THEBUFFMOTHER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=THEBUFFMOTHER THEBUFFMOTHER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Am I a Hermit?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148837 I seriously am worried I'm turning into a HERMIT. I don't want to leave my house! I know my hormones tend to make me feel this way monthly, but I am seriously feeling more and more like I don't want to venture away from my "Sanctuary" of a ranch. We moved out to the country about a year ago and I'm totally diggin it! I've learned so much about myself this past year...I love doing so many things that I never knew existed prior to this past year. <BR> <BR> I love driving a tractor <BR> I l... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:08:02 EST Thank you Sports http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142634 <img src="http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/408608_10151087036518317_11810166_n.jpg"> <BR> Hi!! I'm in a total time warp this week...Holidays do that!! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited on many fronts~ We are getting geared up for our next contest...Hope you got the email and signed up, DETAILS are HERE. The sign up for the sock exchange ended yesterday: We had 68 ladies sign up to participate, It's gonna be some crazy wild fun to see all of those sock pictures!! <BR> <BR> I got in a work... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:45:50 EST Heroes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137670 HI all~ Well....I've had a busy but GREAT past few days!! Yesterday I took of of workouts-- not on purpose, but that's what happened. Today I have tennis drills and I'm so excited!! It was a blast last week :) <BR> I'd also LOVE to get in a leg workout and/run...I probabaly shouldn't do all of it though because I'll be DEAD if I do. It's been fun recently to "feel" like working out . I had a long spell there where I didn't and it's hard to have to "make yourself" do it every time. <BR> ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:11:56 EST Thank You Minivan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133032 This weekend was a good one~ <BR> <BR> Saturday morning my hubby shot a buck...it was the first on our land and very sentimental!! We brought it in to the meat processor and it'll be some good eating~ <BR> <BR> That afternoon I hit the trail for a run, It was crazy warm for November 11th. It was also VERY WINDY, but nice where I ran as it's sheltered from the wind. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After the run Travis and I climbed up on the roof of our house and enjoyed the evening looking for dee... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:57:06 EST Thankful for USA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126396 I am thankful for the USA!! I love the USA!! Because of our freedom, our culture, our awesome country, our diversity and most of all because of our BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY!! We are allowed free enterprise in this country and I've been able to <BR> <BR> capitalize on it!! I now am the PRESIDENT of 2 companies that I started, I am living the AMERICAN DREAM!!! I have the freedom to work when I want, where I want and workout any time of the day!! I am so thankful for that!! I am proud to be a citi... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:43:50 EST "MAINTENANCE" is a myth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122000 Each and every new month, I like to give myself a theme and set specific goals for my fitness. I am a big believer that "MAINTENANCE" is a myth- we are either moving forward or backwards in life, and more specifically in our fitness! <BR> <BR> My goal is to keep the mojo I've gained over the past couple months! <BR> <BR> I have 2 specific fitness goals: <BR> <BR> 1- I want to stay excited for Tennis...I've changed my lesson day to Tues and added in a FRIDAY Drills day!! the extra time o... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 22:49:37 EST SSS Final Thoughts & Stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120668 HI Everybody!! <BR> <BR> I am a bit late on getting week #10's stuff done-- that's okay though!! I am just excited to be FINISHING it!! <BR> <BR> #1-Take measurements, stats~ <BR> <BR> Today’s Date:____8-23 AFTER 10-31-12_____ height:___5-6.5____ weight:__129.6_AFTER= 128.0 _ age:_37____ <BR> Today’s cycle day- day 9 AFTER= cycle day 23 <BR> <BR> Please list the following measurements- <BR> Bust (around breasts the biggest part): 36 After= 35.5 <BR> Chest- relaxed (just under armpits ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 19:29:39 EST Keeping my head in the right place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115890 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 H... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 18:22:34 EST Without a dryer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113673 <img src="http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/552604_10151087038813317_2074804044_n.jpg"> <BR> Seriously what does a mom of 4 do without a dryer...NO LAUNDRY, that's what, lol!! <BR> 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! