September 15th sticks in my mind. It was the day last year that I decided to return to blogging about my health. It was me finding the time with my son in preschool to bust my butt and see what I could do. It soon morphed into something just
a bit more for me. I’ve mentioned the fact that I decided to make a full investment in myself. Health, career, education, and now family have all been added to and enhanced.
I was a beaten man. Being unemployed for nearly a year can push on that shame button really hard! I decided that there was likely no chance of me returning to the construction industry (I was wrong), and went back to school. I am currently still enrolled despite now having a pretty solid job as a concrete QC technician. It’s a job I’ve had since the beginning of May, and it’s a good fit for me. I’ve now run three races. . . in public! Two 5k’s and a mile run down Nicollet Mall have found me in several defining moments on this path of mine.
I’ve tried my best though out the process to step outside of the box, and do things that I don’t or wouldn’t normally do. The first big step was being a guy and entering a contest to be the next PriorFatGirl! I was picked along with Elle to join the family, and I even got this fancy site that you guys now know me as. Blogging has opened up a community of people I never knew existed. Though Jen I’ve met so many great people that help inspire and drive me each day. It’s still something I am trying to wedge into an already full day/week.
The deconstruction and reconstruction of JP is a constant work in progress. While after reflecting on the last year, I am happy at where I am in life. My wife is a beaming 30 weeks pregnant with our second little boy. My son is now a kindergartner! My fitbit is in the mail, and if there were another 30 hours in a week this whole health and wellness thing would be a lot easier!
A good blogging buddy of mine posted the other day on twitter that the only way to be successful with her healthiness journey was to plan out each and every moment of her life. I agree. Now I just have to learn how to plan, because I’m not where I wanted to be at this point health wise. It is the first thing to go out the window when time starts to get pinched. Not knowing my next days work until 6pm the night before makes things hard, but not impossible. I also have to decide how much sleep I can really function on. Cause I can tell ya what it’s only gonna get harder once baby gets here!