake is on average. I've known for years that in order to keep from gaining weight or to stay lean I have to keep my carbs very low. LOWER than most people...my body's cells just don't absorb glucose like they should.
insulin resistance causes a lot of CARB BINGES, LOW ENERGY moments, fatigue and also can elevate your Stress hormones- It's also a leading cause in PCOS- which shows up in not fun ways-- irregular cycles, cysts, infertility, manly attributes, acne, belly fat, hair growth, hair loss, etc... my testosterone and dhea were also showing higher than average-- which is an indicator I am on the verge of PCOS disease. All of which can be reversed if I can keep my insulin resistance in check.
I'm not sure how low I need to go on the carbs-- I need to do an induction phase of atkins (trying to keep carbs under 20 grams/day) for 2 weeks to get my body to burn fat again. Once there I'll add in more carbs and see-- typically no more carbs can come into my body than I burn off in my workout-- so if I workout enough I can get away with some more carbs. I am so active already and workout a lot already that the change needs to come more from my diet.
Sqauts, Deads, leg extensions, forward lunges, knee ups, hip rotations, ab wheel
Workout clothes coutesy of Green Apple-- check them out here- http://www.greenappleactive.com/
Have a good one~! Michelle