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I have my old dryer upstairs in but it's got the wrong kind of cord attached to it f... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:31:27 EST One EXTRA day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110368 <img src="http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/547043_10152195762570055_924083699_n.jpg"> <BR> 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!! <BR> <BR> <BR> While I was gone I got in 2 runs for my workouts-- NO LIFTING-- so this week I'll be hitting the weights. <BR> <BR> Finish out BUFFING phase: <BR> Tue- legs and maybe... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:55:27 EST Productive!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103636 HI Ya's!! <BR> Well...yesterday was a much more productive day than Monday FOR SURE!! I got a few important thing done and also hit my workout good and hard-- I took some pics for #workoutproof <BR> <BR> Here's one of me getting READY for my full body workout-- thought you'd like to see how my cool sports bra looks from behind. <BR> <img src="https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/578447_10152182460715055_690717029_n.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From what I remember off the top of my head my work... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:57:08 EST When to REST? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101288 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: <BR> <BR> 1- Is my workout going to add to my tiredness in a negative way or am I tired because I need to get moving? <BR> 2- Would an hour nap do me more good than a workout? <BR> 3- Am I sick or on the verge of getting sick? <BR> 4- Am I depleted, sore and physically in need of a day off? <BR> <BR> Typically, if a person is eating w... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:24:29 EST Time is Flying by! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091998 This week is going to be a blast!! <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> M- run, tennis cycle day 27 <BR> T- upper body lift and some bike intervals <BR> W-tennis and LOTS of driving- <BR> Th- Leg workout -tax appt <BR> F-NO WORKOUT- drive to Dallas, rehersal Dinner <BR> Sa- workout at hotel; wedding at 7 <BR> Su- workout at hotel in am before drive home <BR>... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 22:34:31 EST But seriously, when is life going to SETTLE DOWN?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087587 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. <BR> <BR> To recap my week: <BR> <BR> Monday- Chest lifting workout + a hills run <BR> <BR> Ran to end of road then down trail for warm up- then 2 lo... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:04:25 EST My plan of attack for week 07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081832 <img src="http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/551018_10152013295520055_1228815697_n.jpg"> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> We also had a good time watching the UFC fights last night, the Vikings game today and so... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:23:27 EST Insulin Resistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078688 Yesterday I posted a bit about my insulin issues--"I've had a lot on my mind the past couple days-- I got some news about the blood/hormone tests I had done at the beginning of the month. The results support some of what I've theorized for quite some time about my body's response to carbs, I am INSULIN RESISTANT. Thankfully I've been eating higher protein/fat with lower carbs now for the past 9 years and am very consistent with my exercise because if I hadn't I'd most likely have Diabetes. ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:08:35 EST Squat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060305 I'm so happy with how my leg workout went-- the highlights were 2 sets of squats at 165#'s-- the first 6 reps, the second at 3 (this set was the 6th overall, so I was getting tired) <BR> <BR> And deadlifts at 155#'s...it's ben awhile since I've gone this high in weight and i feel it already!! YAY!! <BR> <BR> here's a picture Gunner took of me squatting 155 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/304374_10151062007733317_968692620_n.jpg"> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 11:36:59 EST Sport Specific http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058051 <img src="http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/574653_10152013250015055_922032068_n.jpg"> <BR> HELLLLOOOOO!!! <BR> <BR> I feel like I've been posting quite a bit but most of it's been contest related, not personal blogs. Let me catch you up: <BR> <BR> M- ran a warm up and then 2 hills and 5 fast sprints-- I also mowed/trimmed lawn <BR> T- ran a longer run with some intervals in it <BR> W- tennis lesson and a bit of chest workout <BR> <BR> Today is all about getting some mu... