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July 29, 2014

Transformation Tuesday

My friend Katie may be one of the most random and "God-intervention" friends that I have. We met randomly at our husbands' work party two Christmases ago. She's a newborn photographer and did Rhett's newborns for us and we just clicked and have become good friends in the last year. I am so lucky that she lives one street over from us so it's not rare that we just pop over to each other's houses at night once the kids are in bed. Katie and I went to a movie on my first night of Weight Watchers and I remember her saying that she was there to support me, She knew if she got popcorn I would want popcorn and she wanted to help me succeed, so no one had popcorn that night. She is THAT kind of friend.

The picture below (a screen shot from Katie's IG because I felt like I looked TOO fat to share) is from that night. Nine weeks ago. I don't look like that girl anymore.

I am down over 15 lbs since that night and a ton of inches. This is SO encouraging to me.
I had a very rough day with my kids yesterday and (once again God intervened) and I ran into Katie at Wal-Mart. She had me come over for a bit last night and shared her heart with me from the days of when her kids were my kids' ages and encouraged me so much. She is just a precious, precious friend to me.

I am so excited that I signed Katie as my 5th coach last night. I am thrilled to have Katie on my coaches team. I love that not only am I inspiring people, but I get to work with my dearest friends as well!
 If you're interested in join my coaches team, I would love to talk to you more about it!

One of my coaches was discouraged this morning because she hasn't lost any lbs with PiYo in her first week but she had lost inches! I reminded her again that PiYo is about building your core (which means lean muscle mass) and my first week of PiYo was my only week at Weight Watchers where I maintained and didn't lose! I sit now four weeks into PiYo down 6.5 lbs and 12 inches as of this morning. And four of those pounds are from the last 10 days when I started drinking Shakeology every day. Y'all. Piyo (and Shakeology) works.

So while I still have a long journey ahead, I am so thrilled about the team of amazing people I am building to help me run this race and continue in my weight loss. My transformation Tuesday is more than weight loss and inches lost today but about support and encouragement too.

Happiest of Tuesdays!
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July 28, 2014

Weekend in Review...

Friday I got up EARLY (try 4:30) and did PiYo. We had a busy, busy day. We had a play date the morning, we went to eat lunch with Bryan's work team for his {belated} birthday, then my dad picked up Hudson so Rhett and I went shopping with Jordan.


New necklace from Redeemed Jewerly on IG

The work space
Friday night I signed my fourth coach! Welcome Jennifer!!! She's already rocking PiYo and rocking the sales!
Saturday we went with Bryan and ran some errands early, so I needed to go run around 9. It was already HOT outside! I was going to shoot for my longer run but since I had the stroller with Rhett and it was super humid I just did my 2.5 miles.
Then Jordan and I met my mom and went to a wedding shower for a friend of ours. It was fun to see some ladies that I haven't seen in a while!
Saturday afternoon Bryan painted the grill of his truck. That's all I have to say about that. Keepin' it classy at the Buettemeyer house.
My parents brought Hudson home around dinner time and poor buddy was so tuckered out from his spend the night with Grammy and Pa. I went to kiss him when I went to bed and this is what I found.
Sunday we got up early and went to church and then I had nursery duty. I wasn't feeling well and was kind of in a "funk" so I decided to "unplug" and spend the day with my boys.
I am feeling much better after some R&R and ready for our week! Hope y'all had a fabulous weekend!

Happy Monday!

July 27, 2014

A Little Housekeeping...

I had an anonymous comment left on one of my blog posts from last week that I wanted to address.

The comment has been deleted and I am trying to not let it get to me too much because the person who left it obviously hasn't read my blog for very long.

First, I want to say that this blog is a place where I feel like I can share my story. I share a lot of things about my life and about my kids. There have been very few instances like this, and I am so glad, but when someone leaves something personally attacking me or my family, it makes me want to go into lock down mode and turn everything private, or to stop blogging all together.

Second, let's talk a little bit more about PiYo. PiYo is a WORKOUT program. 10 DVD workouts. It's not a weight loss scheme or something I am promoting just to make money. It's not a magic pill or a happy drink that promises to help you lose ten lbs in a day. I am passionate about PiYo because it worked for me before I became a BeachBody Coach. I bought it outright just like any of you would do and after doing the workout I became a believer because it changed the shape of my body and I was amazed. I have the pictures to prove it.
 Third, this person asked if I have any medical or fitness training to be able to advise people about these kinds of products. This is how I know that this person hasn't been reading my blog for long. I have my Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and have worked as a nurse for the last five years. I have been a runner for a long time (off and on since I hurt myself). I've done my fair share of research in fitness and nutrition because it interests me and because (as you all know) I am on a journey to being healthy and fit myself.

While yes I do make money off of sales of PiYo, it doesn't change how passionate I am about it. I became a BeachBody coach because I wanted to help people and for the last ten days that's what I have been doing. Everyone who has bought PiYo (and Shakeology for that matter) has LOVED it, and I have had a few want to sign up as coaches themselves.

