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September 2, 2014

Twenty-Eight.


They say things get better with age, right?

I am sitting here typing and drinking my coffee... with the sound of rain outside and two little boys still cozied up in their beds... and I am able to reflect on the past year.

27. It was a rough year. Losing a loved one makes anything tough. I found myself at my all-time highest weight (other than being pregnant). We lost Janet mid-way through my 27th year. I started turning things around about 3 months ago...

I have clung to this verse for the last 9 months.

"Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

I've been strong for my family since losing Janet but starting at the end of May, I began believing in that strength myself. I feel like a stronger person than I was on my birthday last year.

And while 27 was rough, a few great things happened....
-I got to quit my part time nursing job and stay home with my babies full time, something that I had dreamed about since having Hudson and never thought that we would actually accomplish.
-I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Nursing last December.
-I've made a few great friends. Two girls who I only "sort-of" knew this time last year are two of my dearest friends this year.
-I've lost 23 lbs... that alone is amazing.
-I started my own "at-home" business, doing something I absolutely love.

I know most people don't enjoy getting older but I am very thankful to be where I am today and look forward to what the new year in my life means. I hope to hit {and maintain} my goal weight during my 28th year. I look forward to new friendships that will come this year. I look forward to watching my boys grow and learn. I look forward to spending another year married to my best friend. I look forward to becoming an auntie and meeting my {first} nephew this year. You better believe that I will also cherish each and every moment that the Lord gives me with my loved ones this year... you can never spend enough time with those you love. I have definitely learned that this year.

So today, I say "Adios" to 27, and to 28 I say-- bring it on.
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August 29, 2014

Weekly Weigh In Friday-- Week 13

It's week 13. I had one of my best weigh-ins to date last night! I lost 3.4 lbs this week, after two weeks of no loss and then a gain.... so I was a very happy camper!

I've officially lost the weight equivalent of Rhett... 22.6 lbs! So yes, that means (in a round about way) I have lost a whole person! How exciting!! I asked Bryan last night where it all came from... he thinks it's most noticeable in my face and upper body.
I was excited to wear a tank that I got before I was pregnant with Hudson that I haven't worn since. It's the best feeling to wear old clothes that used to be too small!
Yesterday I picked Bryan up from work to go to lunch with us and he got in the car and said "Wow, I see the girl I dated again". Honestly that's the best compliment I've gotten from him.... I added one of our engagement pics below, what do you think?
Lunch yesterday
One of our Engagement Pics
Here is what I will tell you... while the girl in the bottom picture was MAYBE 150 lbs, the girl in the top picture, at 180, is much much much happier. I remember thinking I was so "fat" then... now I look back on it and think it's hilarious. I think one thing that I've learned is that MY body created and grew two human beings. That's amazing. And because of that I am choosing to love my body, regardless of the extra flab and stretch marks.

Rhett and I went to one of our favorite little local boutiques yesterday that was a having a half off sidewalk sale. I got all the stuff below for 50% off woo!!! I've been wanting a watch like that, and everyone needs a great chevron scarf! Fall is just around the corner. And I love the little sign, I have it sitting on my desk to remind me to be true to myself.
Then I had a super great mail day because Annie, my coach, sent me the sweetest package full of fun stuff! I also got my shipment of Shakeology and my new Asics running shoes (even thought it's been way too hot to run lately).
Package from Annie
I had another night of WW training last night and I really am loving it. I feel like I have the two coolest and most fun jobs!

I am so excited for the weekend. Labor Day weekend is always one of my favorite weekends of the year because my birthday almost always falls on Labor Day weekend.... while my birthday isn't actually until Tuesday, my whole family is coming to spend the long weekend at my parent's lake house. I can't wait to be out on the water and just hang out with them! No one I'd rather spend my birthday with! I'm going to try to stick to my WW points as best I can, but I can tell you that I will be having some dessert on my birthday! :)

Happy, happy Friday friends! Thanks for all the sweet comments on my post yesterday, It's somewhat liberating to be honest about my weight and have it off of my chest! You're all too sweet!!