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:00:09 EST More on Buffing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054781 MORE ON Buffing- “the first half of the month”- Sweet happiness –2 weeks… <BR> http://youtu.be/Z-41zW7e-eM <BR> <BR> Mindset <BR> -Hit it hard –shoot for overall weight loss (chances are you are motivated and post boosting phase so you have lots of strength and energy) <BR> -Return to a lower caloric intake- rapid weight loss level- 10x’s your goal weight is about right <BR> -Be relentless in your workouts, hit them hard and intense <BR> <BR> Basically- we all know that during the first hal... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:57:38 EST Good Times! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037538 Hey everybody!! I've been having some really GOOD times this week~ Tuesday was our 19th anniversary, so we basically HUNG OUT as much as possible. It was a fun time with my MAN!! We ate together, bought stuff together (one item was our "gift"- a mulcher), built a fire together (the burn ban just got lifted, yay!!) and hunted together + PLUS Other activities too!! <BR> <BR> Then yesterday I had to get rollin' early for my tennis lesson. I've never had one before and had no idea what to expe... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:36:17 EST SSS Starting Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028352 <img src="http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/558786_10152050228285055_257220174_n.jpg"> <BR> Starting Thoughts: <BR> Where are you in your journey? <BR> I'm in a transition...I've been working hard, just not quite to a place of "peace" with my performance, consistency and discipline. I've made good progress in my fitness level the past 3 months-- yet, I want more. I'm on the attack to get MORE! <BR> <BR> What are your goals and aspirations? <BR> My goals are not so much to do with... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:32:36 EST Getting it out of my system!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018376 I was instructed by a wise woman to "GET IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM" this week in preparation for the SSS contest that starts on Monday-- so that's what I did yesterday, LOL! I took the day off of workouts, went out to eat, had dessert and some other TREATS! It was a defining moment of BEING DONE with all that business!!!! BTW- yesterday evening TOM came with no pain or probelms-- much better than how mean he was last month! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now it's time to get down to it~ I plan to rock the... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:48:55 EST Big Excitement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015462 <img src="http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/312899_10152013249395055_214749387_n.jpg"> <BR> Whohoo!! we've got some BIG TIME excitement here in the RR and all over the internet for the SSS contest!! YAY!! I quiclky wanted to point out that on the UPPER RIGHT HAND corner under the heading "ALL BOOKS" there is a link to all the contest content "2012 SuperSTAR Success Contest". I'll be adding to it and updating it as we go along-- but it's a good reference so you know where ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:28:32 EST Putting in the time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006867 <img src="http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/264961_10152000796930055_2128629787_n.jpg"> <BR> Well, hello!! I've been a bit lax on my blogging the past week or so...I just don't seem have much to say! I've been deep in thought. I'm thinking about a lot of things-- I feel a new season coming in my life again--it's time to WORK harder and smarter! I've always worked hard, but not always smarter. I get into streaks were I only work hard at the easy, fun, littl... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 14:44:31 EST Make it GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005540 <img src="http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/66462_10151496619485055_1042894959_n.jpg"> <BR> Another week starts....2 weeks until kids go back school- I can't wait!! My kids have gotten progressivly more lazy as the summer's go on and I've had enough of it, lol! Prodding them to do "anything" has been wearing me out! They need school!!! <BR> <BR> Today is also Day #21 in our 40 days to fit. Today's FIT tip is very interesting human experiment: <BR> Switch Hands! If you s... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 18:10:38 EST Dark KNIGHT~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997722 <img src="http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/226673_10150620066775055_2756717_n.jpg"> <BR> Summer is coming to an end quickly!!! SO....Today I took the kids +1 to see the "Dark Knight Rises"...It was a good fun way to start the new month with the kids. August is going to be an awesome month in so many ways-- fitness wise, friend wise, family wise and fun wise!