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March 4, 2015

I ran TEN miles.

Y'all. I ran 10 miles. I have a little under a month until my half marathon and yesterday my friend Katy and I went out to do our long run for the week. And I did it. TEN miles.

Bryan told me this morning that it seems like I am getting into a good groove with my working out and that he can tell that I am toning like crazy from it. If you would have told me 3 months ago that I would be running high mileage, I would have laughed at you. I have awful knees. You can't really tell in that picture but I am wearing knee braces on both knees under my pants, I also wear my big ol' brace OVER my pants on my right knee when I run. Proof that you can do anything you put your mind to... After my second ACL surgery, I was told I would never be able to run distance again (and maybe I will regret saying this soon) but so far so good!

I've been asked several times lately how I incorporate my running with 21 day fix. And my answer is because of the stinky winter weather, I haven't been able to run like I want to so some days I double up on my cardio DVDs. But on a perfect week I am running 3x and doing my non-cardio dvds on my off days- upper body, lower body, pilates and yoga. I also usually rest on Sundays. But I have noticed that the higher milage our runs get, the more rest my body needs so I've been taking more rest days. I am also learning to fuel my body correctly before those runs. Yesterday we ran at 8:30. I ate three scrambled eggs and a banana with 1 tbsp of PB (hello protein) and drank two scoops of my BeachBody E&E formula. I felt GREAT... and burned 1800 calories while running and promptly went to Chic-Fil-A to get lunch afterwards.

Since January I have lost 10 lbs and gone down another pants size- from large pants to mediums and fitting comfortably in my 31s... but they're starting to get baggy around my booty and the backs of my legs so I may have to invest in some 30s soon (WHAT?!). Honestly I have really realized this last month that the scale is really not a good reflection of my progress... but my clothes are! SPEAKING OF CLOTHES-- My first stitch fix box arrives this weekend and I can't wait to see what I get!!

Alright, that's all I've got for today. A little birdie told me that I am moving on Friday. I better get with it. Happy Wednesday loves.
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March 3, 2015

Week-Week-Weekend in Review...

So after getting over the flu-pocolypse... for about 24 hours we were feeling fine until my biggest boy threw up in the car on Friday. THANKFULLY it ended up only being carsickness or you would be seeing pictures of me bald because I would have pulled out every single strand of my hair if we had gotten the tummy bug.
It's been super cold and snowy. We got a freak Snow Storm that no one predicted on Friday afternoon so the boys made a fort.
My grandma is staying with us for the week while my parents are in Mexico (I know, I'm so jealous...) and it's been nice to have extra hands around the house... not to mention that she's Rhett's favorite person on the planet. Saturday is supposed to be my long run day, but since we had snow on the ground and more falling I pulled up my BeachBody On Demand and did the two hardest workout DVDs possible. (PS BB ON DEMAND Releases today!!! AHH!! You can get it a 90 day subscription for just $10 when you buy Shakeology this month!!!!) Also 21 Day Fix is only on sale until tomorrow night if you're interested still, now is the time to buy! You can email me about either of there and I'll hook you up with details!
Then Bryan, Hudson and I went to play in the snow while Gma kept little bit inside.

I adore this picture Bryan took of me and Hudson sledding. Love this boy and LOVE being a mom of boys. So fun.
Sunday since we were snowed in we worked on house stuff... we still aren't exactly sure when we are moving but hopefully we ARE moving soon so we got stuff knocked out!
Yesterday I took Thor to preschool.... haha again, love being a boy mom! Then Gma and I went shopping and out to lunch with the littlest boy while we could get out before the next round of snow arrives tomorrow.
Hope you all had a good weekend! On the agenda today is running 10 miles with Katy before we can't run again! I see 60s on the 10 day forecast for several days next week so my heart feels Spring right around the corner!!

Happy Tuesday!

February 27, 2015


I'm bringing back my weekly weigh in posts! I've been sick all week and hadn't worked out until yesterday, but I am very happy that I was still down two lbs!

I saw this on IG this week and I needed it. I've had such a great month with BeachBody after several slow months but I kept believing and kept pushing... I am so glad that I believed in myself because I've gotten myself back on track and have lost weight AND have grown my BB team and have seen my biggest checks yet! So exciting!
I love this comparison. This first picture made me cry when I first saw it, because I couldn't believe that I looked that way.... but I am glad that I have that picture now to compare with me 26 lbs gone!
Yesterday I sat down to look at finances I realized something HUGE. 2015 is going to be a big year for our family. Next week (Lord willing) we will be buying and moving into our dream forever home. We will also officially be debt free (other than our mortgage) this year. Paying off Bryan's student loans will be HUGE for us and such a burden lifted. Another goal of ours is to pay cash for a bigger family vehicle later this year. We love having two completely paid for cars but neither car is a great "family" car and we want to get something a little bigger. While my husband's job more than provides for us, the extra income I've been able to add has been huge and is growing by the week. I'd love to share this opportunity if anyone is interested!
So lastly, I had my Weight Watchers meeting last night. I feel like my group has really gotten comfortable with each other and I love going every week and chatting with everyone-- we're like a big happy family! Since Mid-January, I am down 8 lbs. The program is working again because I've set my mind on making it work!!!
Hope y'all are all having a happy Friday. We are supposed to get more rain and snow this weekend so I'll have to bust out my 10 mile run early tomorrow. I also should have firm house news later today- so stay tuned!!!