All of that to say, I thank you all for the incredible support you've given me and for cheering me on on this journey. If you have something you'd like to personally ask me that might be controversial please don't leave an anonymous comment, you're always welcome to email me. All comments of this matter will be deleted and I am turning back on my comment verification for the time being.

I want to be able to continue to share my journey with you all and that's what I plan to do, but I just felt like I needed to share my heart on this matter.

Thanks again for all of your support,
Jenna :)

July 26, 2014

Guest Post from Meredith's Moments


Just a fun little post from my friend Meredith today...
 
Making Every Moment Count

Hey y’all! I am Meredith, from the blog, Meredith’s Moments. I have blogged for almost seven years now, mostly to keep a good record and online journal about our family. Over the years, I have shared about happy moments, memorable moments, and even hard moments, like the loss of my precious Daddy from brain cancer in 2009 and our struggle with infertility. My main goal of this blog is to show the love of Jesus to others, and maybe even brighten someone’s day.


I am a 28 year old southern wife and mom, who loves the Lord with all my heart, soul, and mind, and I adore my family and friends. Singing, cooking,  and recently Weight Watchers are some of my favorite things that I blog about regularly.

Russell is the love of my life. He and I have been married for almost seven years.  We welcomed our sweet son and little miracle, Jackson, into the world on April 21st of this year. He is our pride and joy and we love documenting all those special and funny memories about him. 
Russell and I were both born and raised in South Arkansas, but now live in Bentonville, Arkansas and love it so much. 

Jackson is now three months old, but he has taught us so much about parenthood already.  
Life is a journey. It sounds cliché, but it’s so important to live your life to the fullest every day. It is such a precious gift! Cherish every moment. One of my favorite songs is the song entitled, “How You Live,” by Point of Grace.” It’s not what you do and it’s not what you did, it’s how you live!” My sweet Daddy truly lived life to the fullest. Now, every time I look in Jackson’s eyes, I am reminded to do that every single day.
Two of my favorite verses are what I will leave you with. May it give you hope today.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged; for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice, in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3

Thank you so much to my sweet friend, Jenna, who let me take over her blog for a day. Feel free to hop on over to “Meredith’s Moments” and check out the fun. Let’s make every moment count!

July 25, 2014

Weight Watchers Friday-- Week 8

**First things first, Tiffany Rabaduex, you're the winner of the Unfading Beauty Print! You should have an email from me!**

So it's week 8 and I was motivated to lose more than half a pound this week!

So I've amped it up...

Here's my rough workout schedule:
Monday: Walk and Piyo (Buns)
Tuesday: Run and Piyo (Strength Intervals)
Wednesday: Walk and Piyo (Strength Intervals)
Thursday: Run and Piyo (Core)
Friday: Walk and Piyo (Buns)
Saturday: Long Run and {maybe} Piyo
Sunday: Off {or maybe Piyo}

I've been drinking Shakeology religiously this week along with Bryan and it has really helped my cravings. I feel like I am SO full after I drink it but it is so good for me.

Banana, PB2 and Shakeo! YUM!
Mocha Frappe Shakeology (tastes JUST like Starbucks, but so much healthier)
Which leads me to the real reason anyone is here... my results. I am SO thrilled that I am down another 1.8 lbs this week! That brings my total weight loss up to 14.6 lbs. So for the first time I am in the 40's of what's left to lose! 49.2 lbs to go!

PS have you seen this picture? A friend sent this to me and it amazes me and makes me feel so much better about my weight loss and "toning".

....And now down to a little bit of business. The first girls who ordered PiYo have gotten it in in the last few days and have nothing but amazing things to say about it and they've already fallen in love with Shakeology. One of the girls is signing up to coach with me. I am SO excited. I know if I love it this much then so many other people will too.

Also a little news of my own, I advanced to Emerald Level Coach in five days but it became official yesterday. I am SO excited! I also got my first paycheck yesterday, and it is crazy because it is a job that I love doing and it doesn't feel anything like work at all! I get to talk about something I am passionate about and work out trying out new programs, win-win!

Oh and I signed my third coach who I think is SO hott...


Bryan and I have been so impressed with the business and how well I am doing that we wanted to add him in to the fun to expand our horizons to encourage guys to get fit as well. I am so excited to have him on my team.

If you're at all interested in coaching, I am still looking to expand my team and I would love to talk to you more about it! You can email me (jmkbuett@gmail.com) or leave me a comment with your email address!

And because I have been asked a few times, YES you can still order the PiYo challenge pack for the discount through the end of the month. This is the direct link! Make sure and put me at your coach so I can add you to our PiYo challenge group on Facebook!

Happy Friday friends, I hope you have a great weekend!!!