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I did a good back, shoulder, bicep + interval run+ cardio...it was a good test for my shoulder and I... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:02:15 EST Celery, you are my friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994501 Yep, that's right, CELERY has been my friend the past couple days. It's actually VERY GOOD! Why is it so easy to foget how yummy green veggies can be? <BR> <BR> Anyhow, my diet is back ON TRACK-- had a little bit of a hiccup Friday and Saturday with it...PLUS the ibuprofin I took for my neck caused me to retain some major water-- NO FUN! Most of it is gone now, but I weighed in at 130.8 this morning-- almost 6 pounds more that I'd like for my photo-shoot. I have 18 days days until then, ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:16:15 EST Sucked In!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988035 <img src="http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/5693_248330850054_1144238_n.jpg"> <BR> I keep getting SUCKED INto being on my computer-- I'm getting off it right after I post this. Instead I need to get SUCKED INto cleaning my house!! All the while SUCKING IT IN (my tummy that is, lol)!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I got in a modified leg workout as I brought TIA (my 9 year old DD) through a workout: <BR> a circuit #3x's through <BR> Squats <BR> Lunges <BR> Abductor-V's <BR> Laying side leg ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:14:30 EST the next 3+ weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985187 HI!! I have 25 days until a fun photoshoot on August 17th....my goal is to be more photoshoot ready than I am now. More fit, more lean and more confident in my body. I took photos and stats yesterday since it was my first official day of "Buffing" this month. Here are a few of the shots- <BR> <BR> <img src="https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s720x720/561387_10151949890740055_1408922353_n.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/314757_1015... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:47:50 EST 5 o'clock whistle blows~~ soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958234 Is today REALLY Friday?? LOL!! <BR> <BR> Today's workout so far was a super hot one!! I ran hills outside- got 6 in before I died from the heat. 4 hours later I'm still feeling sweaty from it, lol! Anyhow-- I may do legs in a bit, but only if I have time. Got some work to do before the 5 o'clock whistle blows!! After my run I made a yummy lunch- <BR> <img src="https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/295214_10150930756563317_587525659_n.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Salmon mixed into... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 16:08:26 EST BuffMother ~ Snake Slayer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952504 BuffMother~ SNAKE SLAYER!! <BR> <BR> Posted in Blog, Goal Setting (POA) by Michelle Berger <BR> <BR> <BR> July is upon us~ Now it’s time for some SUMMER FUN!! <BR> My plan for July is to use this month for fun, fitness and for getting stuff DONE! I have pretty much decided to go to MN next week in order to “retreive” my kids– that leaves me with this week to get after some projects that need to be completed prior to their return. I also plan to have a little R&R for the 4th of July– we... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 20:00:07 EST How can it be the LAST DAY??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948986 <img src="http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/47200_10150258924760055_1482778_n.jpg"> <BR> I am in shock that it's already the last day of JUNE?? It has flown by so fast!! I've had a very interesting month~ Lot's of GREAT amazing things, plus some not so super things. I'm not going to spend 1 second thinking about anything negative, but instead give all my energy to the positive. PLUS I'm getting interenally fired up for the next half of the year-- JULY is going to be the start of an... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 13:12:48 EST 6 days a week for almost 2 years~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945373 <img src="http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/2902_186526675054_8186660_n.jpg"> <BR> Last night a thought hit me in the shower-- the first 2 years that I was "SERIOUS" about becoming Buff, I lifted 6 days a week for almost 2 years straight-- plus I did intervals 3-4x's a week and a long cardio day (60 mins) once a week--much of that time. Now days I tend to lift an average of 4 days a week and am lucky to get in 2-3 interval sessions in a week. There is a difference in my body because... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:42:58 EST underestimated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943096 <img src="http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/525574_10151722887695055_1453343737_n.jpg"> <BR> I underestimated the amount of work I have to do in order to be caught up! I have in essence due been "off" my routine all of June until this week-- 3 weeks behind! This month did not turn out the way I had hoped, but "C'est La Vie"!! I'll be working hard for a couple weeks to get back to a good sense of organization. I am not only behind in my work life, I'm behind in my exercise, diet, h... