August 29, 2016

Finding my New Normal and 14 Weeks!

A little truth talk today.

I've spent the last two and a half years focusing on healthy eating, losing weight and getting fit. I lost 40 lbs and felt better than ever.  I rocked a 2 piece at the beach with my husband three months ago... and then...

I've spent the last 14 weeks doing the opposite.

I've talked before about how I get in my head about my weight and how I look. Getting pregnant this time, I was just so worried about the baby after the miscarriage in the spring, I think I reverted back to comfort eating, coupled with the fact that I could only stomach carbs and adding to taking medicine for the pregnancy that can cause weight gain, and I am going into second trimester with more weight put on that I would like.

It's hard.

And I wanted to be open and honest and share with you that now that I have made it to second trimester, I need to make a change. I need to workout daily, start drinking my shake again and making this pregnancy HEALTHY for me and this sweet baby, and not reverting back to my old ways.
So I am asking for help and accountability. I'm going to make a private fitness accountability group. I don't care if you're doing Crossfit, walking on your own, or a beach body program. Let's support each other in this journey. I'll also be starting a fit pregnancy and postpartum group soon. I'll be starting unofficially back on track this week, but officially next Monday with my Health Bet group doing Country heat and drinking Shakeology, as long as my doctor approves it for second trimester when I see her this week. I'd love for you to join me with one of our programs, or a program of your own. If you choose a Beachbody program with Shakeology you'll be able to join our Health Bet group where Beachbody is giving away somewhere between 1.3-3 million dollars just for using our app and logging your workouts and shakeology. WHAT WHAT?! If you can commit to 30 days with me, I promise you results.

I'd love to share more info with you on that if you want it! You can email me or reach out on Social media. I have some special gifts for the first few Challenge Pack purchases too!

So I don't know. I turn 30 on Friday. I need to feel like me again. I kind of lost my confidence, and I am needing to gain it back. I'm worrying too much about things I can't control. So I'm delving deeply back into God's word and need to get my physical journey back on track too. Who wants to help me?

And I am 14 weeks today. Baby boy is the size of a lemon. I'm in all stretchy and maternity pants and loose tops.  I'm so happy to be able to eat my normal foods again and to be feeling better, very little nausea and just a little growing pains. I've felt him move some these last few weeks, the boys can't wait to be able to feel him, Hudson asks me almost every day.

I'm craving coke icees and pickles. It's serious stuff around here. thats about it for today. I'm ready to get back in the swing of things and "my new normal". I'm staying off the scale, and just focusing on make "healthy" choices and working out. I have lost weight before, I can lose weight again a year from now after this baby is here... but I want to do everything in my power to be HEALTHY this pregnancy.

Happy Monday.

August 18, 2016

Buettemeyer Baby #3

Now before I get started with all the details... the number one question that I get is if this was a "bahamas" baby. And the answer is NO. And this picture is proof. I was actually 4-5 weeks pregnant when we went on our trip. We found out about a week before we left (on fathers day actually)... and were originally going to go to Cancun but had to change our trip last minute when we found out we were pregnant because of Zika. It was a whirlwind week, that involved immediate blood work to confirm, which is why I say that I feel like I've already been pregnant forever. And don't get me started on going to an all inclusive resort in your first trimester, poor timing. ;)

And when we got home we got to have an ultrasound, it ended up being a few days too early to see the heartbeat, but we saw him forming right away. We called and told our family as soon as we found out, and a few close friends. So those lucky people have been holding this secret with us for the last 12 weeks!

Something about baby #3 and looking immediately pregnant. At 8 weeks I looked down and was like ok whoa baby!

We went back for another Ultrasound at 7 weeks and got to see our baby's heart beating away at 126. I cried. This pregnancy has been a lot more emotional for me after our early miscarriage in March but thankfully my doctor is amazing and has done more than enough to make sure all is well this whole time.

And at 10.5 weeks when I went for my first official appointment with my doctor we saw this little bean moving around and with a heartbeat of 176.
We waited to tell the boys until this point. We told them the night after this US and I framed little pictures for them that they have in their rooms. I have it on video that I will post later, but Hudson was/is SO excited and Rhett was just excited about getting m'n'ms.

This picture was last week at 11 weeks before Hudson's meet the teacher. The first day my jeans didn't fit anymore (thank you belly band and hair ties). AND also the outfit I was wearing when my best friend told me I can't keep this a secret for much longer. Ha, thanks Katy!

I had blood work done at 10.5 weeks that checked the baby's chromosomes. The results were supposed to be back in 5-7 or 7-10 days and it was the longest wait of my life. We finally got the phone call yesterday that the baby is completely healthy and... a boy.