July 24, 2014

Renae's Story

Y'all are going to love the inspirational weight loss story I have for you today! One of my sweet blog readers, Renae, emailed me her story last week and I asked her if I could share it. It encouraged me so much I knew it would encourage some of you too! So thank you Renae for being transparent and sharing your weight loss story with us!
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In January of 2011 I found myself in the Emergency Room being treated for pneumonia once again. Laying there at the age of 31 I realized I needed to make some changes.  I knew that I was not treating my body the way that I was supposed to and that God had given me this body and I needed to treat it well.  As soon as I was off the antibiotic, February 15, 2011, I started on a journey that I am still on today.  A journey to wellness and to be the best I can be.  It hasn't been easy but it has been worth every drop of sweat, every dessert skipped and every vegetable eaten.  ;-)
Renae in December 2010, prior to starting her weight loss program
I started running...pretty scary to picture a 250 lb girl trying to run, but I did it.  I could only go a couple of yards but that first day I run that short distance and walked the rest of 3.1 miles.  You see I had set a goal to run my first ever 5k in April.  What was I thinking???!!!  Every day I ran/walked, every day I got a little strong, every day I got a little farther and every day I was continuing my journey to treating my body better.  I also COMPLETELY changed how I was eating.  I started eating fruits, vegetables and a whole lot of chicken.  No more refined sugar, no more daily Mountain Dew, no more southern sweet tea (even though I am from the north, southern's know how to do sweet tea).  My diet did a 360° and I started feeling better.  The change was immediate on the scale also in 1 week I lost my first 10 lbs that kept me motivated for sure to keep going.

Over the next 9 months I got stronger, I ran my first 5k (actually ran 8 more 5k races that summer), I felt like a completely different person, ran my first half marathon, I looked completely different and I had lost 100 lbs.  Many people said I would never be able to keep it off, that I would never be able to stick with the healthy lifestyle, but I was determined!  

By March of 2012 I had lost another 25 lbs.  I had lost a whole person...I had lost half of my body weight and I had gained a health body for the first time in many, many years (I had been heavy since I was a little girl).  August 2013 I placed 2nd (in my age group) in a 5k.  Amazing, who ever thought that heavy girl could achieve that, I even shocked myself.
Renae and her fiance, Sept. 2013
 July 2014 I still eat healthy, still run and have kept the weight off and still haven't had another Mountain Dew (or any soda), no sweet tea, and I drink more water than you can imagine every day.  

I can't even explain how much better I feel.  My journey has inspired others to change their lifestyle and that is amazing to me.  

Even better than all of that, God blessed me with an amazing husband in May of 2014 that is a personal trainer and he eats clean also.  God knew all along that we would be able to support each other and encourage each other even more if we were working towards the same type of goals of being healthy and treating our bodies the best we could.

Renae on her wedding day, May 2014

You can get to your goal also...keep up the good work.  Slow and steady wins the race.  Stay positive and do this for YOU, for your family and you won't have any regrets. If my story can encourage you to keep on keeping on that is all I want.  I see total strangers running on the roads and I cheer them on, because that was me!
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Thank you Renae for being an encourager to me by sharing your journey! I woke up this morning NOT feeling like running today, but you're right... I need to keep on keeping on and get to that goal!!!

I also want to remind you that the Unfading Beauty giveaway is live until Midnight tonight and I will  post the winner tomorrow!

Happy Thursday Friends and in Renae's words, "Keep on Keeping on today"!

July 23, 2014

Wednesday Musings!

It's Wednesday! Woo!

...and this is going to be random...

I've been posting daily fit tips on my Instagram. If you don't follow me and want to, you can find me here. I also have been posting some easy WW recipes.
This fit tip was DRINK your WATER! I aim for 80 oz!
New fav lunch! Lettuce wrap "sandwich". 4 ww points for three!
My old favorite comfy tee could now be a dress... so there's that.
 Yesterday I took the boys running early in the AM because it was HOT.
 And then I broke out some before and after pics... y'all this floored me. March 2013 (post having Rhett and before I started working out at all) vs July 19, 2014 (post insanity and half was through piyo!). These programs WORK!
But I also wanted to share with you that my number on the scale was the SAME in these pictures. I gained weight after Janet died and being on night shift so that's the weight that I have recently lost, but I weigh the exact same in the pictures in the R and L. All that to say, don't rely so much on the number on the scale. I weigh the same but am in MUCH smaller clothes and I feel so much better about myself. Take pictures, measure and compare to see your real results!

After workout time yesterday the boys and I went to the mall. I got a new shirt and got Hudson some Toms that were half of half (aka $12!!). And we got to pick out some baby clothes for "Baby Street".

Last night we went to dinner for Jordan's birthday. I wore my new top and new wedges I got last week from Target. I needed to document a non-workout selfie.
 Oh and a pic of my cute boys!
We ate at Olive Garden and I looked online to see what I could get. I got the Tilapia with Shrimp. It was 9 weight watchers points and super yummy.  I also only ate half a breadstick and gave Rhett the other half. That's willpower right there!

Then we came back to our house and did cake and let Jordan open her presents. I think she kind of loved the baby clothes. It is SO fun being an aunt!
It's been a good week! I have to work out early today before my boys get up because we have a play date with some friends and I am giving myself nap time to rest and catch up on some shows!

Happy, happy Wednesday! Oh, and don't forget to enter the Unfading Beauty Giveaway from yesterday! And I'd love to share more with you about getting PiYo if you're ready to take the plunge! I'm starting Bryan on Shakeology today and can't wait to share the results with you!


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