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:49:18 EST Thanks!!! Back to it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928948 Hi ya!! I'm back to it today after a day of pampering and fun!! I had a good time being QUEEN for a day, but now I've got stuff to get done before another 2 days of RELAXATION!! I LOVE the WEEKENDS!! <BR> <BR> My birthday started off with some sun, coffee and conversation-- then I got cleaned up for a lunch date with the HUBBY! We ate out at Copelands and then he bought me my present. A top of the line "weed whip"...I know that sounds crazy, but it's what I wanted!! I've gone through se... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:30:20 EST Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927446 I've been thinking a lot about the next year of my life the past week. I have some things I want to accomplish during my 37th year: <BR> <BR> Spirit: <BR> <BR> Keep a thankful heart <BR> Pressing toward sharing God's love in all I do- SHINE for HIM!! <BR> Find a good local church- get whole famiy involved <BR> <BR> Family: <BR> <BR> Help each of my kids with one of their passions- <BR> Gunner's football preparation <BR> Gracie's Gutiar/Voice lessons <BR> Tia Sprinting at the TRACK... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 09:16:54 EST Maced myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923672 It's true when they tell you "do NOT spray mace into the wind!"...I maced my face and most especially my leg on my run today! It's BURNING STILL!! Today was the first time I've had to use my mace in a long time. I had to spray it 3 times. First on a group of 5 small little agressive dogs- they had me circled. Once I sprayed just a bit they all ran home. Second time, I had a pit bull run up from behind and stop infront of me facing me off. So I sprayed HIM in the face- he ran back to his "... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:43:33 EST Final Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913196 Good Morning– It’s the start of our Final Week for the Shine in 49 contest~ WOW!!! <BR> <BR> Here’s a PDF download for you that lays out the final week in detail. <BR> <BR> http://buffmother.com/wp-content/uploads<BR>/2012/06/Sin49-wk-7.pdf <BR> <BR> Let’s have a good one!! <BR> <BR> My week will be filled with all sorts of "EXTRA" prep besides besides photoshoot prep- I've got vacation prep, vistor prep, birtday prep and even tax prep to get done. Anyhow, my plan is to take each little p... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:40:42 EST 15 Days to Go!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904319 I've got 15 days to go until my birthday~ whoohoo!!! Why is it that I get so fired up to be fit for my birthday EVERY YEAR??? It's so motivating for me!! I just love feeling my best on "MY DAY"!! <BR> <BR> This year Travis is actually going to be home on my Birthday!! He's missed more than half of my birthdays in the past 10 years due to travel. Anyhow~ the whole family will be here for my day and trust me we will have a PARTY! And the whole week AFTER my b-day is going to be a VACATION ... Wed, 30 May 2012 12:51:27 EST Going to the movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897695 Yesterday, a conference call, listen here: <BR> <BR> weights-injuries <BR> <BR> ~~~~ <BR> <BR> I think we'll go to the movies today~! <BR> <BR> yesteday I got in a good workout~ my 11th day of working out in a row!! <BR> <BR> PBJ warm up <BR> Incline Flys- 30'sx10x3sets <BR> Bicep curls- 45# and 50# on machine reps= 10+ x4 sets <BR> Dead Lifts- 45 for warm up, 95x20, 115x10x2sets <BR> Lunges- forward version with 45# curl bar on back 3 sets of 10 <BR> Seated Rows- on bowflex <BR> <BR> 2... Fri, 25 May 2012 13:53:17 EST Mini-Challenge!! OOOPs, I forgot!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884285 YEAH- i realized last night that I forgot to issue our Mini-Challenge for this week!! OOOPs!! the challenge is at least 10 - 10 second stomach VACUUMS a day. <BR> <BR> Week #4 Mini Challenge- do at least 10 stomach vacuums each day (10-15 secs each). <BR> <BR> You will see your waist get smaller this week!!! Vacuums are simply sucking in your tummy! <BR> I find they produce HUGE results~ they work your TRANSVERSE abs. "T-ABS" <BR> These are highly important muscles that act as a "girdle" ... Wed, 16 May 2012 14:10:04 EST What energize ME ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881066 HI Ladies!! I certainly had an amazing Mother's day~ it was perfect!! It was productive, fun, relaxing and energizing all at the same time~ those kind of days are the BEST!! <BR> <BR> here's a few pics: <BR> <BR> My day started off outside with my DD Layla-- we were catching some rays in our bikini's together :) <BR> <img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/562633_10151713630135055_504405054_24145741_893632698_n.