I was SO surprised because I have felt SO much different this pregnancy that I had convinced myself that it was a girl. Bryan and the boys thought it was a girl too, and actually the boys wouldn't even entertain the idea that it was another brother and they both wanted a sister SO badly. I knew it would take me a minute to grasp it being a boy, which is one reason we wanted to find out so early, but hearing that he was healthy first was enough to make my heart so happy. We immediately called our family and waited to tell the boys last night. They sprayed blue silly string to find out and it didn't turn out exactly as planned, what ever does? But they're both excited to add another boy to our clan. Bryan and I are thrilled, and actually I have always felt like I would be a boy mom, since I was a teenager, and other than a few splurge items I want to buy for this baby, we are all set on clothes and boy baby stuff. Although we do have to buy a bigger car, i.e. minivan.... And I am getting a niece in October to spoil (and send home) too.

Naming him will be another story. We already had a girl name picked out but naming a third boy is HARD. We think we have settled on a first name, but its to be announced at a later date.

Besides that I have been feeling like crap. First trimester has kicked my booty. I nap almost every day and take a lot of baths. I went from eating completely vegan 4 months ago to eating only carbs. I finally could stomach veggies again this last week, so that's an improvement. I've been on medicine that causes weight gain... and have already gained some weight, but I am just so thankful that God has blessed us with this healthy baby that I'm not too worried about it. I've lost weight before, I'll lose it again. I haven't felt like working out and I am not drinking Shakeology right now, so I really feel like my world has been flipped upside down. And I have been telling Bryan I feel like I am living a double life doing my fitness business and keeping this a secret so I am SO glad that this secret is finally out so I can transition into fit pregnancy as I feel better and better going into second trimester! My due date is technically in February but since I had both of my boys at 35/36 weeks my doctor told me to plan on a January baby! We can't wait!

So that's the bulk of it. We are having another baby. A BOY baby. And my heart is so thankful. Thanks for all of the well wishes and congratulations! We couldn't be more excited.

August 15, 2016

Hudson goes to Kindergarten!

We had a fun weekend before we all had to get back into the routine of school and all that jazz. We took an impromptu trip to Branson and bought Bryan and the boys some new clothes. We also ate at one of my favorite restaurants (Landry's) and rode a ginormous ferris wheel. The boys did great and we had a really fun day. The weather has been much cooler the last few days. Sunday after Narrative Bryan went jeeping and I took the boys out to my parents house to spend the last day of summer at the lake!

I still really can't believe that I am old enough to have a kindergartener! No one in my house slept well last night, Hudson was up asking if it was time for school at 3:30 AM... and I may have just been little nervous in anticipation for today! He did so great at school drop off. I did pretty good too, I did lose it when he started to ask us not to leave and a few times while his teacher was talking. But I mainly managed to keep it together until after we left the class room.

Since Hudson's been at school, Rhett and I went to test drive cars (trying to decide which bigger family vehicle we want leaning towards an Odyssey), went to pick up a prescription, came home and I got dinner in the crock pot (chuck roast with veggies) and made cookies for Hudson for after school. Rhett's napping and I'm about to fold laundry before we pick up big brother. I can't wait to hear all about his first day!!! And I am super excited for our first homeschool day tomorrow!!! 
Happy Monday to you! 

August 10, 2016

End Of Summer!

The end of summer is quickly approaching and this is the first time that Bryan and I have said to each other multiple times that this has been the most fun summer with the boys because they're big enough to take and do things and we don't have to stick to such a strict schedule. They're full of energy and our summer has been full of playdates and fun times with family and friends.

I'm also gearing up to start homeschooling part time next week. On sundays we all sit down and do our lesson together and its given me a glimpse into what homeschooling is going to look like. Our school has really prepared us and I am really looking forward to this extra (and intentional) time with my boys.

We tried on Hudson's uniform and my heart broke and burst at the same time. I can't believe he's old enough to be going to kindergarten (and turns six in ONE month). He looks so handsome and I am so proud of him. He's really ready for school and I know he'll do great.  I've talked about this before but he's going to a classical Christian academy where he'll be in the classroom two days a week and then we will homeschool the other three days. I think its going to be the perfect model for our family.

My heart outside of my body. I never knew how much love I could have for these boys.

We celebrated Aunt Doe's birthday a few weeks ago. It was a rough week because we also found out that Jordan's Baby Lucy, who is due in October will need heart surgery after she's born. Jordan's been blogging about that journey, you can check it out here but we really covet your prayers during this time.

So besides all of that... we will be soaking up the last few days of summer in the Arkansas heat. Ready to get back into a routine and see what our "new" normal is with Hudson's school stuff! 