13 weeks in, 22.6 lbs down, 42.2 to go.

August 28, 2014

The Post Where I Share my Weight...

So I posted this on my IG this morning... and I wanted to share here too...
So I'm going to be very honest this morning. I don't want to work out. I'm tired and my allergies are kicking my butt. I honestly want to go back to bed. 

I've got my WW weigh in tonight and I already know I'm going to have a great number so why workout today???

And here is my answer... Because I'm getting stronger, feeling better and that number on the scale dropped MORE this morning. I work out today to feel better tomorrow. Results don't come overnight, its a long process and I'm not super human. 

Some days I want to quit. I want pizza and ice cream. But that's how I got to 210 lbs (a number I never ever want to see on the scale again). My goal was 180 by my birthday next week and I'm not quite but ALMOST there and I am so proud of where I am. And now some of you who thought there was no way I needed to lose 60 lbs understand... I started at 209.6, to be exact, on May 27, 2014. My goal weight is 145 lbs which puts me in my healthy BMI category and I am working like crazy to be there by the end of the year. Slow and Steady wins the race...
 
Same dress, three months apart. In the first pic I was wearing spanx, and you could still see the rolls... and now, no spanx and no rolls. A 23 lb difference.

It's a journey... Today I'm choosing to workout even though I don't feel like it. It isn't about the number on the scale, its about being fit and healthy. So my advice for today-- even if you don't feel like it, get up and workout. Sitting on the couch won't make you fit... Start the change TODAY. I decided to share my weight because I've had so many girls tell me they weigh "XYZ amount... I can't motivate others..." And I'm here to tell you that you can motivate others at ANY weight. I'm not where I want to be but I'm sure as heck a lot closer than three months ago when I started. 

I'm sharing my weight because THAT number doesn't define me. 180 on me looks a lot different than on someone with no muscle. My quads are almost rock solid now, my arms are more defined than ever and I am feeling muscles I never knew existed. 180 lbs is just a measurement of the Earth's gravitational push on my body... it doesn't make me a worse or better mom, worse or better wife, worse or better person... I am independent of that number. I'm also not ashamed of that number, I am PROUD of that number, I've worked hard to get to that number. My worth comes from the Lord not from the scale. I hope that encourages someone today. Some days I need that reminder. 

And now... time to work out.

Happy Thursday.

August 26, 2014

A Fun Monday...

Yesterday was the first day for Hudson to go to school without Rhett this semester. I wasn't sure things were going to be much easier with just Rhett, but we had a good day!

I needed to go get my new driver's license, because mine expires next week on my birthday. I was dreading the DMV with Rhett so it was a total God thing that my good friend, Jessica, ended up being there with us! And we were in and out in like 15 minutes!
We went home after that so Rhett could nap, I mowed the front yard and did T25, followed by the ice bucket challenge (I can't get the video to upload... but it's on my IG which you can find here.)

Then Rhett and I went to do a little birthday shopping for Hudson at Target. I don't love taking both of my boys to Target because Hudson begs me to see the toys and always wants snacks... so I got myself a popcorn while we were there that I didn't have to share (my very fav food) but I ended up saving half the bag for Hudson anyways. I was so excited to get Hudson a bunch of dress up costumes for his birthday at the Assoc. Store for half price and I know he's going to be so thrilled.
Last night we just hung out. Daddy and Hudson played superheroes, we had a dance party and Rhett woke up not feeling too hot... nothing like some good Daddy snuggles.
We had a very good Monday. Today we are doing some stuff around the house... and I so excited because tomorrow while the boys are at school, I am going for coffee and pedi's with my friend, Jessica and then I am getting my hair done- a whole day of doing things that I WANT to do... rare, my friends.

A little update about the 21 day fix challenge group... the money pot is up to over $200!!!
A fellow Beach Body coach, Allie, who is a mom of 4 boys under 5, completed the program a few times and her results are so inspiring (pictured above)!
The 21 Day Fix comes with a specific meal plan for everyone. It will teach you how to eat and what portion control is all about. This is not a diet, it's a way to change your lifestyle. The workout program targets every part of your body starting with "weight loss" and then you continue to tone, tighten and build muscle. The workouts are essentially perfect for everyone!!

