The Buehler Family Blog Has a New Home!

We’ve had a hard time updating this blog because we’ve just been so busy. I’ve been contemplating moving my Buehler Family Blog to this domain for quite some time now and I finally decided to bite the bullet and move it today.

Follow me as my life journey continues as a Loan Officer. Head on over to my recently launched Scott Buehler to learn how I am making a difference as a home loan mortgage originator. St George Home Loans and Cedar City Home Loans are my specialty.

Tammy is now close to her Senior year at Southern Utah University and still maintaining an extremely high GPA. She’s very excited to complete her degree by next year! She’s currently enrolled in 15 units which has kept her extremely busy.

As for myself, I’ve been struggling ever since Google released their algorithm updates since April, 2012. I’ve pretty much had to rebuild everything from the ground up due to a plethora of bad links going to my old sites that I simply have no control over. Word to the wise, do not sponsor WordPress themes! Once that ball gets rolling, it is impossible to stop. In fact, my domains I did build links via sponsored themes continues to gain junk links to this day. In the end, I just felt it was time to start over.

Things are going great, in fact, I can now thank Google for opening my eyes. Before, I was a grinding business-as-usual affiliate and now I am building my own content! One of my favorite things I’m doing right now is screencasting to help others get their first websites online. Check out my First Website Video Training Series! I also licensed an awesome WordPress Video Training Series as well. Both video series are provided free but they do ask for donations to help me pay the related costs of making and hosting these videos.

I’m excited to start this next chapter in my life. Follow along, will ya?

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What a Fantastic Day!

Family & Friends,

What an awesome day! Since the shock and awe day August 27th, 2011, Tammy and I haven’t stopped. We work out nearly every day, we eat clean, and looking pretty good!

First, Happy Anniversary babe! We have a special couples retreat planned that will celebrate our anniversary, our Valentine’s Day, my birthday, and our fitness. I just can’t wait!

So what’s so fantastic about today? Well, I just weighed in, and the scale said 239.8! As of today, I have officially lost over 50 pounds! I can’t begin to explain how gratifying it is to be half way to my goal weight I set on August 27th of 190 pounds. I’ve gone from 290.2 to 239.8 in 172 days, or 24 weeks and 4 days. I’ve been averaging a little over 2 pounds of weight loss per week!

As for diet, I’ve reduced the amount of coconut oil I’ve been eating. I haven’t been drinking tea lately, so the only way to get coconut oil in is by cooking with it (it makes food taste amazing, BTW).

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve actually been on a juice fasting diet, but not taken to the extreme. After watching the inspirational independent film “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,” I decided to give the juice fasting diet a try. Initially, I was going to go full on fasting with no food for 30 days, but I decided against that due to the extreme fitness program I am on, P90X. I currently use juice as a meal replacement for breakfast and lunch while still eating dinner with the family.

Since then, I’ve lost 6 pounds in two weeks, with no stop in weight loss in sight. It’s amazing. For today, my current juice drink is:

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 3 medium leaves of Collard Greens
  • 3 Sticks of Celery
  • 2 Grape Tomatoes
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 2 Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 Red Apples
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1 Peeled Orange
  • 1/2 Peeled Lemon
  • Thumb Size of Ginger Root

I normally also add a Pear and 1/2 Lime but I’m out of those today. Talk about loading up on vitamins and minerals! When I wake up, I am starving because I don’t eat 5 hours before bed, yet this drink makes me feel filled up, increases my energy like I’ve had a pot of coffee, and I just feel absolutely amazing!

February has been the first month where I haven’t had any health related issues at all. Acid reflux, heart palpitations, consistent coughing (caused by acid reflux), EXTREME gas, irritable bowel syndrome (always had this since my gall bladder surgery), headaches, and chronic fatigue are all gone!

Well, thought I’d update the blog since the last post was such a downer. Doing amazing, feeling amazing, and refuse to stop. This isn’t some fad diet for me, this is a lifestyle change. I plan to continue working out and eating better for the rest of my life, no excuses!

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Shock and Horror

As Alysa has reached 9 months, able to stand on her knees and guide walk along furniture, Tammy and I decided, our workout break is done and over, permanently.

As required to track progress, Tammy and I decided to weigh ourselves for the first time since Tammy was six months pregnant.

The shock and horror? I weighed an obscene 290.2 pounds on August 27th. I was iffy on starting P90X again, but once I saw that number, it was game on. Tammy and I decided to do the P90X Lean program to get this fat off our bodies. The lean program has a lot more cardio and sweating than the regular program, which is exactly what I need.

Anyway, I’ve already posted this on Facebook and Twitter, and as ashamed as I am, admitting my overweight problem and overcoming the issue is how I best conquer the issue.