Happy Wednesday!!

August 4, 2016

Summit Recap 2016

Last week I had the privilege to go to Nashville for Beachbody's Annual Summit Conference. I didn't go last year and I kicked myself the whole time, so I knew I had to be there this year. I went with 4 girls from my team, only one of whom I had ever met, and we had a fabulous time! My husband was amazing and kept the boys while I was gone, and our sitter, Megan, stayed with them while he was at work. It takes a village and I am so thankful for mine!!!

I had never flown by myself, but I was up for the adventure. My flights on the way there were delay after delay... and I sat on the 45 min flight for 4 hours in the plane, on the runway, it was a good time.... but I kept telling myself it would be WAY worse if the boys were with me. I watched two movies and finally made it to my hotel in Nashville around 1 AM.

We got all registered the next morning and it was so cool to get all my bands and name tag. I got really emotional walking through the main entrance and just being there. I've worked really hard on this business these last two years and it was so cool to finally be recognized.

Then my friends started showing up! Traci and I have been friends almost two years via the internet. We met officially in February when we took a little team trip to the beach, but it had been six months since I'd seen her, I was happy to hug her again!!!
I got to go to a BBQ that my upline coach put on for all of her coaches and it was so good to get to hug all of these girls that I've known online for so long but never officially "met"
Thursday night we had the opening ceremonies and Traci and I got to walk the stage and be recognized as one star diamond coaches. It was approximately 9000 degrees in the tunnel where we waited to walk out, but one of the coolest experiences ever.
Bryan and the boys caught it on the live stream and it just completely made this all worth it.  He said that they were SO proud of see me "on tv" and I knew that they were getting to see me accomplishing one of my dreams. I hope I always inspire them to chase their dreams no matter how scary they are!!! They are my why.
waiting in the tunnel where it was a million degrees with no breeze. love this girl.
 Besides that Friday and Saturday we spent the whole days in different work shops and sessions.
Jessica became a coach of mine in May. We met on Instagram. Loved getting to know her!

The girls pictured below are my success pod girls. We have a private chat on facebook and they really push me to be my best and push me as a leader. It was so good to hug them all!
Friday evening I had earned a free workout with Shaun T. He is the trainer that we originally started BB with when Bryan bought Insanity off of an infomercial when I was pregnant with Rhett. I LOVE Shaun T. I have done several of his programs (Focus T25, Insanity, Insanity Max 30, Cize), and I got to be up close and personal for this exclusive Cize workout. I think it was by far THE most fun thing I did on my trip. And I EARNED it, which makes it even more special. I live video'd it on facebook but the workout was SO fun and I left completely sweaty!

I earned free tickets to the Billy Idol concert that Beachbody put on on Friday night. I'll be real honest and tell you that I didn't know who Billy Idol was but it was fun to put on 80s garb with my team.

 Saturday we saw Tony Horton on the side of the street filming a commerical for 22 min hard corps. It was cool.
 Next year's summit is in New Orleans! We'd love for you to join us!!!

I learned SO much that helped me develop as a leader and I feel like our team got really close while we were there. We got to hear some AMAZING speakers and learn from the best in the company.
I also can't say enough about this girl. Lyndsey and I been success partners for the last few months and our teams have really started working together, we have a weekly zoom call and it was SO great to finally meet her in person too. It is insane to me how Beachbody has brought me so many close friends that I would have never met otherwise! 

Which leads me to this... this job, this business, I began it to make an income from home, to fill a void that I was feeling, to keep me accountable in my weight loss and fitness journey... but it brought me a tribe, a family, a group of supportive women that I had no clue I was missing. They understand the strain of being a working/stay at home mom. They understand the struggle of losing weight. They understand me. They get it. And I am so glad I found them-- all online-- through THIS blog I found Traci who I now consider a best friend and Instagram/blog I found Jessica! And there are countless other stories just like this-- now these girls are growing their own teams and making an income from home!!! If you've ever wanted to reach out to me but were worried it might be "weird" PLEASE don't be. I can't imagine if Traci had never emailed me. If this is something that spikes your interest, even in the slightest bit, I'd love to chat! You can always email me or reach out on social media and I promise I won't think you're weird AT all!
Which leads me to this... we are kicking off our FREE sneak peek into challenge groups group today and rolling it into our BRAND new Country Heat Challenge group next week. I've been doing Country Heat these last few days and LOVE it. Also, I'm giving away a copy of Country Heat on Instagram that you can check out!  You can email me or add me on facebook and shoot me a message for info on any of this!! Happy Thursday loves! 

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