My team has put together a private group for everyone that will be doing 21 day fix in September and there is a BIG cash prize for one lucky winner in the group! This program is great for all fitness groups and will help us all fit into those skinnier jeans by fall! Leave me your email address for details, or email me at jennabuettemeyer@gmail.com.

And while yes.... losing weight is "simple" enough as eating less and exercising more... programs like this are perfect for teaching you how to do this! I needed tools like this to help me get started and keep me motivated. I can't wait to start with everyone! I am hoping to lose 15 lbs on it!

Happy Tuesday loves!



August 25, 2014

Rhett is EIGHTEEN months old!

My baby turned 18 months old last week! I cannot believe it! He is starting to be more like a toddler and less like a baby.
Rhett, you love your brother. You want to be just like him and do every thing that he does. I love that about you and  I am constantly reminding Hudson that you're watching him.

You are my baby tornado. You're into everything. You never cease to amaze me with things you do or get into. I can't let you out of my sight for two seconds.
 You are SO happy. You laugh all the time. You make us laugh all the time. You are full of joy.
 You're my snuggler. You love to snuggle.
We've started talking about potty training because of your sensitive skin and constant rashes. You tell me when you need to go and we've had some successes already! I am not pushing it but ready when you are!
You're SO adventurous and full of wonder, you like to try to figure out how things work.

You're in cloth diapers 98% of the time but size 4 in disposables. I think you still weigh right around 22-23 lbs. You're in mostly 12-18 mo clothes.
You love your momma. You follow me around the house all day.

You're starting to get big enough to do fun stuff (like decorate cookies) with me and Hudson and I love it.
You sleep from 6-6 most nights. When you're ready for bed, you're ready! You take an hour nap in the morning and another hour and a half in the afternoon still.
You're talking like crazy. You say Momma, Dada, Puppy, Hudda, Cookie, Cracker, night-night, bye, hello, Pa, G-Pa, Sadie, Milk, No-No, Do-Do (Aunt Jordo).... and lots of other things.
 You really love Mickey Mouse Club House. The only show you will sit and watch (and dance to).
You are a healthy eater just like Hudson although I just recently discovered that you like chicken nuggets. You and Hudson both LOVE strawberries and blueberries.

I love you, my little blue-eyed boy. You make my heart so happy. I love how different you are from your brother but how you're so similar too. Keep being adventurous, little one. The Lord has amazing things in store for you.

XOXO,
Mommy

August 24, 2014

End of Week/Weekend in Review...

{Warning... this is very random...}

I'm not going to lie, I was pretty bummed and discouraged that I gained weight last week. But Thursday I changed my attitude and started back on track. I found this on Pinterest and loved it.

Oh and this... because I do love a good Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I can tell you one thing, I do NOT love Burpees. This will be forever ingrained in my mind.
My boys. Hudson has been SO great. I hear that 4 is better than 3 as far as obeying and Hudson will be 4 in two weeks and he has been making such good choices. We are so proud of him.
So I've been doing a combo of T25 and PiYo this week. I've been working out HARD.
On Friday I took the boys to Little Giggles with some friends. We spent 3 hours there and it wore them out. Rhett loved this little slide and did it over and over and over again.
Hudson loved the bouncy house and slide.
So since I am a leader now, I don't have to pay for a membership so I bought this planner and I can track my foods online. I am a pen and paper girl all the way anyways and I have been doing a lot better keeping track of my food since I got this. Love it.
Friday Bryan had a fantasy Football draft, so I made a "skinny" version of my favorite restaurant pasta. Bryan ate the leftovers for lunch yesterday and said it's the best pasta I have ever made. The recipe is from Skinny Taste but I added Chicken and Pine nuts... and a TBSP of butter :).
I finished week one of Focus T25 yesterday with a double workout-- KILLER. But I did my week one stats and I was so impressed. I did not want to workout but I told myself that I would be so glad I did it when it came time to get my skinny jeans and boots out for fall. Focus T25 is hard and while both PiYo and 21 Day Fix (that I blog about below) are for ANY fitness level, I'd say you need to have a moderate level of fitness to do Focus T25. If you've been working out for awhile and want to push yourself harder, this is for you!