As of today, we’re on day 2 of our first P90X Lean session, my entire body is sore. In fact, when I woke up today, I asked Tammy if I had been in a car accident! Nothing wants to move. This made the Cardio X DVD extremely hard today, but we got through it at about 2/3 pace they show on the disk.

Someone on Facebook told me about this great iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily track calories today to keep yourself on your way to fitness. The app is called “LoseIt” and is in the app store for my favorite cost of $FREE. It synchronizes with their website at

My goal is set. I will lose 100 pounds by June, 2012, 9 months away. This will allow us to run 2 90-day P90X sessions and a final P90X2 session. P90X2 is not out yet, but is coming soon.

Anyway, wish us determination. We’ll need it.

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Thanks Alysa!

I would like to take this time to thank our infant Alysa for already sleeping through the night (going on a month) and allowing me to strike all these business deals before she wakes up. You are amazing Alysa!

A friend told me that this means hell to pay in your teenage years, I hope he isn’t right, haha!

This is my current status on facebook. Thought I’d share.

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Blue Shield of California to Raise Rates up to 59%

Wow, this is absolutely disgusting. This is what we would have faced had we stayed in California with Blue Shield under our self-employment.

Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes of as much as 59% for individuals

I think our family plan was a little over $700/mo for the four of us at that time which was what, about four years ago? Yikes.

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Alysa Buehler Has Arrived!

Alysa is already 8 days old and has been an absolute joy for Tammy and I. Alysa has been an absolute joy to care for and only gets fussy when she wants her bottle. Brittany and Cole have both held and fed Alysa, although Cole was a little hesitant with the unknown.

Tammy only took two Motrin 800s after the birth of Alysa, one directly after birth and one pill two days after and has recovered exceptionally well.  Her nurses couldn’t believe her refusal of pills and was shocked to hear Tammy say her pain was 0 out of 10 on the day after delivery.  Amazing.

Alysa was our first jaundice baby and had to undergo phototherapy for a full day. Our room was slightly on the cold side and was hard to watch Alysa shiver under the lights. At times, I put Alysa in Tammy’s arms on the hospital bed and shined the light on her that way which seemed to help.

During the entire hospital stay, I was there 95% of the time. I only left to get more clothes for the extra night and to get food since the hospital only provided one complimentary meal for the husband. Speaking of food, the provided hospital food was actually really good here, something I can’t say I’ve ever experienced before at any other hospital I’ve ever been in. They had a long list of breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals (including steak), and you had your pick of two sides and a delicious dessert. I was expecting to run out and get food for us 3x a day but only had to get food for myself as Tammy was very pleased with what they served.

Alysa had her checkup yesterday and they said her jaundice appears much better based on her skin coloration. We were thrilled that Alysa didn’t need to get yet another poke on her heels.

The spelling of Alysa means “noble kind” or “princess.”
Born 11/22/2010, 8 pounds even, 19 3/4 inches.

Anyway, I put together a collection of photos over the last 7 days. Be sure to see the last photo in this collection, it is, by far, our favorite one! See below:

Alysa Just Delivered!

Everyone is Exhausted

Papa holds Alysa

Brittany and Cole say hi to Alysa

Alysa smiles in the hospital crib.

They wanted to sit in the hospital bed.

Alysa's first time in her new carseat!

Alysa arrives home - Brittany gets to hold her first

Alysa arrives home - Cole holds her next

Alysa feels the love!

We put Alysa in our master bedroom window for the morning sun (weather permitting) to help with her jaundice.

Brittany feeds Alysa

Brittany, smile for the camera!

Cole feeds Alysa

Grandma holds Alysa for the first time

Alysa wide awake, enjoying company

Thomas holds Alysa for the first time

Grandpa holds Alysa for the first time, grandma caught passing off the baby to Grandpa!

Grandpa gets alone time with Alysa

Grandma plays with Alysa

Grandma feeds Alysa

Alysa hamming it up for the camera

Our favorite photo of Alysa done by Tammy. The hand pose was entirely random and just a very lucky shot. Great job hun!

That’s it for now! All pictures can be clicked to enlarge to 800×600. All photos available in full 12.1 MP size (4000 x 3000), just email us a request and we’ll send it to you.

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Baby Nursery

We have been very busy parents this week!  We’ve been building, assembling, and decorating the baby nursery!  I know I’m only 6 months pregnant, but we just couldn’t wait any longer to start decorating!  We are so happy with the way it’s looking!  We’ve had so much fun!

Looking into the baby nursery from the doorway

Graco - Charleston 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Cherry color, and 3 Drawer Dresser.