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A bit later in th... Mon, 14 May 2012 14:40:51 EST over the HUMP day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873802 Wow!! that Warrior dash kicked my booty! I feel like I am finally over the HUMP in recovering from it!! I ended up taking yesterday "off" so today will be my MAKE UP workout day. <BR> <BR> The Warrior Dash weekend itself was so fun!! I drove up to KC on Friday leaving at noon, getting there about 4:30. It was a good drive and nice to be "alone" for a bit. Once I got there I almost immediatly met Nicole! It was fun to finally "hug" her after YEARS of knowing her online. We hung out in my... Wed, 9 May 2012 11:08:05 EST TGIF!! Shine in 49: Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866051 HI Everyone!! TGIF!!! My day today will be spent driving to Kansas City to meet up with our TEAM for the Warrior Dash tomorrow~ I'm very exctied to see everyone, hang out and have a fun playing in the mud! LOL!! I picked up our shirts yesterday and they are CUTE! We'll take tons of pictures I am SURE! <BR> <BR> <BR> So....I've been CRAZY busy with a car in the shop, dr. appts, meetings, broken AC, planting tress, baby mice, softball games, etc.... <BR> <BR> Plus I'm still recovering fro... Fri, 4 May 2012 10:01:58 EST Your MIND MUSCLE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850318 <img src="http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/224603_10150620068580055_504405054_18642988_2543910_n.jpg"> <BR> I can't tell you how exciting it is to have so many women fired up to get fit, healthy and SHINE for SUMMER!! The Energy is certainly contagious! It goes to show how Energy is transferable! Another NON-tangible that is so vital to a successful fitness program is your mind. As you workout you must not only strengthen your skeletal muscles but also "MIND MUSCLE". <BR> <BR> Eng... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:40:56 EST My Day 1 - "Shine in 49" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848484 Be OPTIMISTIC that you can SHINE!! <BR> <BR> Today's day #1-- workout plan as laid out in the PDF- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MondayCircuitStyle Workouts <BR> Day 11-Lift Upper Body2- Intervals <BR> 3-ABS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- Lift UPPER BODY- Circuit- do all exercises upper body in the order as listed; repeat the circuit 3 times. #1 then immediately #2 then immediately #3 etc…then the entire series again for 3 rounds <BR> EXERCISES DATE <BR> UPPER ... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:21:20 EST A tiny bit sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842624 Well, I guess all my "go, go, go" caught up with me a bit! I'm now a tiny bit sick~ way better than last night though! Hope that was the worst of it! I'm not the only person sick-- my lifting buddy is home again today with the same thing, but worse. He's got a horrible fever! Poor boy! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, life goes on and I'm getting things done today-- my plan is to get some sun and a run in today. <BR> <BR> The BIG News from yesterday is that my new www.BuffMother.com is up!! YAY!! It's ... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:04:17 EST 6 S's of Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836345 <img src="http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/5693_248330950054_504405054_8114111_6632618_n.jpg"> <BR> I'm here to report that my "Buffing Phase" is going quite nicely this month~ Yay!! I'm on track to be at a good solid 125 for the Warrior Dash race in 3 weeks!! <BR> <BR> The past 2 days I've weighed in at 127!!! And the cool thing is I'm at my "ovulation" time too~ NICE!! It's so nice to finally see the scale go down after months of being rather STUCK at 130!! <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:19:06 EST BEAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832407 <img src="http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/538860_10151496678225055_504405054_23692433_1627629596_n.jpg"> <BR> OH Man!! Was I BEAT after yesterday...Thank GOD I don't have to go anywhere beside the gym today!! I am enjoying the laid back quality of today. Just me and my computer for a bit! <BR> <BR> My day yesterday went well, but I didn't get in my upper body workout. I did get my run done and stayed active most of my day with moving junk and MOWING! I just wanted to get around... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:48:54 EST Sore Booty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829284 <img src="http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/15455_327251085054_504405054_9546815_763105_n.jpg"> <BR> I have a sore booty today-- "happy dance" ...YIPPIE!! <BR> <BR> My workout yesterday was Squats, Deadlifts, Knee Extensions and Lunges! I spent the day in at my "old" house- working on getting things out of the attic and shed, organizing, packing, mowing the lawn and uprooted about 20 more baby tress from my planter to transplant to our farm. <BR> <BR> Today my to do list ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:14:02 EST