I am down 5 total inches, with an inch and a half of that being around my waist! I am so happy about this!!! I pulled out all of my jeans yesterday. Last winter I only had one pair that fit. Now I have SEVEN pairs that fit and two more that are SO close and I know I'll be in them before fall!
One last thing... my BeachBody team is doing a 21 day fix challenge group starting on September 2nd (aka my birthday!!!). There is a huge pot of money, and it's growing as I type, that will go to one lucky winner in our challenge group. You get your first entry from purchasing the program from me, and you will have several other chances to get entries through the challenge (including referring friends!). If you're looking for something to help you get in shape and start learning more about clean eating and portion control, this is your thing! I am starting it then too (along with continuing Focus T25) and I have heard so many other coaches rave about it so I can't wait to see what it does for my weight loss! It's great for ALL fitness levels. With the kit you get a set of DVD workouts, containers for portion control, a month's worth of Shakeology and an eating guide. Leave me your email in the comments (or email me at jennabuettemeyer@gmail.com) if you want more details!
Hope you've all had such a great weekend! Blessings!!

August 20, 2014

A Glimpse Into My Future

So today my boys started Mother's Day Out and Preschool.

I cannot believe how big they are getting!



Hudson and his best friend, Ethan!
While I have been thrilled for my very first day of complete freedom all summer, something came up that took up my whole day today.... a new job opportunity.

Let me back track... our Weight Watcher's leader resigned earlier this summer and they've been looking for someone to replace her for a few months. Three weeks ago, I got a text from my friend Meredith that several of the ladies that I am friends with at Weight Watchers had recommended me for the open Leader position, and while I was completely flattered, I knew I wasn't at my goal weight yet and therefore wasn't qualified.

Two weeks ago I got a call from the Weight Watchers office in Little Rock asking me if I would want the open leader position and if I could start training right away... since they're in need of a leader they are making an exception for me not being at my goal weight, but have been so impressed with my progress they know I will be there soon.

So they sent me a huge packet of info and I started my training today. It's only a few training sessions and then I go for a weekend "Leaders" training in a few weeks. Then I am official and I will be leading our local Thursday night Weight Watcher's meeting starting in the middle of September. So if you're local, I would totally LOVE to have you join us. I am sure I will be a nervous wreck and probably make a complete fool out of myself the first week.

All of this to say, six months ago I would have completely laughed at you if you had told me that I would be presented with this opportunity. I would have laughed if you would have told me that I would be a fitness mentor and then presented with the opportunity to lead at Weight Watchers. I still don't feel qualified but after going to my training this morning and talking with another leader, it solidified that this could be seen as a ministry opportunity as well, and I know that the Lord brought me here, under these very special circumstances, for a reason. I am not doing any of this to get rich or make money, but truly because I want to help people better their lives.

After this post I won't be mentioning Weight Watchers by name again. I am changing "Weight Watcher's Friday" to "Weekly Weigh-in Friday". Which I'll actually be skipping this week, because I am kind of doing that post today and I weighed today (up 1.6 lbs, ugh). But it's a new week and a new beginning, so I'll be back with those posts next Friday.

I am thrilled with this new opportunity, and it's only requiring me to be gone from my family the same amount that I was already gone, just for a few hours on Thursday nights. It's really win-win. Plus what better accountability than to be talking about weight loss every week!
There is a "Skinny" mirror at the Weight Watcher's center in Fayetteville and I loved it because not only does it make you look 30 lbs lighter and a foot taller (exageration) but I love the sign that's next to it. "A Glimpse into Your future". No truer words for where I am right now and I am loving every minute.

Happy Wednesday loves!

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