Crib, Dresser, and Nursery Word Art. I LOVE the wainscoting on the crib - reminds me of New England!

Close-up of Crib, and the Tiddliwinks Butterfly Medallion Bedding Set.

Close-up of the Tiddliwinks Butterfly Medallion Crib Blanket. As you can tell, we're doing a pink/purple butterfly theme for the nursery!

Butterfly Kisses & Lady Bug Hugs Vinyl Wall Quote - I say this a lot to the kids, so only thought it was appropriate for the nursery!

Dresser, Matching Faux Flowers, Ultrasound Pics, and Swing

Framed scrapbook pictures of the baby's ultrasound that I created. I found the poem posted online.

Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing in Starlight Purple color. This swing is so nice, it projects stars onto the canopy at night, and has 16 songs it plays, and swings 2 different ways!

Chicco Cortina Keyfit 30 Travel System in Miro color. This is the Cadillac of all travel systems! Number 1 rated infant car seat in America for safety!

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Mossy Cave, Waterfall and Lake at the Hills Reservoir

Scott and Brittany headed off to the river with Scott’s brother and family.  Since it was going to be 105 degrees in Nevada, I just didn’t feel like being out in that heat being 5 1/2 months pregnant.  Cole decided to stay behind with me, since he wasn’t a big fan of the yellow jackets last time.  We found out after they came home, that there were hardly any bees around where they camped this year, so hopefully next year, we’ll all go together to enjoy the river.  So, Cole and I had a mini-vacation together this week.

Carson & Cole in Red Canyon

Cole and I checked the weather, and it was supposed to be really nice up until 2 pm that day, so we decided to go on a hike near Bryce Canyon.  My co-worker and friend, Trecia, along with her youngest son, went with us on this hike.  We stopped by at Red Canyon along the way, and the boys had fun climbing on all the rocks here.  It was really entertaining watching the 8 and 10 year-old boys trying to take pictures of Trecia and I, but after seeing the results, I must say, they did pretty good!

Cole & I in Red Canyon

The Mossy Cave Trail is in the northern section of the park, but the really great part is that there is no park fees for this trail!  It’s on Highway 12, about 4 miles past the junction of Highways 12 and 63.  Look for a small parking area on the right-hand side immediately after crossing a little bridge. The Mossy Cave itself is at the end of a short trail. Here you can see hoodoos and windows without having to hike a steep trail.  The left fork takes you to Mossy Cave, while the right fork takes you to the waterfall.  The trail is only .9 miles round trip.

Along the Mossy Cave Trail

The Mossy Cave Trail is easy and mostly level, following beside the fast-flowing, sediment-laden stream, across two footbridges to a junction. The left fork has a short but steep climb through a patch of pine woodland to the cave, actually just a wide, mossy overhang in the limestone, kept moist by water dripping from the ceiling. This freezes in winter, and the large ice pillars beneath do not fully melt until midsummer, partly as the cave faces northeast and hence receives no direct sunlight. The soil at the base of the grotto is often soft and muddy so the path ends at the edge, so there isn’t much to do apart from taking photographs but the cave is interesting enough.

All of us in front of Mossy Cave

The right branch of the trail leads a little further upstream to the waterfall, where the stream tumbles 15 feet over a ledge into a circular pool; above is a swirling channel and several quite deep potholes, formed by the water eroding into the soft, orange-colored limestone.  There was an optional trail on the opposite side of the waterfall and stream leading up to a window, that we climbed, and had a wonderful view of the canyon below.  As we were heading back down this steep trail, it started raining on us, lightly at first, then it just drowned us.  With no shelter around, we just got drenched, and Trecia and I could do nothing but laugh, as it was supposed to be still sunny for a few more hours!  Just gotta love Utah weather! :)  After heading back to the car as wet rats, we ate our picnic lunch in the car, and then headed home for the day.

Mossy Cave Waterfall Trail after we got rained on!

Other things Cole and I did on our mini-vacation was go to Pirate Island Pizza in Saint George, one of his favorite places, I swear!  We also went school clothing shopping, played lots of board games, Wii games, and went to The Lake at the Hills Reservoir several times.

Building Sand Castles

The Lake at the Hills is an 11-acre reservoir on Leigh Hill built to hold pressurized irrigation water that is now open to the public for swimming, fishing and even floating in small, non-motorized boats.  The reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout, catfish, large-mouth and small-mouth bass and blue gill.  Cole had so much fun swimming, floating, and building sand castles.  We are so lucky to have this close to where we live.

Floating at the Reservoir

To see all pictures from Mossy Cave & Waterfall, click here!

To see all pictures from The Lake at the Hills Reservoir, click here!

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