by JP on September 16, 2011

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!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

gene @boutdrz September 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

JP!!!!! congrats on the year, man! you said a few things that caught my attention:
“The deconstruction and reconstruction of JP is a constant work in progress.” I am glad that you realize and admit this. We are ALL a work in progress. Too many people give up too early. Continue on the path!!!!
“Now I just have to learn how to plan, because I’m not where I wanted to be at this point health wise.” In your planning, remember to plan to be flexible. I think that if we constrict ourselves too rigidly to a plan, we set ourselves up for too much pressure. Be flexible!
Very happy for you and the Mrs….and Little Man!!!! Kindergarten!! wow. Mine, too. Amazing how time flies….
Be Well,


Meredith@MakingOverMerbear September 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Glad for the update JP! You are doing your best and that is what we expect of you!


Jen, a priorfatgirl September 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Dori the fishy said “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” How true it is!

So, what’s your plan? You’ve got a busy couple of months coming up. How are you going to move forward?


ragemichelle September 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

You are sooo right..planning is the key.

I SUCK at the planning.

We need to work on this..


Laura of Lauralovinglife September 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

Hey JP! Been reading your tweets as they come, and it sounds like your job is super hard lately… long days, short nights, and lots of sweat! Good news is, you’re covered on the “burning calories” front… you don’t need to find time to exercise right now, so that’s good. So, where you are lacking is probably sleep, as you’d mentioned… hopefully you can start getting enough so that you can function in your waking hours.

But really, since you can’t change your sleep schedule much, the thing you could really be focusing on is your ‘calories in’ at this point. What are you eating for breakfasts…? Do you have a scheduled break before lunchtime when you can have a healthy calorie-rich (or protein-rich) snack? Are you packing lunches, or eating fast food…? What’s your afternoon snack like? You should be making sure that you’re getting plenty of the right kind of calories, because your body will definitely be burning them. But if you don’t get enough calories, you will feel miserable, more tired, grouchy, and I even get confused when my blood sugar gets too low. And what I am most likely to do at that point is go to a Chinese Buffet or something and just gorge. :)

I know I’m being nosy, but I’m getting to really care about you, and I so want you to be successful.


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