February 26, 2015

What Else We've Been Up to.... and some new Fashion Finds!

So besides Rhett turning two... we've also been SUPER sick.

Sore throat means Tropical Smoothie! duh!
It started with me on Thursday with a sore throat. Then I felt AWFUL on Friday but put on my happy mommy face to celebrate Rhett. Saturday Bryan woke up with it... and so the weekend went...

I finally went and got Antibiotics yesterday so I am hoping that I am on the UP and UP. I haven't worked out in a week and I haven't really had an appetite either so my weigh-in tonight will be interesting.

So while I have been laid up in my house for the last week I have perused the internet and done a bit of shopping (while watching the complete series of Parenthood!). I used to hate shopping online because nothing would fit in the sizes I "thought" I should fit into. Now that I've lost some weight, my size is a little more consistent and I thought some of the new trendy boxes would be fun to sign up for.

So my friend Katy always has THE cutest jewelry. I am not a jewelry shopper. Everything I have is stuff that's been gifted to me. I wear the same things 24/7. It's actually pretty boring. I don't really have "trendy" pieces and I feel like maybe I've been missing out. So the first box that I signed up for is Rocksbox. It's super cute jewelry that a stylist picks for you each month. You can keep it and wear it while you decide if you want to purchase it. My first box is on the way, and I'm nosy, so I pulled up my account and can see what they sent and I love it all. I am SOOOOOO excited to get it. It's a necklace (which I added to my wishlist when I signed up) and the stylist added earrings and a necklace to go with it.
The necklace I have coming!!!

So the girls at Rocksbox sent me a code to share with my readers to sign up for a free one month trial! Hop over here and use the code jennabuettemeyerxoxo when you check out to get your first month free! I will be sure to share my goodies when they get here!

...and I finally took the plunge and signed up for Stitch Fix. I've seen everyone and their brother post about it and then was talking to my friend the other day and she does it and loves it. So I decided, why not?? I am so excited about my first box and I can't wait to get it next week. Stitch Fix is a box subscription service where you go through and fill out a bunch of stuff and a stylist designs outfits for you. You pick kind of clothes you want, the price range and even colors! I am getting more into fashion these days and thought it would be a fun thing to sign up for as a "treat" to myself each month, that has nothing to do with food. If you're like me and you haven't heard about it you can hop over here and check it out! I'll be sure to show some of my favs when I get my box too!

Any other subscription boxes out there I am missing out on? I know there are some makeup ones too... The world of online shopping is so big now! Do you use Stitch Fix or Rocksbox?? I'd love to hear what you think!

(This post contains referral links. I don't get paid to post about these companies but if you sign up through my links I will get a referral credit.)

February 25, 2015

Rhett's fun 2nd Birthday- Part two.

We had a fabulous time celebrating Rhett's 2nd Birthday on Friday night. I've chosen to just do family parties right now for my boys- we had a big friend/family party for Hudson's 3rd Birthday and it about killed me... and honestly at this stage my boys are just as happy with having their family here so that's what we are doing probably until they start school.

Also, I've gotten away with recycling party ideas because both of my boys have wanted the same type of party for the last two years. Hudson had two Ironman parties and Rhett LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse still, so we went with that theme again.

My friend Robin made these cookies for Rhett's party. They were perfect. If you're local to NWA you need to check out her IG.

The rest of the blog post is going to be a bunch of pictures. I was feeling pretty crummy all day and come to find out later in the weekend I had some version of the flu/strep throat and that was only the beginning, so I was even more glad we just did a family party (and that I didn't hold and kiss on Hank).

I feel like they look like twins here! (minus hair and eye color)

Feeding Grammy
We had a fabulous day celebrating our sweet boy! And then Bryan and I spent the rest of the weekend SICK.AS.DOGS.

Happy Wednesday loves. Back with a normal post tomorrow!

February 24, 2015

Rhett's fun 2nd Birthday- Part One

My littlest one turned two on Friday and we made the day all about him!

He was so excited to get up and see that I had decorated the house!
Then he and I and Hudson made homemade donuts!
Bryan took the day off so we could do fun stuff with the boys, we went to Chic-fil-a and got (free) iced coffees and let the boys play for awhile because it was too cold to do anything outside.

Then we took the boys to Build-a-Bear and let them both make their own bears, they had fun!
Then we hurried home, fed the boys lunch, and momma started working on the birthday party!

More on that tomorrow... :)

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